Waiting up to twenty long weeks to find out the gender of your baby can seem like an eternity! From throwing a party to spreading the news via mail or facebook, Gender Reveals are a hot new trend in spreading the news. Here are some ideas to tell everyone the gender of your baby.

1. Mystery Cake or Cupcakes

Trust a close tight-lipped family friend with the sealed results of your ultrasound to take to a local baker and have a special cake made. From the outside it looks like a regular cake but once you cut inside the cake it will reveal the gender to you and your guests.  Have a baker friend? You could even have someone make a cake by adding pink or blue food coloring to a yellow cake mix.

2. Photo Shoot Reveal

Schedule a photo shoot with a local photographer to announce the gender of your baby using props such as pink or blue balloons, baby shoes, paint, umbrellas. You could also write your message out using scrabble pieces, blocks or drawing it in the sand. Once you get your photos back from the photographer share your news via print announcements and/or social media. If
having a party, you can have it printed on canvas and simply cover it up so no one can peek until you are ready to announce!

3. Older Sibling Reveal

If you already have a child, buy or make a shirt that says, “I’m Having a Baby Brother” (or sister). If you are doing a photo shoot have them wear it during the shoot. If you are having a party, have the soon-to-be sibling keep their jacket zipped until it’s time for the big reveal.

4. Pet Announcement 

Have a fur baby? For all the pet lovers out there get your pet involved in the act! If you have a cat or dog for example, you can organize for them to come out to the guests at announcement time wearing something around their neck to announce the gender. It might be a pink or blue ribbon or bow.

5. Pin the Bow On Your Ultrasound

Use your printer or go to a store that makes enlargements. Blow up the ultrasound picture and put it on the wall. Make a cutout of a pink bow and a blue bowtie and put a small loop of scotch tape on the back. When it comes time to reveal the gender you can stick the pink bow on baby’s head, or the blue bowtie at baby’s neck. If you’re not having a party, make small copies of the ultrasound and put the proper decoration on it before mailing it to your friends and family.

6. Confetti Pop

Buy a balloon for every person at the gender reveal. Before you blow them up, put some pink or blue confetti inside each balloon. Hand everybody a balloon and a pin. Count to three and have everyone pop their balloon. The confetti will scatter and everyone will know if it’s a boy or a girl.

7. Pinata Party

Another fun party idea  is to fill the piñata beforehand with pink or blue candies. When the piñata is broken open, your baby’s gender will be revealed.

8. Make It a Game

Have guests guess baby’s gender. At the end of the party, announce what it is. Everyone who guessed correctly gets a trinket to take home with them.

9. Silly String

Pass out cans of pink or blue silly string to your friends and family. Don’t forget to wrap the cans in white paper so they don’t know the color inside! On the count of three, have your loved ones spray you and your spouse with silly string revealing your surprise!

10. Create a Custom T-shirt

Create a shirt for mom-to-be to wear at the party. Have it say It’s a… With a checkbox next to Boy and Girl. At the party reveal by crossing off the checkbox with a permanent maker.

Important Things To Consider Before Your Reveal Party 

• The ultrasound tech could get the gender wrong, especially in earlier scans before 20 weeks. So be sure you are confident with the results.

• If you get a cake or cupcakes made for you, you’re relying on someone else and hoping there won’t be an error! If you want the gender to be a surprise find someone reputable to do it for you.