Virtual baby shower games to make your online baby shower fun!
Every baby is a blessing! And gathering with your friends and family to celebrate with a baby shower is an absolute delight.
But sometimes life (and lockdowns!) get in the way of gathering in person. If you are worried about exposure to sicknesses, or just have a family that is spread out around the world, a virtual baby shower can be the solution to your baby shower blues.
But how do you plan and host a virtual baby shower? We have all of the ideas anad resources you need to make your remote baby shower a smashing success.
- How to Plan a virtual baby shower
- Baby Shower Games you can play virtually (that Are still fun!)
- Prize Ideas for Your Virtual Baby Shower
- The Final Word on Virtual Baby Shower Games
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How to Plan a virtual baby shower
Every great party starts with a plan. Follow these steps to get ready for your virtual baby shower.
- Choose the perfect time and date
Choose a time that will most comfortably allow for people to have access to an electronic device so they can “attend.” Early evening or a Saturday or Sunday might be your best options.
2. Choose a theme
You can still choose an adorable theme for your virtual baby shower. The theme might not be showcased in baby shower decorations, but it can be used in invitations, games and even party prizes!
You can always have the mom-to-be wearing things from the theme and have a cute themed backdrop.
3. Gather the guest list
When it comes to a virtual shower (especially if you play games) a smaller guest list will be easier to manage. You’ll want a couple of ways to contact people (email as well as phone number) just in case technical difficulties occur during the event.
4. Send out invites
Of course digital invites work wonderfully for a virtual baby shower. But you could also use this as an opportunity to send a package of things your guests will need for the celebration, like printables for the games. Not everyone has a printer, and making it easier for everyone to participate will mean more fun when it comes to game time.
5. Plan the fun!
Last, get ready for virtual baby shower games! We’ve found several games that are fun to play in person or virtually. Read on to get all of the details.
To Open Presents or Not Open Presents?
One thing you might want to ask the mama-to-be is if she wants to open her presents during the virtual baby shower. On one hand, guests LOVE to see reactions after their presents get opened, on the other hand, some people might not have sent their presents on time. You’ll need to plan accordingly if she chooses to open presents (less games) or not open them (more time for games).
How Many Games Should You Plan for?
Depending on how long your baby shower is scheduled for, 2-3 games seems to be the ideal amount. If you plan to have the mother-to-be open her gifts during the shower, you probably will want to do two games maximum.
You also need to account for time for the guests to chat, much like an in-person baby shower. You can do this by incorporating a game that involves advice/talking OR having a mix of active games that require everyone’s participation (and a leader!) and passive games that can be done while people are chatting.
Unlike a traditional baby shower though, it’s really difficult for more than one conversation to happen at a time, which is why we love the advice game 🙂
Having a spare game up your sleeve is always a good idea, just in case you have time to fill. Choose a game that doesn’t require that the guests have anything and have it ready if needed.
Baby Shower Games you can play virtually (that Are still fun!)
Here are some amazing baby shower games that work in-person or virtually! We’ve grouped them according to how much preparation you need to do.
Low Prep Games/Activities
- Alpha-Baby Names: Choose an order for guests to go in (you might want to make a list before the shower…) and have the first guest say a baby name that starts with the letter “A,” the next person says a name that starts with a “B.” As soon as someone can’t think of a name they are out of the game. Game play continues until you have one player left (start over from A again as needed – no repeats allowed!)
- Don’t Say Baby: With an in-person baby shower, this game is typically played with baby clothespins that can be moved from one person to the other. For a virtual baby shower it is a bit different, but the same general idea.
As the host, have a list of everyone’s names. At the beginning of the shower, tell everyone that they can’t say the word “baby.” If they hear someone say baby they can call them out and get a checkmark (clothespin!) next to their name. The person who collects the most “clothespins” wins a prize.
- Share Most Embarrassing Baby/Parenting Moments: Tell guests ahead of time to prepare a story of their favorite/most embarrassing or most hilarious parenting moment. It can be from when they were a kid or when they were the parent.
- Baby animal trivia: Look up interesting facts about baby animals (what they are called, gestation period etc), and ask trivia questions. Either have them shout out their answer OR write their answers down.
- Baby predictions: Have guests give their prediction of how big baby will be (weight and length) and what day and time baby will come. You could send prizes to the person whose prediction is closest.
- True or False Baby Facts: Find some trivia facts about babies (infants should sleep __ hours a day, the average weight of babies is ____). Have guests say true or false and award the person who gets the most correct (but be prepared for a tie!).
- Parenting advice: Have guests send you one piece of parenting advice before the party. Put those pieces of advice onto a presentation or google doc and share them with the party goers.
- Name that tune: Choose 10-15 songs with the word “baby” in them and mix in some songs for little kids like “Baby Shark.” Have guests try to be the first one to correctly guess the song (this can be played in teams or individually).
- Mom-To-Be Portrait: Have each guest grab a piece of paper. Set a timer for 90 seconds and have everyone draw a portrait of the mom-to-be without looking at their paper. Have the mom-to-be decide which picture is the best.
- Emoji pictionary: Divide into two teams. Give each guest a word or phrase. Using only the emojis on their phone, they will try and help their team guess the word or phrase.
Medium Prep Virtual Baby Shower Games
- Baby charades: Write down a bunch of baby-centric words and phrases (changing baby’s diaper, pacifier, don’t wake a sleeping baby, burpcloth etc). Divide the guests into two teams and have them cover their eyes while you show the person the word they will be doing charades with. (Remember that your camera will flip the writing, so you will need to turn your camera to show the word!). Alternately, you could send a word or two to each guest in their invitation.
- Word Scramble: You can do this one either by having words you show on the screen in a presentation OR send a list of words in the invitation pack.
- Play-Doh babies: Send each guest a small container of Play-Doh (don’t tell them ahead of time what it is for). During the shower, have everyone pull out their Play-Doh and do their best sculpture of a baby. Have guests vote on the best baby sculpture.
- Guess how many candies are in the jar: Prior to the shower, fill up a small container with candies and count how many you put in. Have each guest try and estimate how many candies are in the jar. The closest guess (without going over) wins the jar of candy.
Games that Require Printables
- Which Parent Game: Send each guest a small sign on a popsicle stick. The signs could simply say “mom” and “dad” OR you could have cute photos of mom and dad. Before hand, ask the dad-to-be a list of questions. These questions could be, “Which parent will be the disciplinarian?” “Which parent would hate it if Play-doh colors are mixed up?” “Which parent will change the poopy diapers?” Have guests hold up the corresponding picture. Tell everyone how the baby’s dad answered. It is also fun to see what mom-to-be thinks the answers will be! You could also ONLY have the mom-to-be answer the questions and see how close her and her husband’s answers are.
- Guess the baby photo: Print off pictures of mom and dad to be OR have all the guests send their baby picture digitally. Hold up the baby picture and have everyone write down their guess of which baby corresponds to which grow-up party guest.. Whoever gets the most correct wins.
- Match the Celebrity Parent to the Baby: Cut out photos of celebrity babies and their parents (look in magazines!). Show the baby and then show several possible parent options and see who can get the most correct.
- Baby bingo: Send out bingo cards and a bag of small candies to each guest to use as bingo covers. As the host, you will call out the pictures and the guests will cover the pictures to get a bingo.
- The Price is Right: Purchase a bunch of smaller baby items (baby food, pacifier, diapers, burp cloths, baby medicine) and record the actual price you paid. Have guests write down the exact dollar amount that they think the item is. Closest guess (without going over) wins! Mom-to-be gets all of the baby items as a bonus present.
Prize Ideas for Your Virtual Baby Shower
You’ve got a plan, you’ve picked your games, but what to do about prizes for the virtual baby shower? Luckily there are some fun options to send to the guests who win the games. Here are some fun “virtual” alternatives:
- E-Gift Card: There are lots of companies that will do a digital gift card. You can purchase and either send it by email, or text the digital code. Some ideas: coffee shop, restaurant, jewelry, beauty products, Etsy.
- Venmo/PayPal: You can send a few dollars for them to buy something they love! Just say something like, I’m sending you $5 on Venmo to buy your favorite treat!
- Amazon Item: You can choose a specific gift on Amazon, show the prize, and then simply type in the winner’s address and have it shipped to them. Easy peasy!
- Snail Mail: Purchase some small prizes that you can show the guests during the shower. After the shower you just need to pop them into an envelope and mail. Just make sure and tell the winners to send you their address!
The Final Word on Virtual Baby Shower Games
Just because you aren’t in the same room doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful, personal and memorable baby shower. Online video conferencing and video apps have made it possible to virtually gather and have fun when a typical in-person party isn’t possible.
These virtual baby shower ideas will help you host a celebration that the mom-to-be and all of her guests will enjoy. Now, get planning!