In the midst of the currrent Covid-19 pandemic, many plans have had to change. Parties and get-togethers have been rescheduled, modified, or even cancelled for the sake of protection from this sickness.
When I started planning my baby shower a couple of months agp, there hadn't yet been any confirmed Covid-19 cases in my area, and I was hoping for the best. I decided to schedule my baby shower for when I'd be about 6 months pregnant (kinda early), in hopes of getting it in before cases started popping up.
And we almost made it. Unfortunately, though, a few days before my shower, the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in my area. Several others followed. This was enough to make me think - was it worth risking the health of my guests and my baby to have a baby shower?
I thought long and hard. After all, I had been looking forward to my baby shower for a long time. I had an adorable theme, cute decorations, games ready to go, and a beautiful cake. The only thing standing in my way was... a worldwide pandemic.
So I got creative and decided that instead of having a regular in-person shower, I would have a drive-thru style shower. No one would leave their cars, keeping them a safe distance from others and eliminating the risk for any kind of person-to-person contact.
In hindsight, I'm glad I chose to have a drive-thru baby shower. Was it the shower I had always envisioned? No, but it was much better than having to cancel altogether. It was the best we could do given the circumstances. If you find yourself in a similar situation for your shower, maybe you'll consider this option, too.
Here's how to have a drive-thru baby shower.
#1. Notify Your Guests.
If you're going to change your baby shower plans from the traditional style to a drive thru, you'll want to let your guests know about the change. Those who are coming from a long distance will appreciate knowing that the format of your shower has been adjusted, as they may decide not to attend if they will only get to see you for a few minutes.
Calling or texting would probably work better than sending out a notice in the mail. in my case, we didn't have much time at all, so snail mail was not an option.
#2. Decide Traffic Flow and Set Up Signs.
This is probably the most important step to consider in modifying your baby shower into a drive thru. Think about where cars will drive in, where they will have to drive to meet you, and how they will turn around safely witout interfering with other traffic.
In my case, we decided to still have the shower in the same location, which was a private residence. It had a long driveway that adjoined to a path, which led to the backyward and all the way around the house. This worked out well, since the cars could drive right around the path rather than having to turn around.
Before the shower, we spray painted arrows to give direction of where to drive. We also made a few signs - one at the end of the driveway that said "Staci's Baby Shower," one a little further down that said "Due to Cvid-19, this baby shower is a drive-thru," and one near where I was standing that said "Please stay in your car to greet Mom and Baby." These signs were simple, yet clear. They gave enough instruction (as this was the first drive-thru shower for most of my guests) without being wordy or confusing.
So when planning your drive-thru shower, think about what the best route for traffic will be, which signs you'll need, and how the overall logistics will work out for drivers.
#3. Greet Guests From a Safe Distance.
Once guests got up to me in their cars, they rolled down their windows and we got to chat for a bit. I kept at least 6 feet of distance from them, which still allowed us to talk. They still got to ask me how things were going in my pregnancy, and I got to thank them for taking the time to come to this one-of-a-kind shower.
I wore a mask the whole time, just as an added precaution to protect all of my guests.
#4. Provide Masks as a Party Favor!
Many of the guests came with masks already on, but some didn't have one. I offered them a homemade mask (or two), and they were all very grateful!
(Check out how to make your own cloth masks here! (https://www.faith-hope-motherhood.com/post/make-your-own-masks)
I had asked a friend ahead of time if she would help me in giving out the masks. We had them in a basket, which she held up to guests in their cars so that they could choose a mask to take home. Each mask had been washed and placed in a new ziplock bag to protect them from germs before use.
Consider giving these out as a party favor at your shower during this time of a pandemic. What could be more fitting, right?
#5. Accept the Gifts.
Once I had greeted a guest and they had a cloth mask to take home with them, I collected the gifts. I then handed the gifts off to another friend, who brought them into the house and set them on a table. This way, the presents were all kept together and would be ready for me to open once all of the cars had gotten through the line.
#6. Open Gifts in a Socially Distanced Setting.
After all of the cars were gone, it was time for me to open my gifts! This is usually the most exciting part of a baby shower, so it was sad to me that my guests weren't able to experience it with me.
In hindsight, I realize that I could have recorded myself opening the presents, and then shared the video with share with guests virtually. Definitly consider doing this if you can't have your guests with you in person as you open gifts!
Thankfully, I did have a couple family members and close friends with me to see the gift opening. There were less thank 10 of us, and we kept out distance from one another as I opened presents.
This still gave me the feel of a baby shower, but on a much smaller scale and with a lot less risk to myself and others.
Overall, I'm thankful that I was able to have a baby shower. It ended up being different than I thought it would be, but it was still memorable and special. The best part is knowing that I may have prevented any one of my guests from being unknowingly exposed to Covid-19.
If you're in the midst of planning your baby shower, please think of others. If Covid-19 is taking off in your area, think of what you can do to reduce its spread and protect your loved ones.
It is a hard decision to make, but if you realize it would be best to adjust your baby shower plans, then do it. Know that by doing so, you might just save a life.