Is it a boy or a girl? The suspense before it is known and the excitement after it is revealed is invaluable. Irrespective of whether it is a boy or girl, you turn all emotional and happy.
Such excitement can be contained only when you reveal the gender of your baby to the world in a unique way. Agree? Then turn this episode into an exciting event with your family and friends, club it with food and games, and call it a gender-reveal party.
To help you make the party a big hit, MomJunction brings you 37 gender-reveal ideas. Most of the ideas are based on colors. We have taken the universal pink and blue. The other colors are also equally fun, but let the guests know which gender the colors represent.
Gender-reveal Ideas For Couples
Some couples like to know about the gender of their baby through a party. In that case, they would hand over the sealed envelope to their close ones, who would arrange for a gender-reveal party. Here are a few gender-reveal ideas for couples.
1. Smoke bombs
The couple gets to explode pink or blue color smoke bombs, with the color revealing the gender of the baby. The couple would be standing at the center of the backyard or a park, and all the guests gather around. The couple could explode the smoke bomb or the organizers of the party could do it while the couple closes their eyes waiting for the big surprise.
2. Confetti cannons
Have the couple confetti cannons filled with pink or blue color and gather around as they pop away revealing the gender of the baby. This is a fun idea wherein you can click some amazing pictures.
3. Gender-reveal cake
No celebration is complete without a cake. Why not make a gender-reveal idea out of it? Bake a blue and white or a neutral color after filling it with either pink or blue jelly beans. Alternatively, you can also add pink or blue color icing in the center of the cake between the layers while the exterior would be a neutral color. As soon as the couple cut the cake, they will have a sweet surprise.
4. Baseball idea
This idea is perfect for a couple who are into sports. Plan this at a local baseball court or a park as it involves some high-energy action. Before the party, fill a baseball with either pink or blue color powder (tie it loosely so that it breaks when hit with a bat). Ask the father of the baby to stand with a bat, while the mother would throw the ball. As the bat hits the ball, the color breaks out revealing the gender.
5. Gender revealing pinata
Pinata has been a party favorite forever. Design a pinata of the couple’s favorite shape or animal and fill it with blue or pink confetti. The couple can then hit the pinata to reveal the gender.
6. Treasure hunt
This will be an exciting gender-reveal idea, but keep it short and sweet so that the mother doesn’t get tired. Before the start of the party, plant some gender clues in the couple’s house or backyard. When the party starts, ask the couple to enter the place and follow the clues.
7. All-in-one gender-reveal idea
If you are not sure whether the couple likes balloons, confetti or a pinata, then combine all of them. Hang a softbox stuffed with confetti and balloons, ask the couple to pull the string and open the box to let out the big secret. Do not forget to capture the perfect moment.
8. Balloon pop
Another fun gender-reveal idea is to fill a giant balloon with blue or pink-colored confetti and ask the couple to stand beneath the balloon. On the count of three, pop the balloon to let the couple know if it is a boy or a girl.
9. Party decoration idea
For this to be a success, the hosts must be careful the couple doesn’t step inside the party place until the time of the party. Decorate the place with the blue or pink theme as per the gender of the baby. Blindfold the couple, take them into the room, remove the blinds, and yell, “Congratulations it a baby boy/girl” after they see the decoration.
10. The surprise box
Fill a box with everything, such as cookies, candy, booties, outfits, etc., in blue or pink and ask the couple to open it. They will be thrilled to find out their baby’s gender this way.
11. Shoot the balloon idea
Fill a black or white colored balloon with blue or pink-colored water and hang it freely. Ask the couple to shoot the balloon with a bow and arrow to burst the balloon and reveal the gender. Hang the balloon as low as possible so that the water doesn’t spill on everybody. This idea is good if you are having an outdoor party.
12. Surprise box
In this cute gender reveal idea, a big box is decorated in pink and blue wrapping paper and is stuffed with pink helium balloons if it is a girl and blue balloons if it is a boy. As soon as the couple opens the box, balloons fly away revealing the gender. Try this in an open place.
13. Silly string spray cans idea
This idea is fun for the couple as well as the hosts. Buy some pink or blue string cans and cover them with white paper to keep the color a secret. Now, as soon as the couple enters the room, spray the color on them to reveal the gender. However, spray just a bit and not on their face.
14. Water gun
If you do not mind cleaning up a little mess, then this is the idea for you. Fill paint guns with blue or pink non-toxic color water. Instruct the couple to come in all white clothes. Hand over the guns to each guest and all of you spray it on the couple. We are sure the couple will be more than thrilled, but make sure you do not spray it in their eyes.
15. Splashing colors
Make sure you are using natural colors. Ask the couple to come dressed in white clothes and make them stand at the center. Give all the guests either blue or pink colors, and on the count of three, ask them to throw it on the couple. Capture the excitement of the couple as they get thrilled to know if it is a boy or a girl.
Gender-reveal Ideas For Guests
If you came to know the gender of your baby and want to surprise your family and friends, then these ideas are for you.
16. Color-coordinated outfits
Make a grand entrance to the party wearing blue or pink outfits, and welcome your guests, thus revealing the gender of the baby.
17. Scratch cards
Distribute scratch cards, which, upon scratching, would reveal the gender of the baby. Alternatively, you can get a giant scratch card made and get the guests to scratch it. They can guess or bet over the correct answer while they are scratching the card.
18. A sweet surprise
Bake some cupcakes filled with blue or pink icing on the inside. Add a dollop of white icing on the top and decorate it with a question mark. Serve one cupcake each for all your guests and ask them to take a bite to find out if it’s a boy or a girl.
19. Gender-reveal photoshoot
Have a photoshoot with both of you holding pink and blue balloons and use these for your party invitations. At the party, ask the guests to guess the gender. While they guess, reveal another portrait of both of you holding either a pink or a blue balloon.
20. Name suggestions idea
Arrange two glass jars, one labeled boy and the other girl. Ask the guests to drop name suggestions for girls and boys in the respective jar. At the end of the party, reveal the baby’s gender and read all the name suggestions from the jar.
21. Pop-the-belly idea
Write the gender of your baby (boy or girl) on a small paper, put it in one of the balloons and blow it. Secure it on a wooden board along with a few other empty blown balloons. Ask the guests to pop the balloons and see who pops the balloon, which reveals the gender.
22. Bath bombs
Fill a glass jar or a bathtub with water. When you want to reveal the gender, throw in a blue or pink bath bomb for the guests to know the gender of the baby. However, warn your guests beforehand that they are going to get wet. They might want to bring a spare dress!
23. Gender-reveal punch
Your guests will be able to know the gender once you start serving them the drink, which could be pink lemonade or blue Hawaiian punch.
24. Lashes or mustaches
As the guests enter the party, ask them to choose lashes or mustache props and ask them to hold them until the gender is revealed. Once revealed, the guests who guessed right would get a gift.
This is a unique idea to tell your family and friends if it’s a boy or a girl. Gather friends and family around and light blue or pink fireworks.
26. Mystery drink mix
Serve each guest a mystery drink-mix packet and a water bottle. Ask all the guests to mix the drink in their glasses. The color of the drink will reveal the gender.
27. Color changing straws
This is a cool last-minute gender reveal idea. Buy some color-changing straws and hand them to the guests. All the guests must dip the straws in their drinks at once to reveal the gender of the baby.
28. Fortune cookies
Make fortune cookies filled with a slip of paper, which says ‘It’s a boy’ or ‘It’s a girl’. Distribute the cookies to the guests and ask them to break the cookie all at once.
This is an exciting way to build up some suspense among your guests. Create a series of questions, which would ultimately lead to the baby’s gender. Print the questions on A4 sheets and stack them in order. Distribute the sheets to your guests and let them answer to know the gender of the baby.
30. Hershey’s idea
Buy Hershey’s bar for all the guests. Color the letters ‘He’ if it’s a boy and ‘She’ if it’s a girl and wrap the bars in a white paper. Distribute them to the guests and ask them to unwrap all at a time.
31. Baby furniture idea
If you have an old dresser which needs a makeover, then use it as a gender-reveal idea. Give each guest a can of spray paint while concealing the color. Ask them to spray paint the old dresser and find out the gender of the baby.
Gender Revealing Ideas For Siblings
If the yet-to-arrive baby has an elder brother or sister, then they can help you in revealing the gender of the baby. Below are a few ideas for that.
32. Siblings gender-reveal idea
Dress the sibling in a blue or pink t-shirt which says big sister or big brother and let them stroll in the party. The guests will get the clue.
33. Volcano idea
The older siblings will be excited to find out whether it will be a baby sister or a brother. Make a papier-mache volcano and fill it with water, vinegar, dish detergent, and blue or pink food coloring. When it is time, ask the siblings to add baking soda for the volcano to erupt and reveal the gender.
34. Gender-reveal photograph
You can also break the news to your family and friends through a gender-revealing photograph where the sibling can hold pink or blue booties. Use this picture for the invitation of your baby shower.
35. Photo with props
You can also use props like mustaches and bows to reveal the gender of the baby. Have a photograph clicked with all the men in the family holding the mustache props and women holding a bow. The sibling would hold a mustache or a bow, thus revealing the gender of the baby.
Twin Gender-reveal Ideas
Welcoming a baby is the most beautiful moment in life, but when you are having twins, then it is double the excitement and happiness. Here are a few ideas to announce the gender if you or the parents-to-be are going to have twins.
36. Gender-reveal with a twist
This idea might look plain but is not. Take a large carton and paint it in blue and pink colors. Place two smaller boxes filled with blue or pink color papers and blue or pink baby clothes. Next, stuff the carton with white balloons and a No. 2 helium balloon. As soon as the couple opens the box, the No. 2 balloon would fly out. The couple would then open the smaller boxes to reveal the gender of the twins.
37. Double surprises
Pack two carton boxes with blue or pink balloons. Label the boxes with Baby A and Baby B. The couple can open the boxes together or one each.
When there is a baby on the way, everything and anything could be a reason to party. These gender-reveal parties are an exciting way to tell if you are welcoming a prince or a princess into your kingdom. The presence of family and friends makes it more memorable.
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