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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HOW TO THROW A VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER

Before I tell you how to throw a long distance or a virtual baby shower, maybe I should tell those of you that are less high-tech by nature exactly what I'm talking about. A virtual, online or long distance baby shower is basically a baby shower that takes place on the worldwide web, the internet or whatever you want to call it.


Just like a regular shower, it can be a simple affair where a few friends who are physically miles apart gather in a chat room to offer best wishes to the mother-to-be or a more elaborate celebration might have its own website or take place in real time!

Here are some of the many ways that you can do a long distance baby shower:

SET UP A BLOG

Give your virtual baby shower its own "home page" using a free blogging service like Google Blogspot. You can customize the theme and wording and use popular colors. Think of the colorful background and themes as modern baby shower decorations!


USE A SOCIAL NETWORK

Take your pick of Facebook, Myspace or one of the many free websites focusing on pregnancy. Any of these services will give you freedom to post videos, pictures and details for your long distance baby shower as well as links to the mommy-to-be’s baby gift registry.

LIVE VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER

Get everybody together no matter how far apart they may be using Skype or Freeconferencecall.com.

BABY SHOWER GIFTS

How the gifts are delivered is completely up to you and the mother to be but whatever you decide should be outlined in the baby shower invitation wording. If you will be hosting the shower live, you might ask the guests to mail their gifts to the mom’s address by a certain date so that she can open them and thank the giver in person. This is a detail that should be worked out between yourself, the hostess, and the guest of honor depending on what type long distance baby shower you are planning.


BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS

The hostess can have invitations printed to mail out for an online baby shower just like we’ve done for the old-fashioned kind for decades. Instead of a physical address, the wording should include details about how and where the online baby shower will take place and where the expectant mom has her baby registry.

If the virtual baby shower website requires everyone to register for a membership online, tell them in the invitation to do this ahead of time to reduce the possibilities of an unexpected problem on the day of the online baby shower that would cause them to miss the festivities.

To save money, she might send out free online baby shower invitations to the guests’ email box. The benefits of using email virtual baby shower invites are multi-fold as not only do you save money, but the time that you would normally spend licking envelopes and sticking on postage stamps. Plus, there’s no risk of invitations being lost in the mail.


VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER WEBSITES
I’m happy to say that there are many excellent websites that make an online baby shower more personal and warm than you might expect. There are several excellent ones that offer an array of services for a $50 charge including a photo album, a guest book, live chat features and even baby shower games that you can play with your friends at the virtual party.

UNIQUE BABY SHOWER FAVORS

If you plan to mail your invitations, you might send your guests a keepsake of the event like a personalized bookmark or a silver charm along with the card as a favor. Shower etiquette does not require that you have favors for any shower and certainly not an online shower but it is a nice touch if your budget allows.


Long Distance Baby Shower Thank You Cards

If the invites were sent through the postal service, I would advise that mom send her thank you cards the same way. If the guests were invited via free online baby shower invitations, an online thank you note would be appropriate.


There are new virtual baby shower websites and new ways to make these celebrations special popping up everyday. You are welcome to share your long distance baby shower ideas with us using the comments form on this page.