This post is about how to create Virtual Baby Shower Boxes (or kits) for your online baby shower guests.
If you are planning a virtual baby shower, one of your biggest concerns might be…..
“How do I make this baby shower feel
more like a party…
and less like a Zoom work meeting”.
I know how you feel.
When I planned my sisters baby shower on Zoom, I racked my brain to come up with a way to make the virtual shower feel every bit as exciting and as interactive as a traditional baby shower.
I finally solved this problem by sending each baby shower guest….. a party in a box.
A virtual baby shower box is a curated kit that you put together to create an exciting, hands-on experience.
The box you make should include everything your guests need: baby shower games, favors, gifts for the mom, baby shower registry information, “cake”, libations, etc etc!
For all the details (and pro-tips) on how I made my boxes plus inspiration to help you decide how to make your own, personalized virtual baby shower box, KEEP READING!!
Details on MY Virtual Baby Shower Box:
Make sure to read all the details on how I sent text invitations, set up the Zoom, etc etc on my other post: How To Throw An Epic Virtual Baby Shower
To start off, I knew that my boxes had to be mailed.
We have friends and family from coast-to-coast so delivering boxes by hand was not an option.
This helped me to decide what type of box to use (details below).
As you know, games are a huge part of baby showers… so next, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to incorporate games into the box.
I decided to purchase these pretty printable baby shower games from Etsy and then printed one game on each side of a postcard through Fedex Office Print Online. Each box got two “postcards” with a different game on each side of each card (4 games in total). In total, printing cost about $34.
I printed the BINGO games on regular half-sheets of computer paper (since we played BINGO at a different time from the other games) and tied it with a cute ribbon.
Besides games, baby showers are also known for cake, drinks, appetizers, etc.
I wanted to find a way to bring that element into the shower even though we would all be on our computers miles away from one another.
I dug through Etsy and found these beautiful beautiful chocolate covered Oreos that are made to order by the seller.
(tip: one thing I hate to add but I have to add is that…these treats did not turn out to be very delicious (lol). They were hard and not “cake like” at all. They were gorgeous though and most everyone oo’ed & ah’ed over them).
FINALLY, I added a blank card with an envelope pre-addressed to my sister so that people could send their advice and well wishes and she could keep them as momentos from the event.
I put the games and card/envelope on the bottom of the box (due to space and to avoid contact with the dessert in case it melted or something), then covered those with fancy shredded paper. On top of the shredded paper, I placed the bingo game rolled in ribbon and then the “cake”.
Finally, I sealed, taped, addressed and stamped the boxes.
Ready for mailing!
Ideas for YOUR Box:
What To Use For Packaging:
You can use nearly any type of packaging, if you plan on hand-delivering your boxes.
However, if you will be mailing your boxes like I did, you’ll need something sturdy and designed for mailing.
I used this corrugated mailing box because it is sturdy, it’s the perfect size for small package first class mailing and it is an affordable buy for 50 boxes!
What To Include In Your Baby Shower Box
Ideas to MAKE THE BOX PRETTY:
– Packaging – like shredded paper and ribbons
– Themed box decor – stickers, drawings, stamps, etc
– Stick with a color palette or theme (like nautical, baby animals or floral)
Ideas to make it FESTIVE:
– Printed baby shower games (pictured below)
– “Cake“ – any individually wrapped treat (like cake pops or chocolate covered Oreos) that can be mailed and eaten by the guests at “cake-cutting” time)
– Libations – you can include a mini sparkling cider or a cocktail recipe that everyone can make together
– Themed baby shower swag – like matching balloons that everyone can blow up and display before the party or matching pins for each guest
– Baby shower favors – examples are “a baby is brewing” can koozies or “mommy to bee” honey soap bars
By the way… I’ve created 21 Free Printable Baby Shower Thank You Tags for your baby shower favors or goodie bags. Make sure to check those out.
Ideas for the MOM TO BE:
– A blank card and pre-addressed envelope – for people to send well wishes and advice to the mom-to-be
– Registry information – so that people can send gifts either via mail or online store delivery
The Mailing Process:
Make sure to mail your boxes in more than enough time for your guests to receive them before party time.
In my experience, mailing the boxes using USPS First Class Mailing was the cheapest option.
Each box cost me around $5 – $6 to send (from the Midwest out to each coast all over the country).
STEP BY STEP:
DIY VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER KIT
DIY: Virtual Baby Shower Box
A baby shower box (or kit) is an excellent way to make a virtual baby shower just as fun and interactive as a live baby shower.
Mail or drop off a baby shower box to each of your party guests and let them know not to open it until the baby shower starts.
Your virtual baby shower box is completely customizable and below you will find the links to buy the items that I included in mine.
Add baby shower instructions, registry information, games, treats and favors- all in the theme of your choice.
- Assemble your mailer/box
- Fill the box with shredded paper
- Organize the printed baby shower games and treats however you choose to
- Tuck the top cover behind the front of the box
- Address the box
- Decorate the outside of the box (with stickers and other baby shower themed decor)
- Tape the box opening
You're ready for mailing!
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Happy Baby Showering!
For another heartfelt DIY gift idea, check out 161 ‘Open When Letter’ ideas & examples
For more virtual party inspiration, read 12 New Virtual Party Ideas (for max fun & minimal contact)
This is a great idea thank you!
Hi! I’m planning a virtual baby shower and this was so helpful. One question – how much did you spend per box for shipping? Trying to figure out what would be the cheapest route. Thank you!
Glad to hear it!
I believe each box was around $5-$7 to ship with first class mail.
I love this! Thanks for the much needed inspiration. About how long did it take your packages to be mailed? We initally were thinking we should mail them 2 weeks in advance, but also don’t want cookies sitting for two weeks!
Hey Chelsea! So glad that you like it! 7 days was MORE than enough time for all the girls (all over the country) to receive their box using first class mail.
How much filler paper did you order to fill the 50 boxes?
I did not use all 50 boxes. I made somewhere between 25 to 30 boxes and I only used one package of the shredded paper for that. I’d say two packages would be appropriate for 50 boxes.
I love this idea so much I’m doing my best to replicate it. Did you send a note along with your box to the guests? Something letting them to save the cake (cake pop) unitl we cut the real cake with our mother to be ?Something explaining no peeking at the games in advance, but to use the decorations to get their space party ready?
Hi Amy! I’m glad you love it.
I sent instructions letting the girls not to open the boxes ahead of time via text. Check out my “how to plan a virtual baby shower” post for the details on what I sent the girls. 🙂
Mary Storch says
You don’t mention including a printed invitation. Did you include a print invitation or send an evite?
Mary, I sent an evite through text.
How do you give prizes to the winner of the games? I love your creativity! Gave me great ideas for my daughters shower.
Also when she opening gifts did you have a special backdrop for your sister?
Thank you so very much for sharing,
Thank you Lois! The prizes were sent to the winners by mail. (Another option is to order prizes online and have them delivered to the winners’ addresses. That’s a bit less work).
There was no special backdrop when she was opening gifts but that would be a very cute detail.
I hope your event turns out fabulous! Thank you for taking the time to comment Lois.