Pregnancy announcements are always so fun – they consistently stay one of the top trending videos on TikTok. Right up there on the list with pregnancy announcements are gender reveals! Whether you’re having a big party, a private home reveal with your family, or an online-only announcement, there are some really fun and creative ways to reveal your baby’s gender. There are a lot of surprises in life, and as adults, the surprises aren’t very often happy ones. This is one of those happy surprises that you can not only get creative and have fun within how you share the news, but it can also be a fun way for you and your partner to find out the news as well! If you’re including yourself in the surprise, just have your technician seal the results in an envelope and entrust a friend, family member, coworker, or bakery/store employee with the reveal method you choose.
Here are five fun ways to reveal your baby’s gender:
1. CUPCAKES OR CAKE!
Honestly, who doesn’t love cake? One of the best and most delicious ways to find out what you’re having is with baked goods. You, a baker, or a friend can whip up some yummy cupcakes or a cake in any flavor you like, with any type of icing you choose. When they are cooled and before icing, your friend or baker (or you, if you’re choosing not to be surprised!) will then cut off the top and carve out a hole in the middle. Fill the cupcakes or cake with M&Ms or sprinkles in the appropriate color. Put the top of the cupcakes or cake back on and frost as usual. Voila! Easy peasy AND delicious! When it’s reveal time, get the cameras ready and bite into those cupcakes. Take a peek at what color candy is inside and then celebrate!
Balloons are a fun way to reveal gender and always seem to be a hit! Plus, the photos are always adorable. Simply order a couple dozen helium-filled pink or blue balloons and have the store stuff them into a large cardboard box – you may need to provide the box. If you tell the employee that you want to be surprised, you can give them the sealed results so they can order the right color for you. Arrange to pick these up right before the start of the party to make sure the helium lasts until it is time for the reveal. Get the camera cued up, the audience gathered, and open the box. Watch as either pink or blue balloons float to the ceiling and get ready for the tears of joy. If you are hosting this reveal outdoors, it’s a good idea to have the store tie the balloons to some string and tape the string to the inside of the box. Releasing balloons to float away isn’t great for the environment.
3. SCRATCH OFF CARDS
These are such a cool and unique way to reveal your baby’s gender. You can order custom scratch off cards online or check Pinterest for a fun DIY version! The best thing about these is that you can even include out of town friends and family by mailing them the card. Schedule the reveal to be a couple of weeks after mailing to ensure everyone receives their card in time for the party. Then do a live-stream of the reveal for the out-of-towners while everyone scratches them off at the same time – make sure the parents-to-be get a head start so they get to see what’s on the card for themselves. You can provide a jar of pennies at the door for everyone to grab on their way in so they’re prepared to get scratching. Not only is this a fun way to reveal the gender, the mom-to-be can keep her card and an unused version too as a memento for the baby book!
4. CONFETTI CANNONS
Confetti cannons are so fun and look great in photographs! You can order custom confetti cannons online – this is another reveal that could be kept a secret for the parents-to-be as well! Most vendors have that option to allow for the element of surprise. Do a countdown and have the parents twist the cannons to shoot confetti all over the crowd in pink or blue. Not much gets a crowd of happy people more hyped than confetti flying around in the air! Pro tip: Make sure you’ve got a shop-vac handy to vacuum all that confetti up at the end of the night. This ensures cleanup is quick and easy!
5. PAINT BOMBS
First, fill up some water balloons with blue or pink craft paints. Black balloons are best to camouflage the contents. Then, the method of popping is up to you! You can attach them to a canvas and throw darts at them. You could throw them at concrete and watch them explode. Or, you can use them as target practice with a BB gun. So many possibilities! It’s all up to you. The most important thing is that you have fun and stay safe.
Gender reveal parties are so much fun and super trendy right now. These ideas will help you create unforgettable memories! Pro tip: One of the best things you can do for a gender reveal party is hire a photographer. They will be able to capture all the special moments and joy at the party without any of the guests having to give it a second thought. This is also a priceless gift for the parents that they’ll be able to treasure forever. Party time!