I am overjoyed to announce I’ll be gaining another niece this summer!
We had a gender reveal party last weekend for my wonderful brother & sister-in-law. I put together some last minute pink & blue fun for a gender reveal BaByQ! I planned on keeping it simple with lots of pastel pink & blue & plain baby things, like your old school baby shower. Then I found myself in goodwill looking at sheep after sheep. There were all forms- figurines, stuffed animals, paper plates, kleenex box holders, salt & pepper shakers. I’m not sure if someone donated an entire odd collection or it just happened this way. Nonetheless, I was inspired & decided I needed to pick out a few lamb objects for the party. It would be the understated theme- “Pink or blue? Baby, what are ewe?” Get it? Ewe, like you, like a lamb. I hope you get it. Otherwise I look like a crazy person over here!
I settled on a pair of pink & blue sheep & grabbed the lamb paper plates. I have this thing for vintage party supplies/decor. I’m always grabbing pieces at thrift stores, so I had to have these plates you see.
I gussied up this small table on our porch with some goodies that made the theme clear as guests arrived- a chalkboard, lamb beanie baby & a blue mason jar full of pink flowers.
Since they were planning to pop a ballon with colored confetti inside, switching out the heart in the middle of my Valentine’s day wreath for pink & blue balloon ornaments made perfect sense. I added a chalkboard there too.
I made some incredibly simply printables to go around (which will be available at the bottom of this post), including this one encouraging guests to wear a pin representing their guess.
This was a fun activity for guests to work on while were waiting for everyone to show up. Everyone had a good time thinking up their perfect name for a boy or girl. Just set out 3 jars/glasses- one for boy names, one for girl names & one for pens. Supply pink & blue post-its for jotting down the best name ideas. Make sure it’s clear which jar the suggestions go in as well. Afterwards, my brother read them all out loud & then we spent an hour discussing everyone’s name ideas & googling & suggesting family names. Things got a little heated lol. We’re still waiting to hear what their decision is!
I took the few red/heart items off the mantle & kept it neutral for the reveal. This was the place where the balloon popping would take place, after all. I added more flowers, a stuffed sheep that I stole from my niece & the balloons.
Also, in case you need help in this area, here’s my quick version of…
HOW TO FILL BALLOONS WITH CONFETTI:
- Cut a long, thin strip of tissue paper. Do this while it is still folded up & it’s ridiculously easy. Cut the opposite way to make a million little squares.
- Slide the end of a balloon onto a funnel.
- Use a wooden dowel/skewer/chopstick to carefully force confetti down funnel & into balloon. Be sure not to puncture the balloon.
- Remove funnel & blow up ballon. Tie at end.
Now onto the fabulous food table! I found these 2 cheesy banners at the Dollar tree for a buck each. This fur wreath seemed to go along with the sheep theme so I made it the center point. I got it after Christmas from Target.
We had all kinds of BaByQ goodies & I did my best to incorporate baby names into all the foods. My husband even helped with this part a little.
I’ve been dying to make some of these fancy chocolate covered OREO’s in the muffin tin. They came out so sweet, but they do use like a ton of chocolate. So plan on using like 3 blocks of chocolate if you want to cover a whole package of OREO’s. Also, plan on sharing one with a friend, there is a whole lot of sweetness going on here.
I served the BaByQ on baby buns (King Hawaiian rolls), of course, with baby vomit (potato salad), baby poop (baked beans), baby weiners (little smokies in BBQ sauce) & little devils (pink & blue deviled eggs). We also had strawberries with fruit dip & chips with dip.
Oh & pink & blue cupcakes! The new pink & blue velvet cake mixes make this too terribly easy to do.
The punch had to be pink & blue too! For the pink I mixed one gallon of raspberry lemonade with 2 liters of Sprite. For the blue I mixed 1 gallon of blue raspberry punch with 2 liters of Sprite. Can’t beat that. One must always have appropriate colored punch for their party.
Since I’m such a weirdo & was going for the tacky old school baby shower thing, I found it totally appropriate to tie teeny tiny babies around all of the glasses. I used various mixtures of pink & blue string & tassels to help differentiate who’s was who’s. I used more blue mason jars for the drinks too.
Clearly, I have a problem. I plan to reuse these for the “my water broke” game at their baby shower.
I got the wildest idea to mix a gender reveal vote with pin the tail on the donkey & use this small, fluffy, white rug I have. It so worked with the theme y’all! Everyone grabbed a clothespin & a ribbon for their guess then stuck it to the “sheep” on the wall.
Is this taking things too far or what?
It actually worked great to keep track of the final tally of everyone’s guesses. Not gonna lie, almost everyone showed up wearing blue & voted for a boy. Oh well, we’re happy to welcome another girl!
My pink carnations in blue mason jars made the perfect gender reveal centerpieces! I’ll keep them around for some spring as long as they last.
Here they are popping the balloons!
This girl’s face says it all! She is so excited to have a baby sister! She insists on naming her Staria though & I’m kind of concerned that no matter what her name is she’ll call her Staria anyways. Ha! What are big sisters for!
HE/SHE Hershey bars made a lovely favor for guests to grab on their way out. FYI – I tried several different methods for trying to color the pink & blue he & she on the bars. Markers, highlighters, sharpies & nail polish do not work well. The absolute easiest/least messy way was puff paint. Their is no need to use the regular sized bars either, that can get pricey quick. Instead, grab a big bag of mini Hershey bars & go to town. These can be prizes for games as well.
Here are all of the printables I made & used for the gender reveal. Just right click/save as on any/all of the photos below. Then, print scaled down to the size you prefer or keep them full size.
Thanks for stopping by y’all! Hope you found some good ideas for your gender reveal!
See ewe later! 😉
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