So things have changed a bit...but one of my favorite things to come out of all of this are
DRIVE-BY BABY SHOWERS!
With social distancing in place, we've really had to get creative in celebrating our loved ones! The purpose remains the same - make the mama-to-be feel LOVED! So let's get to it!
WHAT IS A DRIVE-BY BABY SHOWER?
In place of gathering inside the home, guests drive by at a designated time in a parade-like form to celebrate the mama-to-be. Same excitement, same amount of love and outpouring, same precious teeny tiny baby clothes, with a slightly different format (wink).
WHO SHOULD HOST THE SHOWER?
Easy! The host of the original shower, friends and family members, or even the mama-to-be! Costs are typically lower for this type of event, so people are more willing to pitch in and cover all decor and needs.
TIPS FOR A MAGNIFICENT DRIVE-BY SHOWER
1. Choose a short block of time for guests to drive by - 30 min to an hour is usually best.
2. Send an invite. TIP: Etsy is full of (editable) printable and digital invites perfect for this occasion!
Click HERE to see this in digital video invitation format.
3. Welcome guests with a personalized Drive-By sign. Again...ETSY :)
4. Decorate the house, garage and/or yard. Think outside the box..or house! There are so many options!! Banners, balloons, giant baby blocks, etc. can transform the outdoor space into a lovely (drive-by) baby wonderland!
DRIVE-BY SET UP IDEAS we've pulled together from Pinterest and Instagram:
BALLOON DECOR IDEAS - (YAAAASSSS PULL IT TOGETHER PARTY CO. CAN RECREATE THESE or create something original pertaining to the theme of your choice!)
5. Set up a table for gifts. For social distancing purposes, this could be set out towards the curb so guests can (6 feet away) shower the mama-to-be!!!
6. Don't forget baby shower treats! TIP: individually wrapped treats are a nice safety measure and make an easy 'grab & go' kind of gift!
7. Send an activity to guests prior to the event. Have a turn in area to collect so the mama-to-be can have a memorable keepsake!
8. REMINDER: This is still a PARTY!!!!! Remind guests to honk, throw confetti, decorate cars, make signs, and personalize their drive-by to show some love to the mama-to-be!
9. Send your amazing friends and family off with a smile, thanking them with a personalized Drive-By Baby Shower Thank You sign.
10. Schedule a Virtual Gift Opening Party via Zoom so everyone gets to see the adorable goodies and gifts!
AFTER THE DRIVE-BY BABY SHOWER
(& when all this madness is over)
BONUS TIP: A new trend hitting the scene is a SIP AND SEE PARTY.
Although the Drive-By Baby Shower is a great alternative to still celebrate the mama-to-be, she (or you if you happen to be reading this and you are the baby mama) may still feel a little bummed about not celebrating with all your friends and loved ones in the same place at one time, including hugs and touchy-feely kinda stuff.
SO...here's the way to make it happen. Check out this great post - Sip and See 101 by Baby Showers Inc.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, MY FAVORITE NEXT LEVEL EXTRAORDINARY & OVER THE TOP ADD ONS :)
CALL ME IMMEDIATELY IF YOU WANT TO BE THE FIRST ONE WITH THESE BOMB EXTRAS AT YOUR SHOWER :)
A mom-osa wall, a champagne wall, or even a mobile bar cart to serve your guests...6 feet apart of course :)
That's a wrap for Drive-By Baby Showers! Hope these are helpful tips for you when helping to adapt and plan for a 2020 shower. Of course, if you like what you see but would rather have Pull it Together Party Co. plan it for you....we are all in, baby!
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