How To Host And Plan A Memorable Gender Reveal Party

Pregnant mom at her gender reveal party

Is it a boy or a girl? At gender reveal parties, the guests (and sometimes the parents as well!) wait eagerly to learn the answer to that question. When a box full of blue balloons bursts open or a pink-filled cake is cut, friends and family exclaim and celebrate.

Finding out whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl is an exciting moment! Why not share the joy with those closest to you by throwing a gender reveal party?

Here at Newton Baby, we’ve made a guide to help you plan a great gender reveal party. Stick around to figure out the who, what, when, where, and how of throwing this sort of celebration!

How To Plan A Gender Reveal Party

1) Schedule Your Ultrasound

Pregnant woman having her ultrasound before gender reveal parties

Needless to say, in order to throw a gender reveal party, you’ll need to have an ultrasound to find out if the bun in your oven is a boy or a girl! You can do this during your second trimester — around 18 or 20 weeks.

2) Decide Who Will Be Surprised

Once you’ve scheduled your ultrasound, decide who will be surprised at the gender reveal party — you and your guests or only your guests.

If you want to wait and be surprised right along with your guests, ask the doctor or ultrasound technician not to tell you what they find when you go for your ultrasound. Instead, have them write the gender of the baby on a piece of paper and slip it into an envelope for safekeeping.

3) Pick A Date, Time, And Place

When it comes to picking a date for your gender reveal party, it might be best not to plan it for right after your ultrasound.

If the baby isn’t in the right position, there’s a chance that the ultrasound may not show whether it’s a boy or a girl. In that case, you’ll have to go back a different day for another ultrasound.

Where you host the party is totally up to you. Depending on how many people you want to invite and the atmosphere you want to create, your home, a friend’s house, or an event venue will all do the trick!

Settle on a date, time, and place so that you can be ready to send out invitations.

4) Choose A Theme

decoration idea with ships for gender reveal parties

Before you send invitations, go ahead and pick a theme. That way, you can incorporate the theme into your invitations.

This is your party, so anything goes! If simple is your style, go with neutral colors and whatever decorations you want. Or let pink-and-blue be your theme and deck everything out in both colors.

If you want a more unique theme, consider one of these:

  • Ties or tutus?
  • Team girl/team boy (great for sports fans!)
  • Prince or princess?
  • Moustache or lips?
  • Staches or lashes? (Moustaches and eyelashes)
  • Waddle it be? (Duck decorations, anyone?)
  • What will it bee? (Think bumblebees and honeycombs)

5) Send Invitations

Send electronic invitations or head to the post office with old-fashioned cards and stamps. Either way, be sure to include all of the information your guests need on the invitation.

Depending on the crowd you’re inviting, it may be helpful to include a short explanation of what a gender reveal party is or what you’ll be doing at yours.

Since gender reveal parties are a relatively new tradition, some of your guests may have never experienced one.

In your invitation, you’ll also need to let guests know if they should wear anything special. Sometimes the host asks the guests to come dressed in pink or blue to show whether they think baby is a boy or a girl.

As far as gifts, what should you expect? Good question.

Do Guests Bring Gifts To Gender Reveal Parties?

Usually, the gender reveal party is separate from baby showers, so it’s not typical to give gifts.

But there are really no rules for gender reveal parties. So, if you want to combine it with your baby shower, just let your guests know and include your baby registry information on the invitation.

If you go this route, your guests will need to bring gender-neutral gifts. Make sure you put plenty of gender-neutral items on your registry.

baby sleeping on a Newton Baby crib mattress

Consider adding Newton Baby’s breathable Crib Mattress in white or gray, our organic cotton sheets in a neutral pattern, or our organic swaddles that can be used for a little boy or a little girl.

6) Prepare The Games

Some people don’t enjoy party games, but if you do, opt for games that will get everyone even more excited about finding out if you’re expecting a boy or girl.

For example, hold a guess-the-gender raffle or have everyone guess your favorite boy and girl names from a list. Prizes for the winner make games like this even more fun!

You could also frame a photo of your ultrasound and have guests play doctor and take a guess at the gender. Laughter guaranteed!

7) Plan The Food And Drinks

food and drinks at a gender reveal party

Mmm, time for the yummy part! First, decide if you’ll be serving a meal or simply appetizers, desserts, or drinks.

Then get creative! If you’ve chosen a theme, serve food and drinks that go along with it, like cookies shaped like mustaches, lips, or sports jerseys.

And, of course, if your theme is pink and blue, the possibilities are endless — pink and blue deviled eggs, popcorn, cake pops, or strawberries and blueberries.

8) Plan The Reveal

It’s time for you and your guests to find out if you’re expecting a boy or a girl. This is the most important moment of the party. After all, it’s why your guests have come!

There are lots of cute ways to spill the beans. Here are a few of our favorites.

1) Break A Piñata

Break a pink- or blue-stuffed piñata open in front of your guests. Have someone else fill the piñata if you want to be surprised as well.

2) Cut A Cake

cake at a gender reveal party

Every party needs a cake, right? Order a cake that’s pink or blue on the inside but neutral on the outside. Slice into the delicious dessert when you’re ready to find out if it’s a boy or girl!

3) Eat Cake Pops

If you want to serve cake but want all of your guests to be able to join in on the big moment, opt for pink- or blue-filled cake pops instead of one large cake. Three… two… one… bite!

4) Eat A Fortune Cookie

This is another way to get your guests in on the fun. Order personalized fortune cookies for everyone to discover what your future holds!

5) Open A Box Filled With Balloons

Fill a large box with pink or blue helium balloons (or both for twins!). When you’re ready for the reveal, open the box and watch the balloons fly!

6) Play Darts

See who’s got the best aim with a game of gender-reveal darts! Fill balloons with pink or blue paint, hang them up on a canvas (or something similar), and have at it.

7) Play Football

For a sports-themed party, purchase a pink- or blue-filled football (or baseball, golf ball, etc.) Sports fans will love throwing or punting an exploding football to find out if it’s pink or blue inside!

8) Go On A Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a fun and interactive way for adults and kids alike to get involved! Follow the clues to find out if a baby boy or baby girl is on the way.

9) Decorate

When the day arrives, you’ll decorate and set out food, games, and the like. Start well in advance in case you need a break to put your feet up and rest for a few minutes.

Your second trimester might have you feeling good, but you still need to take care of yourself!

10) Enjoy The Party

couple enjoying a gender reveal party

Everything’s ready to go and guests are arriving! Now is the time to welcome all your friends and family, enjoy the time together, and find out if your precious little one is a boy or girl. How exciting!

Make the most of the moment and don’t forget to document it on camera.

Get Ready To Welcome Your Little Boy Or Girl

Take the stress out of party planning by following our 10 steps for throwing your gender reveal party. But we’ll let you in on a secret — the party is only the beginning of the fun!

Knowing if your baby is a boy or a girl opens up lots of possibilities for decorating their nursery, buying cute baby things, and preparing your home for their arrival!

It’s time to outfit your baby’s room with the necessities (like a crib, crib mattress, and sheets) and stock up on all the baby essentials, like bottles, swaddles, and diapers.

Enjoy what’s left of your pregnancy as the anticipation builds toward welcoming your new little girl or little boy into your home and family!

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