Are you looking to throw a baby shower but are concerned about the potentially high cost?
Choosing a budget-friendly place to host a baby shower might seem challenging, but as someone who has hosted multiple baby showers over the years, I can tell you that such places do exist!
On average the cost of a baby shower can vary a lot, typically ranging from as little as $150, to a whopping $1,200 or more depending on the venue, number of guests, entertainment and food and drink options.
The interesting thing is that the venue is normally the most expensive part of hosting a baby shower.
So if you are on a budget, then keeping this part low (or even free) will go a long way to ensuring you meet your overall budget, while still leaving you enough money to do things like choose an awesome cake, buy beautiful decorations, prepare tasty food and serve delicious drinks and pregnancy mocktails.
Let’s jump straight in.
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8 Cheap (or Free) Baby Shower Venues
Here are some fantastic baby shower venues that are either cheap or completely free.
Despite being budget-friendly, they are still great places to host a party and we are confident everyone (including mom-to-be most importantly) will have an awesome time.
One of the most popular free baby shower venues is a lovely park.
From grand parks to smaller neighborhood spaces, there’s something magical about this type of setting on a spring, summer or fall day.
Space won’t be an option if you are inviting lots of people to the baby shower, but you will of course need to have the weather on your side with this venue.
Thanks to its informality there should be no issue in asking other guests to bring some food and drink that everyone can share, and this will also really help keep costs down if you are the host or are self-hosting.
2. Botanical Garden
Here’s a gorgeous, elegant and affordable place to host a baby that you might not have thought of: a botanical garden.
With beautiful flowers, bright colors and a sense of calm and serenity, this outdoor venue is sure to be loved by guests and mom-to-be alike.
If you live by the coast, then a fun yet free place to have a baby shower might be staring you right in the face!
Fresh air, plenty of space, a relaxed vibe – what more could you want from a free baby shower venue?
It’s weather dependent of course, but if you can rely on good weather then this is another place where you can roll out the picnic mats, ask guests to bring food and drinks and enjoy a fun, low-key and unpretentious party with mom’s nearest and dearest.
4. Friend or Relative’s House
If mom has any friends or relatives with a large enough house, then you should definitely consider this option when looking for an affordable baby shower venue.
For the person letting everyone use their house, this can be their present, and for everyone else, they could bring some food or drinks to leave the homeowner free to enjoy the day along with everyone else!
Does anyone on the guestlist have a nice garden or backyard that you could perhaps use as the venue?
You probably need less space than you might think, and with some clever decorations (think lights, balloons, flowers) it doesn’t take too much effort or cost a huge amount to turn the average garden into a beautiful baby shower venue.
6. Community Space or Church
Community spaces or churches often have function room that are either free to use or come with a small fee to hire out.
As with the option above, with some beautiful streamers, flowers and other decorations it shouldn’t be too difficult to transform the space into a lovely venue.
Then it’s just a matter of bringing some food, drinks, entertainment and perhaps some music and you’re good to go!
If you are not able to host a baby shower at someone’s house, or you are after something a bit more special, then a restaurant is a wonderful option.
Restaurants make a lot of sense because they come in all shapes, sizes and budgets, and best of all you can leave all the cooking, serving, making drinks and tidying up to someone else!
8. Afternoon Tea
Hosting the event in a tea room is often a more budget-friendly option than a restaurant, but no less fun.
This quintessentially British option can be masses of fun, and with cozy interiors, old-school decor and a range of options to suit differing budgets, it’s one of the best baby shower venues out there.
Some advantages to hosting the celebration in a tea room are the fact that you know the food, drink and service will likely be good, and the overall experience should be highly enjoyable and relaxing for everyone.
There you have it, now you know where to host a beautiful baby shower without breaking the bank.
As a parting piece of advice, remember that as with any party, it’s the people that make it special, so it’s worth thinking long and hard about the guestlist.
It goes without saying there are some special people who will always make the list, such as mom-to-be’s close family and friends.
But there are also some others who are best left off the guestlist, so think twice about inviting those distant relatives mom never sees, any casual co-workers, and of course anyone who will create drama is definitely not welcome!