Baby Showers - Why ZOOM is a Great Lockdown Alternativeby Robert Dunne
So...three months have gone by and we are still in lockdown! Honestly, the concept of a normal life where I can cough without being seen as the coming plague seems in distant memory but through times like these, we must find normality however we can.
For those of you who, like many, have at least had the comfort of the day job to keep you occupied at home, I’m sure you have already encountered the wonderful world of ZOOM on at least one occasion, but for those of you who haven’t let me fill you in…
ZOOM, very simply, is a video-calling service much like that of Facetime on Apple devices, or Google Hangouts on Android and Windows devices, which allows you to talk to others across the internet using a microphone and maybe even a webcam if you want (as who doesn’t want a reminder of your wonderful face!) and then use this to have meetings, catchups or the occasional lockdown pub quiz (because who hasn’t at least tried this yet!) with other people.
So, you may be wondering, ‘how might this be useful in the world of expectant parents?’ and my answer to you is...ZOOM Baby Showers!
With the current guidelines being that no more than 6 households can meet at one time in person, any kind of event or celebration is going to be difficult, so why not make the best of the circumstances and still have the fun times with your friends but over a video call instead?
I know, I sound mad, but seriously, let me break this down for you…
Now before you actually have any kind of baby shower there will usually be some bits and bobs that need doing in preparation, however, one advantage of doing it over ZOOM is that there is no need to desperately go round and clean every inch of your house to make it look spotless, nor is there the need to go out and source nibbles or drinks or decorations because nobody is coming round to see, eat or drink any of it!
Sometimes people may also put together little gift bags to give to those who come on the day, it is still possible to do this! All you need to do is make sure you deliver the packages to their house before the big day so they can open them on camera and you can see their wonderful reactions.
Something to remember also is of course if people want to get you gifts to celebrate your great news then, similarly to the gift bags, they can simply deliver the gifts to you prior to or on the day and then you can open them on camera so everyone can see your reaction.
On the day
Now normally the day involves a nice mix of conversation, presents, and games, this doesn’t have to be any different! As much as yes there is a screen between you and those closest to you, this is a great way to connect with the people you care about most with the added benefit of less clean up after.
All you need to do is set up your zoom meeting (To find out how to do this click here), give the details to your friends, and get chatting. If you want to do any kind of games or quizzes, you can use the share screen feature to get everybody involved in the fun and use things like the raise hand feature and breakout rooms to really set up a fun experience for all involved.
If you’re struggling for ideas of what games to play on the day then why not take a look at Good Housekeeping’s Top 10 ZOOM games here, or if you have any better games to try, why not get in touch for your chance to be added to this article!