Flash back to 10 years ago when hosting a baby shower meant grabbing balloons and a cake.

Now party planning is practically synonymous with the word “Pinterest,” which can make playing hostess seriously stressful. (And expensive!)

So, how do you plan a Pinterest-worthy baby shower when you’re not crafty and you don’t want to break the bank?

 

1. Get cash back on your catering with Ibotta.

And by “catering,” we mean those cute sandwich platters you made with your own two hands.

Plan your menu (remember: less meat = less cost), make a grocery list, and download a grocery rebate app before heading out to get instant cash savings on your menu. With Ibotta, you’ll get $11 just for signing up, then it’s rebates galore.

(You may get hooked and start saving around $500/year on groceries. Consider yourself warned.)

 

 

2. Shop for party decor through Ebates to get up to 45% off.

Since you don’t have time to price check everything, we found some sweet deals for you:

  • WholesalePartySupplies.com: Stack coupon codes with Ebates cash back. Right now, you can get 15% off your order (code: SPRING), plus an additional 4% cash back using Ebates.
  • Shindigz.com: Go straight to the clearance section. You can score up to 30% off already reduced prices, plus an additional 15% off using Ebates.

 

3. Go simple with a 20-piece party decor kit from Amazon for under $25.

If decorations overwhelm you, try a 20-piece decor kit for under $25 on Amazon. It’s like a party in a box (where everything costs around a buck each)!

 

 

4. Get $1 party decor shipped for free with DollarTree.com.

If you love online shopping but want Dollar Tree prices, shop DollarTree.com. Avoid shipping charges by having it shipped directly to your local store (for free), and pick it up later!

Stock up on tablecloths, plates, cups, wall decor, party favors, gift wrap/bags, cards, and more — plus it’s all (you guessed it) a buck.

 

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5. Save 2-9% by purchasing your gift with a discounted gift card through Raise.

Where’s the new mama registered?

Make your purchase with a discounted gift card you purchased on sites like Raise.com or GiftCardGranny for instant savings like:

 

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6. Use your own shower gift as party decor.

I hate watching expensive decor getting tossed after the party is over.

Cross decor off your budget list by purchasing baby clothes and hanging them on the wall, or placing a few pairs of baby shoes around the cake table.

It’s cute AND practical.

 

7. Search RetailMeNot while you’re waiting in line to make a purchase at the store.

In addition to using a discounted gift card (#5), check RetailMeNot.com (or use their app) for promo codes or in-store coupons.

I recently searched for discounts at Babies ‘R’ Us while standing in line to buy a shower gift and got an additional 20% off one regular priced baby gear item.

 

 

8. Make a free diaper cake.

Via Personalcreations.com

Your centerpiece: A diaper cake

Your cost: Free

Check out these 15 ways to score free diapers, and then start building.

If you don’t want to create a diaper cake out of ’em, you’ll still earn the “favorite friend/sister/aunt” title by surprising the mom-to-be with a nice stash.

 

9. Or get packs of diapers for only $4.97 using the KCL app.

You think we’d forget our own app? Never!

The KCL app consolidates ALL the coupons out there so you don’t have to spend time searching through various flyers and matching up coupons with what’s on sale in order to get the best price. Let us do it for you!

 

10. Shower the new mama with baby freebies.

Stick these 34 baby freebies in a gift basket, use for party games, or sprinkle them around the party for more practical decor items.

 

 

11. Save (at least) $20 by using Evites.com.

If you go the snail mail route, you’ll spend at least $10 on postage for a 20-person guest list, and that doesn’t even count the actual invitations!

Printed invitations are cute, but digital invitations just make sense with everyone using electronic calendars anyway.

Shower invitation templates on Evites.com are drool-worthy. Best of all? They’re free.

 

12. Sell shower decorations after the party is over.

Package whatever decor you had to purchase and sell it on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

You’ll recover at least some of your costs!

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