Even in the midst of a pandemic, life still moves forward. Students are graduating, many couples are choosing to modify their weddings rather than postpone them, and, ready or not, babies are still being born. Although these milestones may look a bit different these days, they still deserve much joy and celebration, which calls for a bit of creativity! With our sweet Poppie joining us soon, my sister wanted to make sure that we still were able to have a momentous occasion for our loved ones to shower our princess, and I'll be the first to say: if this is what pandemic showers look like, count me in forever! (Minus the pandemic, of course!) I wanted to share some details of the day for those of you who may find yourself as a hostess or honoree in need of some inspiration!
Because we have family and friends both near and far, it was important that we could make part of the shower virtual. With a longer guest list, Zoom wasn't an ideal option, although I think it would work well for a smaller event! My sister used WebBabyShower.com to set up our site, add photos, and link registries. Guests also had access to games and could make predictions about Baby Frazer! What was really enticing about this site is that we were able to record parts of the shower ourselves and upload the videos directly to the site for our guests to view after the festivities were over. While you can also create invitations through Web Baby Shower, Lauren chose to use Paperless Post for the e-vite. She was able to send these through Facebook for those who have it, and email for those without Facebook.
With our gift registry linked on the website, guests were able to send gifts directly to my sister, who held them until the shower, and so graciously wrapped them, as well! To follow social distancing guidelines, the shower was held on Lauren's front lawn, which was decorated beautifully. She essentially moved her entire living room out into the yard! Her beautiful furniture, paired with an arch made by my husband, plenty of blooms from Sam's Club, and perfect weather made for the most gorgeous garden-party setting.
My understanding was that the shower would begin at 11 (essentially, I'd begin opening gifts then) and we'd record the gift opening process to share on the website with our guests. When I arrived just before 11, I was so surprised and completely overwhelmed to find that Lauren had organized a drive-by portion of the shower for our local friends and family! Loved ones drove by with signs, sweet gifts, and kind words for our special day. It was so wonderful to get to see faces I hadn't seen in so long, even from a distance! As our friends paraded through, they were given a surcie to take home with them--Mimi's famous sugar cookies decorated as poppy flowers, and a packet of poppy seeds for them to plant at home. I'm a firm believer that special touches like that truly make an event and these were the perfect token to show our appreciation to our guests.
After the car parade (scheduled for the first hour of the shower) we opened gifts and munched on party foods--just because it's not a "traditional shower" doesn't mean you can't break out all the fixings! We enjoyed your typical Southern baby shower delicacies--chicken salad, pimento cheese, fresh fruit, and my favorite sweet treat, macarons! As we opened an overwhelming amount of gifts from our most generous friends and family, I simply set my phone up on a tripod to record the goodies and give our thanks. It's been so fun to watch the footage back, and will be wonderful to have these memories to share with Poppie in years to come
Although the day was different from what I would have imagined, I couldn't have asked for a more special and beautiful baby shower. An incredible amount of love was felt throughout the day and it was overwhelming to see how much effort everyone put into making the event special, despite the circumstances. My family believes that life is to be celebrated--the big and small events--and this shower was no exception to that rule. So for those of you who may be in the midst of an exciting life event, I encourage you to embrace this crazy new "normal" we're facing and find a way to celebrate regardless; you may be surprised at how incredibly special the memories you make will be!
Stay stylish and enjoy the hunt!
xo - H