With group gatherings still on hold, many celebrations have had to adopt a digital edge, and that includes the traditional baby shower. \n\nUnfortunately, instead of gathering in the expecting mother-to-be’s home, or a luxury hotel for afternoon tea, baby showers are now taking place online to help celebrate the impending arrival. \n\nBut how do you take a baby shower online? \n\nDon’t fear, with a few digital invites already accepted at Poppie \u0026amp; George HQ we’ve got all the essential details on how to throw a baby shower that will put the traditional celebration to shame.\n\nDate \u0026amp; Time \n\nJust as you would with a traditional baby shower, you need to consider date and time. \n\nThe date should give people plenty of time to arrange a gift, taking into consideration the current delivery days. \n\nThe time should be no longer than a few hours as you should be respectful of people’s time. This way, you can stick to a tight schedule and not have people drop out halfway through. \n\nIf you’re inviting guests who are in different time zones, try to be considerate of the time you’re choosing. \n\nYou can then create digital invitations in free image creation apps such as Canva. \n\nDecide on Your Platform\n\nThere are a number of video conferencing apps out there that are helping people stay connected during this unusual time, but choose one that you know will ensure everyone can join. \n\nSome video conferencing apps will have limitations on the number of people who can attend, so ensure to pick one that suits your group. \n\nZoom is free to use with up to 50 people in a video call. However, there are others, such as WhereBy where you can even name the ‘room’ a fun name to give your baby shower a little theme. \n\nPrior to the baby shower, test out your chosen platform with a few friends so you can ensure it’s easy to use and works for what you need. \n\nPick a Theme\n\nJust like you would with a traditional baby shower, you can still make your virtual event themed. \n\nYou can do this by asking everyone to wear a certain outfit or a certain colour. \n\nOn video conferencing apps such as Zoom, you can even change your screen background, which could make for some real fun. \n\nGift Reveals\n\nOne of the best parts about the baby shower is seeing all the beautiful gifts the new mother has received and hearing the stories from the guests of why they were chosen. \n\nYou can incorporate a gift reveal into your virtual baby shower as well. \n\nIf the gifts have been sent ahead, request the expecting-mother to open her gifts live and reveal to the group what she has received. \n\nIf the gifts have not been sent, the guests can reveal to the mother what the gift is and why they chose it. \n\nIt’s such a simple idea but keeps the baby shower feeling positive and exciting. \n\nVirtual Baby Shower Games \n\nJust because you’re not physically all in the same place doesn’t mean you can’t play games. \n\nVirtual games can be just as fun and engaging; it’s just about finding the right ones you know your expecting friend or relative will love. \n\nHere are a few of our favourite baby shower games;\n\nName the tune - Play the intro to a ‘baby related’ song and get the guests to guess the song. \n\nBaby alphabet game - Each guest must take turns trying to name a baby-related word for each letter of the alphabet. The aim is to not break the chain! \n\nBaby products ‘the price is right’ - Each guest must guess how much certain baby items cost. For example, cots, pushchairs etc. The closest to the actual price wins! \n\nWho’s that baby - Prior to the event, guests must email photos of themselves as babies to the host. The host shares them with the group, and everyone has to try and guess who is who. \n\nVirtual Baby Shower Favours \n\nThank everyone for attending the baby shower by sending them a small favour in the post. \n\nYou could even go as far as ordering themed cookies or biscuits and sending them out to everyone who attended. Alternatively, to make it extra personal, you could include a gift voucher they can use once things go back to normal.