When you were coming up with ideas for your favorite mom-to-be’s baby shower, a global pandemic (and the social distancing that comes with it) was definitely not part of the plan. Though shelter-in-place orders across the country continue to affect everyday events like grocery shopping, marking this major milestone can still happen—and safely, too.
Virtual baby showers let you bring friends and family together to celebrate an upcoming bundle of joy, all without leaving home. Though you will need to get a little more creative with your planning before you even send out invites, everyone is now so used to socializing through Zoom and FaceTime that the biggest learning curve is now no big deal. Plus, clean-up is far easier than it would be in person. The best part, though? Sharing in the excitement of a new life with your favorite people. Read ahead for virtual baby shower ideas to pull it all off in style.
Make a virtual baby shower feel extra special with a theme
Just because you can’t be there in person doesn’t mean you have to give up the fun little touches that turn a party into an event to remember. Have your guests take part in the “decor” by asking them to dress up in the mom-to-be’s favorite color. Create a rainbow on-screen by assigning guests to dress a specific color, or embrace the casual feel of a virtual baby shower by having guests “show up” in their favorite pajamas.
For a more involved theme, organize a virtual tea party. Ask guests to brew up their favorite tea and have their favorite mug ready to show. Or ask them to create a fabulously over-the-top hat.
Create your own online baby shower “venue”
Sure, everyone is probably going to be tuning in from their living room, but the backdrop behind them doesn’t have to be. If you’ll be using Zoom for your gathering, you can create a custom background—or have guests select a background that suits the theme—using an image with a resolution of at least 1280 x 720 pixels. Check out our easy guide to adding your own virtual background, here. Need help getting started? Our Personal Design Services team can make one for you. Just contact us. You can also take the idea one step further with virtual party decor from our friends at Oh Happy Day!.
Free Zoom background and “Pressed Blossoms” by Paperless Post
Add much-needed extras to their virtual shower registry
A baby registry has always been a great way to help parents start this exciting new chapter, but it takes on extra importance during this time of uncertainty. While the mom-to-be likely has her registry filled already, start a secondary registry with comfort items for both parents to show them love during this time of uncertainty. Consider adding essentials like meal delivery services, gift cards to wash-and-fold laundry services, and extra cleaning supplies. Or go for a little everyday indulgence by adding comfy loungewear and beautifully-scented bath and body items to the list.
You can also offer an interactive, personalized element for guests looking for budget-friendly alternatives to registry gifts (that still feel special) by asking guests to send the parents-to-be a favorite children’s book for the baby’s library.
As for timing your gifts, it all depends on whether or not you’d like the parents to open gifts on screen. Ask what their comfort level is, and plan accordingly. If they do want to open gifts on screen, ask guests to time their purchase at least two weeks before the party to allow for any possible shipping delays.
Tip: The children’s book idea is generally the quickest gift opening to get through. And it provides an opportunity for guests to share a sweet memory about why they chose the specific book.
Get everyone “socializing” with virtual baby shower game ideas
The best part about a virtual baby shower is just how many special moments from a traditional baby shower can still be part of the day, like party games. Sure, you can’t play classics like “Guess the candy bar in the diaper,” (which might be a good thing). You can, however, ask guests to email you their baby photos and ask the mom-to-be to make the match in a game of “Guess Who?”
Other fun virtual baby shower game ideas include Build-a-Baby (ask guests to pick up Play-Doh before the party, then see who can make the funniest “baby”), trivia about the parents, and a true classic, guess-the-belly-size. Just have everyone write their estimates on an index card, then hold them up as mom measures.
When it comes to games, virtual baby shower prizes need a little extra planning. Note the winners and send them each an e-gift card to their favorite online shop, an e-gift certificate to their favorite take-out place, or an inexpensive bottle from a wine delivery service.
Looking for an interactive alternative to games and coordinating virtual baby shower prizes? Ask the mom-to-be ahead of time if she’d like to give a nursery tour. Or have guests give their input on what she can pack in her hospital “go” bag.
Make your invites even more memorable
After you’ve planned all the elements that will need guest participation and chosen from all the virtual baby shower platforms (like Zoom, Houseparty, Skype, or FaceTime), you’re ready to fill out the invites. And, of course, you’re going to pick one just as beautiful as one you’d send in the mail. Yes, it’s time to skip the virtual baby shower facebook event.
Paperless Post has classic Card invitations and creative Flyer invites specifically designed for virtual baby showers, many of which can match your theme (and Zoom background). You can also turn any cards that aren’t specifically themed to online parties into one for your virtual baby shower. Simply follow this quick tutorial to add the “virtual location” in place of a physical location.
“Pastel Onesies” and “Sprout” Flyer by Paperless Post
When you are working on invitations, virtual baby shower wording is everything. Include everything we’ve covered here: the details on how guests can be part of the theme, links to any backgrounds to download, a live link for video (add the virtual location in your event details), a registry link, and what guests will need on hand in order to participate in your virtual baby shower games. Making sure all the details are accounted for in your virtual baby shower wording will certainly save you time, cutting down on the back and forth with guests in the days leading up to the party.
Send moments to remember
Taking photos of the event is as easy as taking a screenshot. However, you might miss a moment. The solution? Record your party as it unfolds so you can pause and capture the perfect reaction. The process will depend on which platform you’re using, but for Zoom, simply click “Settings,” then “Recording,” and turn the “Local Recording” option on.
You can share virtual baby shower photos via Facebook, or email them to guests after the party with a Paperless Post virtual thank you card.
Go beyond the virtual baby shower with these alternatives
A drive by baby shower
Coordinate the date, time, and theme details to have guests drive by the mom-to-be’s house in a surprise parade. Have guests decorate their cars and prep signs with happy messages. Then have the last car park to drop off a few gifts. Let the mom-to-be know ahead of time when to keep an eye out her window. Or set up a viewing spot by hanging a banner on a garage door and setting up a couple outdoor chairs. For another thoughtful surprise to complete your drive by baby shower, coordinate with her favorite bakery for a special delivery.
Baby shower by mail
If schedules don’t allow you to get together virtually or from a safe distance, consider a baby shower by mail! Send an invitation asking guests to shower the parents-to-be by mail. Pick a window of time their gifts should arrive in. Then attach the couple’s registry link directly to the invitation to make it even easier for guests to participate.
A virtual sip-and-see
If mom prefers to skip the virtual shower in favor of a party after the baby arrives, a virtual sip-and-see is a perfect way to have a gathering. (And who wouldn’t love to see a sweet newborn on screen?). The planning will be similar to a virtual baby shower, only without the games, and a surprise Champagne delivery from mom’s favorite local wine shop.
“Sip & See” by Paperless Post
Virtual gender reveals
Coordinate with the parents-to-be to handle the planning of their gender reveal. This one will be much simpler to coordinate, since it’s a surprise for guests! Just choose a fun Paperless Post invite, then include the link to the virtual meeting place.
Ready to kick off your own virtual shower? Browse our selection of virtual baby shower invitations.