05 Mar

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

As some of you may know, we (HWTM Blog Contributor, Jessica Wilcox, of Modern Moments Designs) are expecting our fourth child. We already have three amazing boys ranging from two to seven years old. When we found out we were expecting, I immediately started planning a gender reveal party. This is going to be our last child, and I wanted to have fun sharing the good news with all of our friends and family!

Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to come up with some fun ideas! I also had a ton of help from many vendors who were kind enough to donate incredible products that made our party super special. I wanted to stick with your traditional pink and blue color scheme, but I also wanted to make it fun and competitive too. A “Girl versus Boy” theme arose and the planning began…

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

Our guests were encouraged to pick a team, either “pink” or “blue” and show their support by dressing in their team’s color. We also had a hanging chalkboard up so each guest could cast their vote. I cut out little women and men with my vinyl cutter and had each guest place one on the board.

I also created little tag that our guest could write baby name suggestions on and leave in the mail boxes. We already have a name selected, but it was fun to see what people wrote. We even had matching buttons that the guests could wear to show their support. These buttons were a huge hit and were kindly donated by Bettijo of Paging Super Mom.

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

Bettijo also sent me the link to a DIY Surprise Lantern, which we ended up using and it was so much fun. I made a pink and a blue one. My husband and I pulled the string on the lantern, which was going to rain confetti in the baby’s gender, but the first time each of our strings broke. Not to worry, this little blunder only added to the excitement! Then we pulled out the bottom of the lanterns instead and all the confetti fell out… this was a super fun (and easy) way to reveal our baby’s gender!

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

I do have one SMALL confession to make. We sort of cheated. My husband and I had planned on finding out the baby’s gender the morning of the big reveal and then sharing the news with our family and friends that evening. I’m too type A and not very patient and we actually ended up finding out about three weeks prior to the party!

This really made the planning a lot easier. We were able to have the cake done in layers of pink ombre. The cake pops, which were kindly donated by Pam of Cake Ball Love were all filled with pink champagne cake. Even the cookies that were donated by Liz of The Cookie Chew were filled with a yummy pink center.

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

One of my favorite aspects of this party was the cute black and white boxes that were donated by BlumeBox, which happens to be a local Portland company! I went down to their offices and Andrea and Whitney really hooked me up with some amazing BlumeBoxes. They now carry an insert for their square boxes that you can insert suckers, cake pops, or anything else you can think of to put on a stick. These boxes were both decorative and functional and really made a huge statement. To my surprise, they are super affordable and if you take care of them, they are even reusable!

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

All the food was done in shades of pink or teal blue. I just had your traditional sweet treats such as cake, donuts, cookies, cupcakes, macarons, candy, cake pops, and more…

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

I tried to carry the theme throughout the party. We even had shirts made for our family with “Team Wilcox” on the front and then each of our boys had “Big Brother” and then their birth order as their number. I’m hoping they can wear these shirts to the hospital when our little one is born.

Overall, the party was super fun and it was a memorable way for people to find out the gender of our baby. A special thanks to all of my family and friends who attended and all of the generous donations were received! I definitely recommend throwing a gender party to reveal your baby’s gender… Scroll down to see what we are having!

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

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VENDOR CREDITS

– Graphic Design/Styling: Modern Moments Designs
– Photography: Courtney Jade Photography
– Table Cloth: Table Vogue
– Tall Candle Sticks: HomeGoods
– Felt Circle Garland: sewn by Totes in Tow
– Stripy Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Black Cake Plate: Amazon.com
– Suckers & Candy Birthstones: Vintage Confections
– Double Stacked Beverage Jar: Pottery Barn
– Girl & Boy Buttons: Paging Super Mom
– Cookies: The Cookie Chew
– Donuts: Voodoo Donuts
– Macarons: Jade Tea House & Patisserie
– Cake Pops & Homemade Marshmallows: Cake Ball Love
– Boxes for Cake Pops & Suckers: BlumeBox
– Fondant Cupcake & Cake Toppers: Edible Details
– Cakes: Cakes by Taste of Honey (cakebyhoney@comcast.net in the Portland & Vancouver Area)
– Mini Boxes: Oriental Trading Co.
– DIY Surprise Lantern Tutorial: Oh Happy Day

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51Comments

1
Emily SAYS:

You ruined the reveal when you mentioned the cake!

Reply March 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

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ashleyrose SAYS:

What a cute idea! I love that you used the Tablevogue white table cloth as well :-)

Reply March 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

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bells-bakery SAYS:

We always play boys against girls on games night and this has given me so many ideas,thanks a bunch :)

Reply March 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

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bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com SAYS:

Jessica, you did such a fabulous job on this party! I really love the shirts that you had made… I can tell the competitive spirit at the party was SUPER fun. And how exciting that you’re getting a girl!! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

Reply March 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

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Nikki P SAYS:

Fun, fun, fun! I adopted my fun so I missed out on this (shower happened AFTER he was a month old) but I am TOTALLY hoping to plan one of these for a friend :)

Reply March 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

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antique engagement rings SAYS:

Very cute.. Im loving this!

Reply March 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

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Amy @ this DIY life SAYS:

I planned a gender reveal party for a friend last July and it was soooo fun (http://thisdiylife.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/a-revealing-party-and-now-we-know/). I guess I need to hope for another friend to need one to use some of your ideas. Too fun.

Reply March 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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Sarah SAYS:

I can’t wait for us to have our first baby. I hadn’t even thought of doing a reveal party, I love it!

Reply March 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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Jennifer Moewis SAYS:

I loved the entire party ideas… Amazing….i just want to know where did you buy the backdrop..

Reply March 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Jessica Wilcox-Modern Moments Designs SAYS:

The backdrop is a piece of foam core and then I had my own print done at my local print shop. I secured it with double-sided tape and that was it! Super easy!! I also sell this design in my shop!

March 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

Jennifer Moewis SAYS:

Thanks a lot

March 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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Kimberly SAYS:

Totally love the party!!! I am so excited that you posted the party!!! I just have a question. How did you make the background drop. It looks great!! The whole party is great.

Reply March 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Jessica Wilcox-Modern Moments Designs SAYS:

See my response above :)

March 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

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Jamie@VTMamateurs SAYS:

Congratulations…and how adorable! I love the idea of getting all the guests to show their team spirit! We were just looking for gender reveal ideas: http://vtmamateurs.com/2012/03/05/monday-mayhem-announcing-the-baby-gender/

Reply March 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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Terra Heck SAYS:

Congrats on finding out the gender, a girl! I wish you and the baby all the best. I’ve never heard of a gender reveal party. Sounds like a lot of fun and the decorations you did up look wonderful.

Reply March 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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Ashley Sand SAYS:

This is a really creative way to do a baby shower! Loved the theme and the food just looks so mouth-watering.

Reply March 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

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Joey SAYS:

So cuteeee all of these desserts!!!! The theme is so fun and cute!!!And the colors, pink and blue is so adorable!!!

Reply March 6, 2012 at 1:50 am

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CreativeBusyHand SAYS:

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Mar. 06, 2012. Thanks again.

Reply March 6, 2012 at 5:44 am

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