I love planning parties and finding out the gender of our baby was the perfect reason to have a party. It was also a great way to get our friends and family involved. They were so excited about Baby O’s arrival and were thrilled to be included in finding out whether we were having a boy or a girl.
I started planning my party the way you would plan any party…by searching Pinterest for inspiration. While searching I found this photo of a cake with star toppers. That was what started it all. I decided that a “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” party with a white, silver and gold colour palette was the theme to beat. After a rather short discussion with my hubby, it was decided.
It was perfect. The theme was completely gender neutral. I also didn’t want to have everything be pink and blue. The pink and blue is everywhere and the base of almost every gender reveal theme. I wanted something different. With this theme, I can have that. An all white party with little accents of silver and gold.
I also loved the little poem, “Twinkle, twinkle little star. How we wonder what you are?”. It was so simple and asked the question we all wanted to know. Baby O…what are you? So it was settled. A “twinkle, twinkle little star” party it was.
I love designing invitations. It’s literally a hobby of mine. And I’m not a professional, nor do I use fancy design programs. I usually use free images off of google, and some kind of word processing program like Mac’s Pages to make my designs. For me, a great invitation has a simple and fun poem or phrase, a cute font or two, a simple image and the right information. Remember to include the type of party, the time, date, location, who the honoree is and RSVP information.
If you aren’t design savvy, there are thousands of ideas on Pinterest. Etsy is also a great place to find designer who will make invitations for you
- PB and J sandwiches made with our homemade raspberry jam and a little star cut out of the bread
- scoop nachos with salsa (because the scoop nachos kinda look like stars)
- veggies with ranch dip
- fruit and pretzels with Nutella
- crackers with cheese cut-out to be stars
- shortbread cookies
- gingerbread cookies
- chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream
- various candies including Hershey kisses, white candy coated chocolates and mints
- coffee and tea
Each menu item was picked because it was silver, white or shaped like a star. We served the meal buffet-style and had a little drink bar. Everything was self-serve and easy for me to make ahead of time or set up quickly the day of.
Make your guess.
Using a simple word program and printer, I was able to create a chart of wives tales. I used a chalkboard font which made for a really cute effect. I printed it and circled the answer that applied to me with a chalk pencil the day before. A simple frame that I got from the dollar store was the prefect way to display it. It helped people make “an informed decision” about their guess (not that there’s any truth to any of these wives tales. They’re just fun!)
Around the frame, I placed these large star stickers, which I got from Michaels on clearance. I wrote “Boy” or “Girl” on them. People wore a sticker, depending on what they thought we were having. Just before we did the reveal, we took a “team boy” and “team girl” pictures, with everyone wearing their guess.
I also got more of these star stickers and punched a hole in the top of each one. A piece of ribbon allowed them to hang on the wishing tree. I left pens out and had all the guests write a wish to the baby. It was great that they were stickers since I could easily glue them into a scrapbook later on. My husband was in charge of getting some branches. He went out and did it while I was at the store and I was thoroughly impressed with his attention to detail. He took a vase, add some small pieces of Birch tree and a few branches to make the tree. The final result was beautiful.
The Big Reveal
Living in Canada and having our reveal at the beginning of March left us limited with options. The day of our party there was about 2 feet of snow and it was about -20ºC outside. As a result, the reveal had to be indoors. We also didn’t want to make a huge mess like silly string, paint or a pinata would make.
We considered having a reveal cake, but my sister-in-law had reveal cupcakes at her party only 6 weeks before ours. After considering several options, we decided on a balloon box reveal.
While it wasn’t an original idea, we liked it for several reasons. It was easily adaptable to our star theme. It was cheap, clean and allowed someone else to set it up for us, which meant it was a total surprise for us as well as all our friends and family.
The day before the party, I took the reveal box and the envelope containing the sex of the baby to my local dollar store where they had helium (since not all stores have helium pumps). I handed the cashiers there the box, envelope, a balloon weight and 2 packages of balloons (blue and pink). I explained the plan and the girls there were so excited, they tried to shoo me out of the store before I had a chance to pay. They did a great job and filled the appropriately coloured balloons and hid them in the box (they left the unopened package inside too, so we wouldn’t know). They even replaced my balloon weight since it was broken at no cost.
For decor, I like to keep things simple. I use things like the wishing tree, reveal box and buffet as a large part of the decor. Why make things harder on myself when I don’t have to? By combining elements like the stars of the wishing tree, the colour scheme of the buffet and any decor, it allows things to do double-duty.
Other decor elements for our gender reveal included a simple banner made of circles, chalk, ribbon and star stickers. I used some silver glitter washi tape to add some glam to some vases where I put some mints and chocolates.
I am also a big proponent of using fresh flowers as decor for any party. Just some simple flowers in a vase add a layer of sophistication and class. It adds a natural element to the party. And a little goes a long way. Here I used some white flowers that I picked up at my local grocery store for about $20. I had one larger centrepiece on the dining room table and two much smaller bunches at the buffet. I used white chrysanthemums (which were on the clearance rack for half off and actually lasted for almost 3 weeks) and some white Gerber Daisies (my favourite flower).
We had an incredible time at our party. About 20 guests showed up and they were all pretty split on whether Baby O would be a boy or a girl. I thought for sure we were having a boy from day one while my husband had gone back and forth before settling on a girl.
I thought for sure we were having a boy from day one while my husband had gone back and forth before settling on a girl. After some food, chit chatting and a few photos, it was time for the big reveal. Everyone gathered in our dining room and held their breath. Together, my husband and I opened the box and out popped 10 pink balloons. We were having a girl! I honestly couldn’t believe it, but was totally thrilled! We celebrated by cutting our delicious chocolate cake with strawberry filling and just hung out some more with our friends and family. It was the perfect little party and a great way to share such exciting news!