Back in 2009, when we were pregnant with our first child, we had never heard of a gender reveal party. In fact, in 2009, very few people had heard of Pinterest! *gasp* I don’t think it would have made a difference to us though. Even if we had heard of gender reveal parties we both wanted a boy and so did everyone in our families so it wouldn’t have really fit for us back then.
Fast forward to 2012, when we are pregnant with our second child, and we found that we, along with our families, were split on wanting another boy or a new little girl. Having everyone split down the middle seemed like the perfect time to have a gender reveal party!
Armed with an iPhone and a Pinterest account, I set out to find ideas for our party. While I did find plenty of ideas for decorations and food, what I didn’t find was a whole lot of fun team games to play. We were going to divide all the guests into two teams, Team Blue and Team Pink, and pit them against each other in a series of games to try and predict what our new baby is. The entire party was a lot of fun (and a LOT of work) but it was such a fun way to find out the gender of our baby.
If you will be planning a gender reveal party some time then we hope these pictures and stories give you some great ideas.
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Our planning started with the cupcakes. We thought cupcakes would be more fun than cake. When we had the ultrasound we told the technician not to tell us the gender. Instead we had her write it down and put it in an envelope. We took the envelope to the bakery and asked them to make us cupcakes with a pink and blue question mark and, depending on what was in the envelope, a pink or blue filling in the middle of the cupcake. The cupcakes were delicious!
Note: Check with your bakery a few weeks or more before your party since you will be special ordering. The first bakery we checked had a 2 month wait! The second bakery we went to (Smallcakes) just needed 24 hours notice.
The Decorations & The Food
We split all the decorations into pink and blue. We didn’t want a baby shower feel so we avoided the pastel pinks and blues and went with hot pink and royal blue for the decorations. For every pink decoration there was a matching blue decoration. An interesting fact on the balloons: If you want hot pink balloons you have to buy the magenta color. They look completely wrong but when you blow them up they are closer to hot pink. The actual pink balloons are a pastel color when inflated.
We made all the snacks into hot pink and blue. We had hot pink and blue everything! For snacks I made pink and blue Lofthouse sugar cookies, pink and blue chocolate covered pretzels and pink and blue candied popcorn and we also had the traditional pink and blue M&M’s, pink and blue juice and snack sized Hershey bars that we colored blue and pink (HErSHEy).
Some of the most fun during the entire party was taking pictures with everyone…but these weren’t just ordinary pictures! As people arrived we had the sign the sign-in sheet and declare which team they were on, Team Pink or Team Blue.
Once they signed in, we gave them a balloon with their team color and told them to blow it up however big they wanted. Once everyone had arrived and had their balloon blown up and tied, we informed them that would be taking a picture with me, the Mommy-to-be, and they would have to stick their balloon under their shirt so that I wasn’t the only one at the party with a belly sticking out!
Every picture was great for a laugh. Some had tiny balloons, some had regular balloons and some had ridiculously large balloons. Watching them trying to stuff it in their shirt was hilarious and it made for some awesome pictures!
It can’t be a party unless you have games!
1) Old Wives Tales Quiz – We took a bunch of old wives tales that are supposed to tell you if you are having a boy or girl (Like if you have bad acne during pregnancy then you are having a girl or if the baby’s heart rate is below 140bpm then it’s a boy) and turned them into a quiz. Party goers would read each wives tale and try to figure out if the answer was boy or girl. Whoever had the most correct answers would win the game for their team. My nephew only missed two questions and won for Team Blue. We thought it would be fun to give out a small prize to the winner so the prize for this game was a hard to find Hostess Twinkie!
To make it a little more fun, I included a “Helpful Hints?” sheet with each quiz that included about how my pregnancies fit into the old wives tales. To give you an example, one of the questions was:
You have more morning sickness if you are having a:
A) Boy B) Girl
So on the “Helpful Hints?” sheet I said:
I haven’t had morning sickness with either of my pregnancies.
The idea with the “Helpful Hints?” sheet wasn’t really to provide “help” as much as it was to just give a little insight to my pregnancy and possibly throw people off who thought they knew the answer.
Scoreboard after Game 1:
Team Blue – 1
Team Pink – 0
2) Ball Toss - Next we moved on to the ball toss. For this game we took good a sized cardboard box (ours was an old car seat box) and cut 12 holes in one side. In the holes we put six pink cups and six blue cups. Then we gave everyone a ping pong ball, designated a line to stand behind and they would toss their ping pong ball to see which cup it landed it. If it landed in a blue cup then Team Blue got 1 point. If it landed in a pink cup, 1 point for Team Pink. The team with the most points wins.
This game was a lot of fun and really got everyone going and cheering for their team. In the end, Team Blue won 13-9.
Scoreboard after Game 2:
Team Blue – 2
Team Pink – 0
3) Pink and Blue Jenga - This game was also a lot of fun. We came up with the idea of the teams playing Jenga but to blend it in with the gender reveal party theme, we dyed the blocks blue and pink! Each person on the teams would come up to the table, move a block and then go back to their team at the back of the line. The first team to knock over the tower would lose.
We played for about 10 minutes before Grandma on Team Pink dealt the final blow. This picture was taken right before the tower fell. Team Blue wins again!
Scoreboard after Game 3:
Team Blue – 3
Team Pink – 0
To dye the blocks, we poured Rit fabric dye in a tub of hot water, let the blocks soak for about 10 minutes, then took them out and let them dry overnight. The more dye you put in the water, the darker the blocks will be. We used about half a bottle of dye for each color. Make sure to wear gloves and put down some plastic so you don’t stain anything.
4) The final game was a guessing game. We put a vase full of pink and blue candy on the table and had everyone guess the total. The closet guess would win the game for their team. We had each person write their guess on a piece of paper (with their name) and put it in a bowl. Then we went through and read each person’s guess. The answers were all over the map from 100 – 3333 but the actual amount of candy in the jar was 847.
The winning guess was 852 by someone on Team Pink. We were all amazed her guess was so close! This win for Team Pink also kept Team Blue from winning every game!
Final score after all four games:
Team Blue – 3
Team Pink – 1
Things were looking good for Team Blue! The only thing left was to bite into the cupcakes!
After an extremely big mouthful of cupcake, we tried to yell out, “IT’S A BOY” but it came out more like, “HRRMPPH MMMPH MOY!”
So now we know that we have a new little boy on the way. It really was the perfect way to find out! If you would like any additional details on our party, feel free to ask on Facebook or Twitter. We have a lot of the ideas pinned on Pinterest.
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