I want to do a baby shower at home, for my daughter that lives in another state. Can this be done in good taste? And what is the best way to do it? I've never done a baby shower before of any kind. She is sick in bed with preclampsia, and due to deliver much soon than expected, within the next 2 weeks. There is no one to give her a shower where she is, and she really needs a lot. I want to help, but, just don't know how? All suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Glinda from Glendale, Ky.
I was living in Boston for my first child and all our family was in the Pacific NW. My mother in law threw me a baby shower that I, of course, could not attend. This is what she did.
She invited everyone to come with an unwrapped present for the baby. At the party, she had all sorts of wrapping papers and decorations. Instead of passing around presents as they were opened, everyone admired them before they were wrapped. She videotaped the whole thing, even the shower games, and sent me some of the shower decorations for the baby book. It was a really nice way to keep me connected even thought I was 3000 miles away.
I have not read if anyone else has suggested this, but I think it would be neat to invite friends and relatives to a Gift Card shower for your daughter.
They could get the cards at WalMart, Target, or a baby store that is located in the same town your daughter is in.
That way she could get exactly what she needs.
I would request that no gift, only gift cards, since they all have to be mailed to her. Or another thing they could do, if she is registered somewhere, go on line and have the gift sent directly to her.
At the shower, just serve refreshemnts and maybe have the guests write cards with 'motherly' advicee and words of wisdom for your daughter.
For decorations, if you have any ultrasound pictures display them and any pregnant pictures of your daughter. If possible talk with your daughter during the shower.
My daughter had her baby three and a half weeks early this summer....the day she had a shower scheduled. Her friend brought the cake and plates to the hospital the next day.
Best wishes for a safe delivery and healthy baby and mom.
I read somewhere about a Remote baby shower. The Mom sent all of the gifts from friends and family to the DD and when she recieved the gifts she was NOT to open them until the assigned day. The Mom ended up having the Baby shower/party at her house and video taping it. The DD (on the phone) would open the gifts from everyone there and her Dh was there with cake and punch so she still got the party feel and wasn't "left out".
I hope you can use one of these ideas.
Bless your heart. I cant imagin how hoard it is to have to be so far away from your daughter in her time of need....I admire what your doing and I think the earlier post about sending them off and opening at a designated tiime is awsome.. My prayers and Blessings to you and your most precious daughter.
I've heard of this being done in two ways. First. the mother threw a shower where everyone brought wrapped gifts. The entire shower was given and video taped, the mother opened the gifts, everyone's OOHs and AAHs and comments were recorded. Later, she sent a large box with all the gifts, pieces of giftwrap, the ribbons, favors, the video with special interviews from each guest, thank you cards that had already been addressed and stamped, balloons, etc, to her daughter so she had everything before her child was born.
The other had the shower given and recorded: games, blessings from each guest, and all. The tape was sent to the mother-to-be along with all the wrapped gifts for her to open.
This is so thoughtful of you. I lived a great distance from all my family and felt so abandoned when I was pregnant. I'm sure your daughter will just appreciate everyone's wishes and gifts no matter how you choose to do it, since so much love will be sent with them.
I was thrown a remote shower due to flying restrictions and no close family 3000 miles away. It was a great surprise and still a bigger momento of that day. All guests arrived with baby gifts unwrapped or just in gift bags and were video tapped telling me what they got for the baby and why it was very special. All the gifts were mailed together and I watched the video as I went through the gifts. It showed all the guests playing the games but talking to me as if I was the camera.
I'm going to do a remote party for my daughter, since she is 5 hrs away. Also, she has 2 little one's already.
I'm a bit nervous about doing this, give me some insight.
gloriaa1957 AT hotmail
I did a remote baby shower for my daughter who lives in Colorado. I had the shower at a local restaurant (pizza) and provided lunch and cake. I instructed each person to bring their gift "unwrapped" and I supplied the wrapping paper, scissors and tape. Also, I bought a onesee for each person and had it at their place setting with lots of fabric paints. Each person had to design and paint a onesee for the baby. We laughed so much! We took pictures of each person with their finished onesee. Then we had a wrap party and we all helped each other wrap the gifts. When my daughter got the boxes of persents, she was really thrilled. She had to open everything and had to guess which person made which onesee before she could look at the pictures. We really had a fun time!
My Daughter in law lives in CO, she lost her mother last year, all her family lives in Missouri. She will be visiting in November. We would like to have a baby shower for her then, but it is always a problem flying home with the gifts, any suggestions. Donna
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