If you're looking to cut costs -- but not scrimp -- on a friend or family member's baby shower, ditch the store-bought favors and make your own. Whether you're a craft maven or aren't artistic, you can still do it yourself and design personalized favors that coordinate with the shower theme.
Making your own baby shower party favors gives you the freedom
to completely coordinate the treats with your theme. Pick one aspect of the
party theme and put together a favor that matches it. For example, if you have
a nature or spring theme, create bouquets of wild flowers and tie them together
with either a blue or pink ribbon, or create washcloth bunnies for an animal
theme. Fold a baby-sized washcloth in half and then roll it into a snake-like
tube. Bring the two ends together and pinch the folded cloth half-way down. Tie
the cloth at the pinch with an elastic or ribbon, making two bunny ears at the
Baking Cookies and Cakes
Think back to the goody bags of your youth. While they may have
contained cheap little plastic toys, the true joy was in the sugary sweets.
Invite your party guests to indulge in a treat or two by baking up party favor
delights. Create cute cupcakes that you frost with the baby's "color"
-- either blue or pink -- or go with decorated cookies that match your party
invitations or decor. Put the treats in a cellophane bag and tie them together
with a curled ribbon.
If you aren't exactly a baker, you can still make a foodie
favor. Fill thoroughly cleaned and dried baby food jars with gummies, chocolate
morsels or another favorite candy. Another option is to add the candy to
plastic baby bottles or fill cellophane bags. If you choose a jar or bottle as
a container, use a puff-paint pen to add the shower date, the mom-to-be's name
and a decorative graphic -- such as a pacifier or teddy bear -- to the outside.
Make and Takes
Instead of just handing out party favors, turn them into
make-and-take crafts. For example, use fabric pens to decorate plain white
t-shirts with the shower date or pictures of baby items such as bottles or
cribs. Using the make-and-take party favor approach allows you to double up,
offering your guests an artsy alternative to playing soon-to-be-mom games while
creating their own party favors. If you don't feel comfortable with running an
art-making activity, try something simple, such as filling a baby food jar with
bath salts or planting seeds in small pots.