Gender Reveal Party Ideas
By Alexis Pollitto, Contributor
So, you’re having a baby…how exciting! Arguably even more exciting, is finding out if you will have a son or a daughter. What better way to be surprised than through a gender reveal party.
Gender reveal parties have been up and coming for the past few years. Essentially, you can gather your closest family and friends and all experience the magical moment of learning the gender of your baby together. We have put together a list of the cutest gender reveal party ideas to kick off your planning.
First, you may want to select a theme for the party. If you love sports, you may be interested in a Team Pink or Team Blue theme, or Touchdowns vs. Tutus. If you plan to have the party during the summertime, you can put a twist on a summer classic by having a BaByQ and serve barbecue food. You can certainly select the theme based on the time of year you will have the party, like decorating blue and pink pumpkins for the fall or blue and pink shamrocks for St. Patrick’s day. You know you will want to treat your little one like royalty, so why not start at his or her gender reveal party with the theme of prince or princess. Developing a theme for your gender reveal party is a great way to tie together invitations, decorations, food, and activities that will happen at the party, but of course keeping the party simple with a minimal theme will be just as special.
Once you have decided on if your party will have a theme, you may want to announce the party through invitations. zazzle.com, shuttefly.com, and paperlesspost.com (for evites) has many cute invitations to go with some of the themes previously mentioned, and they also have a variety of simple designs at reasonable prices.
After the invitations have been sent, the real party planning begins. Of course, the most important part is deciding on which way you are going to find out the gender. Often it is common for the parents-to-be to give their sealed envelope to a baker who will fill the inside of a sweet treat with something blue or pink. But if you are looking to break away from the traditional, the possibilities are endless. Babycenter.com has some fun and unique ideas, especially if there will be a lot of kids at your party, such as announcing the gender through a silly string fight (with the color of the outside of the can covered by a brown paper bag). This is definitely an affordable and memorable way to learn the gender of your baby. Another fun idea for a kid-friendly party is a gender reveal pinata.
Alternatively, you can open a baby outfit to find out. Go to your favorite children’s store and pick out an outfit for a boy and a girl. Hand the sealed envelope to the cashier and have him or her wrap the correct outfit for you while you continue to shop. Balloons are another exciting way to find out. Go to the party store and give the sealed envelope to the cashier. While you are shopping for party decorations, have him or her seal a box with blue or pink balloons. If you want to get your guests more involved in the reveal, you can order Gender Reveal confetti push-pops from etsy.com and watch as blue or pink confetti flies into the air.
While you may find great party decorations in store, there are also some convenient options for ordering online. Be sure to look for awesome decorations, such as balloons, temporary tattoos, banners, and fun games for your guests to play. When you have decided on decorations, you will nearly be done with planning your gender reveal party, but one important decision to make is what kind of food you would like to serve. Some hosts serve food that mom has been craving, while others will decorate pink and blue cookies for dessert. I personally love these glam DIY He or She Hershey bars from etsy.com. Another idea we loved courtesy of popsugar.com is to have your guests pour white Kool-aid powder into their water and watch as it changes color to pink or blue.