Although some people (like myself) don’t discover the gender of their baby until birth, others like to be prepared ahead of time, and learning their baby’s gender for the first time is a very exciting milestone. Throwing a gender reveal party, either for yourself or your best friend, is a moment you can treasure forever, and a memory you can share with all of your friends and family.
Although similar to a baby shower, a gender reveal party obviously has that one big difference: the big reveal. But what if you have no idea where to start planning the party? No worries; you are in the right place.
In order to host a gender reveal party, someone needs to learn the gender. You can plan to leave it a surprise to you as well, but you will have to entrust a good friend or family member to attend the ultrasound with you. That same person will also have to help plan the party.
Either way, you should schedule your ultrasound way ahead of time. There is always a chance that the baby will be in a position that is too difficult to tell what the gender is. This is what happened to my husband and I, but since we were happy to keep it a surprise we didn’t schedule another appointment.
Like with any party you have to pick a theme. You can keep it simple by using both pink and blue decorations, or choose a gender neutral color like orange, yellow and green. Some people prefer to get creative and have a more specific theme based around a cute animal, something seasonal, or even story books.
Baby showers were traditionally female-only, but gender reveal parties are for everyone, as it’s the time when the expecting couple announces their baby’s gender to all their friends and family!
When deciding who to invite, start with family and close friends, then consider inviting co-workers and acquaintances depending on how many people you’re comfortable hosting. Most often, though, gender reveal parties are kept small and intimate.
You should send out your invitations at least six weeks in advance. This should allow plenty of time to get your ultrasound (or second ultrasound if you have problems with the first) and then plan the party. It also gives your guests plenty of time to fit it into their schedules or book time off work if need be.
Once you get the main details figured out, it’s time to decide how you want to expose the big reveal! There are many ways this can be done, so feel free to get creative and do something that speaks true to you and your spouse’s personality!
A few examples include releasing balloons in either blue or pink, open a gift with a gender specific outfit that’s already planned out, or the ever popular cake cutting gender reveal where the cake is either filled with pink or blue frosting, candy or cake mix. If you go the cake route, a lot of bakeries are used to filling gender reveal cake orders and will be happy to help out.
Other ideas include breaking open a pinata, releasing confetti, or even have creative scratch tickets made up for your guests.
Gender reveal parties are still parties and should be fun! Luckily, they have a lot of potential for fun guessing games. One idea that a lot of people enjoy is having a picture posted of the ultrasound as a sneak peak so they have something to go off of when trying to guess. There are also fun “Old Wives Tales” quizzes you can purchase. These quizzes list old wives tales that people often believe reveal if you will be having a boy or a girl such as if you experienced morning sickness or if the expecting mother is carrying high or low.
Now that pretty much everyone has a smartphone on them at all times, you’re bound to get hundreds of photos from friends and family members throughout the day. But if you want to make sure you get some really good photos you can either ask a trusted friend or family member to be your photographer, or even hire a professional depending on your budget. No doubt the big reveal with be a moment you’ll want to capture and remember forever, so make sure to ask someone specifically to get photos when it happens. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement and forget to take your own.
At the end of the day, you can hand out party favors to your guests such as candy. People who guessed the gender correctly could even win something bigger like a candle. Whether you give favors or not, just make sure to send all of your guests thank you notes a couple weeks after the party.