How to Host a Long Distance Baby ShowerWritten by Jill Manty
Sometimes there is just no way to gather everyone together in one place. Perhaps you are having a shower for friends and family locally, but she has many others who are scattered in different locations. Obviously, it would be best if any out of town guests could attend. If possible, shower should be scheduled so that it is possible for them to be present, but if there is no way to accomplish this, there are still a few things you can do.
One option is a videotape shower. This means that those family members and friends who are at another location actually host a separate shower. They can designate someone to be "mommy-to-be", and that person can open presents and act in place of real mommy-to-be (a pillow under shirt is optional). There should be cake and games, just like any other shower. The shower is videotaped and then given to mother-to-be. The tape can either be sent directly to her and viewed at her leisure, or if an in-person shower is being held, it would be a nice touch for tape to be presented and perhaps even viewed at "live" shower. It would also be thoughtful to make sure that you tape live shower and send it back home to friends and family who are unavailable.
Recently, a high-tech option has become available in form of online showers. Invitations are sent, and live chat rooms are available. There are message boards and online games. While it certainly won't soon replace fun of sitting in a room together any time soon, it provides an opportunity for sharing in excitement of pregnancy when gathering together is not possible.
How to Throw a Baby Shower on a BudgetWritten by Jill Manty
So, you want to host a great party, but you have limited funds. Can it be done? The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!
There are numerous ways that you can cut costs when planning a shower. Perhaps easiest way is to split hostess duties among several friends. Homemade food, favors, and invitations are another way to make things less expensive. The time of day you have shower may also influence cost. A mid-afternoon party with cake, punch, and light snacks is much less expensive than a dinner or a spa afternoon. Having party at a restaurant may be less expensive if guests all know each other and are willing to pay for their own meals. This may be somewhat awkward, though, so it definitely is a plan that will only fit certain situations.
Handmade invitations are a very easy way to cut corners. With a computer, a printer, and cardstock or specialty paper, you can make invitations that will look practically professional. Or you can choose to make a crafty invitation that perfectly complements your theme. Another option for invitations is to email invitations. Sites like sendomatic allow you to send invitations and maps, track responses, and even send weather reports for big day for less than $15 dollars for 100 invitations. Sending email invitations saves on purchase of invitations, as well as postage.
Food for a shower can be very simple. If you have an early afternoon party that falls after lunch but before dinner, you can serve cake, punch, mints, nuts, and perhaps a fruit tray very inexpensively. The presentation is often more important than actual food that is served. Use nice bowls and silver for a formal atmosphere. If you do not have crystal or silver, you can usually get plastic that looks like crystal and silver and will still look nice. Finger sandwiches also add an elegant touch and are inexpensive and easy to prepare. If you want a more casual feel to shower, a vegetable platter and chips and dips are always welcome. Or get everyone in on act and ask each person attending to bring a snack. You might want to have a sign up sheet, though, so that you don't end up with 5 bags of chips.