How to have a baby shower like Meghan Markle’s without the £330,000 price tag — plus how to book your £9.50 holiday

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MEGHAN Markle’s baby shower reportedly cost £330,000 – making it more of a downpour.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, jetted to New York last week for the bash, which is said to have featured elaborately iced biscuits in the shape of storks, a flower-arranging class and a harpist.

Seven months pregnant Meghan Markle in New York City as she prepares for a baby shower thrown by her closest friends
Seven months pregnant Meghan Markle in New York City as she prepares for a baby shower thrown by her closest friends
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Luckily there are far cheaper ways to celebrate an impending birth. These are our top tips.

  1. Fake the flowers: As well as the flower-arranging lesson for her A-list pals, huge bouquets of blooms were provided for Meghan’s do. But homemade paper flowers can look just as good.
    Megan Fife, of Ashleighmoneysaver.co.uk, says: “Make an Instagram-ready flower wall by using tissue paper to fashion rose shapes. Then glue the “roses” on to a large cardboard background.”
    The duchess had platters of desserts in the penthouse suite where she held her party. Megan says: “Get crafty with your own cupcakes and food colouring. Make buttercream and add swirls of colouring to match your theme.”
  2. Buy bargain booze: Mums-to-be may be nil-by-mouth when it comes to alcohol but guests will enjoy a tipple (or two).
    Save on fancy cocktails or bar tabs by picking up Mrs Cuthbert’s Gin liqueurs from B&M, where they cost just £9.99 (RRP, £13.99). Mix with either tonic or prosecco.
    SAVING: £4
  3. Have a high tea: Party planner Jenny Hodges says: “You can pick up a white cotton tablecloth in super-markets for under £5. Then visit a charity shop to pick up a mix of china.
    “For table decor, jam jars with gypsophila and a single rose can really have a impact.”
  4. Use cash back: Abigail Yearley, of TopCashback.co.uk, said: “Personalised decorations, cakes, and favours can hike costs. To reduce costs when shopping at places like Etsy, eBay and Amazon you can buy through a cashback website. TopCashback members can earn up to 10.5 per cent back on stuff needed for a baby shower.”
    SAVING: Up to 10.5 per cent of your total spend

Deal of the day

Get this seaside-themed bedding set for £6.99 at Argos, down from £20
Get this seaside-themed bedding set for £6.99 at Argos, down from £20

GET your king-size bed in ship shape with this seaside-themed bedding set, on sale for £6.99 at Argos, down from £20.

SAVE: £13.01

Top swap

The Ardell Brow-lebrity Micro Brow Pencil is £6.49 at Superdrug
While the similarly dual-ended Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Brow Wiz is £22
While the similarly dual-ended Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Brow Wiz is £22

GET the dual-ended Ardell Brow-lebrity Micro Brow Pencil for £6.49 at Superdrug instead of Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Brow Wiz, £22.

SAVE: £15.51

Reader’s saving tip

SANDRA WYATT from Swindon says: “Use supermarket wine- bottle bags to store your children’s bottled paint and brushes. It keeps everything upright and makes craft materials easy to store.”

  • Send your hints to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published. Please include your name and town.

Cheap treat

Try the new fruity I Heart Italian Rosé, now on offer at Sainsbury’s
Try the new fruity I Heart Italian Rosé, now on offer at Sainsbury’s

HAVE a Friday night in with a glass of the new fruity I Heart Italian Rosé, on offer at Sainsbury’s for £7.50, RRP £8.50.

SAVE: £1

Hot right now

START planning your egg hunts with half- price medium Easter eggs at Tesco. Were £1.50, now 75p.

SAVE: 75p

Shop & save

This Chicago Town four cheese or pepperoni pizzais now £1.50 at Iceland
This Chicago Town four cheese or pepperoni pizzais now £1.50 at Iceland

FAKE a takeaway with Chicago Town medium-sized four cheese or pepperoni pizza, now £1.50 at Iceland, reduced from £2.50.

SAVE: £1

My Sun Savers fiver

CLARE EARL from Dunfermline says: “I save up my mother-in-law’s Savers fivers for her. She buys The Sun every day, I save the codes as money for her to spend on what she likes.”

  • Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is published. Please include your name and town.

Don’t miss out on 260 holiday parks with the Sun Hols From £9.50

HERE is your chance to book one of our Hols from £9.50.

Pick from 260 parks across the UK and Europe, with holidays available until November.

Here's how to book Hols From £9.50 - and have your pick of 260 holiday parks in the UK and Europe
Here’s how to book Hols From £9.50 – and have your pick of 260 holiday parks in the UK and Europe
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Choose from a three-night weekend break or a four-night midweek break.

To book, collect SEVEN tokens, codewords or Sun Savers codes from those inside The Sun until March 9. Today’s token and codeword are in the paper on Page 30, while today’s Sun Savers code is on Page 24.

If you choose to collect seven codewords, go to thesun.co.uk/holidays and enter them to book.

To book by post, send back your printed tokens with the booking form found online.

Collecting via Sun Savers? Go to the Sun Savers app or sunsavers.co.uk and click “Start

Collecting” on the “Hols from £9.50” page found in the “Offers” section. Then enter your seven codes to unlock booking.

  • T&Cs apply, see thesun.co.uk/holidays.

Play now to win £15,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle. And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months, with the first one at the end of June.

Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle
Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect. So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app. Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

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