As some of you may know, we (HWTM Blog Contributor, Jessica Wilcox, of Modern Moments Designs) are expecting our fourth child. We already have three amazing boys ranging from two to seven years old. When we found out we were expecting, I immediately started planning a gender reveal party. This is going to be our last child, and I wanted to have fun sharing the good news with all of our friends and family!
Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to come up with some fun ideas! I also had a ton of help from many vendors who were kind enough to donate incredible products that made our party super special. I wanted to stick with your traditional pink and blue color scheme, but I also wanted to make it fun and competitive too. A “Girl versus Boy” theme arose and the planning began…
Our guests were encouraged to pick a team, either “pink” or “blue” and show their support by dressing in their team’s color. We also had a hanging chalkboard up so each guest could cast their vote. I cut out little women and men with my vinyl cutter and had each guest place one on the board.
I also created little tag that our guest could write baby name suggestions on and leave in the mail boxes. We already have a name selected, but it was fun to see what people wrote. We even had matching buttons that the guests could wear to show their support. These buttons were a huge hit and were kindly donated by Bettijo of Paging Super Mom.
Bettijo also sent me the link to a DIY Surprise Lantern, which we ended up using and it was so much fun. I made a pink and a blue one. My husband and I pulled the string on the lantern, which was going to rain confetti in the baby’s gender, but the first time each of our strings broke. Not to worry, this little blunder only added to the excitement! Then we pulled out the bottom of the lanterns instead and all the confetti fell out… this was a super fun (and easy) way to reveal our baby’s gender!
I do have one SMALL confession to make. We sort of cheated. My husband and I had planned on finding out the baby’s gender the morning of the big reveal and then sharing the news with our family and friends that evening. I’m too type A and not very patient and we actually ended up finding out about three weeks prior to the party!
This really made the planning a lot easier. We were able to have the cake done in layers of pink ombre. The cake pops, which were kindly donated by Pam of Cake Ball Love were all filled with pink champagne cake. Even the cookies that were donated by Liz of The Cookie Chew were filled with a yummy pink center.
One of my favorite aspects of this party was the cute black and white boxes that were donated by BlumeBox, which happens to be a local Portland company! I went down to their offices and Andrea and Whitney really hooked me up with some amazing BlumeBoxes. They now carry an insert for their square boxes that you can insert suckers, cake pops, or anything else you can think of to put on a stick. These boxes were both decorative and functional and really made a huge statement. To my surprise, they are super affordable and if you take care of them, they are even reusable!
All the food was done in shades of pink or teal blue. I just had your traditional sweet treats such as cake, donuts, cookies, cupcakes, macarons, candy, cake pops, and more…
I tried to carry the theme throughout the party. We even had shirts made for our family with “Team Wilcox” on the front and then each of our boys had “Big Brother” and then their birth order as their number. I’m hoping they can wear these shirts to the hospital when our little one is born.
Overall, the party was super fun and it was a memorable way for people to find out the gender of our baby. A special thanks to all of my family and friends who attended and all of the generous donations were received! I definitely recommend throwing a gender party to reveal your baby’s gender… Scroll down to see what we are having!
- Graphic Design/Styling: Modern Moments Designs
- Photography: Courtney Jade Photography
- Table Cloth: Table Vogue
- Tall Candle Sticks: HomeGoods
- Felt Circle Garland: sewn by Totes in Tow
- Stripy Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
- Black Cake Plate: Amazon.com
- Suckers & Candy Birthstones: Vintage Confections
- Double Stacked Beverage Jar: Pottery Barn
- Girl & Boy Buttons: Paging Super Mom
- Cookies: The Cookie Chew
- Donuts: Voodoo Donuts
- Macarons: Jade Tea House & Patisserie
- Cake Pops & Homemade Marshmallows: Cake Ball Love
- Boxes for Cake Pops & Suckers: BlumeBox
- Fondant Cupcake & Cake Toppers: Edible Details
- Cakes: Cakes by Taste of Honey (firstname.lastname@example.org in the Portland & Vancouver Area)
- Mini Boxes: Oriental Trading Co.
- DIY Surprise Lantern Tutorial: Oh Happy Day