Long Distance Shower

by Sheryl Burke
(Cumberland, RI)

Have a gift wrapping shower! Everyone loves to see what the mommy to be and baby get! Pick up gift bags, wrapping paper, tape, scissors, ribbon , etc. and have everyone show up with their gifts UNWRAPPED. Everyone gets to see what baby & mommy is getting! Make sure you video tape so the new mom can see everyone celebrating her new baby. While the shower goes on call the mom to be on the phone and pass it around - how much fun to be able to talk to everyone that is so far away all at once.

You don't need to plan any games since everyone can walk around, see all the presents and then spend time wrapping the gifts. Everyone could bring a monetary donation for the shipping and put one person in charge of it. Then the gifts go off and the mom gets to unwrap them herself!

My family has done this for long distance wedding showers also, everyone has a great time!

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Oct 04, 2012
How about 2 locations for the party?
by: Nisha- Editor

Hi there,

Long distance baby showers are usually held for VERY close family and friends. So the first thing I would do is contact her family that are in the town she left. Tell them your idea and maybe see if her mom is up to doing a skype/webcam type of party at her location. That way you can handle the details on your side, and she can be the central point for people to meet on her side. You can coordinate the games, food and prizes between the two of you, and people will be able to see the mom-to-be opening gifts and chat with them. If that doesn't work, I have more ideas that you can use on our long distance baby shower page. Hope that helps! Best of luck!

Sep 22, 2012
Need help
by: Anonymous

I want to throw a baby shower for my daughter in law. She just recently move with my son close to my husband and me per his job, and they are expecting there first child. Most of there our family members live out of state and their close friends and her family live in the town they just moved away from. I am trying to figure out the best way to have a shower for her here, but all thier friends and relatives with the exception of my husband, myself and two grandparents live away. They are both working but have not been in there current jobs very long and are just getting to know there co-workers.

Would appreciate any quidance you can give.

Mar 06, 2012
A Long Distance Baby Shower Is Perfect!
by: Nisha- Editor

I agree, every baby deserves a celebration, no matter how well off the mom-to-be is. Think of all of the celebrity baby showers happening every year. They don't have one because they need the gifts. It is more a way for people to show how much they love and appreciate the new mom.

I think a long distance baby shower is a wonderful way to show you care. I would keep the guest list fairly small, limiting it to close family and friends that would care enough to show up to a party that she would be absent for. You can do a "care package or gift wrapping party" that people can come and help assemble a package to be sent to her with the gifts and letters for her to enjoy. If it is all close family, you can pitch the idea to them and give verbal invites. For something a little more formal, here is a wording idea.

Join us to celebrate (name)'s new upcoming arrival.
(name) now lives in another state and is unable to be with us.
So we are gathering together to send letters and love to let her know we care about her.

Please join us on (date) as we fill some boxes with gifts and love.

You can change the wording to fit your needs, but it kind of gives the general idea.

Hope that helps. Best of luck with the baby shower!

Mar 05, 2012
Need Advice
by: Ginger

I want to throw a baby shower for my sister. It is her second baby, and her first boy. However she lives out of state and will not be able to travel. the other thing is she is very well off financially. Is it still okay to throw her a shower utilizing some of your long distance ideas? I personally feel everyone deserves to celebrate their baby regardless of how much money you make but wondering what my guest will feel. I had not problems throwing the first one because it was her first baby. Please let me know what you think.

Apr 04, 2008
what a great idea...
by: Anonymous

that sounds like fun, mom gets to unwrap her gifts and everyone gets to see what she's getting ....

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