With everything going on in the world right now, having a virtual shower is a great option to still bring all of your friends and family together digitally to celebrate the expecting mother to be. I know that this is very emotionally and anxious time for all pregnant women right now, including me, and it is very hard not to think about what will happen. Having a virtual shower will help the mom to be feel loved and supported during these times.
Virtual showers have been around for awhile for other reasons including: bedrest, family that is too far away, or mother’s/guest health.
What forum could you use to have the virtual shower?
Thank goodness technology has came as fat as it has, there are many options for you to choose from to have your shower. Zoom, Facebook Live, Google Hangout, and Skype are some options you can use for your shower.
Skype: This is very well known all around the world. Many people already have an account, and you can have up to fifty people for free on the chat.
Facebook: You can make a private group for family and friends to keep in touch. Mom-to-be can share videos, links, and photos.
Zoom: This is big with video conferencing especially at this time. There might be a lot of people who do have an account already because of everyone working from home and doing online schooling. The free plan you can get from them includes video conferencing for up to one hundred people!
Google Hangout: This one has been around for awhile and many people do have google accounts. You can video call with up to ten people.
Who should host the virtual shower?
I noticed that a lot of moms to be will host their own virtual shower, but you do not have to. During this pandemic I know a lot of us did not plan on even thinking about switching to a virtual shower, so you probably already had someone hosting one for you. Just talk to them about switching to a virtual shower and you can even plan it together if you want.
Are virtual baby showers difficult for guests who are not tech-savvy or elder relatives?
Absolutely not! Once you have it set up, you just send your guests a link to log into the video call, Easy peasy!
What gifts can guests buy, and how do they get it to you?
They can buy anything they want. A lot of registries are online now anyways. Guests from all over can buy something off of your registry and have it sent to your house. My favorite registry is Babylist. You can add items from any store and it is all in one registry and link.
What do you do at a virtual shower?
You can do a lot at a virtual shower! Some mom’s play games, virtual toast, diaper raffle if anyone sent you diapers. Guests are asked to send their gifts directly to the mom and she opens them during the shower, so everyone can see what she received.
Do I still make invitations?
You can send out e-invitations or regular ones through the mail. If you choose to send an e-invitation, there are a couple sites that you can use to personalize your invitations.
Canva: They have a free editing platform to create personalized e-invitation with photos that you can send via email, WhatsApp, or text.
Etsy: They have some great e-invitation options that you can instantly download and customize.
I hope this post helps some moms-to-be out there worried about what they are going to do about a shower. We are all in this together! If you have any other ideas or if you have had your shower virtually, I would love to hear what you have done.
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