While waiting to find out a baby’s gender has always been one of the most exciting parts of the pregnancy experience, gender reveal parties are one the biggest new things. It seems like creative new forms of gender reveals go viral almost every day. This article features some of the most original and unique ways to announce your new baby girl or boy’s gender! We’ll also share some of the more classic gender reveal techniques.
You won’t believe the crazy extremes some couples go to for their gender reveals!
Raining Down Love!
Confetti Poppers are another often used way to reveal a baby’s gender. Since gender reveal parties are now a great way to get together with friends and family in order to not only shower the new parents but also take part in the excitement of the gender, throwing confetti seems like a great way to celebrate! Not so many years ago, parents had to wait for a baby to be born in order for the gender to be revealed, so it’s particularly exciting for friends and family to be able to literally shower the parents in love over the gender of the new baby!
The Classic Cake
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One of the most common gender reveals is the classic “cut-into-a-cake” scenario. People who choose this way to reveal whether their new addition is a boy or girl cut into the cake and the color, either pink or blue, indicates what the child will be. One person who did this was Cher Lair of Apex, North Carolina. Cher was the mother of SIX boys, and was expecting her seventh baby. Of course, after having so many sons, she had basically expected to have yet another one. Cher said, “Initially, on baby three and four I’m thinking ‘They’ll be a girl at some point. They can’t all be boys.’ But after four and five and six, You’re kinda thinking, yeah they can.” As Cher was surrounded by her family for her gender reveal she cut into the cake, only to reveal that indeed, she got her baby girl. Cher immediately started screaming and even fell to the floor. There is no doubt that the little girl will definitely be the princess of the family!
Now if you want to get super technical (and expensive) you can bring in and in-home ultrasound technician! This is one way that you can definitely make sure you accurately reveal the gender of your soon to be born baby. Not to mention, you’ll get the excitement of everyone finding out at once. Also, it’s always an extremely special feeling to see the baby in utero dancing across the screen in black and white. This is definitely not a common way to reveal the gender of a baby so it would be quite a memorable experience for your guests!
Pull the String
Another often-used gender reveal is the box with a pull-string. A box is suspended with a string attached to open the loosely closed bottom. When pulled, balloons, confetti, and streamers come out revealing either pink or blue. These reveals are a very popular and fun way to announce the gender of your baby. Keep in mind though, you have to be careful to secure the box because a few viral YouTube videos have shown them falling to the ground. In one instance, the box even fell on the young big brother-to-be, causing him to fall to the ground!
Pain Gun Fun!
This one is a really fun take on a gender reveal, and it also leaves you with a unique keepsake. Some couples have been using water guns to reveal the gender of their child. Of course, it’s necessary to make sure you can’t see inside the water gun or else the surprise would be ruined, so make sure to enlist a trusted friend! Typically, the couples will dress in all white, the water gun will be filled with a mixture of water and food color or water and paint. The parents will also usually have friends and family do the shooting, although we think this is an absolutely adorable way to include an older sibling in on the fun!
The smoke bomb gender reveal has also been one that has gained quite a bit of traction in recent years and we have to say it makes for some absolutely stunning photographs! Couples typically use “smoke bombs” or “smoke sticks” which are essentially a firework and when lit give off a large cloud of brightly colored smoke. Obviously, for a gender reveal the smoke will be either pink or blue. Some people place them inside a box while others have people hold the sticks. Either way it makes for one stunning spectacle that will definitely be remembered!
Gotta Catch ‘Em All
Every now and then people decide to incorporate their favorite fandoms into their special day and gender reveals are certainly no different. Pokémon seems to be a particular fan favorite and a simple internet search reveals an amazing amount of items available in order to help you reveal the gender of your little bundle of joy. Some people opt to have a Pokéball with the color of the gender inside while others opt to combine the reveal style with something more traditional like smoke bombs. If anything can be said, it’s that this reveal is definitely a unique one.
If you really want to bring on the fiesta (party) for your gender reveal, why not use a piñata for the big surprise? This one is kind of like a spin-off of the more commonly used box with a pull string only this time you can literally smash something, and what could be more fun than that? Some specialty shops offer gender reveal pinatas but you can also purchase your own piñata and have a trusted friend or family member stuff it with pink or blue streamers, confetti, and yes — even candy! This is basically every pregnant woman’s ideal gender reveal, you get to reveal the gender in a super fun way and you get your sweets at the same time! What could be better?
A Wizard Or A Witch?
In another method from the fandom files, we have the Harry Potter gender reveal. As we know, many people are head over heels for the Harry Potter books and films, with many people dubbing themselves as “Potterheads,” so it only makes sense that people would use the theme in their gender reveal. Some people have the different houses from the books, such as Slytherin or Gryffindor, compete against one another in various baby shower games while others incorporate a traditional cake to reveal the gender. And some others even order a personalized golden snitch to reveal the gender of their new arrival. Whatever your choice might be, there are plenty of options for you to use Harry Potter in your gender reveal!
Hit The Lottery!
When you are expecting a child, especially if it’s your first born, you definitely feel as though you’ve hit the lottery. What better way to celebrate the gender of a new baby than a personalized lottery ticket? These days you can actually order personalized lottery tickets (via a website like Etsy, for example). You can even have you and your partner’s names put on the top. Pass them out to friends and family and have them scratch off to reveal what your baby’s gender is! We think this is a particularly cute idea for grandparents to be able to take part in!
The Shooting Reveal
For the hunter or huntress in your life, shooting a target ball might be a great way to celebrate the gender of a new baby. Target balls are white clay balls that fans of shooting often use for practice, but you can also special order them to have powder inside that will explode on impact. Similar to a smoke bomb effect, this option definitely makes for amazing photos. Of course, this one comes with a cautionary label especially if you have other young children around. Remember, safety always comes first, which is important any time you deal with a loaded weapon.
Epic Powder Reveal
Holi powder is a colorful powder that was originally used during a Hindu religious festival, where participants use the powders to play fight and thus cover one another in colored powder. The powders have since been co-opted and used for various events like the Color Run or even gender reveals. You can actually make the powder on your own and there are various DIY instructions floating across the Internet. Needless to say, this is an absolutely beautiful and fun way to announce your baby’s gender and, of course, get some epic photos!
Bun In The Oven
“Bun in the oven” is an old pun meaning that one is pregnant, so many people have done pregnancy reveals with the ol’ “bun in the oven” theme, but nowadays people even take it a step further and use a bun to actually reveal the gender. Of course, you could either bake a bun or purchase one that has the added gender factor by including a blue or pink filling. Next, you hide the bun in the oven and wait for whomever you intend to surprise to find it! This will definitely make for one super sweet gender reveal.
Hand Prints Of Love
Another classic gender reveal is the “hand paint” reveal. This is typically done during a photo shoot. This is usually done when a pregnant woman wears white. Then the spouse places their hands in paint and then puts them on the woman’s belly. The result is a super cute photo with handprints in either pink or blue. This is one that is seen quite often but the result is always adorable and also leaves the couple with a memorable keepsake t-shirt. Quite often people also choose to have the photos done in black and white and then later use a photo editor to make the handprints the only bit of color to show the gender.
Erupting With Love!
This is another one to consider if you have older children who you want to break the gender news too. You can bring your kids together to build a volcano together, only to have it explode with colorful foam (baking soda). This a hands-on way for kids to take part in the arrival of their new sibling, and it also makes for a beautiful family memory, not only for the actual reveal but even just for the crafting of the volcano. If you have little ones who are hesitant about welcoming a new one into their lives this is a great way to get them excited about their new little brother or sister.
May The Force Be With You
Star Wars has been popular since the 1970s and has even been treated to renewed popularity since the more recent films have been released. So it’s no surprise that Star Wars is a popular choice to use in a gender reveal celebration. For this one people use lightsabers for the big reveal. However, because lightsabers don’t often come in pink, people use either red or blue to reveal the gender of their new baby. This is another one that is fun for kids, but let’s be honest — pretty much anyone would get a thrill with this kind of reveal!
Taking The Big Dye
One of the more outrageous examples on the list is the hair color gender reveal! Would you be willing to dye your hair to announce the impending birth of your baby? Dantrielle Morris handed over the envelope containing the gender of her child to one very special person — her hairdresser. The hairdresser, Janeese Murphy, actually helped come up with the creative gender reveal. Janeese said, “She is a friend from high school, and she recently announced she’s pregnant. I knew she liked to wear different colors of hair, so I came up with this idea of dying her hair pink or blue to reveal the gender. She was really into the idea.” The two filmed the entire thing and put it on Facebook where it immediately went viral, with over 2.4 million views. In the end, Dantrielle ended up with dyed pink tips, revealing that she was having a baby girl.
Break An Egg
Another super cute way to reveal the gender of your new baby is with a special egg. You can find these online from various retailers and they are handcrafted to reveal a colorful gender yolk when cracked! Perhaps this would be a fun way to surprise your spouse over breakfast? Some of the eggs consider an actual “color yolk” while others have also included a small slip of paper which reveals the gender. Whichever way to use this one, it will definitely be a unique and memorable way to reveal the gender of a new baby.
What’s Your Fortune?
Similar to an egg gender reveal, a fortune cookie reveal is one that announces the gender of your new baby with an unfolding fortune cookie slip. Perhaps the pregnant woman is a big fan of Chinese cuisine. In this case this reveal technique would be an excellent choice! You could even include this at a baby shower catered with Chinese food and then pass out the fortune cookies as a party favor. Then you can let all of your loved ones open up their fortune cookies and find out together what the new bundle of joy will be!
Don’t Strike Out!
Some people opt to include some of their favorite things in their gender reveal to really give it that unique touch. This is why’s it’s no surprise that Atlanta-based sports broadcaster Kyle Tait decided to use baseball to reveal the gender of his child. He was supposed to hit a ball pitched by his wife Megan and when the bat hits the ball it bursts into a colored powder revealing either blue or pink. The first pitch didn’t work out, unfortunately, so the ball hit the ground. It exploded and revealed that the two would be having a sweet baby girl. Some might feel that this was a gender reveal fail, but hey it makes for a memorable story anyway!