Every new parent wants to celebrate their new baby in a big way, and the announcement is just the beginning. Moments after you announce your pregnancy, the next question is, “Are you having a boy or a girl?” Step outside of the cake cutting and box of balloons to find a new way to reveal your baby’s gender with these unique ideas.
Tell the siblings first
Use a simple science experiment with pH. Buy a universal indicator to change the color of water from clear to blue or pink by either adding ammonia or vinegar.
Fill a black balloon with colored confetti and place on a board with nails or pushpins. Have the kids throw beanbags to pop the balloon and reveal the contents.
Fill a Piñata with colored candy. Depending on the age of the kids, use a tradition stick to break or buy a pull string design to open the bottom.
Create your own white playdough and add a few drops of food coloring inside. When kids start to play with it, the gender will be revealed.
Fill a disposable diaper with melted colored candy. Make it heavy enough and wrap it like it is a dirty diaper. Have the kids open it to reveal the color of ‘poop.’
For the sporty couple
Many Etsy retailers offer pink or blue powder filled balls. Have the parent-to-be hit, throw, or kick the ball which will open on impact.
Make your own bowling pins with painted 2-litre bottles. Fill with colored water and set up your alley on a white sheet. When the ball hits the pins, the colored water will soak the sheet.
Target practice anyone? Place the couple in white clothes and have them shoot water guns filled with food coloring at each other.
For the foodies
Look for confetti-filled push-pops online and give them to everyone for dessert.
Did you know that blue chai tea changes to pink when you add lemon juice?
Purchase gender reveal cups that change color when liquid is poured inside. Have one partner fill the other partner’s cup while everyone watches.
Bake a cake with gender reveal cake pulls (available online) and tie to different color ribbons. Be sure that all the ribbons offer the same gender charm.
Make your own gender reveal eggs by draining the egg and leaving the shell intact. Fill with glitter, tape the bottom, and then smash on the parent-to-be’s head for a surprising answer.
For a vintage brunch
Fill the parents-to-be Champaign glasses and drop in a color fizzer (available online) to reveal their baby’s gender.
Rent a bubble machine and add food coloring to the bubbles for a magical display of pink or blue.
Attach multi-colored scarves and stuff in a box. Let one parent pull on the scarves (like a magician) and reveal the last solid colored scarf.
For a subtle reveal, place solid colored vases on the table with white mums right before the food is served. Pour food coloring in water and as the meal is eaten, the flowers will change colors. Another version of the subtle reveal is to light a gender reveal candle which is white on the outside and as it melts, it reveals the pink or blue wax inside.
Across the country
Use Facetime or Skype and have the parents-to-be chew pink and blue bubble gum. As they blow a bubble, have one pop the wrong color.
Send a package with two latex balloons: pink and blue. Put a small hole in the wrong color so it can’t be blown up. Ask grandparents to try and blow up the one they think is right.
Send a pink and blue onesie with the iron-on image reading “See you soon” or “Better luck next time.”
Order a pizza for grandparents to be delivered while you are on the phone. Have the pizza reveal in pepperoni: boy or girl.
Send grandma and/or grandpa a package of multi-colored beads in a plastic bag. Mix in the same-sized expanding water beads of the right color gender. Add a tag that says, “Instant baby, just add water.” The water beads will grow larger and the plastic beads will remain small.
Pam is a freelance writer, and a mother of three. She loves to plan parties as much as the guests enjoying attending. Follow her on Etsy at Pam’s Party Printables.
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