A Guide To Hosting A Virtual Baby Showerby Elizabeth MacDonald
It’s time to celebrate your pregnancy and the upcoming birth of your new baby! Dry your eyes, we know that your fabulous in-person baby shower dreams went up in flames, but we have found the perfect way for you to still feel the love!
There is no reason to cancel everything, just reason enough to change the line of thinking and expectation. When you really think about it, baby showers have become a bit extravagant and over-the-top in recent years, right? Perhaps the time has come for us to bring the focus back to the true reason the celebration is taking place: a new life!
Let’s start planning your virtual baby shower!
A Guide To Hosting A Virtual Baby Shower
Decide Who is Hosting and Where
You can host your own shower! The times are a bit off-balance right now, all rules have been thrown to the wind. You may have a friend or family member who wants to organize the event, though. A virtual baby shower is as inexpensive as you would imagine, but there can be some costs involved if you choose to mail out items to attendees.
Will the event take place on Zoom or another video chat platform? This will depend on your party size.
Create a Guest List and Guest Request
Everyone has free time right now, so you should get plenty of ‘YES’ RSVP’s! Who doesn’t want to pour a glass of wine, hang in their leggings, and chat about babies! (The world needs more baby conversations right now - spread that happiness.)
If your hosting platform has a maximum video capacity, you may need to divide your party up into different times.
Here’s where things get fun! Your host emails or mails the guests a request to complete before the party date. You can get as creative with this as possible. Options can include handwritten advice or blessings, favorite recipes for freezer meals, and ordering a new book for the mother or her baby.
Pick a Date/Time
Consider whether your guests are working right now or not. An evening or weekend may work best, if so.
Create an Online Registry or a Gift Card Registry
While gifts are not a requirement - especially right now, they are still welcomed. It may be easier for guests to send electronic gift cards instead of shopping online, but you’ll know your crowd and pick the best option.
Opt for Recorded Gifts
Money is tight for a lot of people these days. Keeping in line with the true reason you are having a baby shower, you want that connection and celebration with your guests. That can be done by having your guests record themselves reading a children’s book for you to save. They can record love messages for your baby, too.
Plan a Game
You need at least one game! Tisha Speaks suggests this fun one for virtual baby showers:
Game: How Big is Mommy’s Belly
How to play: Have the mom-to-be take a send a picture of her from the side (to really showcase that baby bump!) and post to the groups asking guests to comment with how many sheets toilet paper you think it will take to go around Mama’s belly! Have the mom-to-be measure with toilet paper to get the number of squares. See who can get the closest without going over for the winner.
Send Handwritten Thank You’s
Spend quality time writing to each of your guests to thank them for the smiles, laughs, and fun.
Remember to have fun!