This weekend was my virtual baby shower! This has been such a crazy year and I was kind of sad because I figured we wouldn’t really get to celebrate little Baby Bailey because we are taking precautions. My friends came through in a big way and planned the sweetest virtual shower. Today, I’m sharing the details of how to host a virtual shower for those that may need to host one this year. My friends nailed it!
Honestly, I loved it so much because it brought so many women together that probably wouldn’t be able to fly and visit just for a shower. So while I was a little sad that I wouldn’t get to have a typical baby shower, my virtual shower ended up being so perfect. I had women from all stages of life on the call and my heart has been SO full since the shower.
Now, while it is a little sad to be pregnant during COVID times, pregnant women have nothing on COVID Brides. Seriously, shout out to the COVID brides. Y’all are all amazing.
I still got completely dressed for the shower. This is my first baby, so even though I was just going to be on screen, I still wanted to get dressed. Since I don’t know the gender, and we are doing a black and white nursery, I went with black and leopard. It felt gender neutral.
My friends Amanda and Lauren organized my virtual shower, so they invited everyone with a physical invitation. Once people RSVP’d to the shower, they sent a zoom link and a cute bingo board template. Guests were encouraged to fill out the bingo board with gifts that they thought I would open during the shower.
Once the guests RSVP’d, Amanda and Lauren also mailed them the cutest snacks and cookies to enjoy during the event. The cookies were from Sarah Belle Sweets. If this name sounds familiar, that’s because my friend Sarah has made cookies for several other events this year. She made our announcement cookies for our families and made cookies for Amanda’s bridal shower and bachelorette party.
In addition to the cookies, they also sent cute water bottles with custom labels, popcorn because the labels said “ready to pop,” and peanuts to match the elephant cookies and the elephant invitation.
During the shower, everyone who was online went around and introduced themselves and said how they knew me. It was so sweet to have all these friends from different stages of life meet each other. Many have heard about each other for years, but it was so nice for them to meet virtually.
After the introductions, we opened gifts. Most shipped gifts from our registry to our house, but some had dropped off gifts to our front door during the week too. While I opened gifts, the guests played bingo. Before the shower, they had to fill out their bingo card with gifts they thought I would open. The first four people to get a bingo received a Starbucks gift card.
One thing we did that I highly recommend was having guests send a book rather than a card. This way you can read to your little one every night and tell them who gave them the book and why that person is so special to you. I didn’t come up with this idea. I stole it from my friend, Emilee. But I have loved reading through the messages of people who delivered their books and have been writing the names of the book givers in each book this morning.
Having so many people I love together on one screen was so special. Even though it’s a weird year, virtual showers can be done to celebrate big events. I was so touched and am so thankful for incredible friends and family who are making this time so special.
Have you attended a virtual shower?