How to Throw a Gender Reveal Party
There aren’t many surprises left when it comes to your pregnancy – you know your approximate due date and you’ve likely got every baby planning book going. But the sex of your child? It’s the one surprise you can leave for yourself and those around you, so why not make a big deal out of the occasion?
There are many ways to conduct ‘the big reveal’, from bursting canon shooters to high-octane pinatas. And it doesn’t have to stop there; baby-themed tableware, decorations and more will help you mark this momentous occasion – and build excitement for the question on everyone’s lips!
Step One: Save the Date; Send your Invitations
If you’re planning well in advance, make sure you consider the date of your baby’s gender ultrasound. This will likely be sometime during your second or third trimester, so plan the party date in soon after this.
The idea of your invitations is to build suspense for the big reveal. Design them for free on editing sites like canva.com and add a dress theme. For example, get guests to wear either blue or pink based on whether they think it’s a boy or girl.
Step two: Add the decorations
Continue the excitement with themed decorations. Mix pink and blue balloons arches, garlands and props to keep guests guessing. Or if you’re after something a little different, go for other themes such as pirates and mermaids or princess and princes.
Step Three: Get your Games in Order
Capitalise on the impending reveal with climatic activities such as guessing games. You could hang up images of the ultrasound and ask guests to cast their vote on whether they think it’s a boy or girl. Or you could place pink and blue props or t-shirts around your venue and ask guests to guess that way.
Other fun themed activities include baby shower bingo, where guests tick off baby-related words such as ‘high chair’ and ‘bottle’. You could also organise a time capsule and ask guests to record special messages.
Step Four: Plan your Reveal
The moment everyone’s been waiting for! The first step is to decide whether you want to find out your baby’s gender alongside everyone else. If so, ask your sonographer to write ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ on a piece of paper at the time of your ultrasound (no peeking!) and pass it on to a friend or family member who’s good at keeping secrets! They can then orchestrate the final ‘reveal’.
This can be done in a number of ways, like firing a pink or blue cannon shooter, popping a balloon filled with confetti or cutting a cake baked with colourful candy inside. If they’re up for it, you could even have your designated family member or friend create a scavenger hunt for you, with clues leading to the gender reveal!
Or for something more low-key…
You could combine your gender reveal with a baby shower party. Choose our pretty in pink or blue themes to make the reveal more subtle. Or go for a neutral palette if you prefer to keep the gender a secret.