Monday, February 25, 2013

It's Gender Reveal Time!

So interweb, I think it's time to share...I'm having a baby! Will and I are so incredibly excited about all the fun to come!
With that comes the fun of a gender reveal. We decided it would be a great time to gather both of our families for a little fun, so we had a small get together to announce what we're having. I did some "research" on Pinterest and the interweb for some inspiration and found tons of ideas. People clearly like to share fun stuff like this and I loved all the cute ideas. We wanted to keep ours pretty simple so here are the items we focused on...
First, the entryway.
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
When guests arrived, we had them make their best guess as to what we were having and wear a pink of blue Mardi Gras necklace to announce that. Did I mention this was the last weekend before Fat Tuesday, so we were in the midst of Mardi Gras...more of that theme to come!
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
Also for fun we had guests guess how many candies (pink and blue Sixlets) were in our candy jar. We had them give an overall guess and then a guess of how many pink and how many blue.  It was pretty entertaining to watch some guests do some major math to come up with their answer. Some people even picked up the jar, tried to count the candies on the bottom, then count the rows of candy in the jar.
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
Then of course we had some snacks. I'd seen several beautiful tables of food at gender reveals indicating the mom-to-be's cravings so I thought I'd go with that. I didn't get a great shot of our food but I did get a shot of the sign listing out some of my cravings (most of which were featured). I hate that our kitchen renovation was scheduled to begin right after this but c'est la vie...
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
We played 2 "games" - The first is what I'd call the Balloon Game for lack of better title. We gave each guest a balloon and instructed them to blow it up as much as they'd like. We let them pick which color balloon they wanted too. They had no idea what we were doing and it was so much fun for Will and I to watch how big or small they made their balloon. After everyone had their balloon, we told them they had to put them under their shirt and pose for a picture with me. The looks on their faces when we told them that was pretty priceless...some people had big balloons! Here is one of my sister-in-law, Carrie, with me. Her belly is a bit bigger than mine...
Gender Reveal Party Ideas - Balloon Game
The second game was an old wives' tales game. I got it here if you want it. It's just a bunch of old wives' tales and you let the guests guess if the prediction is for a girl or boy. Then it's fun to let them guess what they think you're having after all of that. Some of the reasoning was pretty funny. No pictures of that, sorry!
Finally it was time for the actual reveal. Since it was the last weekend of Mardi Gras before Fat Tuesday, we decided it would be fun to depart from the usual reveal of cake with blue or pink icing inside or releasing colored balloons from a box. We went with a king cake and luckily have an awesome friend Genevieve in New Orleans (see more about our recent trip to visit her and her husband in New Orleans here) who shipped us an authentic, New Orleans bakery king cake. It was the perfect touch! In all my "research" I didn't find anyone who had used the king cake idea but we thought it was perfect given the baby inside and the timing. We added colored icing around the baby so the person who found it would be able to announce what we were having.
Gender Reveal Party Ideas - King Cake
We cut pieces and let guests choose their piece...we knew which one had the baby though so we were able to keep an eye on that guest, waiting for them to discover the baby and announce what we were having.
Gender Reveal Party Ideas - King Cake!
And we're welcoming...
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
...a sweet baby girl in June! We're so excited!
I also had 2 other mini gender reveals thanks to some very sweet ladies. The first was at work - we had Edgar's thumbprint cookies with pink icing (I could write an entire post about Edgar's thumbprint cookies...they are my favorite!).
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
And another gender reveal at my small group - we had Edgar's strawberry cake since it's not only delicious, it's already naturally pink for a baby girl! (and I could write another post about how delicious strawberry cake is...I crave it, pregnant or not). How cute is this cake?
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
Gender Reveal Party Ideas
I promise Edgar's isn't incentivizing me to mention their yummy creations, although I wouldn't be opposed to that...aheemmmm.

Many thanks to all the amazing gender reveal pins and blog posts out there. They provided some really fun inspiration!



  1. Congrats, Claire (and Will)! Love your blog—have bookmarked it.

  2. Thanks Linda! We're excited about our baby girl, and I'm really enjoying the blog!

  3. The link to the old wive's tale isn't working. I get the following message when I try it "Forbidden

    You don't have permission to access /gender-reveal-party-games-and-ideas/ on this server.

    Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request"