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8 Affordable Essentials for the Best Baby Shower

If you know someone who’s had a baby, chances are you’ve been to a baby shower. And whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying baby showers can be a rite of passage that makes impending parenthood feel real. 

But planning a baby shower can be overwhelming to say the least. So if you’re planning one yourself, here are our top picks for making it a breeze — and cute to boot.

 1. Multicolored “Hello Baby!” printed dinner plates

Plates Spirtz

These “Hello Baby!” printed plates are perfect for a gender-neutral shower and offer a colorful way to celebrate the special soon-to-be newborn. Perfectly sized for bigger meals and made of sturdy paperboard, this collection can be mixed and matched with all sorts of different patterns and colors (see below).

Spritz multicolored “Hello Baby!” printed dinner plates (pack of 10), available at Target

2. Printed lunch napkins 

Napkins Spritz

These turquoise napkins are the ideal match to the plates above and perfect for serving guests at a shower. The three-ply napkin has a blue-and-white-striped pattern on one side and bold polka dot design on the other. Mix and match these napkins with other vibrantly colored tableware items. The best part: If you’ve got leftover napkins after the shower, these work well for a fancy dinner or brunch gathering too.

Spritz turquoise printed lunch napkins (pack of 20), available at Target

3. Pin the pacifier baby shower game 

Shower Game Beistle

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, baby shower games are an important addition/tradition at any baby shower. The pin the pacifier set is a classic, easy game in which the guest wears an blindfold and tries to place the pacifier in the baby’s mouth. Included is a large poster, one adjustable blindfold and 12 pacifiers.

Pin the pacifier baby shower game, available at Amazon

4. Baby shower scratch ticket game

Baby Shower Game scratch tickets

Our next baby shower game is this set of baby-themed scratch-‘n’-win tickets. Simply ask your guests to scratch off the silver square to reveal the winning ticket. Each 24-card deck comes with one winner to reveal a picture of milk in the baby’s bottle. The nonwinning cards reveal pictures of various baby items that do not belong in a bottle.

Baby shower scratch ticket game (pack of 24), available at Amazon

5. My water broke baby shower game

Baby Shower Game Baby Cakes

Our last game pick is a game called “my water broke.” At the shower, each person receives an ice cube with a plastic baby frozen inside. Each person then has to “watch” their baby and the first one to notice their baby has broken out of their ice cube must yell, “My water broke!” Included with the game are the baby pieces and instructions. This game will have your guests laughing for the duration of the party. Whether you put these baby ice cubes in your drink is entirely up to you.

My water broke baby shower game, available at Amazon

6. Pink & gold balloon scratch-off greeting cards

Greeting Cards Inklings Paperie

These unique, innovative and fun greeting cards make the perfect thank-you cards for after the party and will ensure your guests remember the event. The pink and gold balloon scratch-off cards by Inklings Paperie allow you to simply write your message in the blank area and cover it with the scratch-off sticker provided. Scratching gently will reveal your message. These cards are made of 100 percent-recycled envelopes, printed on sustainably produced paper and utilize soy-based inks.

Pink and gold balloon scratch-off greeting cards, available at Target

7. “It’s a Boy/Girl” milk jar party favors

Party Favors Kate Aspen

Our next baby shower essential is a party favor. The Kate Aspen “It’s a Girl/Boy” milk jar is a cute, clear, old-fashioned glass mini-container with a real cork top and large, easy-access opening. The jar makes the perfect accompaniment and party favor for your guests. Up the ante and fill the jar with your favorite candy or bath salt for that personal touch.

“It’s a Boy/Girl” milk jar party favors, available at Target

8. Pink, blue & white gender-reveal candy kit

Candy Kit Buy Seasons

Lastly, we have some simple yet essential candy party decor. Available in pink, blue and white, whether you know the sex of the baby or not, these brightly colored candy accoutrements will add a dash of color and fun to any baby shower and provide yet another delicious goodie for guests to take home.

Pink, blue and white gender-reveal candy kit, available at Target

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