Sunday, March 6, 2011

Gender Reveal Party

Ok, I had planned to get this up yesterday, but spent the whole day being lazy and recovering from a whirlwind week instead... Hope you enjoy!


Friday night, Jeff and I (along with my parents, who really did ALL the work) hosted a Gender Reveal Party!  I had been planning this party in my head since before I was pregnant, so it was so fun to see it all come together.  The theme was "What Will It Bee?", and we used the colors yellow and gray - like I plan to do in the nursery - to decorate.

Here are a few pictures taken before the fun began:

A banner that I ordered on Etsy and cut out myself.  I'm hoping to use it in the hospital room on delivery day too.

Yellow and white tulips that my mom special ordered... Tulips have been "my flower" since I was a baby myself.  We even used white tulips for our wedding in June four years ago.  (Notice the pink and blue jelly beans too -- thank goodness for Easter being right around the corner.)

Bee cookies as favors with little hand-written notes.

And the dining room table with THE CAKE - where the revealing would be done!

We asked our guests (just family and close friends) to dress in either pink or blue depending on whether they thought Baby C would be a boy or a girl... As you can see, GIRL was the gender of choice.  (My family voted 100% that way.)


We also had a little "Due Date Pool" that was quite a hit.  Here's Jeff's family (obviously split in their guess) placing their bets.


Finally, at about 8:15PM, we invited our moms (the grandmas) to cut the cake and announce the gender.  *At this point, no one knew but Jeff and me, the doctors, the lady who made the cake, and one lady at the nail salon that I told in a moment of weakness... :)


Look closely and you'll see that Baby Chapman is a... BOY!!!

Here's the proud Daddy, and the prize we gave out to the "winners."  (Jeff's choice.)
 

We also gave our moms little gifts to open - blue onesies that say "on the way to grandmas."


Overall, it was a perfect night.  It was nice to end the week with a real celebration.  We are SO  grateful and happy for our healthy little baby BOY and all the people who already love him! Only 19 more weeks to go... 

And, just in case you are interested in where we got all our goods...

Invitations, banner, & cookie labels were all digital files purchased from Dimple Prints on Etsy.
Pom poms (over the dining room table) are from Prost to the Host on Etsy.
Cake and cookies made by a friend of my mom's at http://www.sarahgs.com/.
And mostly everything else was provided by my generous parents... They are TOO good to us! 

*There is also an adorable bee-themed diaper cake in yellow and gray available at ediapercakes.com

Edited to Add: Thank you all for your compliments on the party and idea.  I do, however, feel like I should clarify that this concept is NOT uniquely mine.  I got the idea for a Gender Reveal Party from several other blogs I read... So, don't think I'm too creative!  I also found the idea for the theme on the internet with lots of great ideas that I just tweaked for our event.  Feel free to adopt the ideas yourself for your own party - everything is fair game! E

48 comments:

  1. I'm so happy for you!!! CONGRATS! Everything was beautiful!

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  2. Yay congrats on your little boy! I LOVE the party - you did great!!

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  3. Congratulations!! I LOVED reading through this post - never knew about Gender Reveal parties but now I TOTALLY want one someday :) I might have to steal your ideas, but I promise I'll give you credit ;) Cannot wait to meet little BOY Baby Chapman :)

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  4. Such a cute party idea! Congrats.

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  5. This has got to be one of the cutest parties I've seen! I may have to use your fantastic idea when it's our time to reveal! Congrats on the little guy on the way!!

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  6. I love the idea of Gender Reveal Parties!! It's so fun! Congrats on your baby boy!

    Be sure to check out the Pampered Chef giveaway I'm hosting!

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  7. This is so fun!! i am definitely going to have to do a gender reveal party when the time comes! So fun! Love it! Congrats on your baby boy! :)

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  8. Yay! This is so exciting! :) I kept checking back on Saturday waiting for the big reveal. What a fun way to share the news!

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  9. such a great party idea! I will definitely have to do one when it's my time someday!
    Congrats on everything! Baby boys are so precious.

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  10. What a fun party! I loved all the details! And YAY for little boys! :)

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  11. That is such a great idea! Sounds so fun, and SO exciting! So nice you could share that moment with your family!

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  12. This is so cute! Yay for a boy!! Congrats!

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  13. love this.... it looks like so much fun and LOVE the anticipation! congrats!!

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  14. How exciting and what a great way to announce it!!! He is going to be so spoiled; I can tell already!!!

    xoxo
    Jess

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  15. This is a wonderful idea! I'd never heard of it before but it is great!!! Congratulations to both of you! Wonderful! :)

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  16. That picture of the grandma's cutting the cake is soooo cute! Love this idea :)

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  17. What a CUTE party! I love all the decor! Congrats on your baby boy!!

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  18. congratulations! I love the party, fantastic! And the expression on the grandma's faces is priceless! :)

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  19. This is so freaking cute. I would have never thought to do anything like this..... I'll have to file it away in my if I ever have a kid file. :)

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  20. What a cute idea! I had never heard of a gender reveal party before, but now I want to have one when we have kids!

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  21. This is such an amazing idea! I'm not even prego and I want to save this to remember! =D

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  22. Such a cute idea! If I had known there was such thing as a "baby reveal" party, I'd have thrown one for my sister... she just found out too. :)

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  23. Congratulations! And what a cute idea for a party!

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  24. Gaaahhh!!! A boy! Yay :)

    You know, I've never heard of a gender reveal party until this year. Seems like I'm hearing about them everywhere now. I adore the idea, and yours looks like it was a HUGE success. Congrats on Baby Boy C!

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  25. We just had our Twin Gender Reveal party last weekend and it was a blast!

    I love that you let the Grandmas cut the cake (so sweet) and how perfect that they wore both colors.

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  26. What a cute idea! I'm expecting my second and definitely want to do this. Thank you for sharing and congrats on your little man!

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  27. How did the DUE DATE POOL work exactly???

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  28. Cute! I'm planning a gender revealing party next month, so I'm searching for ideas...
    How do you do the "due date pool"? I assume it is like a fooball pool? That sounds really fun! if you have a second, please email me the details on that! kassidall@yahoo.com.

    Congrats on your baby boy! =)

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  29. i've just stumbles across your blog and clicked one or your popular posts-it is great! what a fun night that would have been!

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  30. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post. Thanks a lot for sharing here..I hope you will come up with more and more similar articles..

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  31. Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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  32. Congratulations!! I LOVED reading through this post - never knew about Gender Reveal parties but now I TOTALLY want one someday :) I might have to steal your ideas, but I promise I'll give you credit ;) Cannot wait to meet little BOY Baby Chapman :)

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  33. What an awesome room! You are so organized, I love it! :) Azis

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  34. This has got to be one of the cutest parties I've seen! I may have to use your fantastic idea when it's our time to reveal! Congrats on the little guy on the way!!

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  35. This is so fun!! i am definitely going to have to do a gender reveal party when the time comes! So fun! Love it! Congrats on your baby boy! :)

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  36. i may have to use your fantastic idea when it's our time to reveal! Congrats

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  37. This is a very interesting party. Thanks a lot for sharing your room

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