Hints and tips to help you create
the very best online baby shower during lockdown
A detailed guide to help you create an unforgettable lockdown baby shower!
A stay at home baby shower can be every bit as much fun and will certainly make some amazing memories for you to share with baby in years to come!!
In this blog I am going to give you a few hints and tips to help you create the perfect lockdown baby shower!
How to do it…
There are a great many platforms you could use to host your baby shower, here are some I have tried for meetings and found to be very easy to use (even for Grannies!!)
Zoom is a great way for you to connect with lots of people at the same time. Their free version allows up to 100 participants at any one time, the only downside is large groups are limited to 40 minutes (although during lockdown they have been extending that for some meet up’s) but if they dont and you are having fun just end the call and start again! This is a web based programme so there is no need to download anything.
The principles for Skpye are the same as zoom, although you can only have 50 guests at any given time but as there are no time limits if you can keep the invitation numbers down I am sure the party will flow nicely without the inconvenience of a time limit.
Who should host it…
This really comes down to personal preference. If like me you are a little bit (or a lot) of a control freak then make the arrangements yourself, you could send out virtual invites there are lots of free downloadable ones like these ones here from The Spruce. Or there is always that person in your friendship group who takes great delight in organsing things, who manages to do it all seamlessly and goes that extra mile!!
So now that we have the how bits sorted here are some suggestions to make the most of your virtual baby shower! Thinking of all the things you would have had at your in person baby shower is a great starting point:
- Decorations – if you want a theme running through it then arrange to have similar things sent to your guests so everyone can decorate before hand. Pinterest and amazon are great sources for inspiration.
- Food – This is a great excuse to have a lovely wee afternoon tea, you could suggest a menu that your guests prepare before hand to enjoy together.
- Drinks – mocktails for mum to be and cocktails for those that would prefer. Creating these can be fun and creative as well.
- Gifts – You could create an amazon wish list for this and your guests could arrange to have them sent to you before the day so they can see you open their gifts.
- Record the moment – Through out the baby shower you and your guests can take images from their perspective with a view to putting together an album or a guest booking using an app, Free Prints is easy to use and their service is generally very quick!
What to do…
The typical baby shower games might be hard to do on-line but here are a couple that may work well:
Guess the guest – ask your guests to send you a baby photo either digitally or printed then have your guests try and work out who is who.
Because I said so – ask your guests to send you a saying or piece of advice that their parents shared with them then draw them out anonymously and then enjoy the fun as you try to work out who it came from.
The Price is Right – You may (or not) remeber this game show from your youth… Print off images of various baby related items and your guests have to guess the price the winner is the person closest to the correct price.
Name the baby tune – Before the day create a playlist of traditional baby songs and nursery ryhmes and have your guests guess the answers.
Pampers have an extensive list of baby shower games which I think, with a bit of lateral thinking could be adapted to allow them to be undertaken vitually.
Already planning your virtual baby shower I would love to hear what you have planned or if you have done yours already please let me know how it went, just let me know in the commets.