I love a good baby shower! The cute little desserts, the sweet decor, and the radiant mom-to-be—it’s truly magical. However, if you are the hostess, you may feel a little pressure along with joy…after all, you want mom to feel loved and celebrated!
Plus, thanks to the rise of Pinterest and Instagram, it can feel like baby showers are mini-weddings or something. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to have all the decor and fun a baby shower requires at a fraction of the cost. My favorite secret weapon for events like this?
The dollar store.
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Dollar Store Baby Shower Ideas
A dollar store may not seem like the best place to shop for a baby shower, but I assure you it is!
You can replicate or create everything from decor to baby shower prizes with a little effort and creativity – and for a fraction of the cost. Here are some of my favorite no-fail dollar store baby shower ideas in every category for a fantastic baby shower on a budget.
Ideas for Cheap Baby Shower Decor from the Dollar Store
One of the easiest ways to save money is to utilize these dollar store baby shower ideas to decorate. It’s completely possible to decorate a space on a small budget—just try a few (or all!) of the ideas below.
Make a diaper cake. So this type of cake isn’t edible, but it’s practically guaranteed to be a mom’s favorite kind! Plus it will serve a dual purpose of a gift and a pretty centerpiece. The dollar store sells discounted diapers and newborns go through them so quickly that there’s never a season where extra diapers are needed more. Grab some diapers and some ribbon at the dollar store and get to work!
There are some great tutorials for a DIY diaper cake online, but the basic premise is to tightly roll each individual diaper and secure it with a rubber band. Then, group a bunch together and secure with an extra-large rubber band. Then, take a wide ribbon and tie it around the bundle to hide the rubber bands. Many people like to do this with 3-4 layers of the “cake” which can be made by making the circumference of each bundle smaller than the last.
Purchase a centerpiece. If you don’t feel like making a centerpiece, or if you want to add a few more items, grab a pre-made dollar store baby shower decoration piece. They will usually come in pink or blue with a corresponding “it’s a girl” or “it’s a boy” message.
Add some flowers. Every dollar store carries vases and cups—grab several and place throughout to create space for flower arrangments. There are usually faux florals available there as well, but you could also pick up some fresh florals elsewhere if you prefer. To save money on fresh flowers, here is a dollar store baby shower idea – create a rustic filler by gathering branches outside and spraypainting them.
Stock up on balloons. You’d be hardpressed to find a party supply that is as affordable and high impact as balloons. If you are trying to throw a baby shower for cheap, stock up on balloons at the dollar store and learn how to make a cute balloon garland or two. Try putting one behind the food table as a high-impact decor piece, or on a blank wall to create a photo op wall.
Decorate with streamers. Another high-impact dollar store baby shower idea is to stock up on streamers to decorate with. You can create a fun fringe around the food table in contrasting colors, or twist complementary colors together and loop them from the ceiling.
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How to Feed People with Dollar Store Baby Shower Ideas
Yes, you really can feed people on a budget! I recommend planning a baby shower in between meal times so you can simply serve snacks rather than an entire meal. Here is what to serve and how to make it all look cute.
Set up a candy bar. Grab some dollar store containers with a lid and fill them with candy. You should be able to find a lot of candy options at the dollar store, as well as a variety of jars. You can leave them as-is for an elegant, clean look, or search online for a free printable that can make it personalized.
Stock up on chips and dips. Whether you want tortilla chips with salsa, or pretzel sticks with spinach dip, the dollar store has plenty of both. One easy dollar store baby shower idea is to grab a variety of chips and dips, along with some plastic bowls. Pour chips out of the bag and into a bowl to make everything look nice.
Offer up a popcorn bar. Another fun dollar store baby shower idea is to make a popcorn bar. Simply grab some popcorn at the dollar store and microwave it ahead of time. Then, pour it into a large bowl with a scoop and let guests choose from toppings such as marshmallow, chocolate drizzle, salt, cheese or spices.
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Dollar Store Baby Shower Games
Let’s talk entertainment.
Many people dread baby shower games, but others (looking at you, competitive people!) live for them. If you want to include them, here are some ways you can do so cheaply – with items from the dollar store.
Play guess the number. Grab a large jar or vase and fill it with mom’s favorite candy (M&Ms and Skittles are good choices!) and let each guest write down on a sheet how many candies are in the jar. The winner gets a prize, and mom can have the candy—win-win!
Play guess the baby item. You can get a good number of common baby items from the dollar store. Put at least ten common, useful baby items inside a paper bag (things like a bib, teething ring, rattle, bottle, pacifier, baby socks, and diaper etc). Give each guest a pen and paper before passing the bag around. Without looking, each guest should stick a hand inside the bag and identify as many items as possible. Once everyone has had a turn, find out who had the most correct answers. I actually think this is one of the more fun cheap baby shower games that don’t suck!
Don’t say ‘BABY’. All you need for this is a pack of clothespins from the dollar store. As each guest arrives, give them a clothespin to clip on their shirt. Explain that they can’t say ‘BABY’ for the duration of the shower (or until the game ends). If anyone hears someone else saying ‘BABY’, she can steal the rule breaker’s clothespin. At the end of the game, the person with the most pins wins a gift.
How Big is Mom’s Belly? Another super cheap game – you only need a ball of yarn and a pair of scissors – both available at the dollar store! Pass around the yarn and scissors. Tell each guest to cut off a length of string that they think will be long enough to wrap around mom and belly… (make sure you clear this game with mom… not ALL women think the whole “I’m a whale” part of pregnancy is hilarious!). When everyone has a piece of string cut, invite each guest up to try her luck measuring mom’s belly. Closest string to perfect wins!
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Dollar store baby shower prizes
Put a ribbon on it. Make affordable prizes by choosing your favorite dollar store items and tieing a bow around them. A bow makes everything festive! If it is a small item, grab a few of them and put them in a jar then tie a ribbon around it to spruce it up a bit!
Cute mugs filled with Candy. There are plenty of cute dollar store mugs, and if you don’t trust dollar store candy, you can get THAT pretty cheap at walmart or target.
A “manicure” kit. Ok, I’m making up a fancier name for a bottle of polish and pretty nail file in one of those cute gauze bags. Just be sure to get a good brand name of polish – I’ve seen O.P.I and Sally Hansen at the Dollarama, so I know it can be done. You could even add a set of foam toe separators!
What would I skip as far as prizes from the dollar store for a baby shower? Bath products. I have received a number of bath products from the dollar store as baby shower prizes… and I honestly didn’t use them. I’m pretty picky about my bath products, and the dollar store products just aren’t for me!