So I’m pregnant. If you follow me regularly, you may have noticed that I was MIA for a few months. That’s because I was in my first trimester and completely worthless. Thankfully I have an understanding husband and baby. During this time, Monika from Hello Brielle told me she wanted to do a gender reveal party and wanted to use my baby. Despite feeling horrific, I agreed and we started planning this grown-up gender reveal party.
I have to admit, I feel like this party was one of my more clever ideas. Typically, gender reveal parties tend to be very cute and pastel and have dessert bars. And while cute pastel is…well, cute, and dessert bars are wonderful (especially for preggo Mommas), I wanted something that men would appreciate and enjoy too. Especially because my Baby Daddy was letting me throw yet another party. He jumped right on board with my idea and even helped with some planning. =)
The starting point to our planning was the food; from there, everything just kinda fell into place. We decided to serve “man food” and “chic food”. Then we just decorated & displayed everything by gender–the guy stuff was navy; the girl stuff was magenta.
- 7-Layer Dip with Chips
- Hot Wings & Sticky Asian Wings
- BBQ Brisket Sliders
- Brownie Sundaes
- Beer & Soda
- Heirloom Tomato Crostini
- Strawberry Pecan Salad
- Chardonnay Salmon
- White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes
- Almond Champagne & French Berry Lemonade
What’s a party without some healthy competition? Guests had the opportunity to cast their vote for what gender they thought the baby was, then proudly wear a button to show their guess. And to make things even more exciting, my husband decided we should hold a raffle; after the big reveal, we selected a winner from those who guessed the correct gender.
To help guests guess the gender, Hello Brielle created this adorable clue sheet (to say that I have been emotional with this pregnancy is the understatement of the year…my poor husband).
We also allowed guests to offer name suggestions because we’re having the hardest time coming up with a name. Does anyone else think choosing a name for your child is insanely difficult?
The Big Reveal (and a funny little story)
The gender of the baby was hidden under a box. For the big reveal, we lifted the box to discover either a male or female silhouette.
Shortly after the party started, I realized we had a rather major problem. You see, I had two different ultrasounds. One with my regular OBGYN, in which the baby was extremely uncooperative. Like curled up in a ball and refusing to move uncooperative. My doctor said he was 95% was sure on the gender, wrote it down, stuck it in a sealed envelope, and handed it my husband who locked it in our safe because he was afraid I would look and ruin the party.
I also have a friend who is an ultrasound tech and offered to do an ultrasound. Having extreme Mom Brain (if there was any brain in there at all), I didn’t take my doctors results with me to my second ultrasound. And when my friend arrived at the party to set up the reveal, we discovered they had conflicting opinions on the gender. Ooops!
Well, my doctor had a picture, so for the big reveal we went with his result–a boy. But to find out for sure, a couple days later I went for another ultrasound with my friend and found out she had been right–it was actually a girl (and this has since been confirmed by subsequent ultrasounds). Fortunately, we took a “girl” photo as well as a “boy” photo. =) And then we sent an email to everyone at the party to let them know, “Just kidding! It’s actually a girl!”
What’s the moral of the story? Make absolutely sure of the gender before you have your reveal. And if it’s not right, well…that’s ok too. I actually found the whole thing to be quite humorous.
Photography: Tiffany Nicole Photography
Gender Reveal Buttons: Paging Supermom