Guest post by Kristine Sostar McLellan, Founder of One Tough Mother
What Moms-to-be today are facing is so challenging and unfair. But there is one small joy we can carry with us into this “new normal.” Just because we can’t get together physically doesn’t mean that baby showers have to be cancelled! Expectant Mamas need love more than ever. Here is your step-by-step guide for throwing her a virtual baby shower.
5 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Baby Shower
Select a Hosting Tool
It’s possible to keep it simple with tools like Skype or Zoom. Keep in mind that some may prompt you to pay a small fee for longer events. There are also specialized digital baby shower providers, like WebBabyShower, if you want to easily incorporate some more traditional baby shower elements.
Run a Dress Rehearsal
Test out your chosen platform ahead of time and become familiar with the host controls to ensure the big day runs seamlessly.
Set a Date, Time and Send Out E-invitations
Most physical baby showers now use digital invites through online services like Paperless Post, so this will be familiar to most guests. Be clear about the digital nature of the event and include the sign-in link for guests, as well as registry information and an address for the Mama-to-be. Follow up with guests a couple days prior to ensure everyone understands how to access the event.
Send Gifts Directly to Mom
To give the Mama-to-be a chance to open those cute little onesies for all to see, ask guests to consider sending (or safely dropping off) gifts directly ahead of the event. Many baby stores, like West Coast Kids, are considered essential services and are providing safe curbside pickup.
Embrace the New Normal
We may be doing conference calls in our pyjamas these days, but dressing up for a party can not only be fun, but provide a much needed dose of normalcy. So can playing some traditional baby shower games. Focus on trivia-based games that you can send to guests ahead of time. Pinterest has lots of great – often free – downloadables available!