February 7, 2011 in Mom 2 Mom
Hello Blogworld, this is Amber. A few weeks ago, I threw Alisha (my sister) a baby gender reveal party…and now I am sharing tips for how you can throw one, too! Last week, we talked about decorations for your gender reveal party. The week before, we talked about invitations. This week, let’s talk about activities!
As I said last week, it was important to me that all my decorations have a purpose beyond beautification….so many of the decorations that you saw actually played a role in the games we played during the party.
First of all, I thought it would be nice for guests to have some thing to do while they ate and mingled. So, I set up this station at the entrance:
The sign is modeled off the invitations and encourages guests to contribute name suggestions into the bowl. At the end of the party, Alisha went through all the names. This was a great way to get the pink and blue contrast in the room and it gave guests something to do during that meet and greet time.
Once all the guests had arrived, I gathered them all together in the living room for some games. This is an aspect of a gender reveal party that I LOVE, which contrasts with other baby showers: the entire family is invited rather than just the ladies. With husbands there, I felt like some of the classic baby shower games could be a little more fun and new since they had probably not seen them before. So, I went with the Chocolate Bar Game. Chocolate bars are melted into diapers and guests are asked to guess which candy bar they are. Many people use baby doll diapers for this, but Alisha had some newborn diapers around the house so we used them. I picked out 10 candy bars that caught my eye at the store and here is how they looked:
Guests were encouraged to pass them around, smell them, and even taste them if need be. Needless to say – it got pretty interesting!
The last activity involved a list of Old WIves Tales about how to predict the gender of the baby.
This is something I would highly recommend because it is unique to Gender Reveal Parties and people will have not seen it before. I pulled the mother and father to the front of the group and went through a list of 17 of these tales. You could use however many you want – I went with 17 because it is the baby’s due date and, since it is odd, there would be no chance of a tie. We posted the results with little onsies:
1. Do you crave the heals of bread or the middle?
2. Hands Chapped/Dry or Softer?
3. Eating more or sick/nauseated?
Eating more: Boy
4. Can people tell you are pregnant from the back? Or are you pregnant all over?
Just from back: Boy
All over: Girl
5. Which breast is bigger during pregnancy?
6. Who was more aggressive at the time of conception?
7. During the pregnancy, have you been crabby or happy?
8. Carrying low or high?
9. Do you crave sweet foods or sour/salty foods?
10. Is the heartbeat high or low:
11. Which side do you lay on when resting:
12. During the pregnancy, have you been clumsy or graceful?
13. Show me your hands.
Shows them palms up: Girl
Shows them palms down: Boy
14. Has the husband put on weight during the pregnancy?
15. Pick up a single key.
Picks it up by the long narrow part: Girl
Picks it up by the round part: Boy
Picks it up in the middle: Twins
16. Did the older sibling say Mom or Dad first?
17. Consider the Mother’s age at conception and the year or conception.
Both even or Both odd: Girl
One is even and one is odd: Boy
I must give a disclaimer: I did not come up with these tales on my own nor do I stand by their results. In fact, the old wives tales predicted that I would have a nephew…. and that is not the case. But it was still entertaining and fun! It had the mom and dad red with embarrassment and everyone was laughing.
How did we find out what the gender will actually be you ask? THAT activity – which is the key to the success of a gender reveal party – will be revealed next week when we talk about FOOD!!!
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