Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Virtual Baby Shower

Anybody ever had a REALLY good (like the best of the best) friend living/working overseas, while pregnant with their first baby?  Well...if so...welcome to the club.  After wracking my brain on how to throw my friend a baby shower...this is what we came up with.


How would you go about pulling something like this off?  Glad you asked...let me tell you

1. Pick and order an invitation.

I ordered these invites off Etsy.  Super easy...just pick a design you the wording...they customize it...the buyer and seller email back and forth a bit...when it's all finalized and approved, they email you a digital copy and you print...I used Office Depot.  I also cut these myself, which was a first (usually I get Office Depot to do it). It was surprisingly very easy, just took a little time.

You're probably wondering what in the world to goes a little something like this...

With a brand new baby on the way
and our dear friend so far away
we can still get together and celebrate
in a very special way
Please join us for a virtual baby shower honoring....

 (I Justin blurred the words for privacy purposes)

2.  Order a Cake.  Celeste's favorite...Edgar's strawberry cake.

3.  Have a Face Time area set up.

we went ahead and had the laptop/tv/sitting area where
we could open the gifts too.  Celeste could see what she got
and hung the onesies (see below) all in the same room

4. Do a little Face Time test on your phone

 I love this pic of Kate holding the phone.  
She is talking to Celeste like she is standing right there...
hand motions and all

5.  Come up with a few activities for the shower...

prayer tree

cut and hole punch some cute scrapbook paper
put some simple instructions in a frame
"write a prayer, hang a prayer" 

iron-on applique onesies
(this little activity gets its own post)

6. Personalize it a little

all I did was print a few pics of David and Celeste
put them in frames I already had
with some fresh flowers

7.  Visit with the guest of honor
I love this show and tell picture.  
Everyone is sitting and if you look close...
you can see Celeste (and Nora Mae's) side profile...
So Sweet!

Lots of visiting.

and some group shots

Overall the shower was a success.  There wasn't a huge crowd, but it turned out to be the perfect amount of people.  We gave an option (through an insert with the invite) for people to send gifts or money to an alternate address which helped Celeste and David to get most the things they needed and feel very loved by many.  

Through some creativity, teamwork and resourcefullness, we pulled it off.  It's amazing what the internet, a few emails and some sweet friends can pull off.

Thank goodness for technology because Celeste was able to be right here in Birmingham for her baby shower, even though she was all the way around the world. 

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