Unfortunately, as the global pandemic continues on, more and more important events such as weddings, graduations and baby showers are being affected. Thankfully, there are still ways to celebrate and show your loved ones you care.
As odd as this may sound, there are a few positives to hosting a virtual baby shower as opposed to an in-person one. Baby shower guests mainly consisted of close family members and friends in the local area. But now, any and all loved ones can be a part of this special occasion, no matter how far away they are.
But what exactly is a virtual baby shower? And how do you throw a successful one? Continue reading and we'll walk you through everything you need to know.
Virtual baby showers just go to show how far we've advanced while still maintaining classic traditions.
There are several low-cost or free "venues" where you can host your virtual baby shower. Zoom has been the most popular of these venues. It's easy to use and can accommodate hundreds of guests if you become a paid subscriber.
You can also use Skype, Google Hangouts, or Facetime.
If you want to keep everything virtual, you can send out e-vites to all your guests. But to make it a little more formal and personal, you can mail out your invites. You can also make things easier by visiting sites like Etsy to download and print your own custom invites. So much time is spent staring at different devices and screens throughout the day that it's always a pleasant surprise to get a card or letter in the mail.
No matter how you choose to send out the invitations, make sure to include all the important details such as the date and time, the unique link and password to enter the virtual room, registry information, and any items you would like people to bring for playing games.
For guests that aren't so tech savvy, you can hold a trial run so that they will be comfortable and be sure to make it to your shower.
If the expecting mother has a friend or family member who would like to host, it's possible to coordinate all the details through texts and emails. The host can even send a box of theme-matching supplies such as balloons, a banner, a personalized cup, a sash, etc. to the guest of honor before the baby shower.
While food is usually a big part of baby showers, it's not necessary for a virtual one. It's always a good idea to ask guests to have a drink nearby for whenever there's a toast, but otherwise, this isn't really something you have to worry about. But feel free to send some cookies, cupcakes or other goodies to your guests so you can all enjoy a treat together.
There are a few options:
1. Registry presents can be directly shipped to the expecting mother before the shower so she can open them on camera for everyone to "ooh" and "aah" at each unveiling.
2. Let your guests be a part of the gift reveal. Each person can take turns unwrapping his or her gift, say a few words and mail them afterwards.
It's easy to fall into an awkward silence when everyone's staring at their computer screens instead of being face-to-face. Having a bunch of party games ready to go is a great way to keep the flow going.
Play games like Name that Tune for baby-themed songs, Baby Gear Price is Right, Baby Scattegories, and Guess the Celebrity Baby. You can also try something like Baby Charades. Split the party into two teams and take turns acting out your assigned words.
No matter what game you decide on, remember to have prizes! Great prize options include emailed gift cards for local boutiques, businesses, or restaurants that are still operating. You can also decide to make a donation to the charity of the winner's choice if you want to be more philanthropic.
Most importantly, when throwing a virtual baby shower, remember that although this may not be what you imagined your shower to be, your loved ones will all present to mark this momentous occasion with you and celebrate the birth of a new life.