How to Host an Amazing Gender Reveal Party

by Alli

I think a Gender Reveal Party is adorable. It was so not a thing when I was pregnant with my kids. If you found out the gender at all, you just called your family and close friends and let them know.

When my son and daughter-in-law decided to have a gender reveal party, I was all in. If there’s a party involved, I’m there and I’m decorating and taking photos.

Are you planning a gender reveal party? Check out these ideas, including cake toppers, games and sources.

Except, the appointment to find out the gender happened while the hubs and I were vacationing for two weeks in St. Maarten. So, the sealed envelope was given to my daughter, Caitlin, who immediately calls me. Don’t tell my son, but she told her sisters, too. Oops.

Since the date of the party fell six days after my vacation, I had to do some planning while in St. Maarten. Thank God for Pinterest, Etsy, and Amazon Prime!

After an initial consult with my sweet daughter-in-law and my really-the-girl-in-the-relationship son, I kinda knew what they wanted and they pretty much gave me free reign.

Gender Reveal Party

Thankfully, my daughters-in-law mom handled all the cooking (love you, LaRonnie!). Her food is always off the chain good!

Gender Reveal Party

Putting together the Gender Reveal Party Box, taking the photos, decorating, ordering the cake and making a few cute additions to the dessert table is all me.

Gender Reveal Party

My daughter-in-law likes a touch of glam and is so easy to please. My son, not so much. I had to remind him a few times that we were not hosting a wedding and the guest list needed lots of trimming. Lots!

Gender Reveal Party Guests

Gender Reveal Party Theme

After perusing Pinterest and creating secret Gender Reveal Party boards, we decided on a Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How We Wonder Who You Are theme. Our primary color is gold, with lots of pink and blues.


You can find the perfect invitations on Etsy. I love that you can have instant access. These are the ones we used.

photo via SLDesignTeam (Etsy)

Gender Reveal Cake

Gender Reveal Party - Cake Topper

The cake sets the theme for this gender reveal party. The bottom is covered with gold sequins and Mica from Cake Creations is my go-to for an amazing job. The topper is from Etsy. I heart Etsy!

Gender Reveal Party


Taking a cue from the cake, I use gold sequined table covers for the touch of glam. I was so busy talking to all the sweet guests, that I forgot to take many pics of the decor or food – oops!

I did get the one below of the diaper raffle/game table.

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The pink and blue keeps the decor from taking a ride on the formal side. It all balances out nicely.

Gender Reveal Party


Party games have a tendency to be cheesy. Fortunately, these were not. My daughter-in-law did a great job with the games.

Everyone was invited (optional) to bring a pack of diapers in order to be entered into a diaper raffle. At first, I thought it was a little on the tacky side, but it actually turned out to be fun and several guests won gift cards.

Gender Reveal Party

Another game was an old favorite. You know the one – if you say the word baby, you lose your tiny blue or pink clothes pins. It was fun to watch guests win and lose pins. The winner received a nice gift card.

Gender Reveal Party

Finally, everyone was invited to guess how many M&M’s were in a jar.

Gender Reveal Photos

We decided to do the box reveal and use gold letter balloons. Party City is the place to go for balloons. The calligraphy sign can be purchased on Etsy (downloadable). I sent my son to hunt down the cardboard box.

Gender Reveal Party

Staples is the place to print out the calligraphy sign.

Gender Reveal Party

Brandyce and Quincy had no idea what the gender was and are over-the-moon excited, to say the least.

It’s a Boy

Gender Reveal Party

Throwing a Gender Reveal Party doesn’t have to be hard! Do some research, a little planning, a little decorating and you’re good to go.

Gender Reveal Party

Gender Reveal Party

Did you (or will you) have a Gender Reveal Party?



candy August 4, 2017 - 7:03 am

Wish gender reveal parties was a thing when I was having children. So much fun to gather family and friends all in one spot to let everyone know the sex of the baby.

Tomi C August 4, 2017 - 7:11 am

Gender reveal parties are an awesome way to share the news of your new little one. My cousin and her husband hosted a gender reveal party and we were so excited to FINALLY learn we were having a little girl. Congratulations to the happy couple on news of their little one.

Christy Maurer August 4, 2017 - 7:35 am

That is so so exciting! Congrats to them! Another grandson for you to love on…..I’m so happy for them. I love how you all did the party. Molly’s got some older friends through her church go community who are older than she is and starting families. They’ve had 2 gender reveal parties. I think they did paint balls for both lol. The first was pink and the second purple because they didn’t want to do pink again!

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh August 4, 2017 - 10:07 am

Gender reveal parties are so much fun, and a great way to find out what gender you’re going to have. I wished that they would have been a thing when I was pregnant!

Marcie W. August 4, 2017 - 1:23 pm

Congratulations on your upcoming grandson and what a beautiful gathering to celebrate such a special time for your family! I especially love the gold accents, as well as all of those fun games.

Kamisha Lattimore August 4, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Great great ideas and was even more fun being apart of it all! Had an awesome time!

Gail @Purple Hues and Me August 4, 2017 - 4:52 pm

This was so much fun just reading about it! It was almost like I was there! Great ideas and inspiration for anyone planning a reveal party!

Amber Myers August 4, 2017 - 5:04 pm

These are becoming more popular! They really weren’t around when I had my kids. I’m not sure if I would or not. I love your photos though. It looks like it was a great time!

Lowanda J August 4, 2017 - 6:10 pm

Gender reveals are so sweet! I wish these were around when I had my kids. I have been to a couple of them and love them. You and the others did a great job with this reveal and the happy couple are truly blessed!

Melanie Smith August 4, 2017 - 6:36 pm

That is such an incredible way to host a gender reveal party!! I will host my sister’s gender reveal party next month and I will try some of those ideas. I looove the balloons in the box!!

lindsay August 4, 2017 - 8:50 pm

What a beautiful couple, and congratulations to your family! I never had a gender reveal party, but I’ve been to a few of them. I enjoy the anticipation in the room as everyone waits to hear the news!

Claudia Krusch August 4, 2017 - 8:56 pm

Gender reveal parties are always so much fun. I love how you decorated for the party. The last one I went to they did the cake color as the reveal. The balloons are a great touch.

Pam August 4, 2017 - 10:24 pm

I love the “boy” balloons as the reveal. This is a really cute gender reveal party with lots of great touches.

Anosa August 5, 2017 - 4:04 am

Aww how cute and adorable was there gender reveal, and how even more awesome is that they didn’t know either the gender so it was equal surprise

Kita Bryant August 5, 2017 - 2:17 pm

I’ve not had to do one of those yet. However, I’ve always thought they were the neatest things.

Emely Roman August 5, 2017 - 6:51 pm

Aww that is the cutest party! And your son and daughter in law look overjoyed! Great ideas too. Aren’t we all thankful for Pinterest!

Chubskulit Rose August 5, 2017 - 10:23 pm

What a special moment for two families and friends. Congratulations and you guys really knows how to make parties fun!

Margarette August 6, 2017 - 5:02 am

That’s a cool thing to do. I think gender reveal parties are fun to do with family and close friend. I’d love to suggest this to my sis-in- law and bro. We’ll surely enjoy it.

Kiwi August 7, 2017 - 1:23 am

Congrats to helping throwing your daughter-in-laws party! This is amazing I love the twinkle twinkle little star idea…perfect because “how I wonder what you are” super clever!

Sandy N Vyjay August 7, 2017 - 2:22 am

What a lovely occasion and celebration. In India gender of the baby is not revealed by the doctors as it is against the law, hence no scope for a party.

Jennifer g August 8, 2017 - 8:58 am

I never had a gender reveal party although it sounds like a fun idea. Maybe I will suggest this to one of my friends who is expecting. It’s so much fun to have it be a surprise but it’s also fun to do it this way! These are great tips.

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