Jun 26, 2011
This is exactly what I just finished planning for my dear friend Jess. And let me tell you - it was soooo much fun!
You see Jess and her hubby, Nate, live in California (aka: too far away from me if you ask me). So when I first heard they were expecting a baby in August my wheels started turning about how I could host a shower for Jess. You know how much I love throwing a shower?
But reality sank in fast ...I had forgotten (oops!)...I was also expecting a baby BEFORE Jess. There was just no way I would be able to make the trip to CA to host an in-person shower for her. Grr... I was totally bummed. But Dr. Google pulled through again. I started researching baby-shower-at-a-distance ideas and decided on a Baby Shower by Mail!
Let me tell you ladies... it was perfect! The ladies who participated loved it. I loved it. And most importantly Jess loved it.
So for those of you interested in knowing how to host a Baby Shower by Mail - here's my step by step guide to doing just that!
How to "Host" a Baby Shower by Mail
1) Start a Facebook Event. Isn't Facebook wonderful?! When planning this event I knew there was no way I wanted to manage it all via email - so a Facebook event it was. Here are the things to include in the "More Info" portion of the event:
- Note if it's a surprise or not.
- Date that gifts need to be mailed to you by.
- Mailing address for gifts.
- Wrapping specifics. (I'll discuss this more below)
- Note for guests to keep in mind that all gifts will be mailed together so it's important they buy smaller gifts (if at all possible).
- Registry info.
- Invite guests to invite additional guests who might also be interested in participating. Hey - no one is FB friends with everyone, right?!
- Ask guests to RSVP via the FB Event so you know who to expect gifts from.
2) Collect Gifts. As gifts came in I kept all of them in one place and was sure to make a note of who sent what. That way it wasn't too overwhelming when it came time to put everything together.
3) Receipt Envelope - I wanted to be sure Jess had all of her gift receipts in one place so as the gifts came in I started a receipt envelope which I included in the Baby Shower package that was sent to Jess.
4) Wrap and Package up Gifts. I decided I wanted the package to look uniform (and cute of course) so I asked all of the "attendees" to not worry about wrapping the gifts as I would wrap them all once they arrived. I chose a couple different colors of wrapping paper and spent an evening (or two) wrapping all of the gifts that came in. I then packaged them in a large box and prepared the box for shipping.
5) Include a few fun/random items. I decided it wasn't a shower w/o some sort of sweet baked good. Now shipping a cake or cake pops is nearly impossible so I wrapped up a cake mix and frosting. Include your own fun random items in your shipment. The expecting mother will really appreciate the extra touches.
6) Ship it.
Thanks so much to all of you ladies who participated in Jess's shower - she LOVED it.
And this post just wouldn't be complete without a picture of the guest of honor after receiving her Surprise shipment :)