You guys know I love a good baby shower. Getting together with friends and family, showering the new mom with love and support, and usually eating something delicious – these are a few of my favorite things!
Whenever I host a shower, I like to send the guests home with a little memento of the fun time we had. It reminds me of getting party favors as a child – such a fun, unexpected surprise to actually get a GIFT at someone else’s party. (Now, of course, as a mom, I get pretty tired of the tiny plastic junk, but anyway…)
This article will suggest a few ideas for sending home a token of appreciation with your guests that is 1) NOT tiny plastic junk and 2) NOT expensive. In my opinion, the best budget baby shower favors are the ones that can either be eaten or used, so let’s start there!
Bath Bomb Favors
Bath bombs are ALL the rage these days. My 8 year old son received a bath bomb kit for Christmas last year and we all loved how fun and easy it was to make them and use them.
Bath bombs can be expensive to buy (I’m looking at YOU, Lush!) but are super DIY-friendly and can be quite cheap to make your own. Most items can easily be found at your local grocery store or on Amazon.
You will need
- Baking soda
- Citric acid powder
- Epsom salts
- Oil (I prefer coconut or olive)
- Essential oils (I like lavender or eucalyptus)
- Food-safe coloring
You can also include a few special touches, like dried herbs, flower petals, or glitter. But I have to say these things can make cleanup a little messy, so I tend to leave them out.
One thing I do love to include is a little charm of some sort. For a baby shower, consider hiding a cute little baby in your bath bomb. What a fun surprise to pop up in the tub!
You’ll also need a mold of some sort. Spherical bath bombs are always cute and easy. But you could get more creative with hearts or even unicorns, depending on your theme! If you don’t want to buy something new, just use a cupcake pan.
Now that you’ve gathered your items, here are your instructions!
Bath Bomb Recipe
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp. water
- 2 tsp essential oil
- 2 tsp oil
- A few drops of food coloring
- Use a whisk to mix together the baking soda, Epsom salt, and cornstarch in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, essential oil, oil, and food coloring.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and mix well. I prefer to use my hands for this step.
- Add the citric acid and mix with your fingers. The mixture will fizz a little and that’s okay. At this point, your mixture will be crumbly like damp beach sand.
- Spoon the mixture into your chosen molds and press firmly so the mold is packed full and tightly. Don’t forget to place your charm or trinket inside at this step!
- Remove the newly formed bombs from the molds and lay onto wax paper to dry. Allow your bombs to dry for a day or two to become completely dry before packaging.
I like to package these in little plastic gift bags. Tie with a ribbon and attach a small handwritten thank-you card. Your shower guests will be thrilled to receive this little goodies and you’ll be thrilled with the cost!
Cake pops are soooo cute for a baby shower favor! There are a million ways to customize them to match your colors and them, and you don’t have to be a master baker to put them together. Again, these ingredients are available at just about any local grocery store or Amazon.
You will need
- Prepared cake of your choice (box cake is fine!)
- Prepared frosting (store-bought is also fine!)
- Chocolate or candy melts
- Food coloring (optional)
- Lollipop sticks
- Sprinkles, sugar pearls, or other decorations
- Cake pops mold or small cookie scoop or melon baller
I have found that it is just as easy to use a cookie scoop as it is to use a mold, but either one is great.
You can definitely use cake leftovers for these. Adding the frosting will make them moist, so if your cake is a little dry, don’t worry. I find that I’m usually making a cake or cupcakes for a baby shower anyway, so I make a little extra and use it for the cake pop favors.
Chocolate is delicious for these – and you could use milk or dark per your preference, or use white chocolate and use food coloring to customize. But candy melts tend to be my favorite for cake pops. They melt and harden beautifully and come in a million colors. They’re easily accessible at grocery stores like Walmart, craft stores like Michael’s, or online stores like Amazon.
Cookie Pop Recipe
This recipes makes about two dozen cake pops.
- 9×13 prepared cake
- 1/4 cup frosting
- 2 x 12 ounce bags of colored candy melts
- Lollipop sticks
- Sprinkles or sugar pearls
- Crumble cake into a large bowl.
- Spoon frosting into cake and mix well.
- Use melon baller or small cookie scoop to measure mixture. Use your hands to roll the mixture into a tight ball. Insert a lollipop stick into each ball and place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in freezer for at least 20 minutes.
- Melt candy coating per package directions and place in deep glass or bowl.
- Holding the stick, dunk the frozen cake ball into the candy coating until submerged. Remove pop and allow excess coating to drip off.
- Decorate with sprinkles or sugar pearls.
- Place cake pop back onto wax paper to harden. If you don’t want one side to be a little flat, use a piece of Styrofoam or flower foam to allow cake pops to dry upright. Or, place them into mini cupcake wrappers with the stick point up like the photo below. They can be packaged just like that! Place back in freezer to harden.
- Wrap in cellophane paper and tie with a ribbon.
It is so fun to receive a homemade treat when you’re leaving a baby shower. Cake pops are a perfect little gift that will be so appreciated by your guests.
Plantable Seed Paper Cards
Plantable seed cards are a sweet and useful way to say thank you to your baby shower guests, and they are so cheap to make! They are literally paper cards with seeds embedded right in them. When you place them in soil and water them, they’ll grow into flowers.
You will need
- Recyclable paper
- Warm water
- A blender
- Non-toxic pens
The paper that you choose will have an impact on how your cards will look. For example, newspaper will look quite different than colored construction paper. I think both would be great, though, so just gather up whatever paper you can find. You can ask neighbors for their old newspapers, check with your child’s teacher to see if they have scrap paper waiting to be recycled, or you can use the cardboard from old egg cartons.
Choose small seeds that are easy to grow. I like to choose seeds that are local to my area, usually a mix of wildflowers. Another option is to use herb seeds so your guests can plant them in their herb gardens.
Seed Paper Recipe
- Recyclable paper (I’d start with a pile of paper equivalent to about one newspaper)
- Warm water
- Packet of seeds
You’ll notice the measurements I’ve offered here are estimates. It will depend on how many seed cards you’re making and how big you want them to be.
- Tear paper into small pieces and place in blender (about half-full).
- Add warm water to max fill line on blender.
- Blend on low speed for 10 seconds, then increase to medium speed for another 30 seconds. It should be a pulpy mess with no visible paper scraps.
- Gently stir seeds into pulp mixture (do not blend!).
- Pour the mixture into a fine mesh sieve and press out as much water as possible.
- Lay a flannel, tea towel, or microfiber cloth on a flat surface. Dump the damp seed/pulp mixture onto the cloth and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Be sure to spread it as thinly as possible and press down firmly.
- Allow to dry for at least 24 hours. Once dry on one side, flip and allow other side to dry for another 24 hours.
- Use scissors or punches to cut paper into shapes.
- Use non-toxic pens to write on cards if desired.
Seed cards are beautiful, easy to use and personalize, and will be fun for your guests to bring home and plant a special memory from the shower.
Look how cute these heart-shaped seed papers turned out on jamonkey.com!
A budget baby shower favor is NOT a necessity. If you want to skip it, don’t worry! Your guests will be so happy to have spent the time together in celebration. But if you want to provide that little extra touch, you’ve just learned three awesome and affordable ideas: bath bombs, cake pops, and plantable seed cards. Let me know which idea is your favorite in the comments below!