Great ideas to plan a Backyard Baby Shower!


Let me ask there anything more fun than a Baby Shower? Just the baby gifts and the cute decorations are enough to put a smile on your face! And guess what? I just recently hosted a Backyard Baby Shower for my son, Michael and gorgeous daughter-in-law Allison. They are expecting their first baby and my first grandson. It is so exciting!! We hosted 30 guests and the party was tons of fun. I learned so much while planning for the party and I want to share everything with you!

Backyard Baby Shower

When I started planning the shower, the first thing I did was go on-line and to a few retail card stores to look for invitations. Because nothing I saw was just right, I decided to make my own. Check out here how I made my own BBQ Baby Shower Invitations. I used PicMonkey for the design because Picmonkey has so many fonts, graphics and collage templates that personalizing your own invitations is easy.

Save money by making your own party invitations! BBQ Baby Shower Invitations were done in an afternoon. Click thru to see how.



After the invitations were sent out the real party planning began. I had never thrown a baby shower before so I kind of modeled the baby shower after a birthday party. Food, decorations, game and gifts. Yup, that was the way to pull a baby shower together when you have no idea what you are doing!

Easy Baby Shower Centerpieces are just what you need for a casual or outdoor baby shower. Perfect for a BBQ Baby Shower for a Boy and only cost pennies each to make!


For the table centerpieces, I got crafty and  used white craft paint on a bunch of old spaghetti sauce jars that I had collected. Did I mention that I had a budget of about $30 for all of the decorations for the party… now that is penny pinching! Check out how I made these super Easy Baby Shower Centerpieces. I purchased the ribbon and baby carriages at Dollar Tree and the roses are from my garden. How easy is that? I also found blue checked tablecloths at Dollar Tree to keep the blue gingham theme going.

Backyard Baby Shower

Backyard Baby Shower

One of the trends for parties and really any get together lately is to have a banner. With my tiny budget I knew that I would have to make the banner myself. Walmart had some inexpensive blank “chalkboard” banners that would work for what I was making. The “chalkboard” was misleading since it was really black construction paper, but I forged ahead anyway.

Chalkboard Baby Shower Banner is easy to make yourself using a pre-cut plain banner, stencils, chalk pen and patterned paper. In less than an hour you can make a customized banner perfect for your own party!

See how I made a Chalkboard Baby Shower Banner using a pre-cut banner, chalk marker, ribbons and a blue gingham paper cutout.

Hosting a Backyard baby Shower


Hosting A Backyard Baby Shower

Serving food for a Backyard  Baby Shower can be a challenge when your budget is tight.  The menu included BLT Grilled hot dogs with all the fixings, Asian Pasta Salad, Southern Baked Beans and Ultimate Brownies. There was Herb Dip with veggies and chips too.


Ramen Noodle salad

Honey Pepper Ramen Noodle Salad

Grandmas Real Southern baked Beans

Grandma’s real Southern Baked Beans


Triple Peanut Butter Brownies

Ultimate Peanut Butter Brownies

Herb Dill Dip

Easy Herb Dill Dip


Is it a real baby shower without games? For the games, we played Baby Shower Bingo from Plan The Perfect Baby Shower. I printed 2 sets of cards and made holders out of card stock for each of the bingo cards. Each guest got 2 cards so that we could play 2 rounds each of Baby Shower Bingo. On each of the holders I printed how to play the game, and the rules to become a winner.

Baby Shower bingo

After that it was  a “Who Can Eat The Baby Food The Fastest” contest. For that game I purchased baby food with names like “Sweet Corn, Kale and Spinach” and “Just Apples and Red Bean”. Then I asked for volunteers. It was amazing how fast the baby food was eaten when a contest was involved!

Baby Food Eating Contest
Baby Food Eating ContestBaby Food Eating Contest

On the line for the contest winners were cute little contest gifts I had made from things I found at Dollar Tree. Included in each plastic popcorn cup are a box of Cracker Jacks, various packages of candy and nuts and a pack of playing cards.

Baby Shower Contest Gifts

So there you have it, all of the planning and hosting of the Backyard baby Shower. It was such an honor to be able to give this shower for my first grandchild. Have you hosted a baby shower? I would love to hear your ideas!

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2 thoughts on “Backyard Baby Shower Planning

  • October 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Baby Showers are such fun and this one looks like a really great one~ Well done!

    • October 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Carol, thanks for the compliments! I would definitely do the backyard theme again…keeping it casual made it so much easier! Have a great one, Christine

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