One of the most exciting moments of a pregnancy is finding out whether you’re having a boy or a girl. This moment now comes with added pressure as the gender reveal trend continues to dominate. After we announced that I was pregnant early last year, it didn’t take long for our family and friends to hound us about doing a gender reveal. I must admit that I wasn’t too keen on the idea. Sure, they made for great photos, but was it really necessary?
Despite my reluctance, it was actually Blake who pushed for it. I made it clear from the beginning that I did not want a co-ed baby shower, so I think for him, a gender reveal party was a chance to celebrate our new baby with everyone we love. It’s pretty hard to argue with that, so I gave in. We decided on a Mexican fiesta theme, and invited 50 (we both have huge families) of our closest family friends. For the actual reveal, I wanted to pop a balloon filled with confetti, but in keeping with the theme, Blake wanted to do a pinata filled with blue or pink candy. We compromised and did both.
Gender Reveal Pinata
I actually loved this idea when my husband suggested it, I was just worried it would take too long. Still, Blake really wanted to do this one, so we bought a pinata and filled it with pink candy. We already knew the gender of our baby. I broke down when the doctor doing our ultrasound asked if we wanted to know, and she told us we were having a girl before my husband could protest. If you’ve decided that you don’t want to know the gender, ask your OB to write it down and put it in an envelope. Give that envelope to a trusted friend or family member and ask them to stuff the pinata for you. We got our candy from Party City, which offers lots of different types of candy in individual colors.
When it came time do the actual reveal, we did the pinata first. We lined up all the kids, youngest to oldest, and let them each have a couple of cracks at it. Blake was right, it was kind of fun to watch the family on the edge of their seats, cheering the kids on to swing harder. It didn’t take long for our little pinata to break open, and the entire party erupted in excitement as pink candy rained onto the grass.
I knew our family would be excited to learn the news, especially my husband’s side that hasn’t had a girl in over 40 years, but I wasn’t expecting so much emotion. It started with a lot of screaming, and was promptly followed by happy tears and hugs all around. In that moment, I realized how much the gender reveal meant not only to my husband, but to all of our family and friends. It was all worth it, just to see how much our baby was loved.
For the balloon, I bought pink tissue paper confetti from Micheal’s and took it to Party City where I picked out a large black balloon (many other colors end up being see through once inflated) and asked them to fill the balloon with the confetti. They gave me a little push back, saying the balloon could pop upon filling it, but I insisted and said I know that they do it all the time. If you don’t want to know the gender, buy blue and pink confetti to hand over with your envelope. Ask the associate filling the balloon to use which ever color coordinates with the gender in the envelope.
After the commotion from the pinata died down, it was time to pop my balloon. At this point, the balloon was basically a photo op, but an important one because we only got video of the pinata. I enlisted my talented friend, Jessie, to take the photos. Side note: you can follow her on Instagram (@thataxeldog) to see some awesome photos. The photos of our balloon pop gender reveal came out beautifully, and the pink confetti raining down on us made the perfect ending to a perfect day. In the end, I’m so happy that I got talked into doing a gender reveal, and that we did it the way we did.
Did you do a gender reveal? If so, I’d love to hear about how you did it. Give me all the juicy details in the comments section below!