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Baby Gender Reveal Party Ideas

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Marissa is the writer of "ThePracticalMommy" and owner of Mommy Knows What's Best. She's a former teacher and a stay-at-home mom to four.

Gender Reveal Cake

Is the baby a boy or a girl? Have a gender reveal party to find out!

Is the baby a boy or a girl? Have a gender reveal party to find out!

Gender Reveal Party

One of the most exciting things about pregnancy is finding out if you are having a boy or a girl. The gender is a mystery until either the parents find out via ultrasound or until the birth of the baby.

Many expecting parents like to find out if their baby is a boy or girl so that they can start planning for the baby's birth, picking out the baby's name, and decorating the baby's nursery. Others just need to know because they hate surprises or they just can't wait! Whatever the reason, having a gender reveal party is a fun and exciting way to announce what the gender of the baby is.

Want to have your own gender reveal party? Here you will find gender reveal party ideas, food ideas, and game ideas.

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal Party Planning

Since your baby's gender will not be evident on an ultrasound until your pregnancy reaches 16-20 weeks, you will need to do some investigating to see when your mid-pregnancy ultrasound will be. Speak with your health care provider, and if possible, schedule the ultrasound early in the week so you have time to prepare for the party. Try to plan the party on a weekend when most people are available.

Something to consider is whether or not you want to know right away or wait for the party. If you want to know right away, you personally can take care of many of the decorations, games, or other items that will reveal the gender of your baby. If you do not want to know, you will need to find a trusted person who will keep the gender a secret but will take care of everything. This person could be a family member or a friend, but it could also be someone like a party planner who could take care of all the details.

Another thing to consider is where you will have the party. Most of the time, these parties are held at your home or a family or friend's home since it's an intimate get together. Larger locations or those that can cater are usually saved for the baby showers, but they can be venues for the gender reveal as well.

Ideas for Baby Gender Reveal Parties

What kind of party are you going to have? You'll need to think of a theme for your party before moving on in your planning. Here are some ideas for baby gender reveal parties:

  • What is the Baby Going to Bee? Bee themed party.
  • Whooo wants to know? Owl themed party.
  • Bows and Bow Ties. Guests wear a hair bow if they think the baby is a girl or a bow tie if they think it's a boy.
  • Bows and Mustaches. A variation of the bows and bow ties. Instead of a bow tie for a boy, guests wear a fake mustache (very popular!).
  • Team Boy or Team Girl. Guests decide which team they're on and wear the appropriate color.
  • It's All Ducky. Rubber duck themed party, with blue and pink ducks.
  • Baby Luau. Guests wear pink or blue leis and decorations are Hawaiian.
  • Baby Mystery. Throughout the party, guests can find clues about the baby's gender or act out a 'story' (like a murder mystery, but with a happy ending).
  • Baby Bibs. Guests would wear a pink or blue bib. (The unused color can be saved for the next baby or donated).
  • Baby Western. Baby cowboy or cowgirl? Pink and blue cowboy hats!

Gender reveal parties can be themed around holidays as well:

  • New Years. The 'baby' that brings in the New Year at midnight will either be a boy or girl.
  • Valentine's Day. Pink and blue hearts.
  • St. Patrick's Day. Pink and blue shamrocks.
  • Easter. Pink and blue bunnies or Easter eggs.
  • Cinco de Mayo. Mexican theme, with pink or blue pinata.
  • Fourth of July. Pink, white, and blue!
  • Thanksgiving. Baby pumpkins, baby pilgrims, baby American Indians.
  • Christmas. Baby snowflakes, baby snowmen, pink or blue candy canes, and a present reveal.

Gender Revealing Parties

Is it a boy or girl? What team are you on? Idea for baby gender reveal parties.

Is it a boy or girl? What team are you on? Idea for baby gender reveal parties.

Bow ties and hair bows themed gender reveal party idea.

Bow ties and hair bows themed gender reveal party idea.

Snowman themed gender reveal party idea for a winter baby gender reveal party.

Snowman themed gender reveal party idea for a winter baby gender reveal party.

Gender Reveal Video

Gender Reveal Party Invitations

Gender reveal party invitations are usually gender neutral in greens and yellows, but they can be a mix of blues and pinks as well. What is on the invitation depends on what kind of party you'll have.

You can also keep it simple and make photo invitations using the ultrasound picture. You'll have the guests guessing way before they even arrive, adding to the suspense.

A fun twist would be to make your own video as an invitation and provide the link to family and friends who are invited to the party. It could be a lead in to the theme of the party and would be great for an introduction to a baby gender mystery themed party!

Baby Gender Reveal Invitations

Food for Gender Reveal Parties

Food at gender reveal parties can go along with the theme or use the colors pink and blue as well. Foods can be dipped in colored icing, or filled with colored filling. Here are some food ideas:

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  • Cake with colored icing inside (can be decorated for theme)
  • Cup cakes with colored icing inside
  • Cake pops with colored cake inside (very popular!)
  • Cookies with color filled center
  • Pink or blue colored candies
  • Fortune cookies
  • Pretzels dipped in pink or blue icing
  • Veggie or fruit tray with food-dye colored dips
  • Blue or pink ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Cream puffs with colored cream in center
  • Pink and blue jelly beans
  • Pink or blue dyed eggs
  • Cannoli with pink or blue filling
  • Pink and blue marshmellows

Gender Reveal Cake

This gender reveal cake says it's a girl! What would your cake say?

This gender reveal cake says it's a girl! What would your cake say?

DIY Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Party Games

Before the big reveal, it would be a ton of fun to play some games to get your guests excited. Here are some games and how to play:

Bean bag toss. Place two small hula hoops, one blue and one pink, on the floor or outside in the grass. Standing 10 or more feet away, guests must try to throw their bean bag in the hoop with the gender of their team (boy or girl). Most in a hoop wins.

Guess that celebrity baby. Make a list of celebrity baby names and who their parents are. Ask the teams to match the babies to the parents. Most correct wins.

Don't Say 'Baby'. Give guests a certain amount of either blue or pink colored clothes pins or stickers. Whenever a guest says the word 'baby', another guest can take one of their pins or stickers. Whoever has the most pins or stickers at the determined time wins; points can be allotted to teams if desired or a prize can be given to the individual.

Relay races. Teams must complete a relay race where they go to stations to complete baby care tasks, like changing a diaper, clothing a baby, etc. using a doll.

Take the 'What Do the Old Wives Say' quiz. Create a quiz or ask trivia questions using old wives' tales concerning gender predictions (see chart below). Most correct wins.

Baby Gender Reveal Game Idea

As an extra bonus for the games, guests can be divided into teams, and the wins can be tallied for the boys or the girls.

Boy or Girl?

Have guests team up and play games to guess what gender the baby is.

Have guests team up and play games to guess what gender the baby is.

Old Wives Tales about Gender Prediction

Have fun quizzing each other with these old wives' tales of gender prediction during pregnancy. Do any of these ring true for you?


Carrying low

Carrying high

Cold hands and feet

Acne, stealing your beauty

Ring test: swings in a circle over belly

Ring test: swings back and forth

Heart rate under 140 beats a minute

Heart rate over 140 beats a minute

Salty and sour cravings

Sweet cravings

Hubby does not have pregnancy symtpoms

Hubby shares pregnancy symptoms

No morning sickness

Morning sickness all during 1st trimester

Baby Gender Revealing Ideas

How will you announce the gender of the baby at the party? Here are some fun ideas for your party:

  • Food item colored pink or blue (see above for ideas)
  • Pink or blue balloons in a box
  • Scratch off lottery cards revealing gender
  • Pinata filled with blue or pink items
  • Present with blue or pink outfit or toy
  • Egg hunt with one egg revealing the gender
  • Fortune cookies revealing gender
  • Writing boy or girl on the mom's tummy
  • 'It's a Boy!' or 'It's a Girl' banner drop
  • Nesting dolls with the last one revealing gender
  • Popping balloons with a pin to find slip of paper with gender
  • Pouring pink or blue Kool Aid from a concealed container
  • Neutral gender doll with a diaper that opens up to say boy or girl
  • Jar filled with pink and blue jelly beans; more of one color reveals gender
  • Grab box with pink and blue ribbons; when pulled, reveals gender item from box
  • Water balloon drop; balloons are filled with colored water
  • Carved out pumpkin with gender inside when the lid is lifted

Balloon Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal Party Ideas on Pinterest

Need some Pinspiration for your party? Check out my gender reveal party ideas board on Pinterest! Look for PracticalMommy2 and view my Baby Gender Reveal Party board.

Gender Reveal Party

Gender revealing parties are great ways to find out the gender of your baby while involving all of your family and friends. No matter how you do it, have a lot of fun!

What's it going to be? Boy or girl? Oh the suspense!

Will you be surprised that day? Good luck with your baby!



jilliann m on July 16, 2015:

I think the only reason I'd have a reveal party is for the cake. :) Cute ideas!

anne stewart on June 05, 2014:

very cool ideas!

Marissa (author) from United States on February 07, 2013:

DIYmommy , what a surprise that must have been! My baby now wasn't going to reveal his little boy parts either at our 20 week ultrasound, but luckily at the last minute he revealed what he was hiding. I could only imagine how it must have been to be thinking that whole time you were having a girl, but I bet you love him no matter what.

Thanks so much for reading and sharing your story! Best wishes with your new little man!

Julie on February 07, 2013:

Our son was born 2 months ago. Leading up to his birth, my husband and I went all out when planning his gender reveal party. Interestingly enough, at the time, we had thought that he would be a girl. After 2 ultrasounds, with the first saying that it was "75% a girl", and the other saying that it was "90% a girl", my husband surprised me with a last minute 4D ultrasound. By this time, we had already announced, at our gender reveal party, that the baby would be a girl, and that her name would be Addison. The 4D ultrasound threw an interesting twist into the mix as, apparently, our son was a little trickster--hiding his little boy parts the whole time.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 25, 2012:

LikaMarie, great minds think alike! I was just talking with my husband last night of a very similar pool. What fun! I love that idea as well, and it can be incorporated into the party.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

LikaMarie on September 24, 2012:

I always want to know. But I came up with a game, rather than a gender reveal party. It's a pool, similar to football pools, where people guess 1) gender 2) height/weight 3) day/date 4) time 5) gift you'd like the baby to have...

The winner splits the pool, and has their gift bought for the baby.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 23, 2012:

teaches12345, it is a fun idea for revealing the gender! My friend just did this last night with her family, and they were pleasantly surprised: it's a girl for them. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Dianna Mendez on September 22, 2012:

I really like this idea for revealing the gender of a baby to your friends and family. Love your cake photo -- the cut slice reveals a yummy "pink" cake. Voted up.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 22, 2012:

tillsontitan, well thank you very much! It is a fun concept, isn't it? My friend is going to have one of these parties soon, and I'm thinking of having one myself now. :)

Mary Craig from New York on September 22, 2012:

I voted this up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Maybe I'm living in the dark ages but I've never heard of this before...I must admit though I love it....all of your ideas sound like fun andf I think it's a great way to introduce family and friends to the sex of your baby!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 22, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, it's a fairly new idea that has become popular. I know I never heard of them with my first two kids, but with this pregnancy, it's all I'm seeing! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Claudia Porter on September 22, 2012:

These are really cute ideas! I only heard of this a few months ago. We waited to find out so got lots of yellow and green outfits. Nice hub!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 21, 2012:

cat on a soapbox, I'm expecting; wanna throw me a party? :D Just kidding! I'm glad you love these ideas. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 21, 2012:

Alison Dittmar, I guess I'm so used to hearing it I didn't think of it as an odd title, but now that I think of it, there's probably many more who have never heard of it! :) Congrats on being a future grandmom! Thanks for reading.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on September 20, 2012:

What fun! I LOVE all of your great ideas :) I just wish I knew someone who was expecting- darn! Voted way UP.

Alison Dittmar from PA on September 20, 2012:

This is a very interesting Hub, but to begin with the title did throw me off!! haha. Other than the odd title - when you're not sure what you are talking about- the article was great! As a future grandmom, I think I'll save this one incase the mommy finds out the sex early.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 20, 2012:

Ruchira, what a cute idea for a cake! Looks like it was a fortune teller cake. ;)

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 20, 2012:

partypail, I'm glad you like the team ideas. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Ruchira from United States on September 20, 2012:

This was such a fun hub to read and took me back to when I was carrying my son. I used to hear all sorts of tales and had a good laugh at it. It is fun!

We did not want to know the sex of the baby so, our friends made a cake which had pink and blue all over and I was supposed to blind fold and cut the cake. Surprisingly, i cut a blue piece :))

Great hub, TPM :) voted up and sharing it across

PartyPail from on September 20, 2012:

So many ways to have fun with revealing the gender of a new baby. I really like all the cute ideas about party guests picking team boy or girl and then wearing a gender-related item. Great hub, voted up!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 20, 2012:

petenali, I couldn't have waited until birth to find out about my first two kids, but I'm just that kind of person. That's awesome that you waited until your baby was born to find out! I have to say ew though to the blood spraying on the ceiling though.. ;)

You make a good point about doctors getting the gender wrong. I think to have one of these parties, the doctor and you really have to be certain of the gender, or you're right: you'd need a contingency plan! With my son and daughter, there was no question about their genders; everything was crystal clear in the ultrasound pictures. For those who have a hard time seeing the 'gender' on the US though, I'd be hesitant about having a party.

Thank you very much for reading and commenting! :)

Pete from Ontario, Canada on September 20, 2012:

I was only talking to a couple of friends last night who had a gender revealing photo shoot done. I guess this whole "know what gender the baby is" thing is really big these days. Call me old fashioned, but my wife and I didn't want to know until birth. We had an an amazing gender revealing party in the delivery room! The highlight was me cutting the umbilical cord and spraying blood on the ceiling!

Your hub is really well laid out and contains great ideas. Is there a contingency plan for the times when the doctors get it wrong? Just saying.

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