A Memorable Gender Reveal Party: Here’s How to Plan It

Finding out and announcing the gender of a soon-to-be-born baby is an exciting moment for any parent. So, why not make it memorable by gathering around your loved ones?

But planning a gender reveal party could seem daunting, especially when it is your first one. How can you organize an unforgettable event to reveal your babyโ€™s gender? Who should you invite to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime moment with? What type of entertainment and activities should you have? In this article, we answer all these questions with tips and tricks to plan a memorable gender reveal party. So, letโ€™s get started.

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Find Out Your Babyโ€™s Gender

Once you are 18 – 22 weeks into the pregnancy, schedule an appointment for an ultrasound to find out the babyโ€™s gender. If you want to be surprised together with loved ones, ask the technician to write down on a piece of paper whether it is a boy or a girl.

Set a Date

Next, select a date and time for the big reveal. Decide whether you want a morning or evening function. Avoid long weekends and select a date convenient for everyone. Give enough notice for the guests to plan their schedules.

Also, donโ€™t forget to decide on the venue. Ask yourself – do you want to host it in your backyard or somewhere more formal?

Pick a Theme

It is not like you get to host a gender reveal party every day. So, donโ€™t hesitate to be as creative as possible. Some of the popular themes include โ€œstashes or lashes?โ€, โ€œPrince or Princess?โ€, โ€œTies or tutus?โ€, and โ€œPirates or Mermaid?โ€.

If you want to be extra creative, come up with a unique theme. Keep in mind that it needs to be reflected in the decor and activities. So, think through how you can incorporate it into all these areas.

It should also match the parentsโ€™ personality. For instance, if you are a sports fan, consider a โ€œquarterback or cheerleader?โ€ or โ€œteam boy or team girl?โ€ theme.

Of course, you donโ€™t need to do all the thinking and planning by yourself. Enlist the help of a close friend or family member for support. You will anyway need someone to organize the big reveal if you have chosen to find out the babyโ€™s gender at the party.

Invite Guests

Decide who you would like to invite. Consider the closest family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. List down the inviteesโ€™ names and contact numbers. If you plan on sending digital invitations, add their email addresses, too. But not everyone uses emails frequently. For those guests, printed invitations are always better. Use PhoneHistory to find their addresses and note them down in the guest list.

Next, design the invitation based on the theme. You can custom-create one or purchase a downloadable design on Etsy, Zazzle, or a similar site. But if you want to be hands-on and create your own invitation, Canva is a great place to find free customizable templates.

What details should the invitations include? The date, time, and venue are the obvious information. In addition, mention a contact number for RSVP and any dress code invitees should follow. Some of the guests might not be familiar with gender reveal parties. If so, add an explanation on that, too.

Decide the Menu

You also need to determine what foods and drinks to have. You can, for instance, serve lunch and celebrate a little longer with loved ones. But most gender reveal parties are typically shorter events that serve snacks and desserts.

When hosting it at a restaurant or hotel, request suggestions and discuss the possibility of customizing food according to the theme. But if you plan to have it at home, decide whether you will prepare the food and drinks or ask a catering service to help.

Ideas for snacks can include colored popcorn, cake pops, donuts, and cupcakes. These are all easily customizable based on different party ideas. As for drinks, a signature cocktail or mocktail could be a nice touch.

Plan the Decor

The party decorations should naturally represent the theme. But they also need to match the venue. An outdoor event would always provide more flexibility. But consider the time of the day and year you are hosting the party to make it more practical.

Another factor to keep in mind is how long it will take to put up the decor. There will be various things to look into on the day of the party. So, you donโ€™t want the decorations to take too much time.

Line Up a Few Activities

Planning several games is an excellent idea to get guests involved. Many of these party activities usually revolve around the guests guessing the babyโ€™s gender. For instance, hold a raffle and ask the invitees to write down whether they think it is a boy or a girl. Or, based on their predictions, give them a bracelet to wear when they arrive.

Guessing the celebrity babyโ€™s name or quizzing guests to see who knows the parents-to-be the best are a few other options to include.

Plan two or three games based on how long you want the party to go on. And remember to arrange for some exciting prizes for the winners to take home.

Determine How to โ€œRevealโ€

Finally, decide how to announce your babyโ€™s gender. There are lots of creative ways to do this. One option is to cut a pink or blue cake covered in neutral-colored icing. Frequently used ideas also include opening a large chest full of pink or blue helium balloons. You can even pop a confetti-filled balloon and reveal the gender with the confettiโ€™s color.

To Wrap Up

These tips will enable you to effectively plan your gender reveal party with as little help as possible. But remember, the idea is to celebrate this special moment with loved ones and to make it memorable for everyone. Therefore, keep the event at a manageable scale to ensure you are not too tired to have lots of fun with your guests. Donโ€™t forget to take photos and videos to help revisit those cherished memories with your son or daughter one day.

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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