Virtual Baby Shower Ideas
If you're expecting, the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak likely has you questioning your baby shower. Now that the pandemic has required everyone to practice “social distancing” you may be scrambling to figure out what you should do instead.
Surprise! Surprise! Many moms-to-be are now planning virtual baby showers in lieu of in-person gatherings. Yes, that basically means everyone meets up over their computers or smartphones to celebrate you and the baby to arrive. Sending some virtual belly rubs as you read this! Did you know? Many moms-to-be already have virtual baby showers in order to connect with family and friends around the country or world who can't make it to their scheduled event? Yeah, this is a tried & tested method, no kidding!
So how do these work? Well, virtual baby showers won’t center on food, though attendees are certainly welcome to make up a plate and eat at their leisure. Your invitees will log in at the appointed time to celebrate you and your baby from afar. Here is a step-by-step guide to planning your perfect virtual baby shower.
- Choose a virtual baby shower "venue"
Decide on a site that everyone can connect into for a live video chat, such as Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook or Zoom as you can’t do it on WhatsApp. Some loved ones may not be tech-savvy, so it's smart to test the service ahead of time to work out any potential problems. Best to have a tech savvy friend guide the elderly & others who find it difficult to set up a sound video call.
- Create your virtual baby shower timeline
To execute all the events you might have planned in time, plan a schedule beforehand so everyone could plan their own schedules & all your events could run smoothly.
- Send out invitations
Take ownership and make cute invitations for your invitees. (Download some cute invites here)
- Decoration ideas
Decorating for a virtual shower is obviously optional, but it might help you feel festive to put up a few decorations in the area where you'll be hosting the live video chat. A box a week before the party filled with everything which is needed to set up, like wall decorations, cute napkins and the supplies for games and prizes. You could also try the amazing virtual backgrounds on zoom or try the filters on Facebook if you’re unable to organize the party decoration items.
- Games and activities
You could plan a lot of online games like housie/bingo, 20 questions, quizzes, psych, etc. which are available on the internet & park time for every activity. For prizes, nothing is easier than e-gift cards: Send winners gift cards which can be availed from the online stores.
Should you open gifts at your virtual baby shower?
Send your postal address on the invitation & make sure to send out your invites at least 10 days prior along with a calendar invite to your invitees. This will give them ample time to get gifts delivered to you by the time your virtual baby shower starts & everyone would feel excited while you open them on the call. Some moms want to open presents over live video, but others don’t want to focus on that.
Having to cancel your baby shower is understandably frustrating. But the need for a Plan B may actually be a great opportunity to celebrate your big day from the comfort of your space. We wish you to embrace everything that’s possible with a virtual baby shower!