Planning An Affordable Baby Shower (Man Yue) In Singapore
Organizing baby showers, commonly known as ‘Man Yue’ just like any other party can take up a considerable amount of resources. You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on that occasion. The event is usually planned when the mother is expecting or when the baby is a month old. The planning part of the event can be tricky as a new parent. To make your event successful, here are a few tips on how you can organize an affordable baby shower.
1. Avoid ordering food from the “Baby Shower” packages
Various catering companies have packages for parties such as baby showers. They promise you scrumptious meal selections with premium desserts. It is easier to fall into the hype of these packages, but this is something you avoid.
On average, food packages offered by caterers can cost up to $25 per person. Usually, these food packages are overpriced, so it is better not to order food in that category. The overpriced baby shower packages will not be different from the normal buffet set that is offered. You should not limit your food selection options because a typical buffet will cost between $8 and $12 per person.
2. Hold the baby shower at home
Nowadays people prefer holding parties in high-end venues such as a hipster café. Do not fall for the hype of trying to blend because these venues are very expensive to book. For instance, booking an area for a few hours can cost about $3000 or more. A small café at Boat Quay will charge you up to $180 per hour for the venue.
To cut costs, it is appropriate to hold the baby shower home in your living room or a relative’s if space allows. You can contact friend or relatives who stay in private apartments where they may have an events room to book it on your behalf.
Alternatively, if you want to hold your baby shower in a venue outside the home that is affordable, consider the following venues:
Tickle Tickle: the place has two indoor places to pick from. There is the Hougang Sports hall, which is their cartoon village that offers exciting urban jungle life. They have a kids place to keep kids engaged. Their Delta Sports Hall is also excitingly great with candy land themes that make the place lively.
East Coast Park: it is one of the most exquisite urban gateways that offer an exciting and invigorating range of recreational activities, dining, and sports. The park has an activity for virtually everybody. It is just the perfect place to hold a baby shower.
SAFRA Function Rooms: they have several function rooms for you to host your party comfortably. They have many ballrooms to accommodate huge numbers of guests.
Bukit Timah Saddle Club: if you want to hold a private party over the weekend to celebrate the baby shower this is an amazing venue to consider.
3. Avoid shopping for decorations from physical stores
Several party stores in the country sell paper tassels, banners, centerpieces as well as confetti and streamers. These decorations can be expensive if bought from the physical stores because overhead costs make the product cost high.
You can instead buy the decorations online from low-cost sites such as Taobao, Qoo10, and Ezbuy. Always ensure you make your orders early so that the decorations can get to you on time. Alternatively, you can save the amount from being spent on decoration and ask relatives and friends who have held baby showers about their decoration. They can loan you the decorations that they used in their baby shower.
4. Involve family and friends
You may have a family member who loves photography or one who can bake it is advisable to enlist their services. You can ask them if they can offer help in baking the care, photography, or even decorations, among other logistics. Most of the friends and family will be more than willing to offer their help because a baby shower is a great bonding session with the mother and baby. Always appreciate their contribution after the baby showing by treating them with a gift or even a meal. Planning a baby shower can overly become stressful. It is therefore important to get family and friends involves as this will be more fan and will bring you immense joy.
5. DIY essentials and door gifts
Usually, in every baby shower, red eggs are normally given as a symbol of birth or a new beginning. You can decide against buying the red eggs from the supplier directly and cook them by yourself and then dye them red.
Equally, when it comes to gifts, you can save a lot on the door gift. Instead of going for expensive gifts, you can offer homemade gifts like baked foods such as brownies or cookies. It is important to avoid spending on celebratory boxes because they can be too expensive. Normally the price of the gift increases because of the box and not the product. If you are looking to save some cash, go for homemade gifts because after all, it is the thought that matters.
Other aspects to consider
Planning a baby shower can be very involving, and it requires one to commit their time in the process. Besides looking at ways you can hold an affordable baby shower, you should also keep in mind the people you want to invite. This will determine what your budget should be like in terms of food, and if it is a reserved place, the sitting space. It is also important to plan early on what the theme of the baby shower should be like because a baby shower for a baby girl will have different colors to those of a baby boy. Take into consideration other extra activities like photography as this should be budgeted for if you are going to hire the service.
The process of planning a baby shower is very demanding, so instead of doing it yourself, ask a friend or family member to assist you.