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29 Gender Reveal Ideas We Love

We’ve rounded up the best gender reveal ideas so you can celebrate the news in a way that feels just right for you.

Enquiring minds want to know: Is it a boy or a girl? The question is no longer simply answered—but announced or revealed. And there are plenty of ways to do that. Whether you’re searching for gender reveal party ideas or gender reveal photo ops, there’s something for everyone here. Keep scrolling to see our favorite baby gender reveal ideas, from sweet ‘n’ simple to the utterly dramatic.

In this article:
Unique Gender Reveal Ideas
Cute Gender Reveal Ideas
Creative Gender Reveal Ideas
Funny Gender Reveal Ideas
Gender Reveal Ideas for Siblings Simple Gender Reveal Ideas

Unique Gender Reveal Ideas

There are plenty of gender reveal party ideas out there, but these definitely step up the drama—and turn your shindig into one your guests aren’t likely to forget.

Pokemon Gender Reveal Ball
In this case, you gotta catch just one—your little boy or girl. Let your guests know which by tossing this poké ball and watching it explode into blue or pink dust.

Buy it: $32, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy of Costume Discounters; Courtesy of PeaceLovePrintsCo/Etsy

Harry Potter-themed Gender Reveal
Wizard or witch? Only the sorting hat knows! For one of the most magically unique gender reveal ideas, gather everyone around the poster to watch as you lift the sorting hat (buy one or make your own). Underneath? An article of clothing for a boy or girl, revealing the sorting hat’s “decision.”

Buy it: $15, Etsy.com

Gender Reveal With LED Lightsaber
Use The Force to reveal your baby’s gender. If you’re expecting your own little Princess Leia, this pink lightsaber makes a cute Star Wars-themed party favor. There’s also a blue saber for mini Luke Skywalkers.

Buy it: $4, Amazon.com

Gender Reveal Piñata
Simply smashing: a piñatathat explodes with pink or blue confetti, revealing baby’s gender. Serve up tacos and virgin sangria to make it a full-on fiesta.

Buy it: $28, Etsy.com

Gender Reveal Baseball
If you’re hosting a Team Girl or Team Boy party, batter up! Besides the baseball, you can also choose a soccer ball or football—all of which can be filled with either pink or blue powder. Give it a hit or kick and poof! Guests will have the answer.

Buy it: $2, Etsy.com

Gender Reveal Paint Gun Fun
These proud parents-to-be wore white to the party and armed their friends with paint guns filled with pink or blue paint. As they went to go to town, they also discovered: It’s a boy!

Gender Reveal Smoke Bomb
For a theatrical take, have your guests gather around you in an open outdoor space. Have someone let loose a smoke bomb in pink or blue, and you’ve got a reveal that’s picture-ready.

Photo: Shutterstock

Gender Reveal Ultrasound Party
This one's over-the-top, and medical experts aren’t keen on it. But some couples insist they cherished the opportunity to have loved ones with them as they discovered their baby’s gender.

Cute Gender Reveal Ideas

Thoughtful, playful or both, these cute gender reveal ideas will undoubtedly make your friends and family go awww.

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Gender Reveal Punch
Your guests will know what you’re having once you serve them a drink—either pink lemonade or Blue Hawaiian Punch.

Photo: Shutterstock

Gender Reveal Balloon Release
This one's a classic: Pack a giant decorated box with pink or blue helium-filled balloons, then, at your party, release and reveal!

Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers
Gather up a stash—either pink or blue—and have your guests pop away! It’s sure to step up the festive vibe, and create the perfect photo (you’ll look like you’re in a parade!).

Gender Reveal Package
Special delivery! For loved ones who can’t make it, send them a package. On the tag, write, "Baby is a..." Inside, add layers of pink and blue tissue or confetti to keep them guessing. At the bottom, they'll find find the answer in the form of a baby boy or baby girl's outfit. Craft your own or check out this ready-made box, featuring pink or blue crocheted booties.

Creative Gender Reveal Ideas

Let your imagination run wild with these these baby gender reveal ideas.

Gender Reveal Scratch-Off Cards
You can design your own (check this out for a scratch-off how-to) or buy them ready-made. Whatever spot your recipient chooses to scratch, she’ll know the winning answer.

Buy it: $15, Etsy.com

Gender Reveal With Holi Powder
This creative gender reveal idea gives everyone a chance to throw holi powder—originally used for Holi, a Hindu celebration of spring, but now also a staple at color runs. Show up in white, and let the guests go wild with both pink and blue, but provide an especially generous supply of one or the other to reveal the genderr—as this adorable family did.

Photo: Shutterstock

The Bun-in-the-Oven Gender Reveal
To play up the pun, bake up a cake or cupcakes colored with pink or blue food dye. Once the oven has cooled, put the treat(s) back in for safe hiding. At the party, gather everyone in the kitchen, open the oven and pull out your cake for the big reveal.

Funny Gender Reveal Ideas

Seriously, these fun gender reveal ideas are laugh-out-loud funny (and completely silly).

"Here for the Sex" Gender Reveal Cupcakes
Because your guests came for the sex—the reveal of your baby's sex, that is! These are especially great on gender-reveal cupcakes (see Creative Gender Reveal Ideas).

Buy it: $6 for 6, Etsy.com

Pop-the-Belly Gender Reveal
Pour a little pink or blue paint into one balloon and the rest with white before blowing them up, then secure to a board. Now see who can pop the gender-revealing “belly” first. (Play this outside to minimize mess.)

Photo: Getty Images

Gender Reveal Filtered Ultrasound
If you like editing and filtering photos, then you’ll love doing the same with baby's ultrasound pic. Add blue or pink effects and emojis to the sonogram. Then email it to friends and family or blast it on social media and watch the likes roll in.

Old Wives' Tales Gender Reveal
With this instant download, guests try to figure out if you're having a boy or a girl based on the classic old wives' tales associated with pregnancy. Has mom had morning sickness? And what side is she sleeping on? Hilarious, but also possibly true.

Buy it: $8, Etsy.com

Photo: Justin Case/Getty Images

Gender Reveal Silly String
Few things will bring on the LOLs like the parents-to-be covered in Silly String. Wrap cans of Silly String with decorative paper so no one knows what color they have. (Make your own or download this one. Hand the cans out at the party and let the stringing begin!

Gender Reveal Ideas for Siblings

Many of the options in this post can be customized for siblings—big sis can open the box of balloons or break the piñata, for instance. But these gender reveal ideas are created just for siblings, so there's no question in their mind how important they are too.

Gender Reveal Family Photo
Get the family together, just as the Venture family—snapped by Songbird Photography—did, say cheese and have a friend click. Don’t forget the gender-reveal sign!

Gender Reveal Big Sibling Tees
Let your older child announce baby's gender by having her stroll into the party in a shirt that reads, "I'm getting a baby brother!" or "I'm getting a baby sister!" She can make the shirt herself with fabric markers on a white tee or choose from a bunch online.

Photo: Shutterstock

Gender Reveal Maternity Photos With Big Bro or Sis
Put a fun—and inclusive—twist on a maternity portrait. First wear a white tee. Then have your child dip his hands in blue or pink paint. Shoot one pic showing his hands on your belly, and the next revealing the color of the prints.

Gender Reveal Eggs
Have big bro or sis take the first crack at one these special eggs—they’re sanitized and reveal pink or blue “yolk” when broken. Hand out the rest as party favors.

Buy it: $30, Etsy.com

Simple Gender Reveal Ideas

Just because these baby gender reveal ideas are low maintenance doesn't mean they’re any less special.

Gender Reveal Desserts
Ask your favorite baker to create a blue or pink cake, topped with vanilla or chocolate frosting. When it’s time for cake, gather everyone around the table as you make that first slice with a flourish—and show everyone what you’re having.

Gender Reveal Fizz With Rubber Ducky
If you’re going along with “Waddle it be?” theme, this rubber ducky—which sits on top of a white bath bomb—is for you. Plop it into a bowl and watch the bath bomb sloooowly dissolve to turn the water pink or blue.

Buy it: $25 for 2, Etsy.com

Gender Reveal Guessing Game
Have party guests guess baby's gender and write it down on a slip of paper. Before they leave, announce what you'll be having. Those who guessed right win a prize.

Gender Reveal Name Suggestions
Place this instantly downloadable sign next to two bowls—one for boy names and one for girl names. Have everyone add a suggestion to each and before the party's over, reveal baby's gender by picking up the corresponding bowl and reading off all the suggestions.

Buy it: $2, Etsy.com

The Gender Reveal Grand Entrance
Make your appearance at the party dressed in a tee that says "It's a boy!" or "It's a girl!" Or rock something pink or blue from head to toe. Don’t forget to snap a pic to post or send to the soon-to-be grandparents!

Published August 2017

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