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REAL PARTIES: Baby Gender Reveal

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I’m so excited to share this new Real Party from Sarah {of Jack and Izzy} with you… it’s such a creative & fun way to for parents-to-be to celebrate their big news! Here are all the details, as told by Sarah…
“On Friday afternoon, Garret and I had our 20 week ultrasound, and we got to find out the sex of the baby. I was SO EXCITED! I had been counting down the days, hours, and minutes until we would know if we were having a boy or a girl! Since it was such exciting news, we had our family over for a “Gender Party” on Friday night for the big reveal.

baby gender reveal party

These were the invitations I sent out, and the whole inspiration for the party decorations came from this design. I searched high and low for some kind of giraffe pattern in yellow and orange. These were blank Giraffe Greeting Cards from Rock Scissor Paper, and I printed the “Boy or Girl?” strip and adhered it to the front.

The inside read, “Come be the first to know!” and it gave all the times and details.

baby gender reveal party

Garret and I brainstormed a fun way to actually break the news at the party, and this is what we came up with: We put a gumball in the center of each cupcake, and we let everyone bite into them on the count of three. They would either see a pink center for a girl or a blue center for a boy.

For the dessert buffet (pictured at top), I followed the giraffe theme from the invitations, and all the food and decorations were yellow and orange.

baby gender reveal party

Cupcakes: I made the pinwheel cupcakes myself using card stock and lollipop sticks. Originally, my plan had been to order the pinwheel cupcake toppers from Twirlie Whirlies on Etsy, but in my procrastination, I did not leave enough time for shipping, so I ended up doing a Google search for “paper pinwheel tutorials” and I figured out how to make them on my own.

baby gender reveal party

Popcorn Bags: I purchased the orange bags these at Michaels, scalloped the top of them with decorative scissors, and added a label on the front.

baby gender reveal party

Sugar cookies with royal icing: I used this recipe from Martha Stewart, and they turned out quite yummy!

baby gender reveal party

Lemon Bars: I got these darling cupcake liners from Cupcake Social, and I used them for my lemon bars.

baby gender reveal party

Drink Station: I bought the Tangerine Italian Soda from Whole Foods because it was orange and the bottles were so perfect, then peeled the labels off and added my own instead. I also put some orange slices into the lemonade to add a punch of color, and they gave the lemonade such a delicious taste!

baby gender reveal party

Decorations: I hung some orange and yellow tissue poms (purchased at Pom Love) from the chandelier above the table.

baby gender reveal party

On the invitations, we instructed everyone to “play along” and wear a blue shirt if they thought we were having a boy or a pink shirt if they thought we were having a girl. As you can see, the pink votes way outnumbered the blue votes!

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Everyone biting into their cupcakes…

baby gender reveal party

ONE, TWO, THREE, BITE!!! What’s it gonna be?!!!

baby gender reveal party

It was such a fun, memorable night, and Garret and I are absolutely thrilled to be having another baby boy!
Congrats to Sarah & Garret on their new baby BOY! Such a fun idea for a party… thanks for sharing it with us!

By |2017-01-26T13:46:36-07:00September 15th, 2009|Baby Showers, Gender Neutral|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Audrey H. September 15, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    This party was suc a fabulous idea . . . every detail of it!!! Love it!

  2. Angela Hudson September 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I love the labels, and I see them everywhere, yet I can’t find them. Did you make them yourself? Are they die cut or did you have to cut each one by hand? I would love some more decorative labels for my events.

  3. MoralesVilanova September 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Congratulations for the boy!

  4. Amanda September 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    That is such a cute idea!

  5. Allison @ The Innovation Companies September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    What a fun way to introduce their new little one. Sounds like a memorable night for all!

  6. Kim O. September 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I LOVE this idea! Almost makes me want to get pregnant again:)

  7. Morgan September 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Great idea!! Fabulous job and so many cute ideas to recreate!

  8. Laura September 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I LOVE this idea!!
    Especially the fabulous colors :))

  9. Connie September 15, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Cute idea. I through cooking parties and everyone takes home meal for the freezer. Check out http://www.dinnercoach.com for how to Team Up.

  10. Tori {Thoughtfully Simple} September 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I am in love with this idea!!!!!

  11. Susan Newton September 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    What a fun and unique way to really get all of the guests involved! Congratulations to the happy couple and their new Son-to-Be!

  12. southern hostess September 15, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    What a great party idea! So many cute details. Love it!

  13. Amy September 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Such a perfect way to celebrate the coming of a second or third… baby! LOVE all the details.

  14. Angelena Pointer September 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    What a lovely party.So many cute details.GREAT JOB I love it!

  15. Sue September 15, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Now that is the coolest baby shower party i have ever seen…LOVE it!

  16. Chantal September 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Your party turned out beautifully! I’m jealous that you found out the gender, we tried to throw a similar party but our daughter wasn’t cooperating and we didn’t know in time! Great job!

  17. Csara September 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Cutest idea EVER! Congrats on the baby boy. I have two – they are the best! :-)

  18. apparentlyjessy September 15, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    What an absolutely fantastic party idea! I loved the whole story and the surprise inside the cupcakes is so fun!

  19. Julie September 15, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    How SUPER adorable! I love this idea and will have to remember it (when I have babies in like 5 years, lol). Congratulations to the new parents-to-be!

  20. At Home with Kim Vallee September 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    The reveal of the gender is a cool concept. Her party ideas are awesome. Congrats to Sarah for an excellent job and to the happy couple for their upcoming delivery.

  21. joyful weddings and events September 15, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    too cute! What a fun idea. I am definitely going to do something like this next time we are expecting a little one :)

  22. Becky September 16, 2009 at 5:57 am

    My sis-in-law is pregnant. I’m going to suggest to her this idea. It’s very cute!

  23. Amber Schmidt September 16, 2009 at 6:35 am

    O… M… word… that is such an amazing idea! So amazing that it ALMOST makes me want to be PG again just to have this party!

  24. [email protected] September 16, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I know I told Sarah on her blog how much she rocks but must say it again for the world to read: You rock, Sarah. She is turning it out!

  25. Elise September 16, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Hello – loved this post. In fact, I love your whole blog. Thanks so much for sharing it & best wishes to you ….

  26. Karen Wilson September 16, 2009 at 8:28 am

    What a fabulous party! The concept is so ingenious. I think after seeing these photos and reading all about the wonderful ideas, so many more expectant parents are going to be “lovingly” copying this party idea! Congratulations…….

  27. Mrs. R September 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

    This is the best idea EVER! My Husband and I were trying to decide on a way to break the news to our families the day we decide to have a baby… and I think we’ve found it!!! :)

  28. Rachel @ Soiree Design September 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

    This is great! Such clever ideas! Congrats on the baby boy! M

  29. Bonnie September 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Wow!!! Absolutely wow!! I love, love, love it! What a terrific way to get everyone in on the fun!

  30. Ashlie Frederick September 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

    What a great party! Love it.


  31. Ashlee C. September 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    What an adorable idea for a party!!

  32. Nicole September 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    This is the absolute most fun idea ever! I have never seen anything like it before, and am saving this in every single inspiration file/category I have so that I will be sure to remember it whenever it is time for us to have little ones. Love!

  33. Cherie B September 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Love it! Makes me want to have another just to try that….JUST KIDDING!! Love my kids but not interested in going back to that stage in our lives.
    What a clever idea. What creative followers you have Jen.

  34. Kimber Hagans September 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Your party was FABULOUS!! Excellent, creative ideas! LOVED it~~so would MARTHA!
    Where did you find your labels? Or did yoiu cut out yourself? I am doing a party soon and would really like to use them…
    Congrats on your bebe boy!!!

  35. Minamay September 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Too cute! I love your ideas and they are so creative and fun!

  36. Lisa Cabanes September 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous idea (and way too much fun). I think we are definitely going to have design a party around this adorable idea. Congratulations to you both. Boys are sooo much fun (as you already know).

  37. [email protected] September 20, 2009 at 11:17 am

    What a fun reason to have party. I just love the way you have used the basic orange, lunch style bags with a simple label for the treat inside and it they look great!!

  38. Michelle September 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    That is an excellent excuse to have a party! Everyone has birthday parties and showers, the quirky, non-traditional ideas are always so fun and unique. And what a great way to get your families involved!
    Love it!

  39. Michelle T. September 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    LOVE this idea !!!! What a great way to reveal what your having, and a memorable event for your family.

  40. Shannon Torossi September 23, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I wish my Twirlie Whirlies could have made it to this fabulous party in time but Sarah did an absolutely fabulous job on her own!


  41. jennifer September 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    what an awesome idea!!!!!!

  42. mum's the word September 26, 2009 at 5:27 am

    How very creative!!!! I love the t-shirt idea

  43. Naz September 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Beautiful! I love the labels too. Where would I be able to find them? Planning my 3 year old’s birthday party. Very new to the label making world.

  44. Jenny Lynn October 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    so so so CUTE!

    how did you make the labels? I’m very interested in making some!

  45. Elizabeth December 20, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I have been looking everywhere for labels like these! Where can I find them?

  46. Tundra January 10, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Oh dear, this has given me a burst of excitement for when I (eventually) have kids!
    What a gorgeous idea, I intend to ‘steal’ it one day! :D

  47. Kendra September 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    LOVE this idea! Might just have to use it for the next baby. :-)

    My friend did a similar gender reveal party, but the gender was also being revealed to her and her husband! They closed their eyes while the ultrasound tech checked the “area” :-) and wrote it on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope. They gave the envelope to a friend who baked a cake and added food coloring; pink for girl and blue for boy. Then she iced it all white. When they cut into the cake at the party, everyone got to see at the same time BLUE!!! :-) So much fun!

  48. Nicole February 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I know this is an old column of a baby shower, though, I really think this is a awesome party ideas you & your husband created. I love it!

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  50. Alisha @ SnugasaBugBaby.com March 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I recently featured this post on my blog (my sister recently threw me a gender reveal party and got part of her inspiration from you). You can check it out here if you want to:


  51. Sarah May 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I love this idea and can’t wait to have a reveal party for our baby!

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  53. Iesha johnson July 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for the awesome ideas! I love your colors :-)…

  54. LaDonna August 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Such cute ideas! Congratulations on your baby boy!

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  57. Lorri January 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    We also work with moms on gender reveal parties, We make custom rugs to use for the nursery! Just choose the size, Shape, the rug colors, the initial or monogram for both sexes
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