In the past I've had relatives "join us" for my daughters birthdays via Skype and it's always been really successful, and lots of fun (one birthday my Mom was the quiet relative who sat in the corner - she was out of state drinking tea and watching the festivities - so fun!).
So, my mother-in-law and I planned it out, set the date, made sure the time difference worked for a time to throw it here AND there, and we proceeded.
We had loads of fun getting everyone together, sitting around and chatting with the parents-to-be in Germany. My mother-in-law and I opened the presents up for her and showed them for her as we went along and took lots of pictures. My mother-in-law also made Jenny (sister-in-law) a corsage for her to wear but unfortunately it didn't make it there in time for the shower.
We figured we had to be really creative on how to keep Jenny incorporated into her shower even though she couldn't be present. We played games that Jenny also had there with her so she could play along with us. One of the games played had to do with guessing which countries word for "baby" was which country (there was a list of words and we had to guess which country it belonged to). I loved this idea since she lives far away, and has traveled a lot, so it really pertained to her.
Also, the guest book was a finger print tree guest book. I thought this was really neat, because again, she wasn't able to be present. So, to get her relatives prints who were here on this tree that she can hang in baby's room was a much more physical and tangible guest book compared to just signing a name.
Finally, when my mother-in-law goes to visit Jenny in just a short while she will take some of the decorations for Jenny and will also do up a party there for her, and make similar foods that were here so she can experience the shower there. So neat! We had a lovely time and I hope you enjoy the photos!
baked french toast casserole with a raspberry syrup
the food table
baked french toast casserole close up
guest book "signing" (finger print) table
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes and Mini Donut Muffins
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
Lilacs (great for a purple and green themed party)
All of the wonderful gifts
Me with my mom and daughter and the parents to be in Germany via Skype!
Mine Donut Muffins
Beautiful smiling mother-to-be Jenny
Baby's name sign
Fresh lemons in the Pink Lemonade
Grandma chatting with the parents
After all the guests "signed"
Our cone-cat joined the festivities
the pom poms I made