Just because the whole world is on stand-by due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean that you have to cancel your twins’ baby shower. Instead, enter the virtual baby shower. All you need for this is a good internet connection and your friends and family from all over the globe can join.
Actually, virtual baby showers are not something new. Rather, they’ve been around since the early 2000s and many military families, for example, have been benefiting from the advanced technologies.
Although you don’t get to see the faces of your loved ones, there are many perks to a virtual baby shower, such as lower costs for the host, social distancing regulations, and more convenience for the guests. Finally, your best friend from the other end of the world can be there for your significant event. Moreover, you’re not really missing out on the fun, because many of the things you would usually do at a traditional baby shower can be easily replicated online.
If you haven’t hosted a virtual party beforehand, don’t worry. It’s time to dive headfirst into virtual baby shower planning to ensure that you throw an unforgettable online baby shower for the mom-to-be.
Where Should You Host the Virtual Baby Shower?
Luckily for you, there are tons of online platforms where you can host your online baby shower, and you just have to pick the one that’s most convenient for all the guests and that offers the best-uninterrupted connection.
You can go for one of the most popular online platforms, such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype, and they should be easy-to-use even for the not so tech-savvy guests. Zoom allows each participant to customize their Zoom baby shower background, and Google Meet also offers some fun virtual backgrounds to play with. Keep in mind that Zoom is capped at 40 minutes per call, but that should be enough time to do all the activities you’ve planned.
Social media is also a good “venue” for hosting a virtual baby shower, given that all the participants have their individual social media accounts. Simply create a twins baby shower Facebook event and use the integrated video chat system through Facebook Messenger. Just make sure the event is set to private. Facebook offers exciting filters and even group games that you can make use of.
Alternatively, you can invest in a platform that is specifically made for virtual baby showers and it’s called WebBabyShower. For just under $80, which is still cheaper than the average in-person baby shower, WebBabyShower offers tons of baby shower features in just one place, from customizable themes and unlimited invitations to games, a private photo, and video album, and links to your virtual baby registry.
Whichever platform you decide to use for your virtual baby shower you are sure to have lots of fun.
Do I Need to Make a Baby Shower Schedule?
Since you only have a limited amount of time to host the perfect online baby shower, you need to make sure that you’ve planned the timeline very precisely. Of course, you don’t have to adhere to the baby shower schedule super strictly, but some basic guidance will do you justice.
Decide how long the baby shower is going to be and plan ahead when you’re going meet and greet, play games and when the mom-to-be is going to be opening gifts. After you’ve prepared the baby shower schedule, send it to everyone on the guest list to keep them in the loop.
What About the Invitations?
There are two ways you can go about this part of the virtual baby shower planning and both are guaranteed to be appreciated by the guests.
If you are a fan of the old pen and paper you can send the invitations for the online party via mail. This allows you to add a personal touch to the invites and you can pick some really quirky ones. We love the Rustic Woodland Virtual Baby Shower Invitations. The unisex design is ideal for a twin’s baby shower and will go along perfectly with the rest of your decorations and games.
Your other option is to send out digital baby shower invitations. There are quite a few digital invitation apps and websites that allow you to customize your designs, such as the Minted online shower invitations, and the Evite baby shower ones. Feel free to browse and pick the ones that match the most theme of your party.
The best thing about digital invitations is that you can add as many details as you wish. This is the place to include a link to the party “venue” and the virtual baby registry (we hope that the Best Friends Matching Onesie is on the list). Also, mention that the guests should be sending gifts to the mom-to-be, so she can open them during the party. Moreover, sending online invitations helps you do the headcount and know how to plan the baby shower schedule.
Decorations and Food
Although the party is taking place in the online space you still need to think about the food and the decorations. Make sure to send some balloons and a banner to the mom-to-be so that she can decorate the room she will be sitting in during the virtual baby shower in advance.
We love the Oh Babies Banner in Gold Glitter, which is ideal for a twins baby shower and will add an extra sparkle to the party. It’s pre-strung so the twin mom will have to put minimal effort in arranging it, and she can space the letters as much as she needs to in order to fit the camera.
If the budget allows it you can send lunch/dinner party favors for all of the guests from a local bakery, or give everyone a set menu so they can prepare it themselves. Additionally, you can ask everyone to use the same zoom baby shower background to make things even more fun.
Baby Shower Games
What is a baby shower without games? While most traditional baby shower games are off the list, there are still tons of other games you can play online.
If you are good with technology you can create “break out rooms” to separate the group into teams for competitive games.
Here are some of our favorite virtual baby shower games:
- “The Price Is Right”: guests have to guess the price of various baby items that you’re holding up to the camera, such as a bottle, a can of formula, a box of diapers, or a Drinking Buddies Twins Bib, and others.
- “Name That Baby Tune”: you play different nursery rhymes or popular baby songs and the guests have to guess it as quick as possible
- Who’s That Baby?: Ask all guests to email you photos of themselves as babies before the party. The guests have to guess who is who. Hint: arrange them into a simple PowerPoint Presentation
Virtual Baby Shower Essentials
The Covid-19 pandemic shouldn’t stop from throwing an unforgettable virtual baby shower. In fact, there are quite a few perks to having an online baby shower: it’s significantly cheaper, all of the twin mom’s friends and family get to attend, and you are also social distancing while having the time of your lives.
There are a few essentials that you need to plan and source for the best virtual baby shower, including a virtual “venue”, digital or mail invitations, food, and decorations, and most importantly – baby shower games. Our advice will guarantee you a fun and memorable virtual baby shower.