- March 31, 2020
- Michael Allibone
- Posted in Resources
Back in the day, all gender reveal parties were held in only one venue: the hospital delivery room. Today's technology makes it possible for parents to reveal the answer to the most commonly asked pregnancy question long before labor pains begin.
Hosting a gender reveal party is not only a fun way to celebrate your new little bundle of joy before he or she comes into the world, but it can also help you and your loved ones prepare more fully for the big day.
Even on an emotional level, knowing the gender of your baby makes this amazing adventure and all the new changes and challenges to come feel more real.
Fun Gender Reveal Ideas
To celebrate this milestone in your pregnancy, have a look at these gender reveal ideas and get inspired to host a party of your own.
Get Everyone Involved
Increasingly popular gender reveal ideas involve having your family and friends make the actual reveal. No longer are guests standing in a circle watching the couple open a box or cut into a cake. Some of the most fun gender reveal ideas are a group effort.
When some couples learn they are pregnant with their first child, they want to not only announce the good news but for family and friends to join them in the journey. Of course, everything's more fun when it's a surprise, but how do you surprise half a dozen (or more!) people all at the same time with each person being able to participate?
Try this idea on for size…
Fill a board or piece of plywood with as many balloons as it will hold, but fill only one with colored confetti that will reveal the gender of your baby.
Each guest gets to take a turn throwing a dart. With every "pop!" the suspense grows until finally, one bursts open with blue or pink glitter and an eruption of cheers. Every guest will be invited to be a part of the special event.
For the Sports Fans
If you have a few sports fans under your roof, your clan will likely get a kick out of these gender reveal ideas. Tee up a special exploding golf ball. With a photographer at the ready, have the dad-to-be swing away! In one quick motion, he'll be delighted by a giant puff of pink or blue.
For some families, baseball is the ultimate pastime. Let the slugger in your family bring a bat to your gender reveal party and fill a pinata with any candy that matches your baby's gender – like blue jolly ranchers for a boy or pink bubble gum for a girl. Then let each attendee tack a whack at the pinata until the news spills out!
Reveal With a Blast
If Mom or Dad are a fan of explosions (we're guessing that's Dad's arena), you may want to host a gender reveal with more of a bang.
For those who desire a bigger show, the sky is the limit. Some couples have gone to the expense of an evening party that begins with pink and blue colored cakes, cookies, and punch. Guests record their predictions on a chalkboard until night falls.
The party comes to a crescendo with guests gathering under the stars to watch colored fireworks light up the night with happy news.
Secrets & Science
Keeping the secret of whether you're having a boy or a girl is tough! But it can be easier – and so worth it – if you know you have an amazing gender reveal party coming up.
If your family is already full of kiddos, get the little ones involved by adding a fun twist to a classic science experiment. Back in the day, us Gen Xers and Gen Yers (aka, Millennials) got to make a volcano in grade school. Now your friends' and family's kids can make their own while revealing the big secret.
Follow the Teaching Mama's instructions for prepping a color-coded volcano. On the day of the party, let the little ones add the final ingredient to reveal blue or pink lava!
How Soon Can We Know?
Planning a gender reveal party is no small thing, so you'll want as much time as possible to prepare. Thanks to advances in prenatal screening tests, you can learn the gender of your baby as early as 11 weeks into your pregnancy.
The test is non-invasive and performed with a simple blood draw. Plus, screenings like our MaternalFetalScreen | T1® test can also detect other potential issues with the pregnancy to help parents plan and prepare for their new baby.
If you're ready to know the gender of your little one, talk with your doctor today to find out if the Maternal Fetal Screen T1 test can help you have a healthier, more informed pregnancy.
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