I have mixed feelings when it comes to gender reveal parties. I always thought I would never have one but then I got pregnant and knew I wanted to have one but only with my immediate family. Quinn and I found out I was pregnant very early so waiting to find out the baby’s gender seemed like eternity. We visited a maternal fetal medicine specialist and he performed a genetic blood test on me that can tell us the gender when I was about 13-14 weeks. The doctor we visited was an older gentleman, he was super sweet but he kept pressuring us to wait to find out the gender. I would love to think I was patient enough to wait til my 18-20 week appointment, but I’m not.
I got the call from the nurse about a week after the test, she had the results! I anxiously answered the phone. She told me the results all came back negative for the genetics test and asked if I wanted to know the gender. I asked her to please put it in an envelope and that I would come pick it up the next day. I instantly called my husband and told him the good news. The next day we got the envelope and gave it to my sister. She was the lucky one who knew before anybody else what we were having. She was in charge of buying silly string – either blue or pink – for the party we were planning.
I looked tirelessly at pinterest at all of the fun ideas for reveal parties and trust me, they all looked like so much fun. I wanted something that involved my family. We have lots of nieces and nephews and they are all ages from 1 to 13. After going back and forth, we decided to let all of the kids at the party spray us with silly string that would either be blue or pink. That way we would all find out together if it was going to be a boy or a girl.
We lined the silly string bottles up about 10 ft in front of where Quinn and I would stand. When my brother in law yelled “GO,” the kids sprinted to the cans and sprayed us with the silly string. My sister also bought fun party poppers for the adults to pop during the big reveal. Quinn and I lined in anxiously and ready to find out what our sweet baby would be.
Within seconds, we heard everyone yelling, “It’s a BOY!” Although the silly string was such a fun idea, our sweet nieces and nephews took complete advantage of spraying us down with every tiny bit of silly string they could. They enjoyed every minute of it.
After the silly string was sprayed, we took a bunch of pictures and enjoyed some food and drinks inside with family. It was the perfect way to celebrate finding out the gender of our baby.
A big thanks to my sister for all of her help with the party and for keeping a secret from my crazy family (ha). Gender reveal parties can be as simply or complicated as you make it. We had the reveal on a Saturday night which allowed for everybody to make it. We ordered pizza for everybody and provided snacks and drinks. Most people only stayed a couple hours which allowed them to have the whole night to still attend to whatever other plans they had.
We had so much fun, I’m still in shock I’m going to be a boy mama. If you have any tips or advice, let me know!