My sister is getting married and I’m so over the moon excited for her. Once she was engaged I immediately told her I would throw a bridal shower for her. I couldn’t wait!! Once you say that, you can’t take it back, even when money can be tight. So, I threw a shower on a budget.
I got right to work planning the theme (rustic) and the menu (desserts, of course) and had dozens of pins on the board I created on Pinterest for this occasion. But there was one problem: BUDGET!
Anyone who’s ever been in a bridal party knows it’s an investment. And we fork out the money because it’s that person’s special day and we want to be a part of it! From the dress, to the parties to the hair and nails, the costs can accumulate. This was my reality, but I didn’t want it to hamper the epic shower I wanted to throw for her. She’s my baby sister, so she deserved a good shower!
Throwing a shower can be expensive, but I kept it under $250. I also banned games. I didn’t want her to have a hat made of ribbons from the gifts she got. I just wanted it to be a beautiful backyard party with the people she loved and a chance to chat before the big day. Except for one: The Date Jar! It was a hit.
Decorations were where I started, and I went to Wish to get these super cute foil balloons that spell love. They came in super fast, along with the foil straws. The other stuff…..well, it never showed up. I knew I was risking it, but it was worth a try since most of the stuff was free and I just had to pay the shipping. The rest of the items were from Michael‘s, using the coupons they send via email every week.
Next up was the Dollar Store, a no-brainer! The Dollar Store has really nice wedding decor and I loved this photo booth props that everyone took advantage of. In fact, my sister even used these photos as thank you cards for her guests. Great idea!
Pinterest has a ton of great ideas and one was the cupcakes arranged in the shape of a ring. To save time, I baked the cupcakes and froze them until the day before, then I went to the Bulk Barn for the buttercream icing. Thank you, Lord! What a lifesaver. It was the perfect centrepiece, and paired perfectly with the punch which was a hit!
Admittedly, the bulk of the money spent on the party was found in the food. From little treats to the ingredients for the punch, that’s where I spent.
I did splurge on one item: the cookies from the Cookie Diva. Worth every penny and they were perfect.
We had a fantastic day hanging out with my sister and showering her with love before her big day, and I have to say, I’m very proud of how this shower turned out. Goes to show it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money to throw a great party.