How To Throw A Virtual Baby Shower
When you think of a baby shower, the first image that will most likely come to mind is a group of friends and family members sitting together. Often in someone’s house, giving gifts, eating food, and playing games.
What happens if your friends and family live miles away or in a different country? Or if you have to stay at home due to various restrictions?
Much like everything else in the world this year, there is something you can do. You can have a wonderful virtual baby shower!
This way, you can still see everyone (perhaps more people than you would have otherwise), no one has to travel, and you can have an amazing time at home.
The idea of virtual baby showers has been around for a long time. At least since the year 2000. Though recently it has taken off again, for obvious reasons.
If you need to make your special event a virtual one, don’t worry. Read on for some hints and tips on how to throw a virtual baby shower that everyone will love.
What Tech Do You Need?
If you’re arranging a virtual baby shower then you’re going to need some specific tech in place. That way, you can do it successfully.
The good news is that there are plenty of apps and websites that will allow you to meet up with all your guests for free.
There are even websites that exist solely for hosting virtual baby showers. However, these won’t be free. Sometimes it can be worth the money to take the hassle out of arranging everything by yourself.
You can even use social media such as Facebook not just for the party itself but also for the planning involved.
Since most of your guests will have an account already, it’s not going to be much of a hardship for them to get to your party or help with the arrangements.
Think Of A Theme
Just because your baby shower is going to be online, that doesn’t mean you have to forego having a theme.
The party’s theme can be anything at all, although it’s a good idea to make it something that everyone can get behind and be involved in.
Anything that’s too specialized or niche can mean that outfits or games are hard to match. This might make it more stressful than enjoyable.
The theme should be something that carries over into every aspect of the party. From the invitations to the décor to the food, and everything else besides.
In the past, it was normal for good friends or family members to arrange a baby shower for the expectant parents.
Today it doesn’t have to be done in this way. Many parents are choosing to arrange their own baby shower. That way, they know the date will suit them, and they will be in control of the event.
As long as someone is designated as the party host, it really doesn’t matter who it is.
The host will need to ensure that all the arrangements are in place, but they can delegate. This way, they don’t need to worry about getting too overwhelmed.
Send Out Invitations
You could send out a text or a group message to everyone who’s invited to the baby shower. It is much more special and exciting to receive an individual, well thought out, nicely designed invitation.
If you’re attending a baby shower, getting an invitation that lets you know the date, time, location (or online URL makes everything easier.
You’ll know what to wear, and even if there is a guest registry. Plus, it’s a great souvenir to keep for the future.
You could invite more people than you would have been able to if you were having a physical party. However, you should check for information on the platform you are using for the party to see the maximum number.
It can be hard to keep track of everyone if there are too many people, and it can take away some of the fun.
Don’t Forget To Decorate
Even though no one will be coming in to see the baby shower decorations, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put them up.
Remember, a virtual baby shower is still a visual thing.
Having decorations up is a great way to celebrate. You don’t have to go to town and decorate the whole house or a whole room.
Just focus on the area that will be right behind you when you’re on screen.
Whoever is organizing the baby shower could even send out the same decorations to everyone who is attending.
That way, everyone will have a similar background with the same decorations. This will give the party a more cohesive look. Plus, it ensures everyone feels part of the celebration right from the start.
If you’re using Zoom, there are several different virtual backgrounds you can choose from. Including baby shower décor!
Have everyone use the same background. You’ll all feel much more as though you’re together in one room even if you’re many miles apart.
Virtual Baby Shower Games
Games are an important part of any baby shower. They can turn a happy get together into something much more memorable.
The funnier the games are, the better.
You’ll find that a lot of the traditional baby shower games are played on paper. That’s great because they can easily be transferred to the virtual space. You won’t have to miss out on any of the fun.
Games that are often played at baby showers and that work well for online grounds include:
The Price Is Right
Do this by holding up some baby items such as diapers and formula. Have guests guess how much everything costs.
They can write down their guesses. Everyone will reveal their guesses at the end. The guess closest to the right price wins.
Pictionary is a hilarious game that involves people guessing what someone is drawing. Although normally played in teams, your online version of Pictionary can be adapted.
Have everyone guess what the drawing is in a specific amount of time.
At the end of the game, the person with the most points from correctly guessing the sketches wins.
Since you’re having your party online, you can also play specially designed online games and quizzes.
This may involve splitting your screen and changing how the video conference is seen. You might want to practice ahead of time.
That way, you don’t accidentally lose everyone and have to invite them all in again!
Gifts are a traditional aspect of a baby shower. Guests bring items that are going to be useful once the baby arrives.
Most parents use a gift registry. That way, they receive gifts that they want and need.
Of course, when everyone is attending a virtual baby shower, gifts might be slightly harder to organize, but it’s not impossible.
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If you have a registry, the end date can be before the baby shower date. This will ensure that the items are shipped to the parents before the party. Then, they can then open them onscreen!
Other options include guests sending the gifts to the parents to be opened during the party or for guests to open the gifts themselves and then send them later.
Do you have more tips on how to throw a virtual baby shower?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.