Let’s celebrate and start planning a safe and secure baby shower with the new parents! The virtual baby shower was once the ideal option for long-distance families specifically, but they are now a requirement in the age of social distancing. It has been considered by expecting couples due to pregnancy complications, distance from family, and cost affordability. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, pregnant mothers are being advised to stay at home and avoid public crowds. But it doesn’t mean you’re supposed to skip your unique baby shower gifts.
To-be-mommies can get the advantage of the advanced technology to arrange an online party to remove all the distances and push the boat out the way you want. We have gathered all the information to help you in planning and throwing an awe-inspiring virtual baby shower.
What Is A Virtual Baby Shower?
In simple terms, an online baby shower hosted through live streaming is known as a virtual baby shower. All the invited family members and friends sign in at the decided time to celebrate the arrival of your baby. The baby shower can happen before the baby’s arrival or after his birth. Online celebrations are not as formal as the real ones but can be exciting for long-distance participants. Pregnant mums are likely to do perfect planning with the host from theme selection, decorative arrangements, guest lists, invitations, organizing interesting games, and exposing gifts to throw a thrilling virtual baby shower that can become memorable for the whole life.
Below are the six simple steps that can be followed to make your efforts successful:
What Technology Do You Need For A Virtual Baby Shower?
To host a virtual baby shower, the first step is to select and test your hosting site. It would be the virtual platform that can connect you with others by a live video chat. There are many websites or apps but you need to be careful in the selection of online venues. As many of the grandparents are not technology responsive and can’t operate the complex systems. Here are some options for you to look at and consider the best one:
Zoom: this is the most popular and easy operating video conferencing. Guests can easily join the video and don’t require to sign up. The free version of zoom allows connecting 100 devices and 40 minutes for each. A host can set up a virtual room to meet up with distinctive IDs and by sending details to the invited members. A wonderful advantage of this platform is to download the video of your live streaming party to keep it safe.
WebBaby Shower: as the name indicates, this website works for the perfect virtual baby showers. A specially designed platform to help the host with a structured baby shower. It’s an expensive choice as you need to purchase the subscription (79$). On the other hand, you can get a private space with no ads and a customized URL. From sending the invitations to the registry page, printable virtual guest book, private photo, unique baby shower gift ideas for moms, and video album, all can be decided in a couple of minutes. The only thing you need to fix is deciding on the video chat integration.
Skype: it’s simple and free to operate on any mobile, computer, or tablet. Even on the computer, you don’t need to download the app. It allows you to connect up to 50 devices without any password protection.
Facebook: most of us are users of Facebook and know how to operate it. To join Facebook would be easier for all the family members and friends. You can create a private group to plan your virtual baby shower over it by adding all the invited ones. At the time of the baby shower, you can go live while others can join you and can comment on your live video.
Google hangouts: for video calls, Google connects up to ten devices only but over the audio, you can connect about 250 members. Anyone who has a Gmail account can use these services.
Decide On A Theme, Decorations And Pick A Host
The virtual baby shower can’t adopt the theme as in the real baby shower. But still to make things arranged and structured it’s better to select a theme. From zoom background to invitation cards, thank you cards, and printable games you can customize regarding your theme selection. You can also decorate your room to make your live streaming more thrilling. Choose any theme-related and simple decorations and style your videos for a formal baby shower.
Traditionally baby shower is hosted by the family or friends to shower mommy with gifts. To-be-mother is the chief guest of the party because she has already announced the news of her pregnancy. Parents can choose any close relationship who arranges a baby shower for them. Or if the host is far away, you can coordinate with them through text, video chat, phone call, and email.
Send Those Virtual Invitations
As you are throwing a virtual baby shower than virtual invitations are ideal to invite your loved ones. You can select the cards just resembling the theme and send them through email. You can design an invitation with the help of CANVA by selecting graphical options. EVITE and GREENVELOPE are websites that are offering you several options for customization. The date and time of your virtual baby shower with the link to join the group or video chat must be mentioned on the virtual invitation.
Game Ideas For Virtual Baby Shower
The next step is selecting the best online games that can engage everyone. Here are some of the game ideas for a virtual baby shower:
Guess the number: The host shows up the guests a jar full of candies and requests them to guess how many it has.
Price is right: the host shows different baby products and stuff to ask the guest about their prices.
Guess the baby song: The host plays the baby songs, requesting the attendees to guess at first.
Guess the name: who’s this baby? You can request the guests to send photos of their childhood and show the photos to all guests to predict.
To make games rewarding you can present e-gift cards to the participants. This is the best way to involve everyone in games.
How To Open Gifts At A Virtual Baby Shower
Virtual baby showers give several options to parents for the opening of the favors. Your family or friends can open and show the gifts in live streaming and then send them to you via mail. Or they can send the gifts before the baby shower timing so that you can display them on live chat. After the virtual baby shower, the postal presents can be share over the WebBabyShower website or Facebook group.
Go Live And End Up Making It Memorable!
Now it’s time to go live with your host and other guests. You should check the platform earlier for smooth live streaming. Don’t forget to mention the accurate schedule of your baby’s party to make it an awe-inspiring virtual baby shower.