Gender Reveal Party

You may have seen the big news last week that my husband Don and I are expecting early next year.  We couldn’t be more excited!  We opted to pay for an elective blood test called Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPT) targeted at checking for the most common chromosomal abnormalities at 10+ weeks.  This newer test is more accurate than the usual combined blood test.  An added bonus is that it also can reveal the gender of the baby if you want to find out ahead of the usual 20 week ultrasound.  We sure did!  The results came back in one week later.  Not only did we get the peace of mind of having the negative chromosomal abnormalities results, we also found out the gender of our baby at 11 weeks.  We enjoyed our secret for a month before revealing it to our nearest and dearest at a special gender reveal party this past weekend.

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I wanted to make the party interactive, so I set up a voting station to greet guests right after they walked in our front door.  I covered a card table with an inexpensive white vinyl tablecloth and sprinkled it with pink and blue confetti.  I also decorated with cute boy and girl booties I found at Target and festive centerpieces I picked up at my local party supply store.

I purchased two square chalkboards from Target and pink and blue chalkboard markers from Michael’s.  Most of the inspiration for this party came from Pinterest, including pairing the vote tally board with wearable bow pins.  I simply hot-glued handmade bows onto pins and separated them by color in small dishes.  I also set up a raffle for guests to participate in by writing their names on a slip of paper and popping them into the coordinating color bottle of their choice.  At the end of the party, I drew a winner from the correct color bottle of the gender of our baby and gave that person a Barnes and Noble gift card as a prize.

The Old Wives Tales board was another idea from Pinterest, which I thought was a cute way to give our guests some idea of my pregnancy symptoms.  You can see how my answers to those questions heavily favor a boy.  I made a point to include “Helpful Hints or Hogwash?” at the bottom so guests knew the results might not necessarily accurately reflect the gender of our baby.

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Don and I were actually out of town for the few days leading up to the party and were scheduled to get in late Saturday evening with a party time of noon the following day.  I decided to prep and set up as much as I could before we left so that I wouldn’t be frantic in the hours leading up to the party.  I decorated as much of the first level of our home as I could before our trip, including setting up the voting station, arranging the tables, and getting out all of the platters, serving pieces, and plates, utensils, and napkins for the party.  I also preordered pink and blue balloon bunches that I picked up a couple of hours before party time.  Balloons are one of my favorite easy ways to make our home more festive for a special occasion.

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Another Pinterest inspiration was to serve pink and blue beverages.  I pulled out our acrylic beverage dispensers from Pottery Barn and paired them with color coordinating paper straws and napkins.  I also made little placards for each type of beverage.  Pretty Pink Lemonade consisted of Simply Raspberry Lemonade mixed with Sprite.  I combined blue raspberry Kool Aid with Sprite to make the Baby Blue Punch.  We also put out vodka for guests (who were not pregnant 😉 ) who wanted to spike their drinks.

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I took the whole pink and blue theme to the max for our party and split everything as evenly as possible, right down to the little pink and blue flags I used to label the food items.  I had pink and blue utensils, plates, and napkins of all sizes for the different eating stations.  Even our dog Winnie wore pink and blue bows to the party!  As usual, I set up a water station at the end of our kitchen counter for guests to help themselves.  A sweet gender neutral bouquet sent by friends was the accompanying perfect decoration.

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I knew I wouldn’t have time to prepare food and finish getting the party set up in the morning hours beforehand, so I preordered luncheon platters from my local Whole Foods.  Keeping the muggy summer weather in mind, I went with light and refreshing lunch fare, including a Greek salad, tomato and mozzarella salad, three different kinds of mini wraps, and a fruit platter.  Don decided he wanted to make some of his amazing ribs to add to the mix as well.  It was a feast!

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I ordered pink and blue themed cupcakes and cake pops from the Whole Foods bakery and set them up on our sofa back console along with some cute “It’s A Boy” and “It’s A Girl” Hershey’s kisses I found at Michaels.  I scanned and blew up a couple of my ultrasound images from my first trimester, popped them into frames, and added “He or She?” stickers for decoration.  Too cute!

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We waited until about an hour into the party when all of our guests had arrived and had a chance to vote, chat, and eat before the big reveal.  I decided to go with the balloons in a box reveal idea I had seen on Pinterest.  I bought a dish pack box from a local hardware store, painted a large black heart on it, and used a chalkboard marker to write “it’s a…” in big letters, keeping with the chalkboard theme from the voting station.  A couple of hours before the party, I stuffed a balloon bouquet inside the box and wrapped it up with pink and blue extra wide ribbon.

The tally came in pretty close by the time everyone had voted.  We gathered our guests around in the family room for the big reveal.  Don and I stood on either side of the box and each opened a side so that the all pink balloons could pop out.  It was such a fun way to share our news!

If you’d like to see more details of our party, including footage from the big reveal, check out this video:

That’s right, we’re having a girl!  We couldn’t be more thrilled.  I hope you enjoyed this look into our gender reveal party.  I’d love to know if you’ve ever hosted or been to something similar.  It’s such a fun way to celebrate with loved ones!  Check back Wednesday for my weekly pregnancy update if you’re interested.  I hope you all have a great week!

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85 thoughts on “Gender Reveal Party”

  1. Not gonna lie, I scrolled and scrolled to find the photo that didn’t have both blue and pink, ha! Congratulations! 😀

    Love the voting board and the old wives tale board as well – it’s silly all the muck that floats around guessing genders of babies when there is such great technology that can do so for you (and all the while not having to wait 9 months to find out!).

  2. Oh many congratulations!!! I had a feeling you would be having a girl! How wonderful 🙂 I am so excited to share in your journey! xx

  3. Congratulations Jen! I am so thrilled for you and Don. A sweet little girl for Ms. Winnie to love. Amazing news.

  4. Congratulations being the mommy of girls is so much fun! My youngest daughter was a New Year’s Baby, maybe your little one will be the New Year’s baby for 2016!

  5. So happy for u guys I was in tears when u opened the box!! Your glowing you guys deserve all the joy that’s is now!! Can’t wait for more videos

  6. Hi Jen and Don

    Congratulations! Such happy news! Your party looked fabulous as always and I am sooo happy for you both. Such an exciting time. Enjoy every minute!

    Hugs
    Arline
    xx

  7. Congrats. I have 3 girls. They are so much fun. I wanna suggest something to you. I know you have had anxiety around your pregnancy and don’t want to create more but I feel this is extremely important. I would have expanded newborn screening after the baby gets here. One of my girls was born with a disorder called LCHAD. It happens 1 in 100,000 births but it does happen. Had my daughter been born two months earlier she may not be here today. Her disorder is treatable but when left untreated it can end in death. Expanded Newborn Screening costs around $100 but saves so many babies.

  8. Yeah ! A precious girl ! I am so excited for you. Your party décor was perfect. I loved the voting and old wives tales. I made everyone in the house be quiet while I watched the whole video. Congratulations to you both and your whole big family !

  9. Congratulations
    I have been a fan of you and your family for a couple years. I found your vacation vlogs on You Tube and I enjoy all your videos and blogs so much! I think you and Don will be the most amazing parents. What a blessed child.

  10. Congratulations! Having a girl is so much fun! My little one is 7 month old today! We decided to wait until the birth to find out if it was going to be a boy or a girl! It was the surprise of a lifetime! (and such a great motivation during labor…) I ended up having a C-section and I will never forget the joy of hearing my husband whispering in my ears: “it’s a girl”! As I type this I am getting so emotional again!
    That being said, for our next baby (in a few years) we will find out as soon as we can! 🙂
    You and Don are going to be such wonderful parents, I am so excited for you!

  11. Aw! So happy again for you! I am blessed with boys and girls. They are ALL the best, but…shopping for girls is way more fun!! Enjoy every minute of it. Looking forward to your updates and hauls.

  12. I’m so incredibly happy for you all!!! I had a feeling it was a girl, but I’m never right!!! So, yay! I got one!!! I’m so looking forward to watching your pregnancy journey! I have 5 biological children (2 girls, 3 boys) and I absolutely LOVED being pregnant!!! I actually loved labor and delivery, too!! Everyone thinks I’m crazy! Haha! Will you be doing a video to announce her name, or is that something you will wait to announce? We are in the process right now of adopting a beautiful 2 year old girl with Down Syndrome from China. We should be traveling to China to get her in October!! (The website I linked is our adoption blog) Anyhow, I’m so happy I will have your weekly pregnancy videos to pass the waiting time! Because we’re kinda pregnant together!! ☺️ Have a great week, Jen and Don!

  13. i am OVER THE MOON EXCITED for you both! I waited 13 years for my son (now 24 years old) I know about that heartbreak that is blessedly replace with JOY when your heart’s desire FINALLY comes to fruition! Cherish every moment of the journey….DON’T blink….it goes by way to quickly

  14. What a cute party! Such great ideas! I wish these were more common when I had my daughter 16 years ago! I would have lived that! Congratulations on having a baby girl!

  15. congrats, Tell Don to get ready to be the man in his little girls life. As you know Daddy’s are the best. Glad that the test went well. Looking forward to hearing all the updates. keep them coming. Again congrats to you both. ( and big sis Winnie)

  16. Congratulations on your new daughter! I am so happy for you! The party you threw was so fun…I was wishing I was there! You and Don looked so happy! I can’t wait to continue on this journey with you and Don….God’s blessings on you all….

  17. Yay! Keep a list of all the songs you find yourself listening to a lot throughout your pregnancy and then make a playlist of them on your iPod. When the baby is born, play them for her while getting her ready for sleep. It always seems to put my 6 week old out!

  18. Congrats!! A baby girl, so happy for you both. My sister-in-law did the same type of reveal box. We had to guess what set of twins she was having, girls, boys, or a girl and a boy. It turned out to be girls. They actually have two sets of twins (two boys and two girls). Again, truly happy for you both!

  19. My daughter and I each picked the sex before reading your post….I picked girl! woot Congratulations on a successful and adorable party! (and on having a girl!! ha) Everything looked super cute!

  20. Congratulations! How appropriate….a cute little girl to wear dresses, bows and makeup. So happy for you both.

  21. Jenn, congratulations!!!! I am so excited for you and Don and Winnie. Have you registered? Please let us know. All the best, Robyn

  22. So happy for you both!! I can tell you are one excited mama to be having a little girl. You are almost giddy, its so sweet to see you with so much joy in your heart. Treasure every moment of this time:-)

  23. Congrats Jen and Don! I’m so incredibly excited for you both! I know you are going to be fantastic parents and I love how you’re sharing this experience. I hope you and your family are doing well 🙂

  24. I didn’t have one. What a fun way to celebrate though. Cool to know so early too. What a lucky girl and what lucky parents.! You guys will be great. So happy for your growing family. 😉

  25. So happy for y’all! Baby girls are so much fun but I have 2 so I’m partial. I’m glad we can ride along with you on this journey via blog and YouTube. 🙂

  26. Jen and Don. Congratulations! As a mom of two girls, I can tell you Jen, you are going to love every second of it. And Don, you are going to be more in love than you ever have before. Oh and Don, kiss your money goodbye!!

  27. My daughters and I love watching your videos. We are all very thrilled for Don and you!! I also tried for 3 1/2 years to conceive. It was a tough road with much testing for both of us. Taking that first pregnancy test and getting the results of being pregnant after trying for so long is such a surreal moment. My husband and I both had tears flowing as I know Don and you did as well. Enjoy every precious moment during your pregnancy. Thanks for sharing with us! Congratulations and God Bless you with a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery.

  28. Congratulations on having a girl, Jen!! Your Gender Reveal Party was really cute! Wishing you all the best!

    Pat

  29. Congrats to your little growing family!! This is the only time EVER that Winnie’s bows didn’t match each other. 🙂

  30. Hi Jennifer, I love your blog and Youtube channel.
    I have question for you. What is the name of the song that plays at the beginning and end of your videos?

    The reason I ask is, I am creating a presentation and I would like to use some upbeat music.
    The music you use would be perfect.
    Is the music copy written just for your use?
    If it is, I will look for a different music clip.
    Thank You.

    1. I don’t know the exact name, but I find most of my royalty free music at PreiumBeat.com. You just have to pay for the appropriate license. Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you Jen! By the way, I can’t wait to hear more about your daughter as her “birth day” draws closer. I wish you good health and much happiness,

  31. Congrats!
    The Party looks great.
    Gender reveal parties aren’t really a thing here in Germany so I always like to see them.

    Personally though I wouldn’t want to find out… It’s one of The last surprises legt…

  32. Liebe Jen und lieber Don,

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Schwangerschaft!!
    Ein Mädchen / a girl 🙂 Wie schön!!!

    Ich wünsche euch alles Glück der Welt!!!

    Ihr werdet sicher sehr liebevolle und einfach fantastische Eltern sein!!!

    Ich freue mich sehr für euch!!!

    Viele Grüße aus Bochum (Germany)
    eure Christiane

  33. Congratulations again!! I have been a fan of your family for some time now and feel as if you are a friend. Not gonna lie… I got a little teary eyed at the end when you and Don opened he box. This little girl couldn’t ask for better parents then you and Don. Can’t wait to follow your journey through pregnancy!! Many blessings to you!!

  34. So happy to hear you are having a girl. Don should be thrilled that he will have a house full of females taking care of him. Congrulations!

  35. When I saw fast heartbeat…I knew it was a GIRL! You will have such fun with a little Jen. She will be one lucky little girl. Grace will have a cousin buddy! Just think how frou-frou you can decorate the nursery. Cute girls are so much easier to find! I can’t wait. She’ll have daddy Don wrapped around her little finger so fast! Congrats!

  36. ¡Muchas Felicidades! Congrats to both you and Don! How exciting! My “little” girl just turned 16! They grow up soooo fast, enjoy every moment! Lovely set up for your gender reveal party and great details. Wishing you the BEST! 🙂

  37. Congratulations!! As everyone is saying, girls are a lot of fun!! I might be bias since my little one is turning 22 months this month and she’s in such a fun stage. She now wants to use mommy’s makeup or wants me to “dry” her hair too. The other day I caught her trying to walk in my heels.. you’ll enjoy her a lot.
    Wish you all the best.

  38. Hi Jen,
    Congrats. I was just wondering about the test. What is the name/cost? Also, would you have made the choice to abort should something not be to your liking?

    1. It’s called Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing and I believe it costs around $800, although some insurance may cover part of it. For us, the results are only meant to help us prepare for our child.

  39. Congrats! Are you going to reveal the name ahead of time or wait until she is born? I cant wait to see baby hauls! now go shopping! lol

    1. We haven’t even really started to consider names properly yet, so I’m not sure. Might wait until she is born for the surprise factor or not if it’s too hard to keep a secret.

  40. Congratulations. How perfect! You know all about girls, from what I observed with your nieces, so this will be a wonderful journey for the two of you. Can’t wait for Don to pick out the first little golf outfit 🙂

  41. honestly, I find the intense gendering and gender essentialism of babies beyond distasteful, let alone of an unborn foetus. expected better of you, honestly :/

    1. Of course you’re entitled to your opinion just as I am to mine. I’m sorry to disappoint and hope you find great gender neutral baby blogs out there that suit your tastes better.

      1. Very well said, Jennifer. You handled the prior “distasteful” comment with grace. Congratulations to you and your family, girls (as well as boys) are a lot of fun! Enjoy every moment- the easy and the hard moments. My oldest is entering college and my youngest is not yet in kindergarten; they grow up so fast. 🙂

  42. Congratulations. It’s truly a blessing having a baby. The love you will experience is like no other. Unconditional 100% forever. You are going to be a great mommy. With that said… 🙂 I’m so into decorating just wanted to share my thought on one thing. A huge ultrasound picture of baby over fireplace would have been extra beautiful and hight in the center of your table huge fake cake, a tall diaper cake, 3 stackable boxes to look like wood blocks with abc or inside mini revile balloons. I have a Pinterest page lol going to add link. I just want to share and be a blessing for great decorating ideas.https://www.pinterest.com/jessica92551/

    1. LOL… Soooo sorry for my tips. I started off saying let me give just one tip and I gave alot more lol just like me over excited about decorating for a baby shower lo.l Love watching everything you share. I am reorganizing everything in my home (5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 heads and much more) so I press play and hear you all day long. for inspiration 🙂 Again God bless you and enjoy the journey It’s a amazing adventure -Jessica

  43. So cute! Glad to see you are feeling well enough and have the energy to put on such a lovely party for your friends and family. I’m also having a girl in late Dec/early Jan. Yay for girls!

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