How to host a virtual baby shower

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With the Covid19 pandemic, everyone has been asked to stay at home, cancel all outside gathering and practice social distancing. The world is constantly changing and people for one reason or another cannot all get together at one place and time. But we should not let that stop us from celebrating a new life. In this day of social distancing, a virtual baby shower might be the perfect solution.

What is a virtual baby shower?

A virtual or online baby shower is a party for the mother-to-be and guests to celebrate the arrival of the baby through the internet.   

As a virtual baby shower is kinda new, you may be the first among your family and friends to be planning one. By now you must be wondering how to go about hosting it. This is going to be a little trickier than a normal baby shower and you are probably going to have to stumble your way through it,

Here are some simple steps to setting up a virtual baby shower. 

Choosing a date and time.

This will be the first thing you will need to do. Fist you have overseas family or friends joining in too, be aware of the different time zones. Give people plently of notice so that they can plan ahead.

Have the parents-to-be complete a gift registry.

Since almost everyone has access to Amazon, setting up a baby registry there is an easy answer. Just have the parents-to-be make a baby gift registry account, and choose the items they need or want for their new baby. 

If your guests don’t want to use Amazon, let them know they are welcome to purchase and mail gifts from any place they choose.

Send invitations.

Since your baby shower is online, it makes sense to have virtual invitations too! Use the invitations to explain the concept of an online baby shower. Electronic invitations and FaceBook event invitations will work for this event. (Do remember to keep the event small and intimate.  If you get too many people in on a virtual shower, it can feel overwhelming.  You also run the risk of making guests feel like they aren’t involved.)

Explain in the invite how this virtual baby shower will work, how to log on or the platform (zoom, google hangout, facebook messager, whatsapp, facetime..etc) where they will attend, gift registry information, address of the gift recipient, and the time and date of the event.  

If you have time and all things going well, consider making up a little care package for the guests. It is a wonderful idea but it could get a little pricey so this is optional.

Decorations.

You do want to feel like it’s a real party so the decorations that’s a must is food. In Singapore, everyone love food, don’t we. (if you are the host, you can consider sending cupcakes to the mum-to-be and the other guests.) You don’t need to go overboard with it but a little table with yummy treats will be lovely.

Online Baby Shower Games

Preparing the games is easy and if you are sending a care package to all your guests then you could print off all the game sheets and send them to your guests or otherwise you can email everyone a set and they can print them off themselves.  Games are always loads of fun and everyone seems to have a good laugh. You will be able to find plently of ideas and printable online.

Gifts.

Have everyone send their gift to the parents-to-be on the day itself or a couple of days earlier. And just like the usual party, the mum-to-be can open them infront of everyone.

1- 2 Days Before the Virtual Shower

Send a quick text or message to your family and friends 1 or 2 days before the shower to remind them that it will be a live event so make sure they’re on time. If they have any questions about the technology now is a good time to walk them through it instead of the day of the party.

Set Up the decorations

Choose the spot where you will setup the presents with a nice comfortable chair and decorate! Prepare any food that can be made ahead of time.

The Day of the Virtual Baby Shower

Login 10mins earlier to ensure everything is working fine. Give stragglers a few minutes then get right to it.

Take LOTS of photos!  You’ll want to take plenty of pictures to remember this day, who was there, gifts that were received, and how much fun was had by all.  Someday, the baby may even like to see them. He’ll then know just how much he was loved, even before he was born!