I would never want to be the reason that someone fell ill from the virus, myself included, all because of a party. Don’t get me wrong – this baby deserves to be celebrated, and celebrated she was! But there’s a way to do it safely, and we’re incredibly grateful for our friends and family who have already loved on this girl so much – and she’s not even earthside yet!
Alex and I have been graced with two baby showers in the last two weekends. Overwhelmed doesn’t even cut it. The generosity and kindness shown by our communities is abundant. A big thank you to everyone who planned + joined us, including our big LimitLes family. From Bali to Argentina to Peru, I’m forever grateful to have those travel memories with y’all, especially as all other trips have been postponed until further notice.
I know there are lots of other mamas-to-be who will be showered in a similar digital fashion, so I wanted to put together a few helpful tips and a full-on party agenda (all taken from our incredible planning committees!) in case it’s helpful for your own Zoom/Google Meet/etc!
- A designated planning committee to organize the shower.
- An MC (master of ceremonies) to host. This helps the shower move along swiftly without participants sitting around/getting bored.
- Designated speakers/leaders to lead certain games.
- Planning committee to send cute decor and goodies to the venue (or set up inside your house/venue if they live nearby and are COVID-free!)
The MC welcomes everyone on Zoom/Google Meet and the mama or parents-to-be!
GAME: The Price is Right – Note* Because participants typically don’t all sign-on at once, starting the shower with a game allows people to slowly enter the chat so the entire Zoom isn’t waiting for everyone to join.
How to play: Have the MC or game leader go through certain baby items one-by-one (Owlet Monitor, Dock-A-Tot, Babybjorn Bouncer, etc) and ask the parents-to-be if the item is actually HIGHER or LOWER than the suggested price. The parents-to-be will draw an up or down arrow on the dry-erase boards that were sent to them by the thoughtful planning committee!
Introductions: Go one-by-one and have everyone give a *short* introduction on who they are, where they’re from and how they know the mama-to-be!
GAME: Toilet Paper Measurements – Everyone (either only those in-person or everyone on camera – gamer’s choice) guesses how many squares of TP it takes to go around the baby belly.
GAME: Baby Food Taste Test – Have someone on-site (hi, mom) pick up 7 jars of baby food for the parents-to-be and take off all labels. Alex and I had to guess the flavor of each (gross). Alex won this round!
Q&A: Have a designated person ask specific Qs for the mama-and-partner-to-be OR plan a fun rapid fire round where the mama and partner give one-word answers.
GAME: Baby Bottle Chugging Contest – The parents-to-be chug their drink of choice out of a baby bottle. In our case, my mom and Alex went head-to-head and chugged beer instead! Pro tip: cut the end of the nipple off for the beverage to go down little faster. My mom was tipped off and needless to say, she won 🙂
GAME: Guess the Due Date – Have everyone submit their own due date and send off a prize to whoever wins/gets closest!
GAME: Guess the Name – Have everyone submit names and send off a prize if anyone actually wins!
Presentation of the Gifts: If there is a host committee gifting a big present to the parents-to-be, presenting it via Presentation Mode by sharing your screen is always fun. The LimitLes community gifted Alex and I lots of gifts (THANK YOU!) which were sent to our home under strict orders not to open until the shower. During the presentation, the MC shared her screen to show off a document with screenshots describing each item and the meaning behind it.
Opening of the Gifts: As the presentation was going on, we got to open the gifts while on camera. It was so special!
Goodbye and GOOD LUCK!