The gender of the baby is one of the many sweet surprises of pregnancy. Just like all the special moments, the moment of ‘revelation’ can also be celebrated with the couple’s friends and family, as they try to guess the baby’s gender.
A gender-reveal party is a surprise party and must be planned such that the gender of the baby is not accidentally revealed before it is time. To help you plan a fun and engaging gender-reveal party, MomJunction brings you this post on 10 gender-reveal party ideas.
Before jumping on to the details of the party, there are a few prerequisites to consider.
Who Plans A Gender-Reveal Party?
If the parents do not want to know the gender of the baby, then their friends or family can host the party (the sonographer would hand over the gender information in a sealed envelope). If the parents themselves want to break the news to the family, then they can take care of the party planning.
How To Set A Date For The Party?
Set the date of the party after a couple of weeks from your ultrasound appointment. This will give you time to plan the party based on the gender of your baby. Alternatively,
you can plan it along with the baby shower, which is usually organized in the third trimester.
Who Should Be Invited To The Gender-Reveal Party?
Gender-reveal parties are usually an intimate affair. If you too want to keep it private, then restrict the guest list to the immediate family and close friends. A gender-reveal party is an informal one and should not be confused with the baby shower.
If you plan to club it with the baby shower, the guest list could include coworkers and extended family as well.
Ideas For A Gender-Reveal Party
1. He or She?
This is a classic theme that is easy to plan and organize.
Since the theme of the party is ‘He or She,’ go with the colors blue and pink for the decor. Set up a center table and decorate half of it in blue and the other half in pink. You can use balloons or silk cloth to differentiate both sides. Decorate the whole room with blue and pink bunting, balloons, and paper flowers.
A gender-reveal cake is the best idea. You can find more details about it here.
The party can become fun when you have games that keep everyone guessing the baby’s gender. Here are two ideas.
- Place two jars, one for team boy and another for team girl. Get a few slips of paper and ask the guests to write down the gender of the baby along with their name and put it in the respective jars. After the gender is revealed, read the slips to find out who has guessed correctly.
- You can also place props such as lips, mustaches, girl, boy, and ask the guests to pick up one.
Food and drinks
Bake some pink and blue cupcakes and arrange them on the respective sides of the center table. You can also have cake pops, onesie cookies, all in pink and blue. You could also include a few savory foods such as beetroot gnocchi, beetroot hummus, or blue deviled eggs.
Finish it with some pink and blue lemonade or strawberry and blueberry smoothie.
2. Who Will It Bee?
This is a cute gender-reveal party theme with the parents wanting to know who will be joining their beehive.
This is an excellent outdoor party theme, preferably set up under a tree in your garden, for that is where you will find the bees. The color theme of the party is yellow and black. Decorate your backyard with yellow and black buntings, and balloons, with a wooden plank used as the backdrop. Use two wooden barrels to make the center table, stick images of bees on the backdrop. Using yellow colored paper lanterns with stuffed bee toys placed all over can make the décor more appealing.
You can hand over small jars of organic honey with customized labels as party favors to your guests.
The gender revealing box idea works well for outdoor gender-reveal parties. Find out more about the concept here.
Here are a few engaging games for the guests to guess the baby’s gender.
- Set up an easel and a white canvas and ask the guests to guess the gender of the baby and write it in the form of a wish and sign it.
- You can also organize a baby onesie signing where the guests can sign the onesie for the baby.
Food and drinks
Bake some cake pops with yellow icing and cute fondant bees on the top. You can make chocolate cupcakes with yellow frosting, and add black and yellow swirl lollipops or yellow popcorn. Make something savory using yellow bell peppers with a black bean dip, or yellow Mexican rice. Serve with some fresh passion fruit mocktail or citrus-infused water.
3. It’s Time To Find Out!
Excite everyone at the clock-themed party with a secret twist.
The theme of the party is time, so pick any color that goes with vintage clocks used to decorate the place. You can also set up a countdown clock to the exact time when the gender will be revealed. Make some caramel popcorn or a party mix as party favors for the guests.
To be in sync with the theme, use a cuckoo clock to reveal the gender. You can purchase a cuckoo clock or make one of your own with the help of tutorials online. Set the clock to when you want to reveal the gender. The host who knows the gender will pin a paper slip carrying the news onto the clock at the precise time.
Use a vintage table clock with a draw to plan a creative activity for the guests. Fill the draw with blue and pink paper slips and ask the guests to suggest a name for the baby, based on the gender they guess. Once the gender is revealed, read all the names from the correct gender jar.
Food and drinks
Match the food with the decor. Include some cupcakes, baby cookies, and cheesecake pops for the desserts. Prepare some fresh salsa dip with nachos or cut vegetables with a dip or finger sandwiches. Bring it all together with raspberry lime mocktail or party punch.
4. What’s The Scoop?
This snowy gender-reveal theme is soothing for the eyes and a hit with those who want to go with colors other than pink and blue.
Since the theme of the party is ice cream, try to incorporate it within every aspect of the party. Use a green backdrop, tie a bunch of white balloons together to simulate clouds, then hang a few mock ice cream cones made of cardboard. Use balloons of various colors to complete the decoration.
Use the balloon pop idea for this theme. Find out more about it here.
This unique theme calls for a unique game. On an easel, stick two long pieces of paper – one blue and the other pink. At the bottom of each paper, draw an ice cream cone without the ice cream. Give the guests white chart paper, scissors, and glue, and ask them to cut the paper in the shape of a scoop and stick it on the side that they guess to be the gender of the baby. In the end, you can find out if the guests guessed the right answer.
Food and drinks
Along with the usual baby cookies, macaroons, have some unique foods such as homemade popsicles, and cupcakes in the place of ice creams on ice cream cones. Also, include savory finger foods like cherry tomatoes stuffed with blue cheese and bacon, mini pizza bites. For the drinks, make some ice cream floats.
5. Who Would The Stork Deliver?
This is another fun-filled idea for a gender-reveal party based on the myth of the storks bringing the babies home!
This theme is for those who believe in less is more. Keep the decor to a minimum, have a white backdrop and a sticker of a stork carrying a baby on it. You can also add the words ‘who would the stork deliver’ next to the sticker. Since no party is complete without balloons, add a few balloons and buntings.
Use the pinata idea to reveal the gender. You can either buy a pinata or make a stork pinata with the help of a DIY tutorial. More details on this here.
- Place a bunch of white blank bibs, fabric paints, and some molds (storks carrying babies), ask the guests to design a bib for the baby and color it blue if they think it is a boy or pink for a girl.
Food and drinks
Place some bowls of Chex mix or nuts and write a note saying, ‘stork food.’ You can also bake some stork shaped cookies as party favors. Bake some cupcakes, frost them, then sprinkle shredded coconut on top and add a candy egg – these make great ‘stork nests.’ Make some pizza pops, or mini quiches if you want something savory.
6. What’s Under The Big Top?
This is a fun outdoor theme for revealing the gender of the baby. You can use different aspects of a carnival to make the party colorful and festive.
Since a carnival is all about bright colors, feel free to include bold colors such as red, orange, and teal for the decor. If you are organizing your party outdoors, then use colorful buntings and paper flowers for decorating the place. You could also hang a few Chinese lanterns to make it more appealing.
Use a vintage table as the center table. You can also make garlands out of candy to decorate the space around the table. You can also include a toy Ferris wheel to get the carnival feel.
Since the party is outdoors, you can try out the smoke bombs gender-reveal idea. Find out more about it here.
- Set up a gender guessing table, on that place blue and pink clothespins and slips of blue and pink paper. Ask the guests to write down their guess and pin it to the thread (tied across the table).
- You can also organize carnival games such as toss the ring, or shoot the balloon.
Food and drinks
Delight your guests with some carnival foods like corn dogs, caramel apples, soft bagel pretzels, popcorn and, of course, cotton candy! For the savory part, you can include hotdogs, Poutine, and fried onion rings. Set up an ice cone machine so that the guests can make their own ice cream cone.
7. Boho-chic Or A Hippie? Who Is It Going To Be?
This fresh and earthy theme perfectly adopts the unconventional style of Bohemianism.
The signature colors for this theme are warm, earthy colors. Decorate the whole room with dream catchers, macrame rugs, and tablecloths to create the boho look. You can also replace the center table with a Tipi. Use white roses and green carnations, Green Daylily to perfect the look.
Use the balloon pop idea to reveal the gender. Set it up near the Tipi so that the guests can gather around. More details about it here.
Get some baby food bottles, blindfold the guests, and ask them to taste, smell the food, and guess the flavor, based on which they also guess the gender of the baby.
Food and drinks
To be in sync with the theme, have some nachos and guacamole, quesadillas, baby cookies with white icing, and chocolate cupcakes with green and white frosting. For the drinks, mix some lemonade and sweet tea and place it for the guests to help themselves.
8. Team Blue vs. Team Pink
Add a little competitive spirit to your gender-reveal party with this theme.
This is a theme where you can include your husband’s favorite sport – we chose baseball here. Divide the room into two parts and decorate one part in blue and the other in pink. Use buntings, paper blue and pink flowers, and try to use blue and pink cutlery. On the blue side, place blue color baseball bats and balls, and on the pink side, add cheerleader pom-poms (this is just for fun, and not gender stereotyping).
Use the baseball idea for revealing the gender. Toss a coin and pick which team will pitch and which team will bat, and let the couple lead each team. You can find more details about the idea here.
Place a slate board and divide the board into two parts using blue and white chalks. Ask the guests to draw a line on the respective side based on their guess of the baby’s gender. Also, place Team Blue and Team Pink badges for the guests to wear.
Food and drinks
Include meatballs, a veggie tray, flavorful chips, chocolate chip cookies (blue and pink icing), chocolate dipped pretzels (resembles bats), cake balls decorated as baseballs, and peanuts. For the drinks, include water bottles (with customized labels), can of pops and juice pops.
9. Holy Smokes! Who Is It Gonna Be?
Bonfires are useful not just on cold nights or as SOS signals by people on stranded islands. They can be used for your gender-reveal party too.
Since this is going to be an outdoor party based around a bonfire, the decor should be minimal. Use bulbs tied as bunting to light up the path to the bonfire and decorate the fireplace with fairy lights placed in a mason jar. As for the seating, get stacks of hay, cover them with blankets, and place a wooden box in between. Ensure that the haystacks are at a safe distance from the bonfire.
It could get chilly, so keep your guests safe by rolling up blankets, quilts, spare jackets, and place them in a cute basket, add a little sign asking the guests to help themselves.
As the theme is a bonfire, you might as well use it to reveal the gender of the baby. When it is time, gather all the guests, and the couple can throw color-changing sawdust (you can find it online) or mix sawdust with Copper chloride for the color blue and Strontium chloride for the color pink.
- Pass on printed puzzles with questions related to the couple, and their pregnancy. Ask the guests to answer and share them to know how well they know the couple. This game works well if the guests are only close friends and family.
- You can also put some music and dance around the fire.
Food and drinks
Crackers, smores, and chocolate make the ultimate bonfire party foods. You can also have hotdogs, corn on the cob, kebabs, baked potatoes, donuts, or cupcakes. For drinks, choose either hot chocolate or mulled wine.
10. Sip Some Tea, While We Tell You Who It Is Going To Be
If you are a big fan of tea parties, then host one as your gender-reveal party.
Go with a traditional English tea party that you can organize in your backyard or your living room. Decorate the table with flowers – you can use vintage kettles in place as flower vases. Design a center table with a floral backdrop and decorate it with buntings and balloons.
Pay attention to the cutlery, research the rules of a tea party, and arrange the cutlery and teacups accordingly.
Use the sweet surprise idea so that everyone can be a part of the moment you reveal the baby’s gender. Check out more details here.
- Set up a photo booth and encourage your guests to click goofy pictures with the mom-to-be. Use an instacam, so that the guests can take back the pictures as party favors.
- Place baby items such as bibs, bottles, teethers, rattles in a diaper bag. Ask the guests to sit in a circle and close their eyes, and pass the diaper bag around. Each one has to identify the items by feeling them. The one who can guess the maximum number of items wins.
Food and drinks
Bake as many gender-revealing cupcakes as there are guests. Also include tea sandwiches, strawberry shortcakes, cakes, and biscuits. You can also include soup or salad. The drink will, of course, be tea.
Revealing the gender can be thrilling when you are in the company of people who are as excited about the baby as you are. To make the most of this party, ensure you only invite close friends and family who are as eager as you to know the gender of the baby. Try these themes, or create one based on what you and your partner like.
How did you celebrate your gender-reveal party? Let us know in the comments section below.