Sunday, October 14, 2012

Melanie's Gender Reveal Party!!

Have you heard of the newest trend in pregnancy? It's the gender reveal party, and is all the rage on Pinterest! When we saw some of the ideas, we knew we had to throw one for announcing my last baby. With three boys already, the odds were we were having another boy, but figured it would be a fun way to find out! 
Not sure what a gender reveal party is? Basically, instead of the ultrasound tech announcing "Boy" or "Girl" at the ultrasound, she instead wrote the results down and placed in a sealed envelope. The parents-to-be then find out at a party or dinner, along with their family and friends. There are many ways to make the "announcement"- from having a baker design and bake a cake with the inside color either blue or pink, having older siblings open a box of clothes for the corresponding gender, to having a box of balloons filled in either pink or blue to float out as it is opened. We opted for the balloons, thinking it makes the best photo ops.
We had almost a week between the ultrasound and planned party date to prepare (although we started much earlier!). I was a good girl and never peeked at the envelope (I hate ruined surprises!). All of the crafting and planning made that week go by fairly fast :) We made almost all of the decorations (with the help of our sister Erin and her Cricuit!) and all of the favors. It was so much fun! 

So, enough with the chit-chat....on to the party!!

Our church teen area we used- all decorated :) 
Our table centerpieces- handmade lip & mustache chocolate suckers
 The beverage station- Blueberry Punch for Team Man and Strawberry Lemonade for Team Lady, complete with mustache and lip straws
 Adorable water bottles Beth made
 Fun favors for the guests to take
 Beth's awesome cupcakes. My camera didn't do them justice! She did a great job!
 Old Wives Tales List- I had a 50/50 chance!
 The food station- a Chili & Hot Dog Bar 

The "Cast your vote" station. Guests chose a lips or mustache pin, and had their pictures taken with their chalkboard ballot
 Beth's vote
 My husband Jason and my votes
 The ADORABLE reveal box! Beth and Erin did a great job on decorating it!
 Balloons hidden inside! Yay!
 Ready to find out!!
 Untying the ribbon....
 I so was not expecting pink! My brain took a minute to realize it wasn't blue!
 And then it hits me......and I sob like a baby!!!!!!!!

 Our house of blue finally adds our pink princess <3

Happy to announce we are having our precious daughter!
A huge thanks to Beth and Erin for all of their hard work! It was a wonderful party and such a fun way to announce our baby's gender. So many people cried and were overjoyed! Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us! Love ya'll!!

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