WE LOVE A GOOD PARTY HERE AT FRUGI HQ… AND CELEBRATING A PARENT-TO-BE IS BY FAR ONE OF OUR FAVOURITES!
A baby shower is a fab excuse to bring loved ones together to thoroughly spoil and pamper the parent-to-be with amazing gifts, lush party food and, of course, fun games! But in light of the current coronavirus pandemic in-person gatherings are feeling more like a thing of the past. If you’ve been planning a baby shower for yourself or a loved one, you’re likely to be questioning whether or not it can go ahead. We advise you to stick to government guidelines and always practice social distancing, but we’ve also got another plan up our sleeve…
ENTER THE VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER!
Taking your gathering online means you can still enjoy the fun and games of the usual baby shower, but with the advantage of staying safe and connected to friends and family based far and wide during the lockdown. While it may not have been your original plan, the intent is the same: to celebrate baby and you! Prepare yourself for virtual belly-rubs!
It may feel like a new concept to many, but we know lots of mums-to-be already use virtual baby showers to keep in touch with and include loved ones from across the globe. There are always pros and cons, but we like to think that the key advantages to a virtual event is that nobody has to travel, you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home, which may even mean more guests can attend, and it will most likely be less expensive than an in-person gathering.
WE’VE CREATED THIS HANDY GUIDE TO HELP YOU ORGANISE YOUR ONLINE EVENT!
Choose a platform to call on:
There are a number of platforms available for free but it depends on how many people you’re inviting and how long you’re planning to be on the call. Pick a platform that is easily accessible to the majority of the
group and their tech abilities. It may even be best to have a couple practice runs before to make sure everyone is happy with how to work the calls – plus it’s a good way to keep in touch outside of your event!
Here are a few options we’ve found:
? Zoom – The free packages allow calls of up to 40 minutes, but its worth asking a member of your party to see if anyone is paying for a membership and they can ‘host’ the call on their account. Zoom allows up to 100 attendees which should cover all your guests! It can be downloaded onto desktops, tablets and mobile devices (or if you’re a tech wizard, you might be able to get it connected to your TV for the real baby shower effect!) For peace of mind Zoom calls are password protected and the organiser can set up a time, username and password to share with the guests for extra security.
? Skype – This platform is free and you can host up to 50 guests in one call. Works on all devices and you don’t necessarily need to download an app to use it.
? FaceTime – A free service which can host up to 31 guests at a time. This is a great option for video calling, however not everyone has an Apple device so that will need to be taken into consideration.
? Google Hangouts – As long as you have a Google account you’ll be able to use this. It’s free, easy to use and allows up to 10 guests, so this may be a better option for smaller groups.
Pick a date and time to call:
Make sure this works well for everyone, especially those living overseas
Send out invites to the guests:
You can choose whether you want to keep this completely online or go down the traditional route of sending out invites – get as creative as you’d like!
You can choose to decorate your immediate background with banners or paper lanterns, or download virtual backgrounds depending on the platform you decide to use. We’ve created some beautiful backgrounds that you can download here!
What do you want to do on your call?
Think of how you’d like to spend your time, whether that’s catch ups, games, present opening, or a virtual tea party. If you’re restricted to a certain amount of time make sure you have a bit of a plan so you fit everything in!
STUCK FOR IDEAS? HERE ARE SOME SWEET DOWNLOADABLE BABY SHOWER GAMES!
Send these links to your virtual baby shower guests prior to the call so they can print them off ready for the fun and games!
Hand each of your guests a sheet for them to pop down their predictions for the approaching bundle of joy. Don’t forget to put their names at the bottom
to see who was the closest when the little one arrives!
A fun test to find out which of your guests knows the parent-to-be the best!
Match the animal to its baby! A quick quiz to see if your guests know the baby names of these animal parents. Don’t panic, we’ve included an answer sheet too!
A lovely little keepsake from your guests to the new baby with all their hopes and dreams for the little bundle!
It’s a race! Your guests have 60 seconds to write down a baby name beginning with every letter of the alphabet…
Being a new mum can be daunting at times, so get all the advice you can from those closest to you and keep these handy little cards as a keepsake.
PERFECT PRESENTS FOR PARENTS-TO-BE!
What’s a baby shower without a present or two?! Here we’ve got some lovely gifting ideas for new parents and their little bundles of joy!
Whether you’re looking for a gift for new parents, a little ones birthday or a treat for yourself, check out our Baby & You event at welovefrugi.com for 25% off selected lines!
FOR THE NEW ARRIVAL
An essential to baby’s wardrobe, our selection of babygrows and bodies are a fab gift to give!
Inspired by Japan’s colourful landscapes and amazing animals, our long-sleeved babygrows are fully poppered for easy dressing, with one handy brass coloured popper to help you spot where to pop!
Made from GOTS certified Organic Cotton our super-soft Lovely Babygrows have fold-back scratch mitts on the cuffs to help prevent scrapes and nicks to their little noses.
Scoot on over to welovefrugi.com for 25% off selected lines for Baby & You!
SOMETHING FOR MUM
Designed to take mums all the way from Bump to Breastfeeding… and beyond!
Our Frugi Bloom Collection offers comfortable outfits for mums no matter what stage of pregnancy they’re at. With lots of hidden, practical features for feeding as well as adjustable features for when their bumps are growing away.
Treat a lovely mum-to-be to something summery like our fab Juniper Jumpsuit! A gorgeous and super comfy all-in-one outfit that offers a flattering wrap style top with a mock-layered panel underneath that can be moved to the side for comfortable feeding.
This style has an elasticated back and adjustable drawcord that’s designed to sit comfortably above your bump or to cinch in at the waist after pregnancy – perfect! Learn more about our Frugi Bloom Collection here
A great alternative to disposables, TotsBots reusable nappies are a great way to introduce parents to a planet-friendly essential!
Ideal from birth all the way to potty, reusable nappies have adjustable popper and Velcro fastenings on the front to help the nappy grow with your little one and offer a fab, comfy fit.
Made from Oeko-Tex approved, recycled and chemical-free materials, these super cost effective nappies can be reused again and again…and again! What’s not to love!
WIN a Baby & You Bundle worth over £400!!
To celebrate our Baby & You event we have an amazing bundle of prizes to offer one lucky winner!
Included in the bundle is a 3 month membership to Busylizzy’s pre- and postnatal fitness & fun virtual online service, some gorgeous NEW products from InLight Baby (100% organic artisan skincare) a trio of TeenFit cloth nappies from TotsBots, a Tula Explore Baby Carrier and £100 Frugi vouchers! WOHOO!
Simply fill out the form below to enter! The winner will be announced next week… GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!