Virtual Baby Showers (everone sends you a gift and watches you open it online) - tacky, or perfectly fine in the technology age?
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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My gut reaction is EWW! The whole idea of a shower is to invite close friends/family to get together with the guest(s) of honour... food... fun... gifts... etc. Doing it "virtually" seems to take away from the whole traditional idea/reason for it. I couldn't see myself doing it or taking part in one.
I guess I really don't care what other people do. I've seen people skype in for a shower because they couldn't make it in, doesn't bother me.
I do like the traditional type showers of getting together to celebrate, lots of food and friends. I actually felt weird opening gifts at my shower...I was more relieved to just hang out and enjoy.
I don't really like the idea. I like the social, visit, celebrate the new baby/wedding aspect of the shower. This just sounds like a gift grab. Not my thing, at all.
Feels like a gift grab to me. Like, I dont like you enough to want to see you, but please send me a present.
Having said that though, if you have alot of distant family who want to send presents anyways, I could see saying something like 'I would love to share this moment with you and show off all the wonderful things people have given me. Please join us online at whatever time'. If done properly it could seem more of a way of showing appreciation and that you are happy to receive the gifts.
If I was 'invited' to one, I probably wouldnt 'attend' though.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
Why not forget about all the fake, watch me open your stuff cause it will make you so happy, hoopla and just say what it really is....I don't want to put on a shower but I want you to still give me presents.
Meh. I guess it's tacky for those just too lazy to throw the shower or too lazy to drive to somebody's house. Yeah, that's in bad taste. I'm just trying to think of a situation where it's acceptable. I guess if you're preggers and move away from all your friends to a foreign country, or across the country, etc. and nobody can attend in person, then yeah I could see it being okay. That's about the only scenario I can think of right now.
My MIL was recently invited to a babyshower (with registry info) for a friend of hers daughter....who wasn't there.
I think that that is super weird. Then again, I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to shower's in general when it comes to etiquette.
I was born and raised in NY. I moved to TN for college. Got married and stayed there. When I got married there were people who I had known all my life that wanted to give me a bridal shower but we just couldn't make it work. They all went into gather and sent a very nice gift by mail. It was not because they had to, but because they wanted to.