One of the joys of pregnancy is the gender-guessing game you play – until the day you finally discover whether or not the little person inside who’s kicking up a storm at 5AM is a baby boy or girl. Have some fun with your gender reveal and get creative in how you share the news with family and friends. We’ve gone ahead and done the work for you, so put your feet up and read on as we count down the absolute best gender reveal ideas!
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For your amusement
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Messy, but awesome
Gather up a stash of whatever colour works and have your guests let 'em loose. Though the cleanup can be a pain, it's a great way to step up the festivities of any party. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams had them for her party; you can too. Here are even more baby names: these ones will be the most popular in 2020.
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Baby game on
At your baby shower, step outside with your guests and hold two balloons in either hand – one blue, one pink. Have people make their best guesses, and when the time is right, keep hold of the balloon that represents your baby’s gender, letting go of the other. Up – up – and away! If you’re looking for more of a “wow” factor – have some helium-filled balloons in the appropriate colour placed in a trunk or box. When the time is right, open the lid and let the balloons do the talking in either blue or pink as they float up into the sky. If your baby-on-the-way already has a big brother or sister, involve them by writing “brother” or “sister” on the box and having them help to open it up!
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Eat it up
For this one you can either go DIY, enlist some friends or call up the local bakery to create a cake that’s been made with either pink or blue food colouring, to reveal the baby’s gender once the first slice has been cut. Easily the most delicious way to make your big announcement – just be sure to use enough frosting to cover the whole cake!
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Fun with gender-reveal fizzies
These adorable bath bombs reveal either pink or blue fizz when dropped in water. Set up a mini “pond” (small tub or bowl) with a sign overhead saying “waddle it be?” and have some fun dropping these little ducklings into the pond and announcing your baby’s gender in a fun and creative way.
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A piñata is a fun and interactive way to reveal your baby’s gender to your guests – not to mention it will make for a great baby shower video, as well as fun and memorable photos to follow. Will you and your baby be twinsies? Check out these 14 celebrities and their doppelgänger sons.
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If you’re looking to be just as surprised as your guests, have your better half (or OB) make note of the gender and seal it in an envelope for you to open at the time of your baby shower.
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Baby bump reveal
If you’re not shy about showing off your beautiful baby bump, have someone help you decorate your bump with either a blue or pink design in body paint or makeup, or a small bow in either colour tied around your belly. If you’d rather not bare your belly, wear a T-shirt to your shower with your handprints overtop of your bump, easily done with paint and a hairdryer for a quick-set dry.
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Take note of how many guests will be at your shower, and inflate a single balloon for each guest, making sure to put some blue or pink confetti – depending on the gender of the baby – inside each balloon before inflating it. When the time is right, get your guests to each throw a dart to pop the balloons. Once you pop three pink or three blue balloons you will find out it a boy or a girl is on the way.
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Blow it up
This jumbo balloon is the perfect way to announce the gender of your upcoming arrival! Surprise your guests with these fun gender reveal balloons at your next baby shower! Use a pin to pop the balloon to reveal what you are having. Each set of confetti includes four shades of that colour, plus white for contrast. You can manually blow up the balloon yourself (hang from ceiling with twine, or just hold it) or have it filled with helium at your local party store or grocery store. This is an enjoyable and memorable event for your gender reveal party.
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A dog’s purpose
Pets are family, too. So include man's best friend by making it a part of your gender reveal, either via photo and shared online, or during your shower.
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Siblings say it best
If this isn’t your first time at the rodeo, and your baby-to-be already has a big brother or sister waiting for them, include them in the big announcement. Have your little one(s) wear a shirt that says “Waiting for my little sister (or brother)” and let them deliver the good news at your shower or via a photo-sharing app online. Your little one(s) will relish the opportunity to feel involved and it’s a great way to reinforce the important role they will play as big brother or big sister-to-be.
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Get your guests involved in the big reveal by ordering some gender-reveal scratch cards. Like lottery tickets, your guests will enjoy scratching away until they uncover the surprise, and it’s a nice addition to any baby shower mementos you’d like your guests to leave with to commemorate the day.
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Pack a punch
For a fun gender-reveal guessing game, set out two pitchers of Kool-Aid, one pink and one blue. When you’re ready to make the announcement, have everyone fill a cup based on their best guess and cheers to the big news!
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Say it, don’t spray it
Pick up a few cans of blue or pink silly string, cover the label with some construction paper or coloured tape and set up a silly string stand. When you’re ready to make your reveal, let your guests have at it as the silly string speaks for itself! This makes for a great photo op and fun interactive way to make your announcement!
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I moust-ache you a question…
Have your guests wear their guesses with some bow and moustache clip-on cutouts ready for them at your shower!
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Casting the vote
Set up a dual-sided chalkboard with blue and pink chalk and have one side of the board set up for gender voting amongst your guests and the other side covered up to reveal the gender of the baby at the end of the party!
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Ready to (cake) pop
Enlist your local bakery, or get craftsy with a girlfriend and bake up some cake pops, coated white or chocolate, with either pink or blue inside – depending on the gender. Hand this tasty treat to your guests once everyone is gathered, and let them take a bite out of your surprise!
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The theme of the day…
Have some fun with your baby shower by making your gender-announcement the theme of the day, decorating in a “’staches or lashes” theme! Moustache and bows are easy-to-find party décor and make for beautiful photos of your big day.
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Have some fun with sweets by setting up a cupcake bar with unfrosted cupcakes that have been baked with a pink or blue hidden soft center. Have the cupcake bar set up with pink and blue frosting, sprinkles, and mini flags on toothpicks with the labels girl and boy. Have guests decorate their own, and at the end invite everyone to take a bite and see if they guessed right!
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In this day and age, maybe we should stop seeing colour and be a little more inclusive.