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What's a virtual baby shower? And, how can you host a virtual baby shower? Today we are covering all these questions and more, as we explore the concept of online baby showers.
Virtual baby showers have been around for a while. Sometimes, family and friends are scattered across the states and the globe, making it hard for all to gather and celebrate the new mom and baby. A virtual baby shower makes it possible to host a baby shower regardless of the distance between everyone.
Most recently with the corona-virus pandemic and the need to social distance, virtual baby showers have become more popular than ever. Virtual baby showers are happening all over the country as more moms-to- be and hosts see the appeal in them.
So whether you've had to cancel the baby shower because of the corona-virus pandemic or you are planning on hosting a baby shower in the coming weeks or months, don't despair!
You can still host a beautiful and delightful virtual baby shower. All you need to do is plan a date, organize some activities and ensure that everyone has access to the internet, a camera or microphone for the event.
Friends and family of the mom to be who live around the country, can join in the celebration and the fun, from any location without having to travel, which is the prudent thing to do right now!
APPS AND WEBSITEs TO USE FOR A VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER
You'll need to find the right service to use. There are tools like Skype, Facetime, Hangouts or Zoom. There's also an online portal dedicated to online baby showers called Webbabyshower.com.
Use the portal to host an online baby shower with added benefits such as video & photo albums, guest books, games, a gift registry, built-in email invitations and birth announcements. Right now they are offering a discounted rate for online showers because of the hardship due to the pandemic.
INVITATIONS FOR THE VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER
First, if there’s been a change of plans with regards to the baby shower then send a note with an explanation of your new event. Let your guests know that while the event won’t be taking place at the original location, it’s still happening.
No matter what option you choose, you'll need to include the date and time, link to join the conference, quick explanation of the virtual shower and how it works, a way to RSVP and Registry details.
BABY SHOWER DECORATIONS
Just because it’s a virtual baby shower doesn’t mean decorations aren’t important. Since it's a virtual shower, think how the space would look on camera. Just keep in mind that a cohesive color scheme will make the baby shower photos and video look pulled together and pretty!
Add a sweet surprise by getting the dad involved in on the fun. He can surprise the mom to be by decorating the room. And perhaps, all the guests can coordinate and wear the same color scheme or have some sort of coordinated decor in their respective locations.
virtual BABY SHOWER GAME IDEAS
Many people think that virtual baby showers cannot be fun, but this is not the case at all. There are so many things that you can do during a virtual bridal shower as long as you have put plans in place.
We have a whole post dedicated to baby shower games. Check out the post and get the free printables for the virtual baby shower games.
OPENING GIFTS during online baby shower
One of the best parts of any baby shower is watching the mom to be open the gifts to the delight of everyone around. Ask guests to send their gifts to the mom to be in the mail, so they can be opened during the virtual baby shower and everyone can see the adorable gifts. Or the guests can open the gifts on camera for everyone to see and then mail them at a later date.
PLAN YOUR VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER!
Virtual baby showers are becoming more common these days. So don't end up canceling the baby shower because of social distancing or the fact that you can't get all the friends and family together. Instead take it online - you'll end up spending less money, guests wouldn't have to travel, guests can still play games, eat together, laugh together, send gifts but most importantly, celebrate the new baby!