Baby Won't Wait! The Virtual Baby Shower

Although we are all having to adapt plans big and small, social distancing has forced us to get creative, and find new ways to mark special occasions. After my real-life baby shower got cancelled, my incredible friends moved fast and creativity flourished.

One advantage of moving things online is that friends and family from all over the world could partake in the activities – we had attendees from Singapore to New York!

Mum to be (me!) received surprise deliveries on the day including flowers from Appleyard London, delectable baked goods from Send Me Cakes and a selection of thoughtful baby gifts.

Games included Guess the Baby, baby themed charades and music rounds. They built a structure to the afternoon and ensured that, even with a large group, everyone had a chance to participate.


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5 days before: Flower and cake order

3 days before: Guests provide their baby photos and all games set

Day of event

1.00pm: Call started and waited for everyone to arrive

1.15pm: Games commenced

2.30pm: Games finished

Some guests needed to get back to childcare or other responsibilities, while others spent the rest of the afternoon chatting away in the sunshine.

What we ate?

Best Bake Box from Send Me Cakes

What we drank?

Elderflower cordial

What we listened to?

The music quiz was a great laugh, with all songs themed so that the song or artist names referred to ‘baby’ or ‘kids’. Answers to the quiz were submitted online through Google Forms and marked automatically.


Zoom and Google Forms. Baby photos and charades prompts were circulated via Whatsapp.

Dress code



Guests were in attendance from the UK, Ireland, Singapore and USA. Many dialed in from their homes, while some Londoners (me included) took advantage of the unseasonably good weather to set up camp in the garden.

Top tips

Charades works surprisingly well over Zoom! The quiz master sent unwitting participants baby-themed topics by private Whatsapp, resulting in some very strong silent acting.

Up the early organisation to lighten the load, especially as deliveries are taking longer than planned at the moment.

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