There are three significant dates during pregnancy.
- The day you discover you’re expecting.
- The day you discover WHAT you’re expecting. (Spoiler: it’s human.)
- The day your little expectation becomes a bawling bundle of reality.
We thought it would be fun for all our Future Mom Club Members out there to share some of the most creative ways to reveal your baby’s gender to your friends, family, spouse, pets, and Facebook frenemies!
For those parents who don’t want to know until the baby shower, these gender reveal ideas are for you!
Absolutely make sure you have a good photographer present. This is a moment you’ll want to capture.
#1. Surprise Box
Who doesn’t love to open a big box of surprises? You’ll need a 30 x 30 cardboard box decorated or wrapped with fun gender reveal paper. Have a friend fill it with a pink balloon collection or a blue balloon collection. Grab the camera and open it up!
See how it’s done (and see a boy’s box) at Snickerplum.
#2. Popped Balloon
This great idea from Ever Love Design creates a whole series of fast-snapped photos to put into your announcements and baby books.
#3. Confetti Eggs
This is an Etsy item from Piper Loves Ollie. Little golden eggs crack open to reveal the gender inside!
You can also make your own and smash them on each other’s heads using this DIY at Oh Happy Day. There’s something satisfying about cracking an egg on your hubby’s head, don’t you think? Leaving (in my case) pink glitter in his hair… *evil laugh*
#4. Gender Paint War
Gender Reveal Paint Wars are really hot right now. (Nod to Paddingtonway for their awesome photography!)
#5. Individualized Piñatas
I thought this idea from Bubbly Nature Creations was wonderful. It’s an easy DIY tutorial on how to make little piñatas perfect for sibling reveals!
If you’re looking for some serious crafting, check out this heart-shaped pull piñata.
#6. Memory Card Game
I so wish this had been available at my showers! To-be Mom and Dad play a simple round of Memory…the last card down reveals the gender!
There’s something about a nicely spread table that takes a baby shower or reveal party into “legendary”.
Here are seven deliciously creative suggestions to kick your buffet spread up a notch.
#1. Peek-a-Boo Filling
This is a very easy cupcake technique that guests will love. (Who doesn’t love a filled cupcake?) The idea comes from Iowa Girl Eats, and I had to mention it because once an Iowa girl…always an Iowa girl (even if said girl moves to Wisconsin).
#2. Fortune Cookies
These personalized fortune cookies can be covered with a variety of “keep ’em guessing” sprinkles. Guests just have to crack open the cookie to see the baby fortune inside!
#3. Fudgy Reveal BonBons
OMGoodness. Fudge. BonBons. A pregnant woman’s dream. With a little surprise inside! Recipe at Easy Baked.
#4. The Hershey Chocolate Reveal
The idea here is that you order in-bulk Hershey chocolate bars, color in the “he” or “she” with a colored permanent marker, wrap them in a custom wrapper, and then let guests dig in. Photo from Kara’s Party Ideas.
#5. Piñata Cookies
What you’ll need….
- a onesie cookie cutter,
- a delicious sugar cookie recipe (try this one from Nigella Lawson),
- a royal icing recipe (I run to Alton for things like this),
- candy pearls of gender color
- and this step-by-step tutorial at Craftstorming
#6. Gender Cake Surprise
Ready for a surprise? This masterpiece only requires three steps on the Betty Crocker website. Three steps.
#7. Cream Puffs of Fun
Since I’ve already given a nod to my roots (Iowa), it’s only fair that I high-five the state I’ve settled: Wisconsin.
What better way to do that than with their world-famous Cream Puffs? (Are they really “world famous”? No idea. But they should be. Votes for Cream Puffs!)
Sweet Twist of Blogging created this very fun, unique, and delicious gender reveal dessert.
My family is very active.
We like doing things together. It’s not uncommon for aunts/uncles/grandparents to be
racing hobbling around in the dark playing Ghosts in the Graveyard with the kids.
If you’ve got a family like mine (where there’s a standing “don’t you dare put this on YouTube” gag-order), these ideas are guaranteed to get everyone laughing!
#1. Votes for Baby!
Perfect for competitive family, make everyone put their
money sticker where their mouth is.
#2. Scratch-Off Cards
If you have family who live out of state and can’t come to your gender reveal party (or maybe you’re not going to throw a party at all), this is the ideal solution: a scratch-off card! Choose between a baby stork or a rainbow theme.
#3. Confetti Poppers
These handmade confetti poppers give everyone the opportunity to celebrate.
#4. Pin the Bow on the Baby
Play “Pin the Bow on the Baby” with your guests by handing out bows, blindfolding them, and letting them stick the bow on a blown up ultrasound picture of your baby.
Then count to see – where there more bows on the head (girl) or on the neck (boy)? Is their prediction right?
#5. Silly String Stand Off
A round of applause, please for Fenton Fever, for sharing this creative idea! You’ll need…
- Silly String ~ blue or pink (check out the Dollar Store)
- Brown craft paper ~ to wrap around and hide the cannisters
- Twine ~ to tie around the cannister so it looks cute
#6. Tally Board
This is a great idea from Through Clouded Glass for families that are more well-behaved than mine. Each person gets to choose a bow or a tie and then stick it on the voting board.
What Are Your Ideas?
Did you do a gender reveal at your baby shower?
How did you do yours? (And more importantly…what gender did you end up having? 🙂 )
Meet Heather Taylor
Heather is the Chief Encouragement Officer here at Incredible Infant and has been writing and encouraging parents online since 2007. She's certified in baby sleep coaching (yes, that's a real thing), has served as an Expert Parenting Panelist for numerous events, and has been a featured writer on blogs like DaveRamsey.com, SimpleKids.net, My Kid's Adventures, Cafe Mom, and others. If it's 2am and you're desperate to read SOMETHING, click here for all her darkest secrets, including why she really shouldn't be allowed to blog.