I was going to start this post with something like, “Well, let’s talk about something that doesn’t make us all feel grown-up beyond belief: PARTIES.” But then I remembered that the purpose of the party I want to discuss is to announce the gender of my friends’ baby. So…let’s talk about something that makes us feel grown-up beyond belief AND is super fun!

So remember the gender reveal party for my friend Megan I’ve mentioned a few times? Well, it was on Sunday.

{the parents-to-be}

If you’ve never heard of a gender reveal party (first, don’t feel bad; they’ve only picked up in popularity over the last year or so), it’s when the couple has the doctor put the gender of their baby in an envelope, and then they give it to someone who plans an event around announcing the results. Some couples will hire a photographer and open a box with either pink or blue balloons in it, and some people have a pink or blue cake made that they then cut into during the party. We went for that option.

And it went just about as well as I could have hoped for. Here’s a break-down of the evening.

How I Decorated

I’m convinced that the key to successful party decor is simply picking a color palette and sticking with it. For Megan’s party, I chose the very gender-neutral palette of black, white, and red. (Don’t think red is gender neutral? Here’s a fun fact for you: Nine times out of ten, when a guy lives alone and wants to add something decor-y to his apartment, he’ll paint a red accent wall. I have no idea why, but this seems to be the go-to.)(I made up that stat, but seriously; dudes love red accent walls.)

Here’s what we started with:

And here are a few detail shots of how I jazzed the place up:

{treat table}

{baby name suggestions}

{place your bets!}

Another motif I used was chalkboards. Everyone voted for whether they thought Baby E was going to be a boy or a girl, there was a chalkboard for the photo booth, and I used mini tags I had painted with chalkboard paint to label the food.

What We Ate

Speaking of food, there was plenty available at the party. Because we had invited about 30-35 people, Megan and I agreed it would be better to keep the party food to appetizers and desserts, along with a few choice drinks. (Click the links for recipes if you’re interested!)

There was a champagne punch:

A non-alcoholic “Megan Punch“:

S’mores bars (Which, it has to be said, might possibly be the greatest thing I have ever eaten. Seriously. Make these now.):

Joey even got in on the excitement and whipped up his first baking adventure ever with these No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars (he subbed in white chocolate chips for the regular chocolate chips because he doesn’t like chocolate…I know, he’s weird), which were also amazing:

And, of course, the cake, complete with homemade buttercream frosting. (I skipped the sprinkles in the cake recipe and added food coloring to dye the inside.)

I created the sprinkle heart on top by cutting a heart out of a piece of paper, laying the outline on the cake, pouring sprinkles in the opening, and then removing the paper.

There were also quite a few other treats contributed by party guests:

There really weren’t any treats that weren’t loved by all, so I can highly recommend all the recipes.

What We Did

A gender reveal party is a little different from a baby shower in that there’s less organization to it. Basically, I just looked at it as a little party where we happened to cut a cake near the end. For the first hour, when they weren’t eating, people would leave their votes for what the baby would be, suggest silly or serious baby names, and pose in our DIY photobooth (if you thought the baby was going to be a boy, you wore the hat and mustache; if you thought it was a girl, you wore the bow):

I thought about organizing a game or something, but in hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t. Everyone seemed to be fine with catching up and relaxing until the big moment.

Because the party started at seven on a Sunday night, I planned to have the cake cutting at eight. (Just enough time for everyone to arrive, but not so late that people who had to work the next day would be irritated.)

When the big moment came, Megan and her husband Bill cut the cake, and…

It’s a boy!

I could not be more excited for them — they are seriously going to be the best parents. Plus, I’m SO glad I don’t have to hold that secret in anymore!

Love you SO much, B+M! Can’t wait to meet your little man 🙂

Have any of you ever planned/attended one of these parties? What did you think? Personally, I think it’s such a great way to celebrate that moment (while still giving Type A people like me time to plan for the baby), but I know some people prefer to keep it a surprise. Share your thoughts in the comments!

4 Responses to How to: Plan a Baby Gender Reveal Party

  • Marsha says:

    Your gender reveal party sounded and looked wonderful! Especially loved your DIY Photo Booth! Great and fun idea – even something you could add to baby’s book so he/she could see how they were celebrated one day when old enough.

    Getting ready to have one for my daughter & husband (2nd baby). Thought would be a way to bring some excitement and way to celebrate the second child since it seems everyone does more with the first! 🙂

    Your ideas were so helpful! Also, do you have the recipe for the caprese bites? They looked yummy! Thanks so much…

    • Justine Lorelle says:

      Hi Marsha! I’m so glad you found my ideas helpful. I don’t have the exact recipe for the caprese bites, but here is one that I’m sure you could work off of.

      Hope that helps!

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