Balloons are a fun and inexpensive way to do a gender reveal. There are so many ways you can incorporate balloons into your gender reveal. For Alexie, we did a balloon box that we opened to reveal a bunch of balloons. This time, we decided to do a confetti balloon pop.
The balloon pop idea went really well with our New Years Eve Gender Reveal Party. I looked into buying a kit. A simple kit that consisted of pink and blue confetti and a balloon started at around $15 plus taxes and shipping. And I hadn’t even paid for helium to blow it up yet! While not crazy expensive, I don’t really feel like paying that much for a balloon, especially when half the confetti will be thrown out in the end. But I was in love with the idea. So I set out to make my own for a much better price!
I’m one of those people who keep all my tissue paper from presents. I have a whole box of used paper neatly folded in my closet. It’s a collection that I’ve built up after years of birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers and Christmases. I raided my box and grabbed 4 sheets of pink paper and 4 sheets of blue paper. You can do all one shade but I wanted a couple of shades withing each colour. I got 2 sheets of a bright dark shade, 1 sheet of a light shade and then a fun textured paper. The special textured paper adds a little sparkle to the confetti. I cut up each sheet into small squares, roughly 1″ across.
I was able to a 36″ black balloon for about $4. It costs me about the same to have it filled with helium. With my reused tissue paper, my total cost was about $8. You could even add a special ribbon or tail and still be less than half the cost of a kit.
It was super cute and exciting reveal. It was so much fun to pop the balloon and see the pink confetti fall out. Yep, we are having a girl. And the balloon pop reveal was a hit with everyone at our party.
- 1 36″ Black Balloon
- 4-6 feet of Ribbon
- 4 of each blue and pink tissue paper (use multiple shades for best results)
- Funnel, cardboard tune or cut off the top of a water bottle to make it easier to stuff the balloon
- Glitter (if you desire)
- Optional: extra ribbon, tassels, something extra fun for the tail
- Cut all sheets of tissue paper into 1” square confetti.
- Use a funnel, cardboard tube or the top of a water bottle to stuff your balloon with the appropriate colour tissue paper.
- Add approximately 1 tbsp of glitter if you so desire. (we decided not to add glitter because we were doing it indoors. But the glitter is great if you are popping it outside)
- Inflate with helium. DO NOT use the liquid sealant that some places offer. It’ll make everything wet and sticky and it won’t float nicely.
- Tie off your balloon and add a ribbon. You can add a special tail, tassel or fringe to make it extra special.
- When it’s time, hold it up high for a dramatic reveal and pop with a pin! Remember to set your camera to blast! Surprise!