Congratulations, mama-to-be! Your little one is on the way, and now it’s time to celebrate! A baby shower is a milestone for any pregnancy, and just because you may not be able to gather everyone in person right now doesn’t mean you can’t still throw an amazing party! In fact, the idea of a virtual baby shower has been around for a while now. Although it’s unconventional, an online baby shower can save you money, and allow family and friends all across the country to participate!
So if you’re ready to gather up your friends and family to celebrate, online of course, here are some of the best virtual baby shower ideas.
Choose a video service
The first step is picking which software to use so you can see everyone, and they can see you! There are many options out there like Skype, Google Hangouts, and Zoom, and each has different benefits and drawbacks. Be sure to look into how many people they can host at a time, and find the one that’s right for your event. Also, you may want to do a test-run ahead of time to ensure no one has technical difficulties on the day of your shower.
Because we’re living in the digital age, virtual invitation options are everywhere. You can create your own beautiful invitations to be sent via email, and this allows you to easily track your guest list as well as include the link to join your virtual shower. Want to tap into the power of social media? Create a Facebook event where you can post updates to your guests. Of course, if you still want to, you can absolutely send out traditional invitations. It’s always nice for your guests to receive a letter in the mail!
Set up a registry
Even for in-person showers, many parents opt for an online registry. It makes it simple to buy gifts directly from the registry, and see what others have already bought. Be sure you include items that can be bought online and shipped to you, so everything can be done from home.
Decorate your space
Just because you don’t have guests over in-person doesn’t mean you still can’t decorate! Find a space in your home to use as your background, and gather up all those decorations you would have used at your shower. There’s no need to decorate your entire home, but your guests will see part of your space on their screen, so have fun and make your background camera-ready!
Bringing everyone together to celebrate you and your new baby is still possible from miles away. There are lots of fun games to play virtually, that can get everyone excited! Find some fun activities like baby shower bingo or trivia about the parents-to-be. Get interactive, using a platform such as Slido, designed to work with Zoom and Skype, enables guests to answer questions and polls in real time! Not only are these fun games to get all your guests involved, but they are great conversation starters, too! Here are a few to get you started.
Find the guest:
Before the party, have your attendees submit fun facts about themselves. Guests will quickly get to know each other as they match the facts to the guest. The person who guesses the most facts correctly about the others wins!
Have a list of the top 10 most popular baby names from the year the mom-to-be was born. See who can guess them all correctly.
Have each parent-to-be show old photos of family members, and have guests try to match which side of the family they are from.
When it comes to gifts, a virtual shower is much more flexible. Whether you have everyone mail them prior to the shower so you can open them on camera, have your guests hold up their gift to show you, or open them on your own time, it’s totally up to you! After all, a shower is about much more than just the presents.
So with the right planning, your virtual baby shower can be just as fun and exciting as the live, in-person version. And if you’re still working on your registry, is a must-have for any new parent. By providing safety, convenience and style, it makes life with your new little one as seamless as possible. So enjoy your party, mama! Whether online or in-person, this event is all about celebrating you.