By Elizabeth Hines
For many, there’s nothing quite as exciting as having a baby. It’s a huge step in life that will definitely change your perspective on a lot of things! Prepping for a baby is both daunting and exciting, but one of the best parts for many is finding out the gender of the baby – and telling everyone else about it! And that is, of course, why people throw gender reveal parties…
If you’re interested in throwing your very own gender reveal party, but you’re not sure how, keep reading to discover a step-by-step guide on how to throw the best gender reveal party ever!
Tip: If you want the gender to be a surprise for you too, you could ask your doctor to tell a nominated loved one, who can keep the secret until the moment of revelation!
#1 Pick a theme!
Picking a theme is the crux of gender reveal parties as it sets the tone for the whole vibe! Picking a theme will also help you figure out what sort of snacks you’ll be offering, where the party is going to happen and most importantly how you’re going to do the big reveal!
It’s important to keep in mind that gender reveal parties are all about the fun of having a new member of your family. This means exactly how the big reveal is done should always be safety aware – no need for silly accidents!
#2 Get inspiration for the decorations!
The most obvious option is having lots of blue and pink decorations. You can buy gender reveal party supplies and make food to match with the help of blue and pink food dye (or your symbolic colors of choice)!
Some other ideas include using banners or doubling decorations as games, like a piñata! You can also provide little honeybee-themed sweets made from icing or cupcakes for your dessert table, or try using strips of black and yellow crêpe paper as a decorative tablecloth.
#3 Send the Invites
Once the theme is set, it’s time to send invites to your most loyal guests – friends, family, neighbors, you name it! Since this is a special time for you and those closest to you, it’s important to make this as special a celebration as possible.
You can create and send invites with physical cards and envelopes, and mail them to each of your guests. Don’t have the addresses? With MyPostcard, you can simply send an address link via WhatsApp, email or another messaging service, where people can securely add their own postal details to your address book. Personalize your invite card with a photo and text, and MyPostcard will print and send for you. Alternatively, you could take advantage of social media by posting your event with photos, templates, and time-and-date features.
#3 Play some games
Games are the perfect way to get everyone involved in your party and make the most of your time with your loved ones. Your gender reveal could even be wrapped up in a game! Ideas for games include the guessing game. Allow your guests to have a quick peek at your ultrasound image, and then ask them to guess the gender. Give a prize to all those who guessed right.
You could also play ‘time capsule’. Once the gender is revealed, ask your guests to write down their hopes, predictions, and advice for your baby. Next, seal the notes in a box. This box makes a great gift for your child at their 16th birthday. You could also record the messages on camera to play back for your child in the future.
#4 Decide on the big reveal!
Obviously the most important moment of the party is the actual gender reveal… So it’s key that you have a good idea of what you’re going to do and how you’ll execute it. One idea is the balloon pop gender reveal. Fill an opaque black balloon with pink or blue confetti; then when you pop the balloon, the flying confetti will reveal all. Another fun way to do it is with the kids’ game, ‘pass the package’. Wrap a blue or pink baby outfit in layers and layers of gift wrap. Ask a helper to play music as guests pass the gift, stopping the music every so often. When the music stops, the person holding the package can unwrap one layer. Eventually the gender reveal surprise will be unwrapped.
Or you can stick with a more classic gender reveal cake! For this, you’d have a cake made with a certain color filling. If you want to be a bit more creative, why not do a balloon box? Fill up a box with helium filled balloons and wait for people’s reaction when you open it and the balloons float up! (Make sure to do this inside, so that the balloons don’t disturb wildlife.) Finally, you could opt for the gender reveal piñata. Buy or make a piñata that’s filled with blue or pink ribbons and glitter, and have your guests take turns trying to break it.
Gender reveal parties are an amazing opportunity to tell your loved ones about your future child. It’s an incredibly exciting, new and amazing venture to go on. Gender reveal parties can be daunting. But they should never be intimidating! So if you’re thinking of throwing a gender reveal party, but you’re not sure how, be sure to follow these tips.
Before you start, keep in mind that there have been instances recently where gender reveal parties have led to serious incidents such as fires, so it’s key you plan your party safely, so that you and all your guests can safely enjoy the celebration of your new child coming into the world!
Elizabeth Hines writes for online magazine and blogs, such as UK Writings. She is a digital marketer and content writer at OX Essays and Academized. In her articles, she writes about latest tech and marketing trends, innovations and strategies.