Yay! You’re throwing a virtual baby shower to celebrate with friends and family; near and far. I’m so happy for you and all the excitement that’s ahead. I hope you’re just as excited and looking forward to being celebrated as a first-time mom, playing the silly shower games, opening the gifts and to see all your friends and family come together to celebrate such a wonderful life event with you. I’ve seen many posts recently on social media where moms-to-be have asked how to throw a baby shower online. In an effort to share a little love and help some mamas out, I thought I’d put together a quick guide on how to plan a virtual baby shower. You can get the guide here for free.
What does the guide cover? Glad you asked 😊
In short, you’ll get a roadmap with day-by-day steps on what you can do to plan your baby shower online using Facebook and a Facebook group. I chose Facebook since it’s the easiest and most accessible platform, and it allows your friends and family to communicate with one another prior, during, and after the baby shower. You could also use Facebook and Zoom together; it’s up to you and what your guests will be most comfortable with.
Virtual Baby Shower Games & Gifts
I’ve included a few ideas of games you can play where you can get feedback from guests prior to the shower and games that can be played during the shower. If you’re looking for more ideas, you can visit Pinterest and find games that you think would be a hit with your group.
As for the gifts, I’ve suggested that you include your address in the virtual baby shower invite so guests know where to send their gifts. Ideally, you would give guests enough time to ship their gift before you hold the baby shower, however, due to shipping delays this might be difficult. You could proceed with the shower, opening gifts you have received, and post pictures in your group after the shower of the gifts that were delivered after the celebration.
If you need a starting point, here are a few great eco-friendly gift ideas on Amazon.
I love supporting small businesses and encourage you to consider supporting them when thinking of purchasing a gift. Your gift usually reflects a more personal touch and love the selection of unique, high-quality items. Here are a few of my local faves:
Birch & Bark Natural Wood – Natural toys for imaginative minds.
Bowfield – They bring colour to girl’s wardrobe and fun to their life with adorable hair bows and clips.
Mama May i – Handmade learning toys that blend the best of developmental psychology and design to offer a unique learning through play experience.
Your baby registry can be a link to online stores, linking to specific items or a registry somewhere like Amazon. Small businesses could also use some support, so if you have any local shops you can support with an online order, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. You could even suggest our gift boxes. I handpick all the items – trying to support local artisans – and each one is unique.
Take a look at our current selection of baby gift boxes.
Virtual Baby Shower Invitations
If you’re looking for design ideas for virtual baby shower invitations, you can create your own using Canva or other free design tools, or take a look at Etsy. There are many listed there at a reasonable cost.
Here’s an example of one I did today in Canva.
Virtual Baby Shower Decor & Food
Having a virtual baby shower means you get to take it easy when it comes to decorating and providing food. You can have a few simple decorations as a backdrop, or go crazy and decorate the entire room so everyone can see. In terms of food, a few snacks for yourself and/or a cake or cupcake would do the trick. It’s completely up to you if you want to go BIG or keep it simple.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to plan the shower all by yourself. You can recruit a friend or family member to help you out with some of the details and to keep things on track. It’s always nice to have a co-host, but if you’re the one doing all the planning, don’t worry. You’ve got this!
Lastly, don’t forget to send out thank you notes after your shower. It’s always nice to recognize the special people in your life. You can send a thank you email, evite, or handwritten note – any of these are acceptable and appreciated. A good selection of done-for-you options can also be found on Etsy, like the one pictured here.
One last thing. Remember to have FUN! This is an exciting and happy time for you to celebrate with friends and family. Try not to worry about who can come, when gifts will arrive, who will play the games, what you look like on camera, etc. In the end, all that matters is that your family and friends are all around you *virtually* sending you their love and good wishes.
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