How to Plan a Summer Baby Shower on a Budget

May 20, 2022by Kimberly Foerst

Are you planning a baby shower? Have you been following all of the latest trends, but are feeling a little overwhelmed and not sure how to translate them into your budget? Don’t worry!

If you're looking for some ideas on how to plan a trendy summer baby shower on a budget, look no further. We’ve put together a few ideas for you that will help you celebrate the arrival of your little one in style, without breaking the bank.

Cake that says "Oh Baby"

1. How to pick a theme

When planning a baby shower, picking a theme is a fun way to start. If you're looking for a summer-themed shower, there are plenty of fun and easy ideas to choose from. Start by browsing Pinterest or other design sites for inspiration. If you already have a theme in mind, like a beach theme or pool theme, start looking for decor and invitations that fit that style. Keep in mind that you don't have to spend a lot of money to create a trendy summer baby shower. There are many affordable options available online and in stores. And you can DIY a lot of the decor.

2. How to select matching decor

When selecting decor for your baby shower, it's important to think about what matches the theme of your party. For a summer-themed baby shower, go for breezy, light colors and fabrics. Florals are always a popular choice for showers, as are seashells, sand dollars and other coastal-inspired accents.

If you're looking to add a touch of luxury, consider metallic accents in gold or silver. When selecting decor, be sure to keep your color scheme and theme in mind to avoid clashing elements.

Desserts for a Baby Shower

3. How to choose food and refreshments to coordinate with the theme

When it comes to the food and drinks, it's all about picking items that reflect the theme. For a summer baby shower, that could mean fresh fruit juices, light salads or sandwiches, and special cocktails with fun baby-inspired names.

You could also serve up some fun summer-themed desserts, like a fruit tart, cake pops, refreshing fruit smoothies or an ice cream sundae bar. Remember to also offer tea or coffee for your guests. With a little bit of creativity, you can easily create a menu that perfectly matches the theme of your shower.

4. Deciding on games and activities

When planning a summer-themed baby shower, it's important to find games and activities that match the theme. After all, what's a party without some fun games? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Water balloon toss: This summer classic is perfect for a baby shower! Set up two teams at either end of the yard or driveway, and see who can toss the water balloons across the divide the fastest.
  • Pool noodle race: Give each guest a pool noodle and see who can make it from one end of the pool to the other first.
  • Pin the sunglasses on the baby: Get a poster of a cartoon baby and cut out some sunglasses shapes. Blindfold your guests and see who can stick the sunglasses closest to baby's face.
  • Balloon pops: Fill balloons with air and see who can pop them the fastest without a pin.

But games aren't enough. Make sure you also think about the prize you'll give to the winner(s). It can be something small and inexpensive like a trinket with the baby's name or a candy bar.

Gold glamorous balloons for baby shower

5. How to put it all together

Once you've chosen your theme, it's time to start putting everything together. This part can be a little tricky, but with a little creativity it can be done easily and on a budget. The best tips we can give you are to stay organized and also to delegate. 

Keep a list of all the things you want at the shower, like the decor and the games, and indicate when the food and supplies have been ordered, when they need to be picked up, and who is in charge of picking them up. Then cross them off when you have them physically.

Delegation is key to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Ask a few trusted friends to help you with setting up, following up on the orders for supplies or picking up the food you've ordered. Give them specific tasks and specific timelines, and you'll save yourself a whole lot of trouble and stress.


A summer baby shower is the perfect way to celebrate a new addition to the family. Not only is it a fun way to gather with friends and family, but it can also be a great way to kick off the celebration of the new arrival. 

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