Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many events have taken a backseat in order to prevent the spreading of the virus. From birthdays to weddings to graduation parties, the pandemic has changed plans for many in-person celebrations that involve gathering in large numbers. Many of us have had to either cancel festivities or change what they look like, moving them to online forums and virtual events instead.
Social distancing rules are extremely important, and they also represent a challenge for moms and couples who are expecting a new addition to the family and want to have a baby shower. However, there is no reason to cancel the plans just yet. From virtual parties to celebrating at home with close friends and family, here are some ideas for throwing a memorable (and inexpensive!) baby shower during COVID-19.
Host a Small Baby Shower
If you live in an area where the virus outbreak is under control, you can still have a small baby shower. Of course, following the necessary precautions and keeping proper hygiene is imperative for creating a safe environment for the celebration. You also want to keep your guest list short and make sure that the guests sit at a proper distance. Please be sure to check the CDC COVID-19 Guidelines before you make your plans! The CDC guidelines on social activities are your best bet for keeping everyone happy and healthy.
Ideally, you should have the shower outside, if weather and space allows. That way, everyone could maintain social distance and still get the most out of sharing the joy together. Whether you decide to throw your tiny party at home in your backyard or have a small social distancing-friendly picnic in an uncrowded park is up to you.
A smaller baby shower will also call for decorations and supplies, but luckily, these can be ordered online. The same goes for the sweet treats for the guests such as cookies and cakes, so be sure to look up local cake delivery services and bakeries on platforms such as Bakerycity. After all, a delicious treat is absolutely necessary at a baby shower. And many other types of local business are offering delivery, so do some research to shop small and support your neighborhood.
Throw a Virtual Baby Shower
Throwing a baby shower at home or outdoors with a small group of people while following social distancing rules could be a great idea to celebrate this amazing pregnancy milestone during the pandemic. However, if you’d rather be safe and skip any gatherings for the baby shower, that’s fine. You can still throw a great baby shower moving it online!
Now, there are a lot of different ways to throw a virtual baby shower as there are multiple online platforms you can use. If all the guests have Facebook profiles, you can go live and host a baby shower using Facebook Messenger video chat. You can also throw a Zoom baby shower or use Google Hangouts or Skype.
Send out virtual invitations to the guests, which we recommend you do regardless, and order any decorations, baby shower gifts, and sweets you will send to the expectant parents. Plan out the activities (see below), create a timeline, and set up a baby registry. Finish by playing some fun games and having a toast.
One of our favorite virtual baby shower ideas is to have everyone get in on the theme. You can ask everyone to bake their favorite dessert for themselves according to a theme, or buy one from their favorite local bakery, so you can all share in some sweet treats together even while you’re apart.
One of the best things about a virtual baby shower is you can invite friends and family of the mom-to-be who normally wouldn’t be able to travel for an in-person event. It’s a truly wonderful silver lining.
Play Fun Games
Organizing a celebration of this joyous event doesn’t have to be expensive. Whether you’re a grandma-to-be, a close friend, or a sister of the expectant mother, you can throw a fun and amazing baby shower. And you can do that by coming up with exciting baby shower games you’ll actually want to play at the party. And the best part is that you can do these games with your guests virtually!
One of our favorite baby shower game ideas is trivia. Trivia games are always a hit, and you can ask the guest a ton of different questions. For example, you can ask guests to guess the baby’s due date or how and when the baby’s parents met. The winner is the one who gets the most points by getting the answers right. You can also have the guests guess the size of the mother’s belly. And instead of measuring it with a yarn string like it’s usually done, they can type in their guesses in inches. The guest who has the closest measurements to the honoree’s bump wins!
Organize a Drive-by Baby Shower
A baby shower can also take place in front of the expectant parents’ house. It can be as easy as setting up a couple of boxes for the gifts and decorating the front yard or driveway with some cute baby shower decor.
The guests can pull up in the driveway or drive by and drop off gifts and diapers in marked boxes. You can also pack bags of bottled juice and cookies and leave them on the porch as refreshments for family and friends. For those guests who decide to walk up, make sure that the interactions are socially distant, and be sure to leave out hand sanitizer.
Welcoming a new member to the family is one of the most exciting moments for every expectant parent, and planning a baby shower is a part of the tradition. Even for those parents who are expecting a baby during the pandemic, throwing a baby shower doesn’t have to be off-limits. It only takes a bit of creativity and imagination to have a fun and memorable baby shower, so use our ideas for your plan B, and create a unique, magical experience for both the guests and the parents-to-be.
Which of these baby shower ideas will you be using? Are you planning a baby shower during the pandemic? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you have any other occasions to plan for during these tough times? We’ve got you! Check out our articles on how to plan the best virtual bridal shower and planning an unforgettable wedding during COVID-19.