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How Much Does a Baby Shower Cost?

low costInvitations: 50 Cents-$3 Eachaverage costDecorations: $30-$200+high costVenue Rental: $100-$200+
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  Typical costs:
  • A baby shower typically costs $100-$1,000, depending on the number of guests, the menu and location. Many baby showers are held in a home with finger foods provided by the host or hostess, typically with 15-40 guests.
  • The location for a baby shower may range from no cost (for a home or church) up to $200 to reserve a community space for the shower guests. For example, the Mifflin Township Community Center[1] in Gahanna, OH, costs $200 for four hours (or $100 for residents of the township) and can accommodate 80 shower guests. Cellar 56[2] in Atlanta is an upscale wine bar and restaurant offering private parties for 30-50 guests for about $20-$30 per guest for a salad, entree and wine from the menu[3] .
  • Invitations for a baby shower typically range from 50 cents to $1 each for pre-printed invitations and $1-$3 each for custom-printed invitations. They are often ordered in groups of 25 to 100. For example, national retailer Party City[4] sells eight pre-printed invitations for $4, on which the party host can write in the details. Online retailer Tiny Prints[5] has many customizable designs for about $1-$2.50 per invitation (free shipping for orders over $59), and prices vary based on the order quantity, typically 10-500 invitations.
  • Decorations and paper products for a baby shower typically range from $1 to $10 per item, for a total cost of $30-$200 or more, depending on the size of the party and the number of decorations purchased. For example, Party Pail[6] sells a variety of coordinating paper products, table covers, balloons, favors, party games, and place cards for a Wild Safari themed baby shower. A $30 order might include paper plates, cups, napkins, a tablecloth, two Mylar balloons, confetti, a banner and a party game for 15 guests. A themed diaper cake table decoration[7] can cost $90.
  • Food and cake for a baby shower typically costs $5-$10 per guest, and may include finger sandwiches, fruit and vegetable trays, cheese and crackers, and other appetizers according to Baby Shower 101[8] . It is also common to serve some type of baby shower cake for dessert, which typically costs 35 cents-$2 per slice, and up to $4 per serving for a cake from an upscale bakery.
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What should be included:
  • A baby shower is typically hosted by a friend or family member of the expectant parent, who covers the cost of items such as food, cake, location (if hosted outside of the home), decorations, games and prizes.
Additional costs:
  • Party games and prizes are common baby shower activities, which can incur additional expenses of $20-$50 per party. For some shower games the host must buy items like diapers, baby food and baby bottles. Printed baby shower games at Party City[9] cost $2-$10 each. Small prizes are often awarded to the winners.
  • Party favors such as bags of candy, mints, or trinkets typically cost $1-$2 per guest. My Baby Shower Favors[10] sells a variety of treat containers in this price range.
  • 101 Baby Shower Ideas lists suggestions[11] for free baby shower locations, including a friend's home, a church, or community center.
  • National retailer Wilton offers many resources[12] for DIY baby shower cakes, candy and cookies.
  • Online retailer Oriental Trading Company offers bundles of baby shower decorations[13] for $10 and less. They also offer a free interactive party planner[14] which allows the host to choose the best date, manage RSVPs, design invitations and more.
Shopping for a baby shower:
  • Amazing Pregnancy[15] says baby showers are often held in the final two months of pregnancy, with invitations to be sent out 4-6 weeks before the shower date. The site also offers a baby shower planning guide with tips on food, decorations, location, games, and a baby shower planning checklist[16] .
  • Beaucoup lists 20 ideas for baby shower games[17] to provide guest interaction. The forums at Baby Shower 101 offer personal recommendations[18] for baby shower games and activities.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. For medical decisions, always consult your physician for the right course for your infant or child.
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Dream Baby Shower
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: a user in Chicago, IL.Posted: February 28th, 2018 03:02PM
Number of Guests: 90Venue: Gala Banquet
Venue: 5hrs with server and Tap bar
4 course meal, desert table, lighting, cloth napkins and centerpiece all for $2000
Cake and cake pops: $240
Additional decorations for dessert table: balloons, wooden ornaments and frames $600
Prizes for baby showe games: $160
I think it is worth it because so far I have received $2500 worth of gifts and I still have 1 week till the shower where there will be more gifts
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Baby shower
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Maria Pastrano in San Bernardino, CA.Posted: January 21st, 2018 02:01PM
Number of Guests: 35Venue:
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My First Baby Shower
Amount: $693.50
Posted by: Z.M. Harris in Chicago, IL.Posted: September 26th, 2017 12:09AM
Number of Guests: 30-40 guestsVenue: One18 Ven. $250 for 5hrs
Decorations, Dessert Table, BBS Games, Cutlery & Plates $150
Games List
•Diaper Raffle (already had raffle tickets)
•Onesies Decorating Contest (purchased clothing paint and stuff for art/ sister purchased onesies)
•Mommy To Be (already had ribbon, but u can also u a tissue roll)
Baby Shower Planner, SetUp, & Cleaning Up Fee $85
(My Family Event Planner Cost)
Customize Cake from Calumet Bakery $58.50
1/2 Sheet Cake for 35-45 ppl
Finger Foods, Beverages, and 3 Gift Cards for 3 game Winners $150
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Catered Couples & Family Baby Q
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Bella Rose in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: July 22nd, 2016 12:07PM
Number of Guests: 100Venue: Community Center
Venue $250.00 rental 4 hours
Invites $100.00 Hobby Lobby-Printed @ Home
Catered Food Beef Brisket Barbeque $1,800.00 full meal with setup and a server.
Dessert/Drinks/Beer $200.00
Decorations, table cloths(paper linen like)plates, cups, centerpieces, dessert cups $200.00
Games & prizes $150.00
Barbeque Sauce jar favors $200.00 with special printed event tags
Tips, misc costs $100.00
I don't know if its worth it yet or not but if you can afford to cater any event with set up and a server, you really should, its a lot more fun for you that way.
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Baby Shower
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Emrose in Castle Rock, CO.Posted: July 11th, 2016 02:07PM
Number of Guests: 40-50Venue: Neighborhood clubhoue
We spent the most on our venue and it was only because of the $250 deposit and the $25/3hours which we sadly didnt get back because someone spilled the punch bowl everywhere. We spent about $35-40 on food and $20 on decorations and $20 on invitations
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Baby shower for my first baby!
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Emilie in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: April 21st, 2016 11:04AM
Number of Guests: 70Venue: Clubhouse
$250 for photographer, $75 for venue, $140 for valet guy, $100 for a kitchen helper, $700 on food, $100 decor and balloons, $120 invitation, thank you cards & party favors. Friends provided cake, extra food, dessert, formal table covers, centerpiece and more decor!
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baby shower
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: teuta in brooklyn, NY.Posted: March 19th, 2016 03:03PM
Number of Guests: 30Venue: brooklyn
for the boy
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Customized Baby Shower
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Danita in Delray Beach, FL.Posted: February 2nd, 2014 06:02AM
Number of Guests: 50-75Venue: Rented Clubhouse
Custom Shower was planned for 100 guests whereas aprox 65 showed up! With some custom order gifted items, and some store bought! Candy/Sweets Buffet, all decorations/themed items were handmade by me and/or custom ordered. Very beautiful, my 3rd organized event & best one yet!
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Overly expensive baby shower
Amount: $8,000.00
Posted by: Mayra in Jersey, NJ.Posted: June 22nd, 2013 05:06PM
Number of Guests: 125Venue: Dinner
My son's in law took it upon herself to plan a baby shower buy everything without discussing it with me. Than came up tell me saying I own her $4000.they never asked called me and ask about my opinion or what is my budget. So I will give them only $2000. If they like it or not. Next time they will know to contact me about things that deals with my son
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On a budget baby shower
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: :)) in Las vegas, NV.Posted: January 23rd, 2013 10:01PM
Number of Guests: 30Venue: Home
I've spent $350 on everything , I made my own diaper cake, bassinet for decoration and cupcakes! I ordered finger foods from two places & bought 6 prizes for the games under $20!! All very decent gifts !!
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