If you follow me on Instagram or keep up with me on Facebook, you probably saw we hosted a little Gender Reveal a few weeks ago. It was so much fun, I just couldn’t help but share how I put it all together and how it turned out. Now, just to throw this out there…I’ve had people ask what is the purpose of a Gender Reveal and if it’s just a way to get more presents. (I was a little taken aback by this but paid it no mind as it came from a complete stranger.)We hosted our Gender Reveal as a celebration of the child we’re expecting. Sure, we’ll have several opportunities to do this in the next few months with people who are gracious enough to host parties for us, but we sort of took the Gender Reveal as our opportunity to invite those we love into our home to begin the celebration of Baby C.In the same token, the purpose of this event was not to ask others for gifts although several of those in attendance took it upon themselves to bring a small gift as an expression of their excitement for our baby – a gesture for which we could not be more grateful. But, anyway, the next time you see, hear, or get invited to a Gender Reveal, just think of it as a big party where everyone can share their excitement for the new little one. At least that’s what ours was.Now, as far as planning goes…I took a good bit of time putting our Gender Reveal together to make it just what I wanted, and it turned out great. By making and doing things myself, I was also able to save a lot on decorations and such, so here are a few of my tips for planning a Gender Reveal as well as examples of what we did.
Easy Tips for Planning a Gender Reveal
1. Choose a Theme
While I often struggle choosing the right party theme, this one came pretty easy. Our Gender Reveal was a “Tutus or Ties” party because I danced all through school (and particularly loved ballet) and my husband is a businessman who wears a tie every day. It just made sense. Other ideas I love, though, include Little Miss or Little Mister, Boots or Bows, Blue or Pink, Little Buck or Little Doe, and more!
2. Decide on Décor
I knew I wanted to carry our theme throughout, so a few key décor pieces were a must. Even so, we decided to keep it pretty simple, which helped save on the budget a lot. I wanted pins (ties and tutus) for everyone to wear their guesses, a couple of banners, a door sign, cupcake toppers, and balloons. You can do more or less depending on your preference, and will end up spending more or less, depending on which you choose.
3. Do It Yourself
Okay, so I had a lot of time on my hands to put things together, and I realize not everyone does. However, if you can DIY your décor, you’ll save a ton. I made all of our ties and tutus pins as well as the banners, door sign, and cupcake toppers. It took me 2 or 3 evenings to get it all done, but it saved us over $150, and I was able to make just what I wanted. If you want to keep it budget-friendly but don’t have time for DIY, go simpler with your décor and shop around to find the best prices. Etsy is a great place to start!
4. Go Paperless with Invites
Another way we saved was on invites. Paperless invites are the way to go anymore anyway because people just have to click a button and they’re done! I used Celebrations to design, send, and manage our invitations. It was so easy and free! (Just FYI, the free options are slightly limited, but I used Canva to design our card and then just uploaded it as our own design. Again, this saved us big bucks, and I was still able to get exactly what I wanted!)
We held our reveal mid-afternoon, so we were able to just do sweet treats and save a little on food costs. I was still able to have lots of options including cupcakes, dipped chocolate chip cookies (hubby’s favorite), meringue cookies, candied popcorn, pink and blue punch, and a few other things.
6. Enlist Some Help
I don’t know what I would have done without the help of my mom and sister! Planning and hosting a party at over 5 months pregnant, yeah…I needed a little help. Don’t feel like you have to do it all on your own, and ask for some help. You’ll enjoy the party more and get to spend more time with your guests.
Our Gender Reveal was everything we wanted it to be and then some. We got to celebrate our baby girl with everyone we love, and have lots of fun memories that we’ll get to share with her one day. Plus, we were able to throw a party on a budget! If you’re planning a Gender Reveal Party, use these tips to keep it simple (somewhat) and budget-friendly! Check out my Gender Reveal board on Pinterest for more ideas!