“We’re having a baby!” Oh my goodness, I don’t think there are any more sweeter words to a prospective grandma’s ears, is there?
Three years ago, I was so thrilled and excited when I learned that my step-daughter was expecting baby #2. I wanted to do everything I could to usher this new baby into the world with everything she would need to be cared for. But, when the time came for baby shower planning, I wasn’t sure what to do. We live 1,500 miles apart and an in-person shower just wasn’t feasible. So, we did the next best thing and threw a long-distance baby shower instead. And it was so fun!
If you’re wanting to throw a long-distance baby shower but need a little inspiration, here’s how we did it!
THE INVITATIONS and SAVE THE DATE
Once you select a date, you need to be sure that the mom and dad to be will be available. So, you’ll need to send them a Save the Date card and your invitations will need to state the date that gifts should arrive. I simply created the stationary in a MS Word document and printed them on cardstock. For the initial phase, I created a Save the Date card, an Invitation, and enclosure to the invitation with instructions and a shipping address label including the words “do not open until xxx.” This way, the momma-to-be can simply collect all of the packages with the same labels until shower day.
(Wording is from a Pinterest Pin – original author unknown)
THE SHOWER IN A BOX
Here’s the sequence we used and the items we enclosed:
All of the decorations and supplies were wrapped and numbered to be opened in the correct sequence.
The first package to be opened contained directions and, possibly, the most important supply.
The camera, camera case, batteries and SD card!
Package #1 was party outfits! I ordered custom shirts for mom and sis. Dad got a black T-shirt and a pirate eye-patch.
These are the instructions to put on the party outfits and open package #2.
Package #2 is a table cloth to begin decorating for the party!
Package #3 includes table settings for Mom, Dad and Big Sister!
Party balloons are all the rage in package #4!
Package #5 includes a custom made “It’s a Girl” banner!
I used clipart, card stock and ribbons to make this banner.
We had to try it out at our house, just to be sure it worked! 🙂
Package #6 looks like a box of pirate treasure!
Aarrrrrr, it is and it’s a perfect baby shower centerpiece!
Package #7 is filled with party favors – baby bottles filled with everyone’s favorite candies!
Just to make things a little easier, package #8 has thank you cards and stamps!
AND TO FINISH THINGS OFF WITH A “YUM”
…the cake. To make this delicious treat shippable, I made the cake beforehand then cut it up into chunks. I layered chocolate cake with chocolate frosting at the bottom and purple cake with vanilla frosting at the top. The frosting sealed the cake nicely so that it wouldn’t shift around and kept it fresh for the few days of shipping. I topped the cups with a plastic coffee lid with a sticker on top reading “Baby Cake Buried Treasure Inside.”
And that’s it! It took some planning and work, but it was so worth it.
LET THE PARTY BEGIN!
Once all of the decorations and treats were set up and ready to go, the party really got started with the opening of the gifts. They received so many packages from friends and family all over the country that they squealed, “It felt like Christmas!”
While we would have loved to have thrown a party in person, this long distance baby shower really was the next best thing. It was a treat to organize, our granddaughter was blessed and ushered into the world loved, safe and cared for and big sister got to feel a part of the whole thing.
P.S. Just in case you missed it, above! If you’re thinking of throwing a long distance baby shower for your sister, daughter or best friend, be sure download my “Long Distance Baby Shower Checklist” to ensure you don’t miss a detail! It’s free to download and will help you keep you on track to throwing a party to remember!