We’re living in a new day, and we have to adapt by all means necessary. It is so important that we live, but do it safely! Carry on with your celebrations of life. You deserve to welcome a baby in style or marry the love of your life in high fashion, or ring in a new birth year like it’s the best one yet. I’ve hosted 2 virtual shower’s this year, so I’m sharing how I did it!
Tip #1: Send out your zoom meeting invite with full details (registry, date, time, contact info, etc.) Send the invite at least a month in advance so that people may add it to their calendar. Paperless Posts allows you to text or email your guests. They also have free options for invitations.
Tip #2: Keep the zoom meeting to 1-hour max. Be prepared to pad the first part of the call with 15 minutes of load time as people join. Then, get started when the clock strikes 15 minutes past the hour. Have your itinerary set. You are going to need to keep things moving. Also, record the entire baby shower using zoom functionality. The parents to be will thank you later.
Tip #3: Lead the event by introducing the parents to be, grandparents, and hosts. Next, read a poem. Next, play a game or two that gets the audience going. We played a game called: “Guess Who Baby Game.” Then, we played how many sheets of toilet paper can go around mom. The audience had to guess.
Tip #4: Allow the guests to provide words of endearment for the last 15 minutes of the call.
Tip #5: End the call with a prayer. Trust me, this will take the full hour.
For my best friend Lauren’s shower, we also did a drive-thru shower where guests could hang out in the front yard! Covid friendly, but still celebratory! We set up the most adorable Instagram-worthy picture stations. Having space outside was also very safe for everyone to hangout. We laid out a spread of cake, cupcakes, sandwiches, and other goodies.
Tip #6: Be sure to put hand sanitzer and mask out in case anyone needs them.
Invitations: Paperless Post
Balloons: Lolalloons: This woman-owned company can do any kind of sort of balloon arrangement that you can imagine! This sort of arrangement is a necessary display for a monumental moment. If you can budget it into your event, I highly suggest it!
Large Letter Lighting: Alpha-Lit Nashville: There’s nothing better than lighting up the night with a personalized marquee. This company lit up the street with joy, letting everyone know that a sweet baby boy is coming soon! You won’t regret this either. It brought joy to people driving by that had nothing to do with the shower. We enjoyed the ambiance of the lights.
Party Favors: Tiff’s Treats : Provide your guests with something sweet. Tiff’s treats have the cutest mini boxes for guests. They’re individually wrapped and perfectly suited for a safe, yet sweet delight for guests!
Cake: Baked on 8th: Nashvillians, if you’re looking for Vegan cake! Baked on 8th has you covered with a moist and delightful cake that all of your guests can enjoy, Vegan or not?!
Cupcakes: Turnip Truck: Vegan cupcakes anyone?! The most delicious cupcakes accompanied the cake!