The big question: are we having a boy or a girl?
2018 will be a year to remember and cherish. It’s the year I’ve been blessed with my first pregnancy. I think from the moment we found out we are expecting, which was in June (my birthday month and our anniversary month), the thought of what might be the gender of our baby started to stir our minds and hearts. We decided we wanted to find out the gender after we have successfully completed our first trimester and embarked on the second phase of pregnancy. The waiting and anticipation was killing me, but this pregnancy process has been absolutely surreal and precious. After five months of patiently waiting, we decided to host a small gathering to share the special moment of reveal with few of our family and friends. My husband really wanted to host an at-home dinner with a few family members, but I got carried away.
*To respect our guests privacy, I'm not adding any guest images.
The Gender Reveal Song
The first thing my husband started to do is compile a list of gender reveal songs to play during the event. We’d listen to it in the morning, at night, on our drive to the stores, and think of our baby and what it might be. A boy or a girl? Whoever the baby maybe, we’d be just as excited and love him or her just the same. One of the songs I found myself listening to day and night was “Who’s my pretty baby” by Elizabeth Mitchell. There were a lot of baby shower songs my husband complied and we listened to them quite often.
There are many gender reveal themes out there, but we simply went with a color theme. The gender reveal is probably the only time we choose to go with blue as the color of reveal to keep things simple. We, otherwise, prefer not associating a specific color to a gender. We kept the invite neutral with gray, black, white, and a dash of yellow. I hand-painted each card with a floral design, wrapped with a piece of ribbon, and sealed with a wax seal.
The Gender Reveal Decoration
We kept the decor very simple and gender neutral since it was a party we wanted to host for our families to have them share in the moment with us. My husband and I did most of the planning and setup ourselves with help of a few family members and friends. In other words, you can say it was a DIY event with family and a few friends. He was absolutely amazing in dragging all the heavy stuff across the road to a different building, and set it all up himself. I’m lucky I have a partner who bares with my desire to throw private parties that end up requiring a boatload of work. The decor that he was really excited to set up was a balloon wall/photo-booth. He saw a YouTube video and wanted to just have some fun, putting together a balloon garland for the first time.
The Gender Reveal
We had a gathering of about thirty people, and hosted the party in our apartment entertainment room. When my husband and I talked about how we want to have the gender revealed, I wanted a simple confetti-balloon pop. My husband, on the other hand, was pretty set on a cake. He thought the balloon might be too risky. I didn’t want to dismiss his wishes, so I thought… why not both! I’ll pop the balloon and he can cut the cake simultaneously. Thank goodness we did both, because one of the reveal ideas (ok, my gender reveal idea ) was hilariously a flop, and the most delicious cake came to rescue!
What happened with the balloon you may ask? We took our balloons, confetti, and sealed envelope from the doctor to Party City to have it blown. When we popped it at the party, we realized that Party City made a mistake and mixed the colors. We knew this much that we had one baby in the oven. I would’ve been pretty upset if we didn’t have the cake as well, and had to wait until the weekday to call the doctor and find out.
Since we had a backup plan, my family and I found the continuing suspense hilarious and cut the cake with much anticipation to find out the gender. Life is too short to take things too seriously, especially when it worked out just fine with the gender reveal cake being the main attraction and disclosing the news.
The vanilla cake with white buttercream frosting was so perfect and delicious. Some of our guests are still raving about it. Thanks to my friend Voula from Blue Lace Cakes.
It’s a boy!
The Importance of Gender Reveal Party
A gender reveal party is absolutely not necessary. If you want to throw a party and share the news, go for it. If you choose to keep it a secret, you absolutely should! If you want to have a more intimate moment with the parents and siblings only, that’s perfect as well. Not all parties have to be elaborate and perfect. Almost always there is something that doesn’t go according to plan and that’s okay. Not every party you throw needs to be Instagram worthy or Pinterest worthy, especially when you are just trying to share a special moment with your family. The news itself is the big event. It’s about the people who surround you, the partner who stand by you, the family that supports you, and the new adventure that awaits you. Do what feels right for you and your family. We can’t wait to meet our baby boy, and have him meet our families and friends as well.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Gender Reveal Party Supplies:
Pipe and Drape: Beau Decors
Cake: Blue Lace Cakes
Banner & Florals: Nusfolio