The clue is in the name, really. A gender reveal party is one of life's more celebratory events, built around finding out if your unborn child will be a girl or a boy. It can, however, also be a slightly stressful occaison, what with all your families, friends and in-laws coming together just for you. Don't fear, ahead, we spoke to Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, founder of events comepany La Fete, who shares her top tips for throwing the perfect gender reveal party - with a little celebrity inspo thrown in, obvs.
Are gender reveal parties different to baby showers?
Yes! Generally, a baby shower is hosted for the mother-to-be by family or close friends, and typically includes baby related games and gifts for the unborn child. However, a gender reveal party is a gathering generally hosted by the soon-to-be parents, where games and gifts aren’t commonplace (gifts if anything would be as a courtesy to the hosts, and not necessarily baby-related).
You can have the gender reveal as part of your baby shower, but many people feel that two separate celebrations work better: after all, it’s also a reason to get together and enjoy each other’s company!
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When should you throw a gender reveal party?
It can only be thrown once the baby’s gender is visible on the scans, usually, from 20 weeks onwards (or earlier, through a blood test). However, it’s absolutely down to you whether you want to host a joint reveal/shower, or gender reveal followed by a later baby shower.
Seasons do not play a factor in your event, other than the obvious, such as hosting an autumn/winter event indoors or having a plan B for a fully outdoor celebration. Most importantly, you need to choose which day you would like to host, with weekends being the most popular choices. If your family get together every Sunday for lunch, why not host the gender reveal at that time? You know everyone will be free, and that particular moment has a special meaning to you.
Where should it take place?
Many parents-to-be opt to throw their event at home, particularly if they have an outdoor space (which is great for spring and summer reveals). If this isn’t an option for you, consider whether you would like to hire a space for the day, or even, why not turn your gender reveal into a weekend event? Take your nearest and dearest away for a couple of days, celebrate your togetherness, make memories and share your reveal in a beautiful and unique setting.
Who should be there?
Just your closest friends and family who you want to share this happy news with.
How can you plan a memorable gender reveal party?
Just because the party is generally thrown by the future parents, this does not mean that they are the only ones to plan it: do not hesitate to ask friends and family to help you, or even bring in an event planner who can truly turn your vision into a reality. If you are concerned that your loved ones might feel left out of the planning process, make sure to include them as much as you like in the actual event, particularly through décor: including attendees baby photos, for instance, makes the event personal and even more special to everyone there.
Games are not commonplace at a gender reveal, but you can choose to have guests placing bets on whether the baby is a boy or a girl.When it comes to overall theme/decor, there is the traditional blue and pink, but you can also build your event around yours and your partner’s interests, or take inspiration from animals, seasons, or even a favourite film.
For the reveal, could pick anything from coloured smoke, a confetti filled piñata, a balloon release, or if you’re feeling adventurous, getting the power rangers involved courtesy of Shay Mitchell's totally extra gender reveal to add to your celebrity inspo!