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DIY Baby Shower : How to throw the best DIY Baby Shower

Throwing a DIY Baby Shower is a great idea. There are so many ways to save money and have fun creating a DIY Baby Shower for the Mama to Be. Of course, having a Baby Shower is one of the highlights of pregnancy and planning a DIY Baby Shower is one of the most exciting parties to plan!

DIY Baby Shower Ideas – How to plan a DIY Baby Shower

We have put together some of our favorite ways to throw a Baby Shower on a budget. You can throw a gorgeous DIY shower at the fraction of the cost just by making a few small changes along the way. Plus, a DIY Baby Shower is completely personalized so get creative! So whether it’s for your bestie, sister, or yourself, this event is all about showering the mom-to-be with love and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are our top tips for planning a DIY Baby Shower.

Choose a good Baby Shower theme…

floral baby shower

Some Baby Shower themes are better suited to DIY. For example, one of our favorite Baby Shower themes is Tea Party. This can be easily put together using your own china, flowers from your garden and your Mom’s lace tablecloth.

bee baby shower invite

If you are the crafty type, then Mama to Bee is a superb theme! Spoil the Mama to Bee with honey cake, lemonade, and a pretty yellow color scheme. In addition, use vintage glasses and crockery to set the table, and decorate with yellow daisies in jars.

boho baby shower

Another great DIY Baby Shower theme is Boho. Go for pretty florals, lace tablecloths, flowers and a laid back vibe for this fashionable theme.

Also, we love a Peter Rabbit Baby Shower theme! It’s super cute and relatively easy to set up. Use vegetables and carrots as a table display and flowers in small jars with decorative rabbits scattered amongst them.

For other theme ideas, check out our favorite Winter Baby Shower themes, Spring Baby Shower themes and Girl and Boy Baby Shower themes.

Choose downloadable invites…

Once you’ve picked a theme, create cute invitations that set the tone. Websites like Canva make it super easy to design personalized invites. For big savings, switch out pricey, printed invitations (that you may need to post) for instant downloads that you can customize and email to your guests. Easy and budget-conscious!!


For a DIY Baby Shower, one area where you can really go to town is the decorations. Above all, let your creativity shine and really set the scene for the Shower.

When planning a Baby Shower, where possible, try to use things that you already have (or can borrow from friends).

baby shower tea party

For a Vintage Tea Party theme or a Boho theme, your Mom or Grandma’s cupboards are a great place to look for vintage china, cake stands, napkins and tablecloths. The beauty of these themes is it doesn’t need to match, the more mismatched the prettier the effect! Also, charity shops can also be a great place to rummage for vintage serving platters, plates, dishes, and glassware.

balloons for baby shower

Balloons are a great way to add color and impact to your setting and are super cheap. Fill them with helium and weigh them down to add height to your table. In addition, go for colors that match your scheme for maximum impact with minimum effort. Also, a balloon garland is a great way to add impact with balloons. You can follow our easy tutorial here for a DIY balloon garland.

diy baby shower

Find flowers and greenery from your own garden (or a friends) and display in small jars or empty glass containers or cups. Then, lay sprigs of greenery down the center of the table to create a gorgeous centerpiece for free! DIY Baby Shower decorations are a great way to save on your Baby Shower. Head over to your local craft store and stock up on DIY essentials like balloons, streamers, and banners. Personalize them to match your chosen theme. If you’re feeling extra creative, consider making your own centerpieces or a handmade backdrop for photos.

Baby Shower Food

Your Guests don’t require a large meal, but a Baby Shower usually has a light food offering for Guests.

Finger food is perfect and I always think a Tea Party theme is very easy to do. Finger sandwiches with simple fillings, a homemade cake, and scones with jam and cream make for an upmarket party but with inexpensive ingredients. In addition, this menu also works really well for a Boho theme or Garden Party theme.

Other great Baby Shower food options are:

  • Homemade pizzas
  • Mini Hot dogs
  • Homemade savory muffins
  • Vegetable crudités and dip
  • Potato wedges
  • Homemade cookies
  • Homemade cupcakes


It’s nice to have the drink option to match the theme. For example, at a Mama to Bee party, a lemon or honey-based drink works really well. At a Boho themed party, iced tea with mint leaves and fruit is really pretty. Meanwhile, for a traditional tea party, English Breakfast tea is perfect!

Other easy DIY drinks options are:

  • Tea
  • Iced Tea
  • Sparkling water with a dash of fruit juice
  • Fruit mocktail
  • Champagne
  • Non-alcoholic sparkling wine
  • Old fashioned lemonade

DIY Baby Shower Games

If you plan to play some Baby Shower card games like Baby Bingo, buy downloadable games that you can print out yourself. Then you can just print the amount that you need for your party. No need to buy a pack of 50 games cards when you only have 10 guests!

However, there are heaps of other games that you can play that don’t need any game cards.

Other DIY fun Baby Shower Games are:

How Big is Mommy’s Tummy

Adult Diaper

Don’t Say Baby

The Price is Right

Keepsake Book or Wishing Tree

Set up a station where guests can leave their well wishes, advice, or special memories for the mom-to-be and baby. This can be in the form of a keepsake book or a wishing tree with adorable tags for guests to write on.

Baby Shower Favors

It is always fun to give out Baby Shower favors at the end of a Baby Shower to thank your guests for coming.

In addition, it’s nice to tie in the favor to the theme if you can and add a personalized thank you tag.

These are our favorite DIY Baby Shower favor options:

  • A miniature posy of flowers with a handwritten thank you note attached.
  • A homemade cupcake in a mini cardboard box.
  • A homemade gingerbread cookie in a clear bag. Use a fun “baby” shaped cutter like a pacifier or a bodysuit.
  • Also a mini bag of homemade candies, for example, peppermint creams, fudge or coconut ice make great options.

Also, if you have a Mom/ Grandmother / Aunt or lovely friend who is a keen baker, you could always ask for their help with the favors. In truth, many would be thrilled to be able to help out and produce something special for the Mama to Be.

favor bags for baby shower

To conclude, planning a DIY Baby Shower can be great fun and you should let your creativity flow and imagination run wild! After all, this is one party where you can really enjoy the theme to the fullest. Remember, the most important thing is showering the mom-to-be with love and support, so don’t stress too much about perfection. Your personal touches and thoughtfulness will shine through, creating a beautiful and memorable experience for everyone involved.

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We’d love to see your parties, ideas, and pics!

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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