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What Is A Gender Reveal Party, Anyway?

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What Is A Gender Reveal Party? A Step By Step Guide

In short, a “gender reveal party” is a party or gathering of friends and family to “reveal” the gender of the new baby. Sometimes, the gender reveal is a surprise to the expecting parents as well.  The idea is to reveal and celebrate the upcoming birth.

A gender reveal party is often part of the baby shower, but it can certainly be separate.

Gender reveal parties are extremely popular amongst expecting parents.  They can be quite fantastic, actually. There are all kinds of really amazing ways to “reveal” the new baby’s gender.

For your convenience, the post has been categorized as follows:

  1. Where to begin if you’re planning a gender reveal party;
  2. Choose a gender reveal theme;
  3. Get your gender reveal invitations;
  4. Create intrigue at the party;
  5. Be ready to take lots of photos;
  6. The grand reveal.

Step 1: A Gender Reveal Party – How It All Begins

The process generally begins with the expectant couple going for an ultrasound to determine the baby’s gender.

If you want to be surprised along with friends and family, the ultrasound tech will write the baby’s gender on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. This envelope usually goes to the baby shower host, who will then make the necessary “reveal” arrangements. (Lots of gender reveal ideas below.)

Step 2: Choose From Several Gender Reveal Party Themes

There are tons of themes to choose from, and within each theme, you can be as creative as you like. Here are just a few gender reveal party themes and unique gender reveal ideas.

Waddle It Be?

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What Will It Bee?

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Ties Or Tutus?

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, How I Wonder What You Are?

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Stashes or Lashes

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Buck or Doe

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Pink or Blue? We love You

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Wheels or Heels

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 Prince or Princess

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Other fun gender reveal party themes:

  • Little Mister or Little Sister
  • Quarterback or Cheerleader
  • Mr or Ms/ He or She/ Little He or Little She
  • Riffles or Ruffles
  • Pistols or Pearls
  • Guns or Glitter
  • Bow Ties Or Bows?

Step 3: Gender Reveal Invitations

You’ve picked out a theme. Next, you will want to let your guests know that you are planning a gender reveal party. The best way to do this is with adorable invitations.

Some parents-to-be choose to add extra gender reveal wording into their invitations. If you are so inclined, here is a link to tons and tons of baby shower invitation wording.

Here are a few cute examples from Minted.com:

gender reveal invitations

Gender Reveal Invitations from Minted.com

Step 4: Gender Reveal Party Ideas – Create Intrigue

Keeping the guests “guessing” is a fun way to keep the mystery going until the big reveal. The guests enjoy this, and it’s a fun way to incorporate the theme.

There are many cute little things that you can do. Here are a few popular examples:

gender reveal ideas oreos

You could take regular oreo cookies, and dip them into pink and blue frosting, then sprinkle it. This is a fun, delicious and easy gender reveal idea.


baby gender reveal party ideas

Baby shower guests could cast their vote on what they think baby’s gender will be.


pink and blue baby shower punch for gender reveal party

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Baby shower punch is a tradition at many baby showers. You could use it to keep the intrigue going by making a batch of pink and blue punch. All you would need are two large mason jar drink dispensers, and the drinks below. They’re really easy to make too. Add all the ingredients for each drink into your drink dispensers, stir, and you’re done.

Blue Punch: 1 Large Can of Pineapple Juice; 2 Liter Bottle of Sprite®; Blue Hawaiian Punch®; Ice Cubes

Pink Punch: 1 Large Can of Pineapple Juice; 2 Liter Bottle of Ginger Ale; Raspberry Sherbet; Ice Cubes


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These pink and blue pretzels are fairly easy to make. All you will need are pretzels of your choice, Pink Wilton chocolate melts and Blue Wilton chocolate melts. Melt each color separately in a double boiler, then dip the pretzels. Lay them on a piece of parchment paper. If you like, you could sprinkle them with candy pearls while the chocolate is still warm.


pink and blue icecream for gender reveal party

The “cotton candy” flavor of Blue Bell Ice Cream, is another favorite at gender reveal parties.


gender reveal hersheys bars

Hershey bars are fun and easy too.  In the image above, they used pink and blue glitter but you could also use pink and blue permanent markers to make the job a lot easier and mess-free.

Step 5: Take Lots of Photos At Your Gender Reveal Party

The gender reveal party is a special day for the parents and their families. If you are hosting, be sure to make arrangements to have the event documented.

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You could get a professional photographer and/or videographer, or just ask certain guests to take photos. Ask them to stay close to the parents, grandparents and new aunts and uncles because their expressions would be priceless, and the most important to document.

Step 6: The Grand Reveal

This is the best part of a gender reveal party!

There are plenty of ways to do the big reveal. Below are some of the most popular gender reveal ideas.

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How FUN! As you can see from the above images, the big and truly unique gender reveal idea is to fill water guns with watered down blue or pink paint, count down from 10 and then splatter the couple.

It’s a surprise for everyone because the water guns should be the kind where you can’t see through it. Also, to continue the disguise, the host should splatter the outside of the water guns with both pink and blue paint, so no one can tell what the color is inside.

If you plan to do this, make sure:

  • the paint is watered down;
  • the water guns should not be see-through;
  • the water guns should have holes big enough for you to pour the paint in.

ties or tutus gender reveal

This gender reveal is fairly easy to pull off. As the host, all you would need to do is put pink or blue (helium filled) balloons in a box, and be ready to get as many photos as you can.


gender reveal ball

Available from Etsy. This one is really simple to pull off too. All you do is buy the ball, mom or dad throws it up in the air, and SURPRISE!


gender reveal party ideas

Available from Etsy. This one is similar to the above, but with a favorite sports. There are quite a few choices for gender reveal: football, baseball, basketball, golf, etc.


gender reveal confetti cannon

A gender reveal confetti cannon is a lot of fun for everyone!


simple gender reveal ideas

Click here for complete and easy instructions on how to make this gender reveal cake.


gender reveal cake

This is a classic gender reveal cake – see instructions here.


Or if you prefer baby shower cupcakes…

baby boy gender reveal idea

These are cookie dough M&M truffles. They are easy to make – with full instructions here.  You can also get your baby blue or baby pink M&M’s here.


Note From The Author

What is a gender reveal party? I hope this post was very helpful in answering that question for you.

I had so much fun putting it together but I was also sure to not put on mascara because I get very teary when I see that joy new parents experience when they first find out the gender of their baby. It is a truly amazing feeling and it’s equally wonderful to observe!

My favorite part is the Big Reveal. Looking at these images never fail to put a huge smile on my face.

If I missed any really good ideas, please be sure to let us know in the comments. We’ll be happy to add them.

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