We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
Whether it's your first child or your fourth, that moment you finally learn whether you're having a boy or a girl is exciting. Many parents mark the occasion by celebrating with family and friends at a gender reveal party. If you're interested in throwing one but aren't sure where to start, here are some ideas.
Some parents come up with a fun theme for their reveal party, such as pregnancy cravings (think pickles, ice cream, and potato chips) or ducks (hang up a "waddle it be" banner).
You can also let holidays guide the theme. "Our friend had her gender reveal in October, and everyone wore either a pink or blue pumpkin pin," says one our site expecting mom.
"We combined our reveal party with St. Patrick's Day, which made it extra fun," adds Martin. (Yes, there were pink and blue shamrocks!)
Another our site mom says, "With my last one, we found out at the end of March, right before Easter. We handed out Easter eggs and counted to three. Everyone opened the egg to find a blue peep inside."
Using balloons in a box is a fun way to reveal the news. Pack the box with pink or blue balloons if you already know the baby's gender, or have someone else do it if you and your partner want to be surprised along with your guests.
"We had the doctor write down the gender, and my mom brought the envelope to the grocery store and asked the clerk to fill a large box with either pink or blue balloons," says Angela, a our site mom. "We opened the box in front of our friends and family – and blue balloons flew out!"
Those looking for a similar idea on a smaller scale can ask a clerk at a party supply store to fill a black balloon with either pink or blue confetti. All it takes at the party is a pin. Pop!
Make those guests commit! Ask everyone to declare a guess by wearing either pink or blue. You can also provide gender-specific accessories, such as pink and blue bead necklaces, pins, leis, or temporary tattoos. One inspired couple gave out cardboard mustaches and lips on sticks.
You can also set up ballot boxes and have your guests vote by dropping a token in a blue or pink box.
This is a great way to make your reveal on social media. Here's how it works: When you know your baby's gender, get pink or blue paint and a plain white t-shirt. Spread enough paint on your partner's palms and fingers to make handprints.
Take one photo with your partner standing behind you, arms circling you and hands resting on the sides of your belly. Then immediately take a second photo in the same position, but with your partner's hands raised to reveal pink or blue handprints on your stomach. Posted side by side, the photos make a fun reveal on Facebook or another type of social media.
If you don't have a way to take your photo with an automatic timer, you'll need a friend or family member to play photographer.
Some creative couples take the paint theme even further, and use water guns filled with pink or blue paint to have a free-for-all reveal in the yard. Fair weather, expendable clothes, and good attitudes are a must. Those who can't be there for the party can watch the fun live on Skype.
One popular way for expecting parents to reveal their baby's sex is to unwrap a baby outfit in front of party guests.
"We had the ultrasound technician write the gender on a slip of paper, and then we went to a store and picked out a boy and girl outfit," says Sarah. "We handed the outfits and the envelope to the cashier, and she boxed the correct outfit for us."
Getting creative with food can be an easy way to make your party extra festive – just don't forget the food dye.
Cupcakes or cake with pink or blue filling are popular. Order them from a bakery, or find a recipe and make your own. You can even buy a special cake mix to bake a cake with colored candies inside.
Check out the our site Community for more food ideas.
Spraying cans of pink or blue silly string (covered with brown paper to hide the label) are a fun way to let younger members of the family know whether the new baby will be a boy or a girl. Parents can know the gender ahead of time or be surprised along with guests during the silly string fight.
Says one our site mom, "For this baby, we did a silly string gender reveal at a park with a small group of family and friends. It was like a playdate for my son and his cousins with a silly string fight at the end. Small, fun, affordable ($20), and memorable."
More great ideas for gender reveal celebrations
Looking for inspiration? Visit the our site Community and search "gender reveal."
Then head over to Pinterest and use the same search term. (Be sure to check out BabyCenter's board, too – we've pinned several of our own snazzy ideas.) Finally, do a search for gender reveal videos on YouTube, and settle back with some tissues.