How to plan a gender reveal party

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Pregnancy is full of big milestones and exciting moments. But – by far and away one of the most special is finding out whether you will be having a little girl or boy.

Over the years, more couples have chosen to find out the gender of their baby to better prepare for the big arrival. Whilst many expectant parents still prefer to keep this as a big surprise, we have seen increased numbers of couples opting to host their own gender reveal party to share the exciting news with loved ones.

So, where do you start when planning a gender reveal party?

Here at Hello Baby, we have helped dozens of couples plan their dream gender reveal party, so we know a thing or two! From the best way to break the news to those added extras to make the event a special one, today we’re sharing our guide to planning your gender reveal party.

Deciding who will be in on the surprise

When preparing for your gender reveal party, you will first need to determine who is going to be in on it! There is a range of options available, and it really comes down to personal preference. So, with that being said, let’s take a look at the options:

  • The expectant parents – if you and your partner want to find out the gender of your baby to surprise friends and family later down the line, you could ask the sonographer to tell you the gender at your early gender scan.
  • The sonographer – want the gender reveal to be a complete surprise for all involved? Simply ask your sonographer to write down the gender of your baby and place it in a sealed envelope to be revealed at a later date.
  • Friend or family – some couples prefer to have the big news broken to them by a trusted friend or family member. In these cases, you could have the nominated person with you for your gender scan, allowing them to look at the point you turn away from the screen. Or, you could simply hand them the sealed gender envelope to keep until the gender reveal party!

Breaking the big news!

Once you have decided who will keep hold of your big secret, the next thing is to choose how you’re going to break the news on the day! Depending on what you go for will determine how much planning is necessary, so it’s a good idea to think about this early on.

The good news is that there is a wide range of options available when it comes to revealing the gender of your baby. And, they don’t have to cost a fortune either! Here are some of the most popular, many of which our team here at Hello Baby can help with!

Gender reveal balloon

Probably one of the most popular ways of finding out the gender of your baby is with a gender reveal balloon. These can usually be arranged by your baby scan centre and can be popped at the right time to reveal blue or pink confetti, feathers or glitter signifying a boy or a girl!

Gender reveal balloons are typically affordable and are a fun and stress-free way to share the big reveal with loved ones.

Gender reveal scratch cards

A particularly popular choice if you’re looking to make your reveal a bit more of a game, gender reveal scratch cards such as those we offer here at Hello Baby are a great low-cost way of finding out what you will be having. Just make sure you get perfect nails before!

Gender reveal cake

A gender reveal cake can be as grand or discreet as you’d like, but it’s fair to say that this is the most delicious way to find out the gender of your baby! There are plen

ty of services which will happily create the perfect gender reveal cake, or you can opt to make your own if you’re a dab hand in the kitchen!

Simply gather everyone around and cut into your cake to reveal either pink or blue sponge or opt for a filling of pink or blue sprinkles, sweets or chocolates – the options are pretty limitless!

Other things to think about

Although the main focus of any gender reveal party is the big reveal itself, there are of course a range of other things you could consider including to make a full day of festivities. Here are just a few of the things you may want to consider:

Indoors or out?

If you’re hosting your own gender reveal party from home, then you could consider having it as an indoor or an outdoor event. This, of course, will vary depending on the time of year, but it is something to consider.

Games

You only have to look online to be inundated with fun, creative and silly games that are just perfect for a gender reveal party. From guessing the gender to favourite baby names – you can really get your guests involved in the fun!

Food

What’s a party without food and drink? Whether you’re opting for a quaint afternoon tea inside or a BBQ in the garden – it’s a good idea to pick a variety of food, drink and snack options that could even be brought into the theme of the day with enough planning!

Host your gender reveal party with Hello Baby!

Whether you’re looking to include some extras into your special day or would like us to take care of everything – here at Hello Baby, we’re experts in what we do! We can host your dream gender reveal party from our beautiful boutique, or offer a range of options to help make your party perfect.

Take a look through our collection of available extras or contact us for more information on how we can help!

Customer Feedback

  • Kayt Haxby ★★★★★
    Honestly had the BEST experience at Hello Baby.
    We had a rocky start to our pregnancy so we have been to hello baby 3 times now just so we can feel reassured and one of which was for our gender scan. We have been made to feel welcome and
    … More comfortable every single time, but today has outdone the previous experiences by far. And they were already hard to beat.
    The lady who scanned my wife spent extra time with us, no rushing, evening helped get our baby moving around so we could see him better. She gave us a plenty time, and then even went the extra mile and gave us a tiny glimpse of him in 4D.
    We cannot recommend them enough. Friendly staff, great atmosphere and all round GREAT experience! Deffo worth going! 🥰🥰
  • Harriet Wall ★★★★★
    Had our gender scan today and took the kids so they could be part of it. We travelled quite far for the scan and was well worth it! Really welcoming staff and excellent service at the scan. Scan was really clear and we could clearly see … More he was a boy 💙💙 would definitely recommend.
  • And ★★★★★
    Loved our experience at Hello Baby 😃 been here twice ... once in 2018, and again in February 2021. I wanted the gender of my baby kept a surprise as we wanted a gender reveal cannon, and they did not disappoint or give anything away! Staff … More are very friendly and polite. Thank you so much again! Would recommend 5***
  • Merf.Wendy Price ★★★★★
    I came here for a private scan because I was not sure how far gone I was. I got a shock to realise I was already half way through pregnancy and I was having a boy. Came here again for a bonding scan and got some lovely photos. The staff … More were really friendly and I enjoyed the experience. Would definitely recommend xxx
  • Kayla H ★★★★★
    Lovely experience for our first scan! We went for an early reassurance scan and that’s exactly what we got. We turned up at the wrong time but they still fitted us in there and then no waiting around. Would recommend to others in the future … More
  • Jane Jones ★★★★★
    Amazing Experience
    I came to Hello Baby with my daughter for an Early and Bonding Scan, unfortunately they was closed for the gender due to lockdown.
    We had the best experience on both occasions, the receptionist was lovely and friendly
    … More and Katie was fantastic and very professional with what she does.
    On my daughters 1st scan she was too early to detect a heart beat so Katie very kindly offered us to come back the following week for a re scan. It was emotional to hear Katie offering her congratulations the following week and we got the best pictures you can get at such a early date.
    The bonding scan, Katie tried her best and wasn’t going to give up as the baby was in the wrong position, we was told to go for a walk and for my daughter to drink a lucozade.
    Upon our return, the baby had moved position and Katie again got us some amazing images.
    Everybody we met at Hello Baby was warm, welcoming and friendly, nothing was to much trouble and wasn’t rushed.
    We was asked on each occasion if we was happy with the scan pictures before buying them.
    Would definitely recommend and wouldn’t go any where else.
    Thank you Katie and team 💕
  • Annie Kay ★★★★★
    Visited with my Daughter and Son in law. Had the most fantastic experience and loved seeing my little Grandson on screen. Kate was brilliant and everyone made us feel so welcome. Highly recommended.
  • Charlotte Hewitt ★★★★★
    19 week gender scan so professional, nicola on reception was very helpful getting me booked in and arranging my gender reveal heart beat bear. Katie scanned me and told me an my partner when to look away and gave us lots of good views of … More our baby on the screen. I will definitely be booking 3d poss 4d scan in a few weeks. Thanks girls xx
  • J R ★★★★★
    My daughter suprised me with a 4D scan of my first grandchild.
    We were able to see a lovely image of my new granddaughter.
    The staff made our visit so special.
    Super friendly with a personal touch.
    Very memorable.
    Thankyou girls ♥️x
  • Ian Cousins ★★★★★
    What can I say! Katie made our day magical from the moment we walked in. Her care and enthusiasm for our gender reveal was amazing.
    Our little boy wouldn't move but Katie expertly got him in position to achieve some amazing pictures
    … More and footage of him. Thank you all at hello baby!
  • Henna Hussain ★★★★★
    David is amazing! By far the funniest, genuine and caring man I have ever come across. Thank you for the warm hospitality and advice. I will definitely be coming here for my scans in the very near future!
  • Lucy Owen ★★★★★
    I went today for my gender scan. I would highly recommend hello baby. Both ladies who was on shift was kind, friendly and welcoming. I felt comfortable during my scan, the lady was patient and reassuring throughout. Thanks for a nice experience … More and I look forward to seeing you again later in pregnancy 😊 ♥

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