When my mother was pregnant with me, she had multiple baby showers. Now that it was my turn, I was afraid to even have one. Daily cases of COVID-19 in my area have tripled since the beginning and don't seem to be coming to an end anytime soon, so my options for a shower are limited. Many other moms-to-be are doing virtual showers, but something didn’t sit right with me having gifts mailed and then talking to guests while everyone else in the chatroom listens. It didn’t feel personal enough. I also didn’t want a normal shower because if I was the reason that my friends and family contracted the virus, I would never forgive myself.
So, we met in the middle.
My mother helped me put together a beautiful open-house-style shower. The theme was Winnie the Pooh, complete with a balloon arch, baby blue and yellow decoration, and of course, hunny pots and bees.
In order to avoid big groups in such a small space, we set up tables throughout the room with snacks and activities since we weren’t able to do games. We set up a station with building blocks that our friends and family got to design for baby G. They turned out so cute.
We had a diaper raffle with gift baskets as the prize, and loads of snacks. My sister’s contribution to the shower was painting mini pots like the ‘hunny’ pots from Winnie the Pooh. We used them as cupcake holders and displayed them in front of the decorations.
The turnout was wonderful and everyone wore masks the entire time so that it was a safe environment. I was able to see friends and family, but the blessings didn’t stop there. We received every item on our registry! We were thrilled to have this much support and had so much fun celebrating this new life.