My goddaughter will be born in July. Her family is having a baby shower this weekend but I won’t be there. They live in North Carolina. I’m saving my next visit for when JustaNCgirl is born.With that being said I realized that there were a lot of people that love and adore my JustaNCfamily that wouldn’t be able to celebrate with them in North Carolina.
We are blessed to live in a time where distance doesn’t really matter. Instead of moping about missing an important moment in my goddaughter’s welcoming I decided to throw them a virtual baby shower. Yup, it’s a thing. I Googled it and found that there were companies that would host a baby shower online for you. After reading reviews and going through a bunch of websites I figured Facebook would be the best forum for this shindig.
Think about it. Facebook is the place where all of your family and friends live. And inviting one or a million of them only requires checking a box. I’m lazy and I know a lot of other people are too. We have the best intentions but sometimes get distracted when it comes to trying something new. Having a party on Facebook is pretty much like knocking on a friend’s door with a party in a box. They don’t have to do anything but check their notifications (which they’re already doing) to join in on the fun.
I throw virtual parties as an Usborne consultant and am aware that participation can be hit or miss. Because of this I started adding content to JustaNCgirl’s baby shower a few weeks before it was scheduled to begin. Just so people would know what to expect. I “decorated” and reminded guests that gifts were optional.
We are now a few day into the shower and I think it is going well. It will last a week so that JustaNCmom andJustaNCdad can include photos from the local shower they’re having this weekend. We are currently playing games, sharing ideas and showing off gifts.
I can actually see this type of shower becoming popular. It allows people to be involved when they might not normally be able to. It also saves the expectant parents a lot of stress. No need to worry about set up or clean up since the entire thing is online.
Have you ever attended a virtual baby shower? Would you consider having one? What is one thing you can’t imagine not having at a baby shower?