5 Things to Consider for Your Gender Reveal Party
Upon finding out that you were pregnant, your mind undoubtedly began racing as you pictured the new life that your future holds. What day will your child be born? How much will they weigh? Will it be a boy or a girl?
Gender reveal parties are a wonderful way to include all of your loved ones in the excitement that comes with finding out this exciting detail! If you are looking for a one-stop-shop for EVERYTHING you need to know to host a fun and exciting gender reveal party, then you are in the right place!
Why should I have a gender reveal party?
Gender reveal parties are by no means mandatory, but the concept lends itself to a huge array of possibilities!
The journey of pregnancy can feel very long at times, so exciting moments like learning the sex of your baby are a great way to remind tired mamas of the exciting reality that is to come!
Gender reveal parties also give a reason to gather all of your loved ones together to celebrate the pregnancy in and of itself. Many parents live by the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child”, so including others in your little one’s journey early on will undoubtedly be worthwhile in the future.
5 Things to Consider for Your Gender Reveal Party
Your gender reveal party can be as simple or as extravagant as your personality suits it to be! Whether you’re a natural-born party planner or more of a party attendee, this celebration is all about you, your baby, and your family!
📌Choose a theme
Choosing a theme is going to shape the rest of your gender reveal party, so it is important to do so wisely.
Never choose a theme to please someone else. The most important thing is that your theme reflects you, your child, and your personality!
Consider your likes, dislikes, values, hobbies, or anything else that you could theme your party around!
Here are some generic theme ideas that could be molded to suit any family’s potential party vision:
a. Pink VS. Blue
When you picture a party to celebrate the announcement of a baby’s sex, this classic theme probably comes to mind. Keeping decor as simple or as intricate as you please, don’t be afraid to lean into the stereotypical assumptions for the sake of the theme! Think pink, classically “feminine” patterns and styles representing females for half of the decor, and blue, typically “masculine” styles representing males for the other half.
Completely contradictory to option A, embrace the chic, gender-neutral aesthetic that is commonly seen in nurseries all over social media! Opt for neutral tones like white, brown, and beige, and leave the gender focus to the baby announcement itself!
c. Holiday theme
If you are at a loss for how to decorate, opt for a holiday theme! Whether it’s Easter, Halloween, or Christmas, utilizing the time of year gives you a color palette, decorative influence, and maybe even a menu to work off of!
What is a party without games?! Opt for simple, easy-to-understand games that can be enjoyed throughout the extent of the party. Here are some ideas of games to incorporate into the party schedule:
a. Scavenger hunt
Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned scavenger hunt?
Depending on your venue, this scavenger hunt can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish. Plant items throughout your party location and provide guests with a list of everything they need to find on it. The first guest to spot every item on the list wins and earns a prize!
b. Word Scramble
Word Scramble is a great game to keep guests busy as they arrive at the gender reveal party. It is independent and self-paced. Provide guests with a sheet of paper with a list of “words” on it. The words will have the letters mixed up, making identifying the actual word a challenge. The first guest to unscramble the letters of every word wins a prize!
c. Old Wives Tales
A great way to make a party fun and exciting is to get the guests talking and sharing stories. Encourage guests to share unique wives’ tales regarding gender with one another. While this is more of an activity than an organized game, it is still a great way to get guests involved and engaged with the party!
d. Don’t say “Boy” or “Girl”
Give all guests 5 clothespins upon entering the party. The objective of the game is to avoid saying “boy” or “girl”, which will be challenging given the nature and reason for the party! Every time one guest catches another guest saying one of the forbidden words, the guilty guest must give up one of their clothespins to the guest that caught their mistake! The goal of the game is to accumulate as many clothespins as possible. Whoever does so by the end of the event, wins!
In a time where everything is documented on social media, pictures and photo ops are an absolute MUST at any party! Not only will they be fun to share online, but these photos will act as precious memories to be looked back on by you, your child, and all loved ones in attendance.
For an optimal photo booth, ensure you have the following items:
- Bright, flattering backdrop options (greenscreen, anyone?!)
- A ring light
- Props to animate the shoot
- A photographer
- A polaroid camera (for instant physical copies of memories made that day!)
📌The Big Reveal!
The moment everyone has been waiting for… the big reveal of whether the baby is a boy or a girl! Here are a few fun, eye-catching ways to break the news:
a. Balloon pop
Have a trusted loved one fill a large, black balloon with confetti in either pink or blue, respective of the baby’s sex. Gather all of your guests together as you (and your partner, if applicable) pop the balloon to see which color will be revealed.
The pinata is a similar concept to the balloon pop- but with a little more excitement since Mom and Dad will have to work for their reveal! Using bats, bust open the pinata to find out what colored confetti or treats lay inside.
c. Themed gift for the parents!
Have a trusted friend compile a gift basket for mom and dad-to-be. Include things like:
- Baby blankets
- Comfortable Maternity Tops
- High Waisted Maternity Shorts
- Snacks (for the parents!)
At the bottom of the gift basket, have a little note with the big news written on it! This is a great way to not only award everyone with the thrilling news but to spoil the expecting parents with gifts and love!
📌 Token of remembrance
Remember how when you attended birthday parties as a child, you always left with a small “goodie bag” of treats, trinkets, and little souvenirs?! It’s time to bring those back!
Send your guests home with a little party/themed memento to remember your party by!
Your adult party favorite bags could include:
- Personalized notes
- Lip balms
Your party favor could include anything, as long as it is not something out of your budget and it fits within the theme! The more creative you get, the more likely your guests will be to remember your fantastic event!
The most important thing is not how extravagant your party is, how many guests attend, or even whether the baby is male or female. The most important thing is that this baby enters the world as healthy as can be, feeling loved and celebrated.
While a gender reveal party is not necessary, it is a beautiful way to bring together all of the loved ones who will support and cherish your little one just as much as you do.
Best of luck with your gender reveal party and congratulations!
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