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How to Plan a Baby Gender Reveal + Free Printables

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All the details and practical tips on how to plan a baby gender reveal party. Includes FREE PRINTABLES with ideas for food, decor and reveal.

A birthday cake


As of a few months ago I hadn’t even heard of a baby gender reveal party, but today I’m here to share all the details of the fabulous way we celebrated our first grandchild on the way.

Tips for throwing a baby gender reveal party:

  1. Decide on location for the party.
  2. Invite family and friends, including someone who can be trusted to keep the secret of the baby’s gender.
  3. Choose the theme and decor.
  4. Prepare the food. This doesn’t have to be fancy. An ice cream party is a great suggestion where everyone contributes!
  5. Vote for team girl or team boy.
  6. Do something creative for the reveal, such as silly string.

Baby Gender Reveal Party

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Silly String
Galvanized buckets
Party supplies (not like what we made ourselves but would save time!)
Paper supplies

When our oldest daughter and son-in-law announced that they were expecting our first grandchild we were so thrilled! Rachel immediately started talking about a gender reveal party and I hightailed it over to Pinterest to see what she was talking about!

(I should have known at this point that we would go into “planning prep” as a team since Rachel’s wedding was a DIY for most every detail. Rachel and Donny did the bulk of the party work, but I have the pleasure of sharing it!)

A group of people posing for the camera

As the weeks progressed Rachel found out she would have an ultrasound right at 20 weeks and we planned the party for the next day.

It should be noted that the doctor told Rachel and Donny that it was possible that they wouldn’t be able to tell the gender at the ultrasound appointment.

At this point, my planner daughter immediately said that was NOT a possibility since we were having a party that totally depended on knowing the gender!

1. Decide on location.

Rachel and Donny wanted to have the party in their backyard and from the beginning we prayed for no rain! I can just tell you that the backup plan would not have been half this pretty, but God was gracious to give us a beautiful sunny (and hot!) evening.

You can see a wide shot of the back of their house and deck and how we set up the tables, clearly equally divided between pink and blue!

 A group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field

2. Invite family and friends.

The guests were comprised of both family, friends and coworkers who were excited to join in the celebration of a precious new life.

This is the time you want to have a good friend who can keep a secret!

Since Rachel and Donny didn’t want to know the sex of the baby until we all celebrated together, Whitney was tasked with the sealed envelope that contained the much awaited baby sex and the responsibility for purchasing all the silly string for the guests from the dollar store.

A woman posing for a picture

(Whitney was smart enough to check each can as she removed the blue or pink lid, which was a brilliant idea because some of the lids had been switched!)

Rachel’s dad provided security. This was a rowdy bunch after all.

A group of people standing in the grass 

3. Choose the decor

Rachel decided to use teal to represent boy and hot pink for girl and this combination created an explosion of color when we pulled it all together.

We wrapped a roll of thin white plastic around the deck to use as a backdrop and then attached all the tulle pom poms, fans and strands of circles (cut from cardstock with my handy Cricut diecutting machine) with fishing wire.

 Background pattern

We mixed in some black and yellow as well.  

Background pattern

I made an inexpensive banner out of chalkstock tile, burlap and canvas pendants (read the tutorial here) using chalkboard markers. The banner can be erased and used over and over again!


Tutorial coming soon on the tulle pom poms (in teal and hot pink), my new favorite easy party decoration!

Background pattern

Tim had the idea to use baby food jars for the homemade DIY citronella candles we make for the tables in the yard. Perfect addition to an outdoor party!

A close up of a bottle

On the deck we had a table set up like a voting booth with ballots to cast votes for girl or boy Baldridge.

Gender reveal party

Ultrasound pictures and a wedding photo gave us a walk down memory lane!


4. Prepare the food

Rachel’s friend Whitney was a sweetheart and decorated the girl and boy cupcakes.

 Food on a table, with Gender reveal party

Rachel provided all the fixin’s for an ice cream bar and served them in these adorable tin buckets from Target.

All the details and practical tips on throwing a precious baby gender reveal party. Includes free printables with ideas for food, decor and reveal.

Each family was asked to bring a gallon of ice cream and we poured bags of ice in these dollar store plastic baskets to keep them from melting.

A box of food, with Gender reveal party

Rachel dipped ice cream cones in almond bar candy coating and sprinkles and they were adorable! 

A close up of a decorated cake on a table

Cupcake toppers separated the girls from the boys!

Gender reveal party

I should add that Donny created all the graphics for this party and did a great job! 

Gender reveal party with pink cupcakes and toppers

In addition to the cupcakes we had a beautiful cake with the inside tinted blue.

Gender reveal cake with blue, pink and black decorations

5. Vote for team girl or team boy.

The guests were all asked to vote for Team Girl or Team Boy and wear pink or blue in favor of a Boy Baldridge or Girl Baldridge. Such a terrific way to get the guests involved in the fun!

Can you tell what I was voting for? Our family was totally divided!

gender reveal guests vote for boy or girl baby 

6. Do something creative for the reveal.

After everyone stuffed their faces with enjoyed the ice cream bar it was time for the big moment!

Rachel and Donny were separated from us so that all the guests could spray them with silly string.

It was an amazing moment to celebrate as we all showered them with blue string and watched as their faces reflected the news!

A group of people that are standing in the grass 

And it was Team Boy all the way! 

 A group of people that are standing in the grass

We can’t wait to meet you Aiden James Baldridge! 

happy couple after baby gender reveal party 

My niece Jennifer of Jen Yancey Photography graciously took pictures so I could enjoy the festivities. Her pictures would be the clear, beautiful shots and mine would be all the other ones!

(You can check out all the news about the elephant themed baby shower I threw for Rachel and the story of Aiden’s anxious arrival.)

For the baby gender reveal printables below, just check landscape orientation when you print the files and use cardstock paper for best results.

The invitation has also been left generic for you to fill in your own info (date, time, location, etc.)

Enjoy and I’d love to see some baby gender reveal pictures of your own!

FREE Printables!

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Click here for the Invitation
Click here for Baby Voting Ballot
Click here for Ballot Box Sign
Click here for Boy Cupcake Topper
Click here for Girl Cupcake Topper
Click here for favors for your guests!

For more fun party ideas check out my Elephant Themed Baby Shower, inexpensive Sweet 16th Birthday Party Ideas, and Graduation Party Ideas.

All the details and practical tips on throwing a precious baby gender reveal party. Includes FREE PRINTABLES with ideas for food, decor and reveal.

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    1. Hey, sweet Laura! Thank you so much for featuring our gender reveal party and leaving such a sweet comment. We are all excited to meet Aiden and I know the days will fly by! Well, maybe not for my daughter 🙂

  1. Congratulations on having a boy!!!!! What a clever way of announcing the gender of the baby! Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! My daughter had a great vision for the party and we had a great time planning it together (although both of us voted girl!)

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  4. Wow! What a great party! Decorations were beautiful! Thanks for sharing on the #ShareTheWealthSunday link up!

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