Monday, March 17, 2014

A Modern Baby Shower by Skype--Part 1

My dear friend, Jane, is going to be a first-time grandmother in a few weeks.  Of course, we wanted to welcome baby Glendora Jane with a baby shower.  Our only problem was a geographic one.  Little Dora will be welcomed into the world over a thousand miles away.  Aha, Skype!  In consulting the internet, we found we weren't the only ones with this idea.  However, we decided to go with doing it our way.

We consulted with the expectant parents and decided on a date.  The presents would be mailed to them a few weeks ahead of time.  Although we weren't able to send all the brunch food, the mom-to-be's favorite dessert was available to be ordered for them online--Derby Pie.  Flowers were also sent along with bags of mints.  We wanted them to feel a real part of the event. The guests would come to my house for brunch.  After brunch, we'd gather around the computer and enjoy seeing the gifts opened.

Of course, the four shower hostesses and Jane would need planning sessions.  We are awfully good at planning by meeting via e-mail, phone and at lunch(es).  I had seen a number of banners used at parties and showers.  We came up with the idea for a banner of sweet baby dresses on a clothesline.  This meant a trip to pick out appropriate papers and embellishments.  What fun we had cutting and adorning the precious little dresses.

Jane hanging the dresses so they will be seen by the parents while Skyping.

Aren't they sweet?

All in a row.

Flower arranging in Mint Julep cups.

Little bags of pastel mints for each guest.

The table.
The underlay white cloth is a hundred years old.
I wonder how many babies have been welcomed by feasting
on this beautiful cloth?

I'll be back soon with the guests, the food and the Skyping.


  1. How clever. Reminds me of our book club but yours is far prettier and more fun! I love all your decorations especially the dress banner!

  2. A very sweet and happy idea to have a long distance baby shower through SKYPE! Congratulations to your friend! I loved using SKYPE when I live 1,8000 miles form my grandsons.

  3. What a wonderful idea! Can't wait to see the rest of it!

  4. Isn't it just magical---all the things we can share and enjoy with our faraway Dear Ones? How charming an occasion---will look forward to the rest of the long-distance story.

    says rachel, who is looking forward to meeting in person a three-month-old Grandson, soon.

  5. very interesting. have not heard of this but it sounds great to me. i know one of the bloggers, her son was in Afghanistan and his baby was born and he was there for the birth by skype

  6. Beautiful . . . such a great idea. Love the little dresses . . .

  7. What a great idea and of course you know I would love your Julip cups for flowers. I have two that I keep polished, just waiting for a special dinner. I've never Skyped.

  8. A very nice way to have everyone involved! Everything looks so pretty, bet it was a blast:@)

  9. Baby Dora says she can't wait to see those little dresses on her nursery wall, and that she was quite delighted to have Derby Pie a second time for breakfast this morning. :-) Thank you for bringing such joy to our living room!

    Her Mama

  10. What a fabulous idea! I know the parents-to-be are very appreciative. Hugs!

  11. I love this idea, Bonnie.


  12. Those little dresses are so sweet! What a good idea. :)

  13. i love that you did it thru skype. how techy we have all become and the shower could not have been any cuter! Just adorable

  14. That is such a wonderful idea, Bonnie! I had never thought of having a shower that way but love the idea and may have occasion to use it. The dresses you made are adorable!

  15. What a wonderful idea! I am so glad to be in this tech age.
    Your decor with the baby dresses and your table are just precious. Have a wonderful time!

  16. Ah, technology! What a great idea.
    Everything looks so pretty--can't go wrong with pink.
    Can't wait to see the next post.

    Oh and for future reference-if you need a baby gift idea for another
    shower, check out my current post.

    M :)

  17. How fun…isn't is amazing what can be accomplished electronically now. Absolutely love the little dresses, a lot of creativity went into them.

  18. I love your Ideas. Its fabulous...... cant have words to say for your grateful A Modern Baby Shower ideas.


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