In a world where virtual gatherings are becoming more and more common be sure to jump on the bandwagon to ensure you don’t miss out on any memorable occasions! A Virtual Baby Shower is sure to leave a lasting impression for both guests and mom-to-be!
Virtual Baby Showers are here and they’re going to stick around!
Even when folks can gather together in person I think we will find people quite enjoy the convenience of a “virtual party” and you may one day want to host or be the guest of honor at one!
This can be a great option for families and friends that are afar – or just for a more low key baby shower.
We hope that this post will help you find some fun ways to throw a virtual baby shower no one will ever forget!
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What is a Virtual Baby Shower?
A virtual Baby Shower is celebrating this momentous occasion with family friends over video chat.
Most people use a video chat conference like Zoom, Google Hangout or Skype where you can log in to a meeting specific for you – on your phone, laptop, kindle or smart TV – right in the comfort of you own home.
Why should I have a virtual Baby Shower?
A virtual Baby Shower is great for when guests cannot come together in person to celebrate a mom-to -be.
Whether it is because of contagion or simply because loved ones live far from one another.
It is a great option to celebrate together!
But the last thing you want is to get online with all your friends and have it be….awkward.
Which is why having a theme and plan in place for your virtual baby shower is so important!
Send out invites
Even though everything is done virtually you will want to still send out invites or evites to your guests.
It’s important for those attending to take this celebration seriously and to know it is almost just like a real party.
Make sure you include a start and end time for the shower so guests will make it a priority to “attend.”
You will also want to make sure everyone has detailed instructions on how to attend. Since not everyone will be familiar with video conferencing, you may even want to set up a video and post it unlisted on YouTube so people can figure out how to attend.
Traditional invitations are great, but an. Evite might be the easiest way to easily communicate information.
How to prepare for a virtual baby shower
Make a Baby Registry
This is perfect for first time moms but can also be done for someone who has already had a baby before.
Most likely guests will purchase a gift and have it sent directly to you online. Here are some great places to register that make it easy to have a gift shipped:
- Amazon Baby Registry (free Amazon Baby Registry Welcome Box)
- Target Baby Registry
- Buy Buy Baby Gift Registry (free goody bag and 15% completion bonus)
- Baby List
While not necessary it would be a fun option to have decorations.
You can do something as simple as adding a virtual background to your video chat or setting up balloons, signs, baby gear, etc. behind the guest of honor.
Whether it is a baby shower for co-workers, family, high school friends or of mixed acquaintances you will want to allow some time for guests to log on and say their virtual hellos.
This will allow guests to learn how to navigate the video call and prep for the party.
Virtual Baby Shower Party Games
This is the fun part!
You’ll want to allow yourself and guests time to chat and catch up- but then what?
Why not throw in so me fun games to keep people involved and excited.
Guess how many candy are in the bottle
This is a personal favorite. Fill up a few baby bottles with candy- think skittles, M&Ms, Mike and Ikes or anything else small. Make sure you count how many go into each one.
Whoever is hosting the event then holds up the bottle to the screen and asks each person to text her their guesses.
Whoever guesses correctly wins!
If guests live close by- simply drop the candy off to them after the party- or consider sending them a $5 virtual gift card of some sort. This idea can go for all the games played at the party.
Guess who is who baby edition
Have each guest email you a picture of themselves as a baby.
Combine on a slide show or print out and hold the pictures up to the screen for all to see.
Everyone writes down their guesses and at the end- take turns revealing who is who.
Whoever guesses the most correctly- wins!
Guess the price
Have the host gather a tray full of useful baby items.
This could include: a pacifier, diaper cream, baby lotion, baby shampoo, baby nail clippers, baby Tylenol, baby washcloth, Baby food jar, baby wipes, a onesie, nursing pads, etc.
Hold each item up for the guests to see and have everyone write down their guess on how much each item costs.
Then go around the room revealing the cost and whoever is the closest to the most items- wins!
Guess All About Mom
Come up with a fun questionnaire all about mom-to-be.
Send it out through email to all guests and have them fill it out.
You can choose a winner or just simply go around and enjoy listening to all the guesses from her loved ones!
Guess the baby to the celebrity
Find baby pictures of your favorite celebrities and\or their children and have each guest guess who belongs to who.
You can have pictures for them to match up to make it easier.
Whoever gets the most correct wins the game.
Name that tune
Play a few chords of popular baby songs, nursery rhymes or songs that have the word “baby” in it and have guests guess.
Baby ABC game
Starting with the letter A have each guest go around and think of a baby related item starting with that letter.
See how far- and creative- you can get!
This isn’t really a game- but take time for each guest to go around and give their well wishes to the mom-to-be.
They can share advice or simply send their love to the guest of honor.
Should you open gifts at a virtual baby shower?
This would be completely up to the guest of honor.
Most people enjoy watching someone open the gift they’ve given so if possible give it a go.
To make this work you would need to make sure guests either drop presents off to the mom beforehand or have them shipped directly to her with enough time to arrive.
If time doesn’t allow for gifts to be sent- try a gift reveal!
Have the guest hold up their present- or what they plan on buying- to show off the mom and other guests!
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Cindy Maudsley lives in Utah with her husband and five children. Aside from writing, her passions include her family, faith, and spreading infertility awareness. She also loves a good book or podcast, true crime documentaries , Netflix binge, diet Coke and Target run