Creative Baby Shower Alternatives for Parents-to-Be
These days, it can feel as if every life event, from birthdays to anniversaries, is celebrated through a screen—and this includes baby showers. And while celebrating virtually is likely part of your plan should you decide to move forward with marking your exciting venture into parenthood, there are other ways to celebrate beyond a congested Zoom room. Ahead, event planner Yodit Gebreyes of Favored by Yodit gives her tips for putting together a micro option—plus, several baby shower alternatives to consider, instead, if a tiny celebration simply isn't for you.
Consider a micro baby shower.
Gebreyes, who just successfully planned and executed her own micro baby shower, says that if you do decide to move forward with an in-person event, you need to understand the risks involved and take every precautionary step necessary to mitigate them. Even with those practices in place, she continues, gathering guidelines can change by the day. "Anything can happen—you simply need to learn how to adapt without getting too emotional," she shares, noting that, after she had sent out her own shower invitations, social events were scaled back from 20 guests to just 10.
Ultimately, safety is the most important factor, she continues; she abided by the 10-guest limit, required masks, implemented mandatory COVID-19 tests and pre-event quarantines, ordered temperature checks upon arrival, shortened the event's time frame, offered hand sanitizer, and eliminated most on-site staff. "If the weather allows, consider having an outdoor drive-by shower—or gathering at a public park or in a large backyard," she says of other in-person ideas. "If you chosen an indoor venue, opt for space where there's room to spread out, so that your guests can maintain at least six feet of distance from one another." Needless to say, this is an incredible undertaking—one that's simply too much for most parents-to-be.
Decorate the nursery with your pod.
If organizing a small gathering sounds too risky, consider keeping your baby shower even smaller: Simply spend the afternoon with your pod. You can do so from the comfort of your own home—something that can feel incredibly special. Celebrate the day by curating a cravings-only feast (however strange the combinations) or whipping up a batch of mocktails (toast to your little one's future arrival!). Alternatively, get into nest mode—enlist the help of your loved ones to finalize the nursery. Build the crib, hang the mobile, and fold and sort those adorable onesies over pizza and cupcakes. You'll be surprised how fast these "chores" begin to feel like a true celebration, grounded in love.
Opt for a post-birth celebration.
Forgoing an in-person baby shower until everyone is able to receive a vaccination is another noteworthy alternative. The biggest benefit of this option? Your guests will actually be able to meet your newest bundle and experience his or her sweet personality at a few months old. The only thing that has to be modified is the timeline: Celebrate as you would for a traditional shower, with sweet treats, games, and present opening. Although, one noteworthy (and perhaps welcome) change is that Mom can actually sip on some bubbly, if she'd like!
Try a video or by-mail baby shower.
If you are searching for a virtual option that doesn't involve meeting via Zoom, a video baby shower might be for you. This involves some creativity from friends and family members—and a little organization, too. Ask a parent or sibling to act as ringmaster; they'll ask your loved ones to film their well-wishes, including their very best parenting advice. Choose a day to watch the clips—and be prepared to shed a tear or two. And if you prefer letter writing to video chatting? Opt for a mail-in iteration, instead; your pals and extended family can write out their sentiments, as opposed to filming them. These options (and others like them!) are also sweet add-ons if you are also planning an in-person shower with your pod or tiny group—it helps other loved ones feel involved. "It might be nice to opt for a virtual [option] on another day to still celebrate with those loved ones," Gebreyes shares.