Nothing says “Welcome to the world, little one”  like a long parade of cars outside your house  honking & playing music while friends yell “We love you!” This is what happens at a drive-by baby shower, a very new trend that’s emerged during the corona virus pandemic. Because of widespread stay-at-home orders, you might also still be reeling from the disappointment of having to cancel your baby shower. That’s entirely understandable. But just because you won’t be having the event you originally envisioned doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your new arrival at all, Mama!

Drive-by baby showers are a new take on the traditional shower (much like virtual baby showers where moms-to-be have a shower online in lieu of in-person gatherings. Yes, that basically means everyone meets up over their computers or smartphones ~or a zoom call!  While it may be logistically different, the intent is the same: to celebrate you and the wee babe!!) .

“Drive-by parties are definitely an inventive concept to spring out of the need for social distancing,” says Lindsey Mensch, owner of Lili Marie Parties in Chicago. “They could be described as a ‘party parade.” *source What To Expect Website

Drive By Baby Shower
While drive-by showers aren’t for everyone (such as those who live in cities or don’t have cars) and likely won’t replace traditional baby showers when social distancing ends, we’ll probably all be excited to have in-person showers again, they’re certainly still fun and can totally make the mama-to-be feel special and loved.

We’re all new to this, and there are no traditional rules in our no-in-person-parties-climate (other than the rules about social distancing, of course). So, remember: It’s all about making you smile and feel loved. If you want to try out a drive-by baby shower, here are some awesome tips to make it a success.

Drive-by baby shower ideas

Ask for a host. Who was going to host your original baby shower? That friend or family member may be equally disappointed that they didn’t get to see your party through. “Not everyone will think of the option to host a drive-by shower, so don’t feel shy about mentioning this idea to a friend or family member,” says Mensch. But you should also feel empowered to organize this event yourself. There isn’t a huge burden to put a drive-by baby shower together — you don’t need to clean your house or organize food (thank goodness, lol!! )  Just remember that whoever is setting it up should explain the concept to loved ones who might not get it.

Give important details on the invites. Do what suits you. If you want to be casual, send a group text message or an e-vite. If you want to get fancy, you can mail paper invites. You don’t need to ask for an RSVP, says Mensch. Give a date and window of 30 minutes to one hour for “guests” to drive by. “Having a shorter window will give you more of an energetic feeling instead of having guests drive by randomly throughout the day,” she says.

Drive By Baby ShowerLet them bring gifts. While it’s certainly not required, if you have a registry, go ahead and include a link to it on the invite, says Mensch. Your aunt wants to give you that baby blanket she spent all winter knitting. Your three besties want to give you that amazing high chair. If you had to cancel your in-person event, many people probably already purchased their presents and would like the chance to give them to you before baby arrives. Your friends and family can drop gifts off (from a safe distance!) or mail them to you — whatever they feel most comfortable with.

Set the mood. Totally optional, but if you want to go all out, decorate your front yard. And don’t forget what you’re wearing. “If you’re looking for something more on the elaborate side, you can get dressed up in a special party outfit and sit on your lawn sipping a specialty mocktail while guests drive by,” suggests Mensch. *source: What To Expect Site

Make it special for the mama-to-be. If you’re attending a drive-by baby shower, you can crank up her favorite song (or one that’s special between you two) as you pass, says Mensch. Bonus points for getting dressed up yourself or wearing a costume that’ll make her laugh, she says. Other ideas? Hang a celebratory sign from your car window or drop a plate of homemade baked goods on her lawn. Don’t forgo the decorations, a balloon sculpture, yard signs, and a table with all of the special decorations, and CAKE… don’t forget the cake, even if it’s just for mama to eat after the parade is over!

Ask someone to film. Once the car parade starts, ask someone (the host or your partner, or a neighbor perhaps) to run across the street to get a video of the action (again, from a safe distance). Every time you watch it, you’ll feel the love!!

Plan an event later. If you like the idea of a drive-by party but still feel disappointed about canceling your in-person event, it’s okay to do both, you can also host a “sip and see” to have friends meet th new baby when social distancing restrictions are lifted. One mom-to-be plans on having a celebration at a future date, too:

“I think it’ll be a nice alternative and once all of this is over we can have some sort of celebration for people to come see baby and enjoy the moments with us,” she says. We could all use something to look forward to now — and in the future.”

Incorporate a virtual get-together. Can’t decide between a virtual and drive-by baby shower? Combine both ideas, as What to Expect member rdwink did. “Everyone dropped off their gifts on our porch,” she says. “The girls who were going to host, had pizza and cake delivered to us. After we ate lunch, anyone who wanted to join was sent a Zoom invite and we got to talk with everyone, open their presents and could thank them personally. It was really sweet and a perfect way to celebrate despite the circumstances!”

A touching story a friend shared with me about a corona virtual baby shower:

We just had a surprise baby shower at work. The office brought the gifts in or had them mailed to me from her registry. We decorated the conference room, wrapped all the gifts from the shipping boxes, [and we}bought her a cake for two. Left the office picture perfect Friday night. On Saturday her husband I asked her to come in to work so he can pick something up he left behind. At this point she was willing to do anything to get out of the house. With all her showers canceled and her family all from out of state she’s been really down lately. Her husband had present the office a zoom link so when he got to the conference room and surprised her it was all set up and we were able to watch. The tears of happiness when she realized what she had just walked into made her day. We were all able to watch her open her gifts and cut her cake. It was perfect. – Krista L. 

Mind social distancing. Most importantly, make sure to follow social distancing guidelines at all times during a drive-by shower for everyone’s safety.

Let your drive-by shower serve as a true shout-it-from-the-rooftop burst of happiness that you’re having a baby. Because even though the current pandemic situation is undoubtedly stressful & overwhelming, the future with your little one is so, so bright.

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