If you’re expecting a child, then you might have heard of gender reveal parties from other expecting parents. It’s an increasing trend among all parents – from civilians to celebrities. But do you know what to do at a gender reveal party and how to host one? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Exactly what is a gender reveal party?
As the name suggests, a gender reveal party is an event where expecting parents celebrate the gender of their baby and announce it to others. It’s usually done in the company of friends or family, after the parents discover their baby’s gender.
Do you know what your baby’s gender is? Once you do, it’s time to think about what to do at a gender reveal party which you’re about to host!
What to do at a gender reveal party: 9 gender reveal party ideas
So you’re expecting a baby and now know the gender. You want to celebrate this exciting news with a gender reveal party with your loved ones. But the question is: “What to do at gender reveal party?”
First off, there is no one “right” way to host a gender reveal party. Different people celebrate their gender reveal party differently. For instance, some parents-to-be invite family and friends for a meet-up, providing food, activities and a lot of decoration. Others might not like it so flamboyant and opt for a more casual meet-up before disclosing their baby’s gender.
Whatever you choose, the key to making a fun and unforgettable gender reveal party lies in the details.
Here are a few good places to start on what to do at a gender reveal party — in general activities, and for the actual reveal.
Whichever method you choose to show your baby’s gender, remember, though: blue means a boy, whereas pink means a girl.
Let your guests guess your baby’s gender
Just as the party’s about to start, announce to your guests to guess what your baby’s sex is. There are many ways to do this: collecting ballots, tying colored wrist bands, or other creative ways. After you reveal the baby’s sex, announce who got it right and who got it wrong.
Provide some food, cake and beverages
Give some time for guests to have some food or drinks. You can lay out a tray of baby-shaped cookies, mocktails or small bites, which lets people relax and reconnect.
The Big Gender Reveal
Once people have had their fun, conclude the event with the big reveal! Just be sure that it’s memorable! Here are a few ideas to get you started.
What to do at a gender reveal party: try hiding your baby’s gender colour in a cup cake. | Image Source: Stock Photo
What to do at a gender reveal party: The main event
Bake some cupcakes but fill them with the color corresponding to your baby’s gender. Be sure nothing oozes out or there any holes.
A good suggestion is to use chocolate cupcakes so that the filling is well hidden. Once the cakes are ready, let parents-to-be bite through them for the big reveal.
Stuff a box with colored confetti
Before the party, prepare a box with confetti that matches the color of your baby’s sex. Then, place it high up, and use a piece of string to split it open. Let the confetti rain onto the expecting parents.
Confetti can be fun, but it also creates a big mess. If cleaning up is a hassle for you, why not put blue or pink balloons inside the box instead of confetti? Then watch the reveal gently float away as the parents-to-be unveil the contents of the box!
Use pop culture as a reference
Are you and your spouse big fans of Pokemon, Harry Potter, or other pop culture creations? Remember, you can also weave these references into the gender reveal.
For instance, color popping Pokemon balls or sorting hats (with something blue or pink inside it) are a good way to start. Using pop culture is a memorable approach in customizing a couple’s baby gender reveal.
Make some art
Prep a plain, white canvas and use a paint gun loaded with the matching paintball color. Then, ask your family and friends to stand by your side as you shoot the canvas with your paint gun from a safe distance.
Not only do you receive cheers to celebrate your baby’s gender reveal, you’ll also get to keep a painting for times to come. Sweet!
Baby reveal parties usually come with some fun-filled party games! For instance, you could start with a gender reveal pinata filled with confetti, or some gender-reveal bingo. Here are some more ideas you could try!
What should you not do in a gender reveal party
Parents, we know this is a big celebration for you. But please don’t go too far or extreme with your creativity.
A string of recent incidents involving gender reveal parties has shown exactly what such a party should not look like. Please be sensible and avoid celebrating your baby’s gender by using dangerous things such as:
- using smoke or fireworks. Recently, a US couple gathered family and friends for their gender reveal party. Their big reveal came in the form of shooting an explosive that releases blue or pink smoke. What they didn’t know was detonating the explosive also sent sparks into dry shrubs, making them catch fire.
- burning out car tires. One Australian couple recently revealed their baby’s gender by burning out their tires in a car and releasing pink smoke. However, in a matter of minutes the tire caught fire.
One last tip…
Also, parents, even if your gender reveal party isn’t dangerous, consider choosing a more affordable option. You needn’t spend large amounts of money for the reveal or extravagant baby showers. After all, simple is best, and your little one will need the financial support with the times to come.
References: BBC, News.com.au, New York Times.
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Originally published by The Asian Parent Singapore
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