Your guide to the best ISO Baby Shower!

Whilst all of us are forced to adjust to the new rules of life with Covid 19, precious new arrivals haven’t changed their plans at all! They are coming, whether we are ready or not!

So to combat your inevitable disappointment of not being able to have a conventional event,  we have put together this guide for you to host the best baby shower possible, it may even turn out to be better than you imagined!

Create an online event/invitation

The easiest way to do this is by creating a private event on Facebook. Your event page provides the ‘when and how’ and is a space where all attendees can forward photo’s and messages in one spot. However you could investigate using Paperless Post or Greenvelope who also provide digital invitations and communication platforms.

If for some reason you are not comfortable hosting the event, have a close friend or maid of honour do it for you 🙂

Forward an online gift registry to your guests

This is where we come in 🙂 Sign up to The Gift Register, compile a list of your favourite items – anything from anywhere, then share it with your guests via a URL link. Your guests can select and purchase an item and ensure it is delivered to your address. So on the day of your shower, you will have a special time opening gifts and thanking guests for their contributions.

If guests are close by, another novel idea for gifting is a ‘sprinkle shower’. Have a few people drop presents off every hour (you can use a digital roster such as Signup Genius) and that way the fun is spread over the whole day!

A special guest book

Prior to the day, give guests instructions to submit a sheet for your guestbook (as a PDF by email). This might be a great job for a friend or Maid of Honour. Define the specifications such as size (A5 or A4) and orientation (landscape or portrait) and then have each guest submit their own personalised page. To make it easy, maybe you can provide a template? All sheets are emailed to you prior to the day so you can compile a special book to show at the event!

The online gathering

On your digital platform, set a day and time for the event (just like a normal shower) This is when all your friends and family come together on a live stream. There are a few options here: Facetime group on your phone (only iOS devices), Skype (not password protected), Google Hangouts (needs a google account, max 10 participants) or Zoom (40min max for free)… or you might also want to consider Facebook live! Our advice here is to go with whatever you are most comfortable with and to avoid having any tech issues, make sure you do a trial run prior to the event 🙂

Decorate your home or room just like a normal party … it will get everyone into the mood! You could even pre-organise your favourite take away food or cupcake/snack items to be delivered to your guests in their own house!

Itinerary

If you are on Zoom and confined to a 40minute stream, you could organise your time like this:

0-5mins: Fix any connection issues. Hellos & introductions.
5-30mins: Games of your choice.
30-35mins: Thank guests for all gifts received.
35-40mins: General banter & goodbyes when time is up.

The time is obviously going to fly by and 4o minutes is a bare minimum time to stream. Set alarms to notify you when each section is over. If using this format we suggest sticking to a maximum of 2 games. Obviously with more time, you would have the freedom to pad this out so it is a bit more relaxed!

Game ideas

Create a Kahoot trivia game: A,B,C,D answers … ask questions like: How did parents meet? What colour theme is in the nursery? Who will be the strict parent? What is the circumference of my belly? List baby items from cheapest to most expensive. All the tech for this can be set up prior to the event.

Song contest. How many songs your guest name with the word ‘baby’ in the title? The one with the most wins a prize!

The Price is Right! Choose a standard baby item, and have everyone guess the price (written on a piece of paper). Everyone reveals their answers to the camera. The two guests who are the closest to the price are then given 6 baby items to put in order from cheapest to most expensive. The person with the most items in the correct position will receive a prize.

Optional extras

Organise a drive by Shower Parade! If guests are located nearby, it could be a nice surprise (and a bit of fun)  to ask the couple to go outside (before or after their live stream) and have a few people drive by and throw some nappies and/or presents out the window!!

Consider part of your event to be dedicated to some charitable giving for mums in need.

Don’t forget to do your thank you!

Once all the fun is over, use your chosen digital platform to send out a personalised thank you.

We hope this guide is helpful, and at the end of the day your ISO Baby shower is a huge success!! Maybe even just as much fun as a real one! … All the best for your new arrival! 🙂

6 Easter games & activities for the family at home!

Right now, even if we are all stuck at home in isolation, we can still make the best of Easter!! Start with the food. Ditch the diet for the day and go with your favourites… maybe its Tsoureki (Greek Easter bread), French toasts, or some Rosquillas (spanish doughnuts flavoured with cinnamon, rosemary and honey)… YUM! Of course hot cross buns are likely to be on the menu, and maybe some scrummy apple & cinnamon rolls straight out of the oven, but whatever your choice of brekky, it will be well received after the traditional early morning chocolate hunt (which you may choose to do virtually with family from afar!!) … see below.

These ideas of a virtual Easter egg hunt and activities/games after your brekky bellies are full are sure to create some fantastic unique family memories that will last a lifetime!

Virtual Easter egg hunt. If you have other family members to connect to via video conferencing or facetime, you can have a virtual Easter egg hunt! The idea is to have all participants connect on the day, and then take turns at having one person instruct the other on where to look for their eggs. So nominate an ‘egg finder’ and a ‘navigator’. The ‘finder’ awaits instructions from the ‘navigator’ in order to seek out their eggs. That way the excitement of egg finding is shared between those near and far, like an interactive version of ‘I-Spy’! Of course the finders are rewarded by enjoying all the goodies they discover 🙂 

Easter bocce ball. All you need is two matching, dyed hardboiled eggs per player and one plain egg (this will be the target). Have one player roll the target egg several metres away then players take it in turn to roll their eggs as close as possible. All players get two turns. Once all the eggs have been rolled, the player with the egg closest to the target wins.

Pass the egg – an old favourite and sure to make the family laugh. Gather in a circle and place the egg under the chin of player one. Using no hands, player one passes the egg to player two and so on around the circle. The first one to drop the egg is the first one out. Last player standing wins the game. For an extra level of tension, use raw eggs – the losers clean up the mess!

Easter piñata. Buy a premade piñata or make your own using a balloon,easter pinatapaper mache paste andan old newspaper.  Fill it with chocolate eggs and treats and decorate with an Easter theme. Use a large wooden spoon or stick to whack the balloon, blindfolding players for extra fun. When the balloon pops, you get to eat the treats!

For a bit more of Easter DIY, make some melted crayon Easter eggs. All you have to do is hard boil several eggs and roll them into a plate of crayon shavings, while they’re still hot, using plastic tongs so you don’t burn your fingers – be careful not to crack the shells. The heat from the eggs will melt the shavings to create a beautiful pattern. Add some glitter for extra sparkle!

Eggstacle course. Set up a homemade obstacle course using whatever items you have on hand –get the kids to help. While balancing an egg on a spoon, walk the tightrope using your garden hose, jump through hula-hoops, lay a broomstick across two chairs and crawl under, weave through a line of plastic cups. The imagination has no limits! Who can complete the course without dropping the egg?

Whatever you do this weekend in these unusual and challenging times, we wish you and your family all the very best for Easter. We hope you get time to relax (maybe fit in your favourite bunny movie), and enjoy a few laughs together.

Don’t forget, it is still possible for gifts to arrive to your doorstep which could be a wonderful way to celebrate any special occasion. Just hop onto The Gift Register to create and share gift lists with family & friends. Its easy and free!

Happy Easter. Stay safe.