Gender Reveal Party

We hosted our gender reveal party at our house this past Sunday.  Our families traveled from all over the state and from two other states to be there to celebrate with us.  It was great having both sides of our families together– something that hasn’t happened since our wedding nearly 3 years ago.

I’ll warn you: this post is photo heavy.  So get your scrolling finger ready.  But don’t scroll too fast– take it all in.

gender reveal party

I started prepping for the party about a month in advance– starting with the invitations.  I found this invitation on Etsy and used it as my inspiration for the paper products for the party.  My friend, Erin, tweaked the design to make it look how I wanted it to and also helped make other paper products (signs and food label tents) for the party based off of the invitation.  I had the invitations printed onto card stock (2 invites per page).  I cut them out and mailed them in 5×7 envelopes I bought at JoAnn Fabric.

The buffet was the focal point of the party.  I wanted there to be a pink side and blue side so I made the fabric backdrop to hang behind the buffet.  I also made blue and pink tissue paper poms, onesie cut out cookies, and chocolate cake pops.  And the gender reveal cake went in the middle.

gender reveal

The cake was decorated to match the paper products.  Which worked out perfectly with my inspiration cake from Christina’s gender reveal.

gender reveal party cake

gender reveal party dessert bar

blue cake pops

blue onesie cookies

pink gender reveal dessert bar

onesie cut out cookies

I decorated the dining room table with tissue paper poms.  I also made some circle paper garland and hung it in our pass through that goes to the kitchen.

gender reveal party decorations

gender reveal party centerpiece

blue and pink paper garland

Our entryway table is where I set up the welcome station.  I used Ikea frames to display the Old Wives’ Tale print, “Blue or pink, what do you think?” print, sonogram photos of the nugget, and blue bow tie and pink bow pins.  My friend, Jacque, helped me with the paper cut outs for the pins (tutorial coming soon).  My best friend, Natalie, showed up the evening before the party with a bouquet of tulips and a bouquet of baby’s breath.  I think the baby’s breath looked great on the entryway table– it was also fitting.

gender reveal party welcome table

Guests were instructed to wear their guesses.

gender reveal party 2

Before our guests left, I put extra onesie cut-out cookies out on the entryway table for them to take home as favors.  The cellophane bags the cookies were packaged in were the same bags I used to package the cookie favors from our wedding.  It pays to hoard.

gender reveal party favors

Since the party was at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, we offered light refreshments.  One of our friends is the COO of a local catering company, Black Plate Catering, so I asked if he could provide some of the food (I paid him, obviously).  If you live in the Indy area check them out– the food is amazing.  He prepared some of the my favorites: dilled chicken salad, sun-dried tomato dip, creamy basil dip, feta ranch dip, and an awesome cheese and fruit tray.  My aunt made meatballs and spinach dip and Brad’s aunt prepared a veggie tray.

food

cheese and fruit tray

For drinks, we had pink lemonade, blue punch, water, and wine (not pictured).  I also put out pink and blue paper straws and Sharpies (so people could write their names on their cups).

gender reveal party drink station

In case you’re wondering where everything came from, here’s the source list.

cake:  Confectioneiress Cupcakes & Sweets

cake stand:  Macy’s (wedding gift)

fabric backdrop:  made by me

tissue paper poms:  made by me

cake pops:  made by me

onesie cut out cookies:  made by me

onesie cookie cutter:  Dash and Dollop

paper bow ties and bows:  made by me with help from Jacque

white picture frames:  Ikea

food:  Black Plate Catering, my aunt, Brad’s aunt

white serve ware:  Bed Bath and Beyond (wedding gifts)

paper plates, napkins, and cups:  Walmart

pink paper straws:  HomeGoods

blue paper straws:  Amazon.com

drink dispensers:  Kirkland’s

I think everyone had a good time at the party.  They seemed happy when they left.  Brad and I had a fun time catching up with family members and celebrating our nugget boy.

I will say, this preggo was beat once the last person walked out the door.

Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Party

Comments

  1. Valerie says

    Looks great! Congratulations!! Any tips for making those poms! Yours came out great! I’m trying to make some for a wedding shower but am feeling intimidated.

    • says

      Thanks! I’m most likely going to do a tutorial on how I made mine. Hopefully I get it posted before your wedding shower. My biggest tip for first-timers is to find a YouTube video on how to make them so you can see it in action.

  2. Lisa says

    Everything looks lovely, but I can’t help but wonder why you didn’t order the invitations directly from the Etsy seller instead? It seems wrong to copy the design like that.

    • says

      Thanks! I didn’t order them from the seller because they weren’t exactly what I wanted (different wording and fonts) and I wanted to do more paper products using the invitation as the basis. I link to the seller in the post so others can order from the seller if they’d like to do so, so it’s not like I’m trying to be sneaky about it. If I was trying to be sneaky I wouldn’t have linked to her at all. It’s kind of the same idea as why didn’t I order my cake from the baker who made my inspiration cake.

  3. says

    Chelsea! This is seriously the most amazing gender reveal party I have EVER seen!!! Bravo, friend! And a HUGE congrats on a bouncing baby BOY!!!! So excited for y’all! xo

  4. says

    What an incredible party! I’m kind of tired just thinking about all the work you put into it . . . but you did a beautiful job. So excited for you and Brad and your little boy!
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    • says

      Hah! I was kind of tired just thinking about all the work I did. I kept saying to Brad, “Well, at least I won’t have to do this again for another year for the first birthday party.” I don’t know how party planners do it.

  5. mary says

    just wondering.. I thought I read you wanted to be surprised at the party also, so did you somehow tell the baker what color to make the inside of the cake without yourself knowing what color it should be?

    • says

      My doctor’s office gave us a sealed envelope with the nugget’s sex written inside. We gave the envelope to the baker who colored the icing to match the sex. So we didn’t know the sex until we cut into the cake.

  6. Lori says

    Everything looked very nice! I still chuckle to myself at how different things are nowadays compared to when we were having babies! Our gender reveal was a doctor in the delivery room yelling “It’s a >>>” and then dad running out of the room to tell the family, and they ran to find a pay phone and 10 cents to make a call to grandma, who then called Aunt Mabel, who called Cousin Ted….well you get the idea! LOLOL!!

  7. Robin Anders says

    So cute! One of the best reveal decor I have seen. You worked hard and it payed off, I am sure your guest had a great time. Congrats on you son!

  8. says

    Seriously, this is perfection. I absolutely love everything. My gender reveal is May 4th and while I live in Florida, I would be interested to know more about purchasing the pom poms and fabric banner. :)

    Congratulations on your baby boy! He’s going to be so well loved!

  9. says

    WOW! I gotta say I recently ran into your bridal blog (Our wedding is 4/26/14 eek!) and I have loved going through your posts as a stress reliever. Congratulations on your little bundle of joy. God bless! -EM

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