5 Frugal Fall Baby Shower Ideas

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A fall baby shower is an easy, seasonal theme that anyone can pull off. You don’t have to have a huge budget to organize a fall themed baby shower either! From cheap fall baby shower invitations to affordable DIY decorations, we’ll take you through some great fall baby shower ideas that don’t break the bank.

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1.) Fall Baby Shower Decorations

Glitter Leaf Garland

Fall garlands are so easy to make that there’s never a need to spend money on high-end decorations. One of the easiest DIYs is a fall glitter leaf garland. 

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Fall Glitter Leaves Garland via House of Jade Interiors

The House of Jade Interiors blog shared this handy tutorial of how to take artificial leaves from the Dollar Store, brush on some glue, dust with fall-toned glitter, and suspend your glittery fall leaves from some ribbon.

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Glitter Leaf Garland via House of Jade Interiors

Paper Leaf Garland

Another great DIY garland is a simple folded paper leaf garland. The Alanna Jones-Mann blog shared an excellent tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to make an elegant, layered paper leaf garland using kraft paper and ribbon. However, there are lots of YouTube video tutorials for different styles of paper leaf garlands, depending on the look you’re going for.

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DIY Paper Leaf Garland via Alana Jones-Mann

Pumpkin ‘Binky Babies’

Another simple fall baby shower DIY is making pumpkin binky babies. This clever fall baby shower decoration only requires small pumpkins, a couple pacifiers, and a black sharpie. Parents.com shared this easy DIY that can add a charming touch to a baby shower, especially if you top your homemade binky baby with a baby hat or ribbon.

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Pumpkin Binky Babies via Parents.com / Photo by Laura Moss

2.) Send Cheap Fall Baby Shower Invitations

Fall baby shower invitations don’t have to cost a fortune. Invite Shop specializes in affordable cards and invitations, with options starting as low as $0.49 per invite.

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Whimsical Pumpkin Patch Baby Shower Invitation from Invite Shop

All of Invite Shop’s festive fall baby shower invitations are fully customizable, but if you don’t find something you love, you can create your own baby shower invitation! Mix and match hundreds of fall-themed colors, backgrounds, and embellishments from throughout the Invite Shop website to create the custom look you want without the custom price tag.

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Autumn Leaves Owl Baby Shower Invitation from Invite Shop

Make sure you send out the fall baby shower invitations at least four weeks in advance so that guests have plenty of time to plan for the occasion and select a gift. It’s also appropriate to include baby registry information on the shower invite so that guests know what the expectant mother needs most.

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Pumpkin Patch Baby Shower Invitation from Invite Shop

3.) Serve Affordable Fall Treats

While it’s tempting to go overboard on food and drinks at a fall baby shower, it’s possible to have a frugal-yet-festive fall spread. Fall favorite treats that don’t break the bank include:

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Caramel apples are a cheap and easy treat for a fall baby shower
  • Peanut brittle
  • Hot apple cider (regular and spiked)
  • S’mores
  • Caramel apples
  • Pumpkin cupcakes
  • Trail mix with candy corn mixed in

Fall Leaves Rice Krispies Treats

We spotted this colorful Fall Leaves Rice Krispies Treats recipe over on the Two Sisters Crafting blog. This clever recipe calls for a leaf-shaped cookie cutter, classic Rice Krispies treats ingredients, and a few fall-toned food coloring options to achieve the vivid fall colors shown below.

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Fall Leaves Rice Krispies Treats via Two Sisters Crafting

Adorable Acorn Cookies

Another adorable fall treat that is sure to get oohs and ahhs out of guests are acorn cookies. The Hershey’s website shares a nifty recipe for acorn cookies using Hershey’s Kisses, miniature vanilla wafers, and decorator’s frosting.

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Acorn Cookies via Hershey’s

4.) Set up a Fall Photo Backdrop

Guests at a baby shower always want to take photos with the glowy mother-to-be. Make it easy and fun for guests at a fall baby shower to make memories by creating a festive fall photo backdrop.

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Fall Photo Backdrop via Urban Life

You can keep the backdrop simple by pinning burlap fabric to the wall and draping a simple DIY pennant banner at the top, or you can go all out with fall-themed props, like hay bales, pumpkins, and artificial leaves.

It never hurts to ask around your circle of friends to see if they have any decorative items in their home that you can borrow to add rustic charm to a fall-themed photo backdrop, like antique milk jugs or an old red wagon.

5.) Plan Fun Fall Baby Shower Games

The key to making baby showers enjoyable to guests is planning active games for people with outgoing personalities and passive games for introverts who would like to stay out of the limelight.

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Games keep things lively at a fall baby shoer

There’s no need to rack your brain for fall-themed baby shower games. Simply take classic baby shower games and adapt them slightly to have a fall spin.

“Guess How Many” Game with Fall Candy

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Little Pumpkin Party Decorations from Amanda’s Parties To Go

Many baby showers feature a “guess how many” game where guests must submit their best guess as to how many pieces of candy are in a glass jar in order to win a small prize. For a fall baby shower, consider filling a baby bottle with candy corn and asking guests to write down how many pieces.

Autumn Charades & Fall Trivia

Give a classic game of charades a fall twist by only including words and phrases that have something to do with fall. Great examples might include: chopping wood, carving a pumpkin, playing football, raking leaves, or acting like a turkey.

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Another passive game is a simple fall trivia sheet, with a prize going to whomever gets the most facts correct. To make the game easier, you can make the questions multiple choice. Just search the Web for facts related to fall. For example, you could ask “What is the first day of fall?” or “How many pounds of pumpkins are produced every year?” or “Which trees have leaves that only turn yellow in the fall and never red?”

Bobbing for Apples

This classic autumn game will bring back fun memories of childhood fall festivals and teen Halloween parties. A little water won’t hurt any of the fancy dresses worn to the shower and any spillage is easy to cleanup.

Bobbing for Apples is even more fun for adults than for children!
Bobbing for Apples is even more fun for adults than for children!

Celebrate the Mom-to-Be

We hope these fall baby shower ideas inspire you to celebrate the mom-to-be in style without overspending. After all, the whole point of a shower is so a woman’s friends and family can shower her with love and gifts. The best thing you can do is let the spotlight rest of this type of generosity, not the extravagance of the party itself!

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