Hi, I just posted about a shower I recently through for a friend here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293899.0
We always do everything budget! The shower was at our church (free). We do informal showers anyway at church, it saves on time for everyone involved. For informal I mean, we don't do games, we usually don't do table settings for guests, just chairs. We only open gifts and eat (the best part)!
How this shower was a budget:
I picked up the solid yellow tablecloth at a thrift store ($5). The small round "Mommy" tablecloth was a clearance item from Target last year (about $4). The white one was the disposable banquet paper type. From Joann's I bought a couple of yards of quilting fabric (yellow/white gingham, and yellow/white polka dot). We draped the printed fabrics over the solid ones to add interest. Using a coupon you can get these fabrics for a couple of dollars a yard.
Budget Diaper Cake:
~ (2) 56 count packs of generic diapers from Walmart ($11)
~ Instead of wide ribbon for the diaper cake (which can get expensive), I cut 2.5" wide strips of the fabric and used it instead.
~ I bought several wooden cutouts (craft store bins have several different shapes) including the letter "J" and covered them with matching scrapbook paper. The cutouts are about $0.50 each.
~ The wooden yellow ducks were from Michael's craft store already painted for $0.59 each. We hot glued popsicle sticks to the back of some and stuck them in the diaper cake topper, and in the silverware servers. The rest we glued a strip of ribbon to and tied around the flower vases.
~My gracious friend that did the shower with me, made chicken salad sandwiches on croissants. They were very good! We also put out veggies and dip, chips and dip, crackers and spinach dip.
~There is no photo, but we also made yellow lollipops from candy molds for the kids at the shower. Stick them into a block of styrofoam covered in colorful paper for presentation.
~ Beg, and borrow serving stands to make the food look pretty!
~ The bright flowers made a big impact. We got ours as stems at a supermarket, and put them in our own vases.
Check out my blog post on our shower:http://faraboverubies31.blogspot.com/2009/02/another-diaper-cake.html
Good luck on your shower!