Recently, an article in the NY Times featured the newest phenomenon to hit expecting parents – the ‘gender reveal’ party. It’s a way for parents to throw a reverse surprise party – for their guests.
We wanted to explore this trend and get some reader feedback – have you attended one of these parties? Did you host one yourself? And if you are planning to have a gender reveal party for your twinnies, then we’ve got some great tips for you.
The invitation is the start to any great gender reveal party – or baby shower for that matter (and look for our upcoming twinnie baby shower special coming soon!). So keep it sweet and simple. If you are planning on having a shower for your multiples, you may want to tone down the gender reveal party for something more intimate and low-key. A cute invitation can help inspire your party theme too!
Pink Versus Blue
You can choose to have an elaborate themed party if you want. “Thing1 Thing 2″ is a common theme we’ve seen out there, and it’s pretty cute. But we are seeing more and more that gender-reveal parties are taking a more modern approach, being playful but sophisticated at the same time. Here’s an example of a “team boy” “team girl” decoration:
We just love the buttons!
The “Pink Versus Blue” theme is a great alternative to a “Thing1 Thing2″ theme, and so easy to do! For more images of the party theme pictured above, check out the “Hostess with the Mostess” blog post recapping their gender reveal party .
Another simple party theme for parents-to-be of twins comes from another mom-blogger. They used a three color pink-blue-yellow theme in their decorations and food as their theme (with yellow representing ‘one of each’!) and it looked just perfect:
To see this and more pictures from the party, head to the Nothings and Notions blog
Once you’ve planned the theme, the cards, the snacks, there’s the party itself. You definitely want your guests to ‘vote’ for a team, as the gender reveal will be that much more fun that way. There are other games and activities you can play to entice your guests to guess the sex of the multiples too; for these ideas and more, check out the gender reveal party recap for another expectant multiple couple at Snug as a Bug Baby blog.
The most common ways to reveal the secret are through the food. A frosted cake that is ‘pink or blue’ in the middle is the easiest to implement, but others have added the secret inside cupcakes, cake pops, and as charms that one pulls out on a string from the center of a dessert. Another trend we found on “Look Love Send” shares this reveal trick with balloons:
Knowing the gender of the baby, buy black balloons (so you can’t see inside) and fill them with either pink or blue confetti (pouring with a funnel). Fill balloons with helium and give each guest a balloon upon arrival. At the right time, hand each guest a pin and countdown for everyone to pop a balloon at the same time. It’ll make a mess but be a lot of fun when guests are ‘showered’ with gender-colored confetti!
The CakeBlog features these delectable gender-reveal treats served at a party. Hiding the answer inside is the most fun part! Here’s what the chef over at Trisha Sutton, co-owner of Cream & Flutter and proud mom-to-be shares on the blog:
“Around here, when there’s something to celebrate, we turn to cake. Our family and friends have been “patiently” waiting to find out the gender of Baby Sutton. I am currently 24 weeks pregnant and we finally got the news. To make the big surprise even more delicious, I decided to hand out gender reveal cupcakes! So I whipped up a batch of dark chocolate cupcakes, filled them with the appropriate color of vanilla bean cream filling, topped them with a layer of rich chocolate ganache, and finished them off with a charming (and mysterious!) little question mark.”
This is double the fun when you have multiples!!
Another fun treat revealing the gender to your guests are fortune cookies! You can order you own customized ones at http://www.myluckyfortune.com/ If you are having multiples, you may want to colorize your cookies for ‘Baby A’ and ‘Baby B’. Just not in pink or blue!
But for those parents that want to surprise themselves, it’s just as fun. Some trends we’ve seen are with balloons and cakes. For either case, have your ultrasound results sealed. If you give them to your baker, have them bake two cakes for you revealing the sex of your multiples in the middle. Then, cut into both yourselves and indulge in the surprise! Or, you can go to your local card store with a big box and have them blow up balloons in the color of the babies’ genders, and open the box with your loved one to celebrate your multiples!