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What is the Average Cost of a Baby Shower?

Throwing a baby shower is a great way to celebrate with expecting parents. However, the cost of a baby shower can be high, so it is important to know what you can expect to spend if you are considering throwing a baby shower for a friend or relative. 

Your baby shower budget will include paying for the venue, invitations, decorations, and food. The price of these will vary depending on how much you are willing to spend. For example, the cost of a venue could be anywhere from free to $200. Having your shower in a home or local church could provide your venue for free while other community spaces can cost around $200 for about 4 hours of rental.

Invitations can run from 50 cents to $1 a piece for pre-printed invitations or $1-$3 a piece for custom invitations. Orders for invitations often come in groups of 25 to 100, so knowing how many guests you want to invite will determine the exact price.

The total cost for baby shower decorations can be anywhere from $30 to $200, depending on the size of the gathering and the venue. Decorations and paper products will typically cost $1 to $10 per item. Along with this, food can cost anywhere from $5 to $10 per guest. Food options typically include sandwiches, fruit and vegetable trays, and other small finger foods. Usually, a cake will be served for dessert. Cakes can run as high as $4 per serving if bought from an upscale bakery.

As you can see, costs for a baby shower can quickly add up. It is possible to keep costs down, but it depends on your decisions about the event. Everything considered, you should expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1,000 for a baby shower.

Last Updated: March 15, 2016

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