Having a baby shower even when your besties hundreds of miles away just got real easy! That’s right mommy-to-be! You and your squad separated by distance can still have a baby shower together to celebrate your pregnancy. ‘But how?’ you may be wondering…it’s simple: a virtual baby shower!

We understand how special this time is for you and celebrating your pregnancy with your besties is something that pretty much everyone looks forward to. We believe it’s your right as a future mommy to have the baby shower of your dreams! So why let a mere time zone difference come between you and an amazing baby shower?

Whether it be for you or a friend, you can plan a virtual baby shower that is just as special as you always imagined. Here are some tips on how to throw a fabulous virtual baby shower with a little help from none other than Amazon:

Assign Two Designated Organizers

Trying to plan an event alongside multiple people can become confusing and overwhelming very quickly. That is why there should be two designated organizers to keep things running smoothly.

If you and your friends are spread across different time zones, there are definitely ways to strategically plan your shower around the time difference. If you can, appoint one organizer who is on the ground with you, the guest of honor. Ask another friend who is in the same time zone as your guests to be the second guest of honor.

This will ensure that all your bases are covered and the party doesn’t suffer at the hands of troublesome time differences.

Take Advantage of Amazon’s Baby Registry

Now, it’s time to talk about the wonders of Amazon and how you can use it to plan your shower! Once you establish who the shower organizers are, hop on board Amazon’s Baby Registry. Their registry offers all kinds of perks and fun surprises for parents-to-be, including a free welcome box with surprise items.

And while Amazon boasts millions of products to purchase, their Baby Registry also allows for Universal Registry, where any item from any site can be added. So if you have your eye on one very specific item, don’t worry – Amazon’s got you covered!

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If not, then it’s officially time to sign up! Prime members save 15% on eligible items when they complete their registry. For the mommas-to-be, get excited with the massive selection of products that Amazon’s Baby Registry has access to. Your guests will love surprising you with a thoughtful welcome box and, not to mention, Amazon’s group gifting option.

And Let’s Not Forget Amazon’s Group Gifting

So what is this group gifting we speak of? We’re glad that you asked – lean in future mommas!

Amazon’s Group Gifting for Gift Givers is an amazing option for guests to contribute money to the guest of honor’s baby registry. It is also the most effective and simple way to contribute to the registry for the moms living internationally.

Gift givers can contribute any dollar amount of their choosing to the baby registry. Simply browse the registry, select the item, and click ‘Contribute to Gift.’ You can then enter a dollar amount and hit ‘Add Contribution to Cart’ and proceed to check out as you would with any other purchase.

After your guests make their contribution, you will receive the funds in the form of an Amazon.com Gift Card to purchase the items on your registry. It’s really as simple as that!

Stay Clear of the Weekdays

Here’s a hack on how to successfully schedule a virtual shower across time zones: stick to the weekends! It’s pretty much impossible to arrange for a weekday shower if you are five hours ahead of the rest of your party guests, who may be just starting work when you are finishing.

Avoid the unnecessary stress of scheduling a weekday shower and choose a weekend. This way you and your friends can block out as much time as you need for all the virtual baby shower festivities!

It’s Not Only About the Gifts

There are plenty of ways you can make your virtual baby shower fun and avoid being tacky by only opening gifts.

Take advantage of Amazon’s Prime benefits to arrange for incredible party decorations. The party planners can send the decorations to your home through the Prime party store to set the tone for the virtual party.

Did you know that Amazon has teamed with Whole Foods to cater for baby showers? You can arrange for deliciously catered food at the virtual party by having the same food sent to your friend’s location and yours. Simply plan your menu, order online, and pick up the food at your local store. Prime members will even receive in-store discounts! All you need is the Amazon Shopping app on your phone to use at the checkout and you’re good to go.

And Don’t Forget to Say “Thank You!”

We understand that ‘baby brain’ is a real thing. But that doesn’t mean you can forget to send your friends a giant ‘thank you!’ Remember that even though your virtual baby shower is anything but traditional, the traditional ‘thank you’ note etiquette still applies.

Simply send a thoughtful note or an email to let your girls know how much you appreciated them organizing and celebrating this special moment with you.

Wrapping It Up

Virtual baby showers are a wonderful and fun option for the moms-to-be out there. This is one of the most exciting times of your life – do not let time zones get in the way of the celebration that you deserve!

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start on that baby registry! See for yourself just how much fun a virtual baby shower can be for both you and your guests.