Let’s play a game called Good Idea/Bad Idea.
Good Idea: Having an unforgettable gender reveal party using games, balloons, cake, and other surprises.
Bad Idea: Having an unforgettable gender reveal party using fireworks and a flimsy wooden drying rack.
If you chose Good Idea, I’ve got awesome news for you. This article is going to knock your compression socks off.
If you chose Bad Idea…I hope you’ve got good insurance.
Assuming you’re still reading (and not trying to save 10% off your homeowner’s insurance), let me introduce you to the latest craze in baby mania: The Gender Reveal Party!
6 Gender Reveal Ideas to
Surprise the Parents
There are three significant dates when it comes to your pregnancy.
- The day you discover you’re expecting and everyone celebrates with fancy mocktails.
- The day you discover WHAT you’re expecting. (Spoiler: it’s human.)
- The day your little expectation becomes a bawling bundle of reality and you come home with an awesome first place prize.
Something is missing.
There’s a prize for the first and last date…but nothing for the middle one! TRAVESTY! The only solution here is to Facebook this article over to your sister or best friend. They’ve got some planning to do!
Gender Reveal Ideas for Parents #1: The Surprise Box
Who doesn’t love to open a big box of surprises? You’ll need a 30 x 30 cardboard box decorated or wrapped with fun gender reveal paper. Have a friend fill it with a pink balloon collection or a blue balloon collection. Grab the camera and open it up! See how it’s done at Snickerplum.
Gender Reveal Ideas for Parents #2: The Popped Balloon
This great idea from Ever Love Design creates a whole series of fast-snapped photos to put into your announcements and baby books. You’ll need a giant black polka-dot balloon (so you can’t see the confetti color inside), a strong man (to stretch the balloon open) and ultimate confetti in the big reveal color of choice.
Gender Reveal Ideas for Parents #3: The Gender Paint War
I’m sorry, but this gender reveal idea from Paddingtonway looks like a blast. Grab two squeeze bottles, two blindfolds, and have a friend whip up some nontoxic edible paint. Whoever is most covered with paint is clearly the winner and picked the right gender. #Science
Gender Reveal Ideas for Parents #4: The Party Piñata
I thought this idea from Bubbly Nature Creations was wonderful. It’s an easy DIY tutorial on how to make little piñatas perfect for sibling reveals! If you’re looking for some serious crafting, check out this heart-shaped pull piñata.
Gender Reveal Ideas for Parents #5: The American Pastime
Gender Reveal Ideas for Parents #6: The Photo Op
I loved this sweet idea from Pinterest. A friend from the family snaps their reaction to one of the ideas above and uses a stylish letter board to turn it into the perfect announcement for Facebook, Instagram, or snail mail!
7 Gender Reveal Ideas
for Rumblin’ Tummies
What happens if the parents know the gender, but no one else does? Oh, this is fun. You have the key to everyone’s burning question! Why not use the buffet table to your advantage and reveal the answer in a sneaky way?
Yummy Gender Reveal Idea #1: Peek-a-Boo Filling
This is a very easy cupcake technique that guests will love. (Who doesn’t love a filled cupcake?) The idea comes from Iowa Girl Eats, and I had to mention it because once an Iowa girl…always an Iowa girl (even if said girl moves to Wisconsin).
Yummy Gender Reveal Idea #2: Fortune Cookies
These fortune cookies can be covered with a variety of “keep ’em guessing” sprinkles. Guests just have to crack open the cookie to see the baby fortune inside!
Yummy Gender Reveal Idea #3: Fudgy Reveal BonBons
O. M. Goodness. Fudge. BonBons. A pregnant woman’s dream. With a little surprise inside! Recipe at Easy Baked.
Yummy Gender Reveal Idea #4: Surprise Cookies
- a onesie cookie cutter,
- a delicious sugar cookie recipe (try this one from Nigella Lawson)
- a royal icing recipe (I run to Alton for things like this)
- candy pearls of gender color
- and this step-by-step tutorial at Craftstorming.
Yummy Gender Reveal Idea #5: The Hershey Reveal
Yummy Gender Reveal Idea #6: Gender Cake Surprise
Ready for a surprise? This masterpiece only requires three steps on the Betty Crocker website. Three steps. Fill it with candy pearls and blue or pink candy gems. Then enjoy all the titters of awe and excitement pour forth from all your guests.
Yummy Gender Reveal Idea #7: Epic Cream Puffs
Since I’ve already given a nod to my roots (Iowa), it’s only fair that I high-five the state I’ve settled: Wisconsin. What better way to do that than with their world-famous Cream Puffs? Sweet Twist of Blogging created this very fun, unique, and delicious gender reveal dessert.
6 Gender Reveal Ideas to
Get the Whole Family Involved
My family is very active.
We like doing things together. It’s not uncommon for aunts/uncles/grandparents to be
racing hobbling around in the dark playing Ghosts in the Graveyard with the kids.
If you’ve got a family like mine (where there’s a standing “don’t you dare put this on YouTube” gag-order), these ideas are guaranteed to be a HUGE hit!
Family Gender Reveal Idea #1: Votes for Baby!
Perfect for competitive family, make everyone put their
money sticker where their mouth is. You can customize the colors on these Boy/Girl Team Stickers like we did to match your baby shower colors. Here’s how…
- Click here to see Team Boy or here for Team Girl.
- Select the blue “Personalize” button.
- At the bottom of that gray box, choose “Click to Customize Further”
- Select “Show Color Picker”
- Select the area of the sticker you want to change the color on, and then put the following codes in the white box on the right. The colors we used in the graphic above:
- Boy–Dark Blue Type: #375066
- Boy–Light Blue Background: #bad0ce
- Girl–White Type: #ffffff
- Girl–Pink Background:#e5a99f
Family Gender Reveal Idea #2: Scratch-Off Cards
If you have family who live out of state and can’t come to your gender reveal party (or maybe you’re not going to throw a party at all), this is the ideal solution: a scratch-off card! Choose between a baby stork or a rainbow theme.
Family Gender Reveal Idea #3: Confetti Poppers
These handmade confetti poppers give everyone the opportunity to celebrate.
Family Gender Reveal Idea #4: Pin the Bow on the Baby
Play “Pin the Bow on the Baby” with your guests by handing out bows, blindfolding them, and letting them stick the bow on a blown up ultrasound picture of your baby. Then count to see – where there more bows on the head (girl) or on the neck (boy)? Is their prediction right?
Family Gender Reveal Idea #5: Silly String Stand Off
A round of applause, please for Fenton Fever, for sharing this creative idea! Pick up a case or two of gender reveal silly string in the color that matches your coming babe and let the family duke it out!
#6. Tally Board
This is a great idea from Through Clouded Glass for families that are more well-behaved than mine. Each person gets to choose a bow or a tie and then stick it on the voting board.
A Baby Shower You Will NEVER Forget!
There are going to be a lot of memorable moments in the months to come, but only a small handful that are unforgettable. The day you reveal your baby’s gender is definitely one of them.
From that moment on, the child is no longer the “baby,” but becomes something a whole lot more real. It’s Isabella Rose. or Tristan Jack. It’s a family member that you (and the siblings) that will be an integral part of your family forever.
Since it’s such a huge moment, why not celebrate it with stickers, balloons, and an exploding baseball! (But leave the fireworks back in the truck.)
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