Our dear friends Kim and Dom are having another baby, and I was SO stoked when they decided to do a gender reveal ahead of time. I had never actually been to a gender reveal party before.
At least, none except for Minion's gender reveal. That mostly just involved a medical technician waving a wand over my belly and confirming, “Yup, there's the balls.” Not quite as exciting.
What a Gender Reveal Party Looks Like
Kim and Dom have the sweetest baby girl on the entire planet, and it was no secret that daddy was pulling for a boy to even out the scales.
They set up a ball pit to entertain the kiddos but if you're short on space, I highly recommend renting Three Bears and a New Baby to screen for all the curious kids. We discovered it as part of our Netflix #StreamTeam relationship and it is SUCH a cute way to help an older sibling understand what a new baby will mean for their family!
Kim set up a little board showing where this baby fell on the list of old wive's tales, and also made a crafty banner showing off baby pics of their first child. I love when people find creative ways to include older siblings in things like baby showers and gender reveals!
Decorations led guests into the gender reveal party and everyone put their name in corresponding “Girl” and “Boy” buckets to indicate their guess before the big reveal. A name was later pulled from the “winning” bucket to receive a prize, so the couple wasn't the only one being showered with gifts!
Nursery rhymes and plays-on-words lend easily to a gender reveal party.
As well as pink-and-blue punch!
Kim and Dom are expert hosts, and they kept things nice and low-key with a potluck lunch and barbecue.
Some Boy helped himself to a little bit of everything.
And Sidekick instantly found some familiar Fisher-Price diversions.
The couple had received an envelope with the gender in it ahead of time, which they entrusted to a friend who created a surprise gender reveal cake for them. The wording on the cake said, “We're just here for the SEX!”
There was a slight moment of confusion when the couple cut into the cake and it took a minute to figure out exactly what color that sauce in the middle was supposed to be. “It's a…um…it's a chocolate!” someone yelled out.
Yup, it's a boy! Which I totally called, by the way. The couple had a pink and blue balloon set tied to their mailbox at the start of the party. Right when my family drove up, we saw the wind tug a little too hard and the pink balloon fly off into the sky. “It's a sign! I know what they're having!” I exclaimed, as Nate rolled his eyes.
As they say in Fools Rush In: there are signs everywhere.
Have you ever been to a gender reveal?