Baby showers are an exciting party parents-to-be do to celebrate the future arrival of their baby. Typically in these celebrations, guests shower the parents with gifts for the baby. However, due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, events have been cancelled, including baby showers. As we need to practice social distancing in order to overcome this global crisis, social gatherings can’t happen. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have your baby shower.
Luckily, we live in the era of technology, the solution for everything you need is online. As such, the internet provides a way to celebrate with your loved ones the arrival of your baby, the only thing you need to know is how to plan efficiently a virtual baby shower. It might sound scary at first, but with today’s guide and tips, you’ll be able to throw the best baby shower for you and your guests. So, let’s get started.
Step-1: Picking A Platform
The first thing you need to do is to select the platform you want to use. In this case, we’ll use Skype. Skype is an app that provides video call services for free (unless you use the premium features), this app allows several people to be on the same video call, up to 50 people at the same time. You can use Skype on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. It also works on Linux systems but for people who are strictly about the open source philosophy of Linux, there are also viable alternatives to Skype on Linux that you can choose from.
Step-2: Pick A Time and Date
Now, you need to pick a date and the time for your virtual baby shower. Let’s talk about the date first, ideally, you’d want to select a date that fits well with the arrival of the gifts from the guests, here you have to take into consideration shipping and delays. The time is probably one of the most important things to consider, you need to pick a time that benefits you and the majority of your guests, if not all, keep in mind the time zones, work schedules, etc. Also, define how much time the baby shower will be, it could be 1 or 2 hours, it will depend on how many guests you have and how much time the activities take.
Step-3: Sending Invitations
Next, you have to do and send the invitations, you can easily do this online. Send the invitations to everyone you want to be present to share this moment with you. After that, take some time to plan the theme of the baby shower, virtual parties can also have a theme, even though you won’t be able to go all out and decorate everything just the way you wanted, you still can decorate a little bit here and there, and encourage your guests to do so.
Other activities you can do is a gift reveal during the baby shower, you can go through the gifts your guests sent to you while enjoying the celebration on Skype. You can also pick food and drinks, although it’s not the same as sharing delicious food and beverages personally with your guests, you can still encourage them to have some food so you all feel in the same space.
Step-4: Let The Games Begin
The last thing is to plan some skype baby shower games, there are many options online, but here are some games you can try:
- Guess The Number: you will hold a jar or bowl full of candy and ask the guests to guess how many there are.
- How Well Do You Know The Mom: you can prepare questions to ask your guests and see how well they know you.
- Guess The Baby Song: you and your guests can pick a bunch of baby songs and try to guess the name of them.
- Guess The Price: pick some baby items and try to guess the price with your guests.
As you can see, throwing your own virtual baby shower is not hard. Now you don’t have to feel bad about not having your baby shower. Skype will allow you to meet your guests via a video call, and the best part of it it’s that those who were too far away can come as well and share that meaningful celebration with you.