Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
My co-worker is due with her first child this summer and I’m throwing our department’s first ever virtual baby shower. This same co-worker got married last year and we were able to throw her a very nice shower with decorations, lots of good snacks and cake, punch, etc, but obviously we can’t do all that for a virtual gathering. We blocked off an hour and will me gathering via Zoom, and I was wondering if we should have a schedule or just kind of let the event unfold? Before the shower, our small team will drop off her wrapped gifts and her favorite dessert so she’ll at least have cupcakes and lots of gifts to open. We will invite everyone to enjoy their own snacks and mocktails for the shower. I looked up games but really didn’t find any that I think would work virtually with this crowd. There’s only been one office baby shower since I’ve started and there weren’t any games, so I’m thinking that no one will really miss them.
Would you just let people make small talk, let them ask all the questions and offer advice like everyone always does at showers, and then get to the gift opening? Any fun ideas for things to do without asking too much of people? I like the idea of some sort of best wises for the parents-to-be… Maybe I could have people type them into the chat and compile them in some way. Thanks in advance! I just want it to be nice for her since I don’t think this is anyone’s ideal way to celebrate a pregnancy.
Post # 2
This is so kind of you and your team to do for your coworker!
We’re having a virtual baby shower next month, but just with family and some close friends, but I’m happy to share our plan in case it’s helpful for you. We’ll be opening gifts during the Zoom call and eating some sweets. I expect to take people on a virtual tour of the nursery (aka the corner of our room where the crib is set up…lol) and maybe show off some of the cute clothes we’ve already gotten for her. Plus showing my bump, reiterating how I’m feeling, etc.
It’s tough to do games virtually (and I kind of hate most baby shower games) but we decided the moderator (my stepdad) will put up multiple choice questions at regular intervals throughout the party. I wrote the quiz – some of the questions are about me/us (what is mom-to-be craving? what food does she miss most? what was dad-to-be’s favorite food as a kid?) and others are general baby trivia (how many bones are babies born with? what percentage of babies arrive on their predicted due date?). People can also guess how much the baby will weigh when she’s born and we’ll send a gift card to whoever is the closest. The other idea we had, not sure if it will happen, is for people to send in their own baby pictures and then we can put them up at various points and have people guess who is who.
I like your idea of compiling best wishes for the parents. Maybe you could print them out into one of those word cloud things and put it in a card for her. Have fun!
Post # 3
If you’re looking for a game to play, maybe consider a spin off of the “what’s in your purse” scavenger hunt style game. Have a list of items (from common to not so common) and give people 20 seconds or so to go grab it and show it to the group. Last person standing usually wins something small…maybe you can do a virtual giftcard to a takeout restaurant or something. Some people hate shower games, but they’re pretty common where I live. Just know your crowd.
Post # 4
I’m doing a virtual birthday party for my 80 year old grandma. We’ll be playing jeopardy (there’s online sites where you can create this), we created a monntage video (maybe you can have coworkers record their well wishes and compile them for a short video to play) and she’ll be opening gifts on camera too.
Post # 5
I know people tend to be against games, but I think they’d work better in this situation. In my experience the large group zoom calls are kind of awkward and no one’s sure who should talk and the conversation doesn’t really flow. It’s nice to have something with some structure. I think a scavenger hunt type game would be fun.
Post # 6
I recently hosted a virtual baby shower and I definitely had a structure that kept everything moving and allowed interaction without people stepping on each other. We played two games. Mom and Dad Trivia and The Price is Right. I found them both on the Pampers website and adapted the questions and items for my couple. The games required that people have paper and something to write with so I made sure to put that information in my invitation. When the couple opened their gifts a good time was created for people to congratulate them. I felt like it was a good mix of socializing and “shower.”
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
Sorry I’ve been MIA in this thread! Just wanted to pop in and thank you all for these ideas! I will run them by my supervisor who is co-hosting with me and will see what she thinks!