25 Gender Reveal Ideas to Celebrate Your Exciting News
Finding out your baby’s gender is an exciting part of pregnancy—so it’s no surprise that parents are eager to share the big news in a BIG way. In fact, gender reveal ideas and social media announcements have exploded in recent years, evolving from a simple “It’s a ...!” stork on the front lawn to full-on gender reveal parties.
From pink or blue smoke bombs to hilarious videos featuring the older siblings, there are so many baby gender reveal ideas to choose from. You could gather friends and family to share in the joyous news with a splashy gender reveal, or plan a private photo shoot with just you and your partner. Whether you’re looking for a quick-and-easy idea for your gender reveal or one that’s over-the-top, you’ll want to peep our list of creative gender reveal ideas for inspiration!
Blue & Pink Cupcake Gender Reveal
You can drop off a sealed envelope with the baby’s sex to the baker, who will fill your gender reveal cupcakes with blue or pink frosting. See more gender reveal cake ideas!
Smoke Gender Reveal Idea
The simplicity of this photo is part of what makes it so beautiful: a neutral palate in the decor and outfits, and that burst of gender reveal smoke! Purchase gender reveal smoke bombs on Etsy or Amazon.
Confetti Gender Reveal
Photo & to shop: Target
Can you even call it a party if confetti isn’t thrown?? Target has tons of fun, affordable products to help make your gender reveal party extra-special, and these confetti air cannons top the list. Bonus: They’re only $6 apiece!
Piñata Baby Gender Reveal
Photo & to shop: SuperSweetParty via Etsy
Guests will love getting involved (or just watching the excited parents go ham with a bat) when the big news is concealed in a sparkly gender reveal piñata like this handmade version found on Etsy ($20).
A Show-Stopping Gender Reveal Cake
Cookies and other handheld treats are a sure people-pleaser, but glam parents cannot resist an over-the-top pink and blue gender reveal cake to serve guests. The answer to “he or she?” lies within, when you’ve slipped the baker the results ahead of your big day and had the inside filling done in pink or blue tinted buttercream–or strawberry jam vs. blueberry. Bon appetit!
Christmas Cracker Gender Reveal
The British tradition of “Christmas crackers” filled with good tidings for the season and the year ahead serves as a fun holiday gender reveal idea. Make sure to do the big reveal in front of your tree or other beautiful Christmas decor to make your holiday baby announcement feel extra special. Your little one will love this video when they’re old enough to watch!
Accessorized Ultrasound Gender Reveal
Photo: A Small Snippet
If you’re not having a gathering but still want to reveal the gender news to your nearest and dearest, there are many cute ways to do so. A super-easy one is to slap a bow or baseball hat on your most recent scan photo and caption it, “It’s a –!” Use a photo app to add a graphic or, try a 3D piece of ribbon or tiny toy baseball hat if you want something a bit more personal.
Post-Baby Gender Reveal
Is there any more precious “reveal” than the child itself? If you’re “team green” or know the sex ahead but are waiting until Baby is born to share with the world, this is such a fun and sweet idea. Buy one outfit and name plaque for each sex and move Baby back and forth above them before settling on the answer.
Build Up Excitement With Balloons
Photo & to shop: AllEventsPrints via Etsy
No matter how you choose to reveal the baby’s sex, a pink and blue balloon arch is a decor staple of any baby gender reveal party.
Say It With Fancy Sweets
Cookies and cupcakes are darling… but macarons are très chic! (And, inherently gluten-free, in case that’s helpful for you and your guests). How beautiful are these confections? The inside layer of jam or creme reveals baby’s sex in the first bite.
Make a Game of Your Gender Reveal
Photo & to shop: SignandSelfieFrames via Etsy
Before revealing the gender, you can entertain guests (and yourselves!) with an Old Wives Tale guessing game, like this version from Etsy. See more gender reveal games!
Make a Gender-Reveal Handprint Heart
Bright pink or baby blue? Have your partner dip their hands in paint while you're blind-folded, and place them on your belly to create a heart revealing Baby’s gender. Or, you can both just do this together and create a photo shoot gender reveal announcement for social media—and as a keepsake you can frame!
Gender Reveal Chocolate Bars
Photo: Pick Any Two
Hershey chocolate bar gender reveals are so easy to pull off. Grab some markers and get to coloring, because this affordable gender reveal idea could not be sweeter!
Lashes or Staches Gender Reveal
Photo & to shop: GiftShopBoutique via Etsy
No matter how you decide to execute the perfect gender reveal, rocking these t-shirts will make it extra photo-worthy! A unisex fit means the shirt can stretch over a baby bump with no issues.
Dart Art Gender Reveal Idea
Photo: Sweet Smiles
The best part of this DIY gender reveal idea is that once dried, it makes lovely abstract nursery wall decor and will remain a treasured memento for years to come. If you go this route, make sure to take a video of the parents-to-be taking aim at their paint-filled balloons.
Nursery Decor Gender Reveal
Photo & to shop: ChalkItUpDecor via Etsy
Hang a precious sign outside the baby’s bedroom and let family and friends open the door to discover the gender based on the nursery decor.
Buy a Special Gender Reveal Outfit
Photo & to shop: HelloHappyBaby via Etsy
Nothing is more precious than baby clothes, so sharing your gender reveal news this way is absolutely perfect. Once Baby has outgrown the onesie and shoes, you can recreate the initial image in a shadow box for a lasting keepsake.
It’s a… Balloon! Gender Reveal
Photo: Diary of a Fit Mommy
Grab a custom balloon off Amazon or Etsy to spell out the big news! This blogger made it a family affair and took these stunning pictures to capture the moment.
Paint Fight Gender Reveal
Photo: Nancy Whiley Photography
This is an especially fun idea if you get an older sibling involved. All-white outfits are a must for this colorful gender reveal idea. Find DIY tips for this project on Pinterest.
Say It With Sprinkles
A special gender reveal doesn’t have to be over-the-top… sometimes the simplest details say it best. Pink or blue sprinkles on toddler tootsies in a big-sibling gender reveal? Pretty sure it doesn’t get cuter than this.
Balloon Box Gender Reveal
Photo: Life with my Littles
That thrill that comes when opening the top of a box loaded with pink or blue balloons cannot be matched. Make sure your balloons are fastened securely to the bottom of the box so they don’t fly away!
Baby Shoe Gender Reveal
All you really need is a baby bump and a pair of shoes to pull off this understated gender reveal. Buy newborn size booties so the baby can wear them for pictures in the early days as well.
Silly String Gender Reveal for the Win
Photo & to shop: OnceUponAPartyCo via Etsy
What party couldn’t use a little silly string? Cheap, simple, and oh-so fun, this is a great way to get guests or big siblings in on the action.
Be a Good Sport
Photo & to buy: GenderRevealParties via Etsy
Etsy has lots of options for the athletic parents-to-be, including soccer and tennis balls that reveal the baby’s sex. They also make for action-packed photo shoots, as pictured here!
Surprise Dough Gender Reveal Idea
Photo & how-to: I Can Teach My Child
If Baby has an older sibling, try out this easy and fun DIY gender reveal idea at home. Make playdough that turns pink or blue when activated by the warmth of big brother or sister’s hands!
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