The COVID-19 pandemic has paused life as we know it and celebrations of all kinds are shifting. Baby showers are no exception. Rather than skipping the celebration altogether, many expectant parents are planning socially distanced showers to keep both themselves, their loved ones, and their new baby safe. But it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to planning. We’re here to help!
First, decide on the type of socially distanced shower
Organize a Zoom or Facebook Live baby shower
If the mom-to-be is comfortable with a virtual celebration, both Zoom and Facebook Live are excellent platforms to use when hosting a virtual baby shower. Everyone can celebrate, just from the comfort of their own home.
Have a drive-by baby shower
If the mom-to-be would rather be able to see everyone’s faces, opt for a drive-by shower, where she can experience all of the celebration and excitement in person but at a safe distance.
Plan it ahead of time!
Use electronic invitations to send invitations to guests, and send reminders one day before the shower.
True, many people’s schedules are less jam-packed lately, but don’t make the assumption that guests can just drop everything. We love using PaperlessPost.com for evites and they offer tons of beautiful baby shower invitation options. Be sure to give plenty of notice, send email and calendar invites, and send reminders a day before the event!
Make sure there is a registry created and share it with guests
Ask the soon-to-be parents to create a registry and make sure it is shared with guests well in advance of the shower. Allow plenty of time for guests to purchase and send gifts!
Make it festive for both the mom-to-be and for guests
Decorate, decorate, decorate!
Send decorations to the mom-to-be’s home! Balloons, streamers, banners, confetti...the options are endless. Allow Etsy and Amazon to be your best friend - just make sure that whatever you send is easy for the new mama to set up! If you’re celebrating virtually, encourage attendees to dress up as you would if it were an in-person event. If you opt for a drive-by shower, ask guests to decorate their cars, bring balloons, signs, treats, anything to make the day feel special.
Have Sweet Treats Delivered
No baby shower is complete without sweet treats, and a socially distanced shower is no exception! Have goodies delivered to both the mama-to-be and the guests! If it’s too hard to pull off sending treats to everyone, just focus on sending the mom-to-be a beautiful cake, cupcake, or cookies. You can even ask guests to whip up their own little treats so that everyone can enjoy something sweet together.
Film or Record the Shower
For a drive-by shower, designate someone to film and take photos! Chances are good, it will be an exciting whirlwind for the mom-to be and she will be incredibly grateful to have something to look back on from the day. For a virtual shower, simply record the event (easy to do on Zoom!) so she can relive the special memories over and over.
BONUS TIP:If you just don’t feel like you have the time or energy to pull off a socially distanced baby shower right now, you can always have a socially distanced sip and see party once the baby arrives! Set up outside in a large, open area, like your front or backyard. Ask everyone to bring their own beverages and cups. And, from a safe distance, you can enjoy each other’s company and introduce your loved ones to your little one!
A Note from Starr Celebrations:
These days, we are experiencing celebrations unlike any we have ever seen. So, whether they are distanced or drive-by or anything else, what matters is that these special moments are fueled by love and excitement. They may be different than anything you had envisioned but they could turn out to be so much more than you had ever hoped. Keep celebrating!