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How to Host a Drive-By Baby Shower

These are definitely weird times we’re living in, but it’s not all bad. Because of social distancing, we’ve had to get creative in how we can celebrate our loved ones. As a result, one of my favorite things to come out of these past few weeks is the drive-by baby shower.

A drive-by baby shower is a great way to celebrate moms-to-be while maintaining social distancing.

I just love that, as a society, we always find a way to bring good into the world, even when all the odds are stacked against us.

Drive-by or drive-thru baby showers are just one shining example of that. Nothing can get in between us and showing our friends and family how much we love them!

{And if you’re looking for other ways to host a social distancing baby shower – I’ve got lots of other unique ideas!}

What is a Drive-By Baby Shower?

It’s simple! Instead of gathering all together in a house or venue and mingling with food & drinks, guests will form a parade in front of the mom-to-be’s house.

They’ll drive by at a designated time, drop off gifts (because that is the purpose of a baby shower, after all), shout their well-wishes, blow kisses, honk, and make mom and baby feel special!

Who should host the shower?

Ideally, whoever would have hosted a regular baby shower could organize the drive-by shower.

If no one volunteers, don’t be afraid to ask your closest friends and family! Normally that could be awkward, but in this case, it’s an extremely low lift for the host or hostess. There’s barely any cost or effort involved, compared to a regular shower.

On the flip side, don’t be afraid to host your own drive-by baby shower! Just let your friends and family know you’d love to see their smiling faces before baby arrives, and that you’ll be outside to wave at the designated time, and they’ll get the idea.

Tips for a Successful Drive-By Baby Shower

This shower doesn’t have to be complex or complicated, so more than anything, don’t overthink it! At the end of the day, the purpose is to make sure mama feels the love, and that you’re able to shower her with gifts so she’s prepared for baby’s arrival.

There are a few things you can do to make the shower a little more fun and special for everyone involved though, with minimal effort:

1. Choose a short time frame for the drive-by

Give guests a 30-60 minute window to drive by the house, to keep up the parade vibe, and so the pregnant mom isn’t sitting on her front porch for hours on end.

2. Send an invitation.

Even though this is a less formal type of baby shower, an invitation is still nice to send. An email or evite invitation is totally fine, but it’s always helpful for people to have all the details in one place, and for the mom-to-be to have something to print off and put in her baby book!

{And I just so happen to have a super cute Drive-By Baby Shower Invitation in my One Joyful Mama Designs Etsy shop. ;)}

An adorable invitation template for a drive-by baby shower.

3. Set up a table at the curb for gifts.

Let’s be real here – the underlying purpose of any baby shower is to give the parents-to-be gifts, and help them stock up on all the endless stuff babies need.

So make sure guests have a designated spot to drop their gifts, so they can maintain their 6-foot social distance.

4. Decorate the house and yard.

Part of the fun of hosting a baby shower is decorating the whole house and bringing the party to life with a fun theme or color scheme. There’s no reason you can’t still do the same thing at a drive-by shower!

Pick up balloons, yard signs, streamers, whatever you can to jazz it up and bring a smile to your pregnant friend’s face.

5. Set out individually wrapped cookies or cupcakes.

This is definitely not required, but certainly nice-to-have! A little sweet treat (individually wrapped, to avoid any cross-contamination) is a nice “thank you” to give guests for making the drive out to celebrate the baby on the way.

6. Send an activity to guests in advance.

Baby showers always have cute little games or activities for guests to do, which create fun memories for the mom-to-be. There’s no reason drive-by baby showers can’t have their own activities!

Just send the activity in advance, and have guests fill it out and bring it with them to drop off for the mama-to-be to read later.

These Predictions & Wishes for Baby cards a great activity for any baby shower. Not only do they give guests some fun talking points, but you can make them into a little booklet afterwards, for mom-to-be to keep and remember after baby arrives.

A Predictions for Baby card is a fun activity for guests at a Drive-by Baby Shower.

7. Encourage guests to make signs, make noise, and make mama feel special.

It’s still a party, after all! Encourage guests to go all out, as much as they can. Bring confetti poppers, make signs, decorate their cars, blast the pregnant mama’s favorite music… whatever they can do to make it personal to the mama of honor.

8. Set up a virtual gift opening party via Zoom.

Everyone loves seeing all the cute, snuggly, precious gifts at baby showers! So, to really go the extra mile, you can set up a virtual gift opening Zoom conference, so everyone can share in the excitement.

Are Drive-By Baby Showers here to stay?

I don’t see why not! Maybe they won’t be as common once we’re all able to back to “normal” life, but I think they’re a great option for a lot of people.

Maybe mom is super busy, traveling, and can’t block out a Saturday for a traditional shower?

Maybe mom is immunocompromised and has to be cautious of large groups all the time?

Maybe baby came early unexpectedly, and the parents are at home with a NICU baby?

There are tons of reasons why a drive-by shower would be appropriate, back in the ~real world~, so let’s keep ’em alive!

A drive-by baby shower is a great way to celebrate moms-to-be while maintaining social distancing.

Have you participated in a drive-by shower? Let me know how it went in the comments!

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Kari

Friday 9th of October 2020

There are so many cute ideas on this post. Thank you! I am going to be a new mama—after years of struggling and a lot of heartache. Of course, I was so excited to be able to share this joy with friends and family, but have come to realize this may not be possible. My question is how far people have had guests travel for the Drive By Shower?? We have a lot of family and friends but live near a large city where everyone is spread out miles from where we live.

Emily

Sunday 6th of September 2020

I am throwing a drive by shower for my sister in September. I’m putting items in a cute basket that she can keep and doing the Price is Right game since no one has to touch all the items. Also doing a How Big is Mom’s Belly game with yarn and a tag in individual bags and they can cut their yarn to their length they’re guessing, write their name on the paper and stick it back in the bag. We will measure her inside afterwards and post on the virtual part where people will be able to see her opening gifts. :) Ordered fancy decorated cookies since we’re saving money on catering food and renting a place, and for Bath & Body Hand sanis with custom labels for our take away treat. Got cute balloons that will be stuffed with confetti and tied to the table and along the “parade” route. Not the shower we had originally planned, but we’re making the best of it!

Amy

Thursday 20th of August 2020

If our shower drive by is in the afternoon would we need to do luncheon boxes or if we do something like a dessert would we need to have it store bought?

Emily

Sunday 6th of September 2020

@Amy, my sisters is coming up and we got pretty decorated cookies, no lunch as it starts at 1pm. If it’s drive by I don’t think people expect to get fed.

Denise

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

Hi. Thanks for your tips! I'm actually hosting a drive by Halloween themed baby shower for my daughter on Halloween- complete with costumes. She always loved Halloween and it's on a Saturday this year.! We will stagger the guests and have food set up in the yard with tent and portable heaters-just in case. Im very excited to start planning.

Denise

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Hi Nafeesah, I'm looking for decorations that tie in halloween and baby shower together. So far I bought a large black cauldren to serve pink punch. I'm always looking on different websites for ideas - and there really are so many! Good luck

Nafeesah

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

@Denise,

I’m planning a Halloween theme shower as well. I would live to hear you ideas.

Priscilla

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

I've hosted birthday parties with grab bags for the kids.

Baby Shower: Shower was originally set at a restaurant, but now a drive by baby shower, still doing the Star Wars Theme only we set up a two hour window for our guests, were setting up a canopy and will decorate with ballons (hired someone), giving out small boxed Galaxy snack with 1/2 sandwich, chips, salad & dessert (individually wrapped).

Since I had already purchased the giveaways from Bath and Body, I'm going to give those out also (didn't want to hassle with returning everything), will be in a bag with a baby Storm Trooper on the front and using a red glow stick to seal the bag.

I'm really excited and so is my daughter, we didn't have to cancel ❣️