Have you heard of the gender reveal party fad? In the past couple years, it seems like there has been a surge of people hosting gender reveal parties! I’m not normally one to jump on bandwagons, but I wanted to do something special and different for baby number 3! I thought a gender reveal would be the perfect way to share our excitement and celebrate our newest little one with people who are dear to us.
So we decided to find out the baby’s gender at the same time as our guests. Our ultrasound technician put the two most important photos of our baby in an envelope (which she sealed and STAPLED shut!! Do I not look trustworthy??). I was intently watching the ultrasound the entire time, but…I still had no idea what we were having when we left the hospital.
I drove to my cake lady’s house and dropped off our precious envelope.
She then made us this adorable cake, which she layered with pink or blue icing inside. We weren’t sure which. And no matter how much I texted her that night, she wouldn’t give me a single darn hint!
I went home and got to work decorating the house, mostly with repurposed decor we had laying around already. I had also made a trip to the Dollar Tree earlier in the week for pink and blue paper ware and balloons and glow sticks for the kids. 🙂
I made a couple signs that night…one for the front door…
And one I hung in the kitchen.
I made a quick, easy garland with pink and blue ribbons from my craft stash. I used mini binder clips to hang our ultrasound pics (All but the ones with the “parts”.)
I decorated our dining room table with a pink sparkly piece of material from JoAnn Fabrics and a blue polka dot table runner.
I used a blue, antique cut glass bowl and put pink Good N Plentys in it. My girls and I enjoyed eating all the white ones. 🙂
I love using photos for decorating at parties…so on the dining room table, I put photos of me and my husband while dating/engaged, a photo of us with our first baby, and a photo with our second. In front of the frames, I formed a question mark with heart rhinestones I picked up at the Dollar Tree. I don’t know if my guests picked up on the symbolism, but it made me happy. 🙂
I got to work early the next morning painting these pumpkins my mom gave me. I didn’t want my girls insisting on “helping” me, haha! These were not only cute decorations, but they also made cute photo props later on!
I incorporated the big question on everyone’s mind in our refreshment layout. 🙂
Finally, at 6:30pm, the day after we’d had our ultrasound, it was time to party! I was 98% sure that a third little girl would be joining our family…we have a total of 6 girls in the family on my husband’s side. None of Hubby’s siblings have had a boy, so what are the chances we would? Our friends were cheering and laughing, calling out their gender predictions as I sliced into the cake. The moment had arrived!
And to my absolute shock, it was BLUE! I was speechless. I couldn’t stop staring at those blue layers.
Moments later, I’m still staring at the cake wondering, “How can this be?”. But my four year old simply shrugged, “I knew it was a boy!”. And somehow she did…she has stuck to her belief for months now.
Date night on the night after the party, I was officially 21 weeks. And the blue pumpkin makes for an adorable photo prop! Love my little man already!
If you’re planning a gender reveal party, check out my Reveal Party board on Pinterest!