Discovering your baby’s gender is probably the most exciting moment in life. It’s ok if you like the old-fashioned way, which waiting until your baby is born. However, it can be even more delightful when you can share the moment with your entire family and friends. And, what way is better than throwing a gender reveal party. So, here are exactly what you need to plan your gender reveal party.
Schedule an Ultrasound
Yes, the first thing you need is knowing the biological gender of your baby. But, you also need to keep it as a surprise for yourself while determining it. So, this is what most parents do.
Around 20 weeks of pregnancy, you should schedule an ultrasound because this is the perfect time to have the clearest view of your baby. Remember that when the doctor asks if you want to know the gender of the baby, you need to tell them that you want to keep it as a secret for your gender reveal party. Therefore, the doctor will write the gender down on a piece of paper and seal it inside an envelope for you.
However, it is not always possible to know your baby’s gender at 20 weeks pregnant. Sometimes babies might be in an awkward position, so it is difficult for doctors to clearly see their genitals. In that case, you may need to reschedule an ultrasound on another day. Because of this reason, make sure you don’t start preparing for the gender reveal party immediately after the first ultrasound.
Once this crucial step is completed, you can start planning the fun stuff.
Create a Theme
You can’t really tell if it is a gender reveal party without the iconic theme of pink and blue. Whether it is just pink and blue plates, napkins or games, deciding to go simple with your gender reveal party is not a bad choice. In addition, we recommend separating your party guests into 2 teams (pink team and blue team) to make the party even more fun.
Of course, you can be more creative with your party theme to make it unique from others. Choose activities that you are interested in and build a theme based on what you love to do. For sample, some couple has a “Baby Gender Reveal Bowl” (like a Super Bowl) or “What Will It Bee?” (with bees are incorporated into the theme)
Pick a Day
Don’t forget to send your invitations at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance so you can have enough time to prepare. If you want to print out, there are plenty of beautiful invitation ideas on Pinterest or Etsy. However, if you want it to be more convenient, try to use electronic invites such as Punchbowl.com
Plan the Big Reveal
The entire point of a gender reveal party is to work your way up to one big moment to reveal the baby’s gender. Here are some of the most popular ways to reveal the big secret:
- Gender reveal cake: Choose a cake or cupcakes with a neutral-colored frosting outside and pink/blue color inside. You should give the envelope to a local baker or to a trusted friend.
- Balloons: Have a friend put pink or blue balloons into a sealed box; open the box and let the balloons fly out to reveal the baby’s gender.
- Mystery box: Put traditionally male or female clothing, toys, or other items inside a box, then open the box to reveal the gender.
- Pinata: Buy a piñata and fill it with blue or pink items inside (based on the gender of the baby). This activity is particularly suitable if you already have kids, or there are lots of kids at the party.
A gender reveals party normally starts with a gender guessing activity. You should tell your guests when they walk in and hand them a blue or pink object based on their answer. Some parties even have voting booths for that. Plus, you could also set up a prize for the winners if they guess correctly.
If you want to be extra creative then consider planning a “Wear your Guess” theme. Ask your guests to wear pink or blue clothes depending on their best guess. However, people don’t have to go too overboard with this. For example, wearing a pink/blue tie or hat is just enough.
Foods and Beverages
Most gender reveal parties aren’t very long. So, there is no need to prepare a big meal. Nevertheless, it’s never a bad idea to have snacks, appetizers or desserts for guests at a party. As always, you should pick foods or desserts that meet the blue/pink theme.
It’s easy to find blue cans of beer for your party (Labatt Blue or Bud Light). On the other hand, finding pink beverages might be a bit more challenging. But, you still can make a few pink cocktails or simply just use food coloring. Plus, having a non-alcoholic beverages theme is also easy: pink cream soda, for example.
Document the Event
Have your camera charged and ready to go before the party. Plus, you should ask a family member or a trusted friend to be your photographer because you’ll be busy with your guests. If your budget allows, hire a professional photographer to make a great photo album for your family to look back. And, you should ask your guests if they would like to record their wishes for the baby.
Thank your Guests
It’s grateful to have a lot of people around to celebrate one of the biggest moments in your life. So, it is good to show your hospitality by doing something in return. You can give goodie bags filled with themed treats or gift cards to your guests at the end of the party. Or, maybe a thank you is just fine.
Gender reveal parties don’t have to be extravagant to plan. While some people only want close events between family, others require months of planning for their big gender reveal party. Follow our tips above for the best gender reveal party. And, let us know more about your gender reveal party in the comments!