How to throw a virtual baby shower

How to throw a virtual baby shower

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Virtual baby showers can be creative, fun, and throwable by anyone. Before you start planning, there are a few things to consider, such as what hosting platform to use and how you'll navigate the logistics, which aren't that different from a traditional shower. I'll go over the details and give you step-by-step instructions, but before I start, I want to say one thing:

If you're on the fence about throwing a shower this way, don't be. Planning a virtual shower (and, really, a social event of any kind) will make the mama-to-be feel special and comforted in these otherwise uncertain times.

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Basics of throwing a virtual shower

First you need to decide on a platform.

I like Zoom since it's easy to use and can accommodate a lot of people. However, if you have a free account and are hosting more than three people at a time, Zoom will limit you to 40 minutes. If you don't have access to a paid Zoom account, ask around to find someone who does. If you're new to Zoom, definitely read their tips to prevent party crashers.

Other conferencing platforms you can use are Google Hangouts (no Google account required), Houseparty, or Group Facetime.

Once you have decided on your platform, it's easy to make a shareable link for the event that you will include in your invitations.

Next, you'll need to think through the logistics (keep in mind there is no right way to do this, so just do what works best for your guest of honor):

  • Who's hosting? The host is the main point of contact and will direct all the moving parts that make up a virtual baby shower, just as IRL. If you're not going to don the host hat, I recommend choosing someone who is tech-savvy or at least has experience with virtual meetings.
  • Who's on your guest list? Gather guest emails and use an online invite company like Evite or Paperless Post. Make sure to include all the necessary detailed technical instructions, especially if there are older guests who may not be as tech-savvy.
  • How are you going to open gifts? Not being in the same room can pose a few different challenges, and opening gifts is one of them. You could have your guests pre-send them all to the parents-to-be, or have guests reveal them during the shower and then send them to the guest of honor. If guests plan to send a gift directly from an online store, they could print out a picture and reveal the gift just as easily.
  • Should you give out raffle prizes or party favors? There are a few creative ways you can handle this aspect of a traditional baby shower. Online gift cards are a way to provide the instant gratification of a raffle or game prize that can happen at a traditional shower. Most online retailers will let you send digital gift cards, so your options are endless. You could also follow up with the winners, or all guests, and mail them special gifts.

Once you've nailed down these details, it's time to pick a theme, decide on games, and choose gifts. This is where you can get creative depending on your budget, desires, and timeline.

(Speaking of desires, if all you want is to snap your fingers – or, at least, do a little clicking – and have a shower happen, there are virtual shower specialists ready to just make a shower happen. One of them,, is offering our site users 10 percent off an online shower.)

Virtual baby shower themes

The sky's the limit with themes – pretty much like with face-to-face baby showers. But how you make them happen obviously requires a little digital jiujitsu.

Since there isn't a central place to decorate, consider coordinating with the parent- or parents-to-be to have their space decorated, since they’ll be the focus. Order up for them a balloon arch or a festive photo booth-type backdrop for the shower. If physical decorations aren't doable, you can send the guest or guests of honor a fun photo to upload to Zoom as a background (they might need help enabling a green screen behind them, though).

Another idea is to mail out care packages to all guests ahead of time with decorations and party props, along with party favors and elements for any games. Or you can tell your guests the theme and let them get creative in decorating their own spaces. You can even make it competitive and give out prizes for the best backdrop.

Some potential themes to choose from:

  • Around the World: No travel bans in place online!
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go: Let out your inner Dr. Seuss
  • Throwback: Pick a decade that people could represent easily with things around the house
  • Sports: Guests can wear their favorite team's jersey
  • Storybook: Everyone sends books for the baby's library

Virtual baby shower games

Don't let your guests get out of playing shower games just because you are online! Here are a few games that you can easily play virtually:

  • Baby pool: Using a shared document, like Google Sheets, you can create a pool where people can enter the date they think the baby will be born.
  • At-home scavenger hunt: Have your guests try to find items around their house on a scavenger hunt list.
  • Baby trivia: Use the chat function to have people answer baby trivia to win a prize.
  • Guest baby photo contest: Prior to the shower, have your guests email baby photos of themselves. Put them together in a slideshow (I love using Google Slides) and have the guests guess who is who.
  • Price is right: This baby shower favorite can be adapted for a virtual party. The game leader needs a basket of common baby items, and the guests need to guess the price of the items.

The only limit to the type of games you play during the virtual shower is your level of creativity. For example, if you've got your heart set on playing the classic "what's in the diaper?" game, you can make that happen by having all the guests send one preloaded diaper to the mama and have her do the reveal live. Don't let the virtual bit put the brakes on your fun.

Step-by-step instructions for how to throw a virtual baby shower

Ready to get this party started? Here's what you need to do:

  1. Set a date with the guest of honor.
  2. Decide on your virtual platform.
  3. Send out invites. Make sure that everyone, including Grandma, has Internet access and knows how to navigate the chosen platform. Include details on where to send gifts, if applicable.
  4. Prep and send any baby shower care packages to the guests.
  5. Test your equipment and connection prior to the day of the party.
  6. Remind your guests of the event a week in advance and again on the day before the shower. Virtual events need a little more reminding and handholding, since there isn't a physical place to be.
  7. Send the mama-to-be any last-minute necessities, such as a bakery, balloon, or flower delivery.
  8. Lights, camera, action! Log on and enjoy the day.
  9. Follow up with a thank-you message to all the guests. And don't forget to send out any prizes or favors.

Pregnancy is a long slog even in normal times. Pregnancy during a pandemic can be downright deflating and lonely. But a little bit of planning and innovation can go a long way to celebrating an expectant mom and coming baby in the manner they deserve.

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