Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Gender Reveal Party

As soon as we were past the first trimester, I went to work on our gender reveal party...with so many full weekends this fall, I knew I had to get it on the calendar for family and friends. Once we selected the date, I went to town on invitations--my favorite part of any party planning! Instantly, I fell in love with the designs of Jen from Blackberry Graphics and got to work.
From browsing the world wide web in seach of gender reveal party ideas, my initial thoughts were that I wanted to stay away from the traditional pink/blue color scheme...as cute as that may be, I wanted pops of fun fall colors that didn't scream "baby". After all was said and done, we landed on a coral, robin's egg blue, sunflower yellow, and gray palette and I loved how they turned out.
After the invites were sent out, I went to work on the other elements...picking out partyware {napkins, plates, cups, and such} from Target and Party City and then partnering with Julia from Delightful Decoration on a custom party banner to read "Boy or Girl?" which turned out to be the perfect addition.  I hopped over to Dime Store Buddy to order yellow/gray striped straws to have on-hand come party day, too.
Finally, I sought out assistance from a fantastic local bakery here in Nashville--Dulce Desserts--to create a custom cake that would serve as the "giveaway" for boy or girl. I brought them an extra invitation to custom match the colors and I couldn't have been happier with the end result.
Thanks to my fantastic friends and Mom, the menu I selected came together and everyone seemed to love the food...
Appetizers/Side Dishes
Hot Pizza Dip
French Quarter Cheese
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Sausage Balls
Grape Salad
Fresh Veggie Crudite with Ranch Dip
Main Dishes
Chicken Salad Croissants
Ham and Poppyseed Sandwiches
Mini Hot Dog Crescent Roll-ups
Desserts
Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip
Of course, no party is complete without favors, now is it? With the help of my fabulous husband, I made cake balls filled with pink colored cake and wrapped them up in cello bags with tags that read "Baby Cakes"...a sure hit by everyone!
I also repurposed the chalkboard we bought for our wedding for our guests to cast their vote on Boy/Girl before the big reveal...surely enough, by cake cutting time, the race was pretty even. 
After everyone arrived, I tried to get them to eat first, but they weren't having it, so we gathered everyone around the kitchen to let my Mom and Kaye cut the cake--classic reactions at their best ;). Here is the play-by-play:
starting to cut into the cake
 jeff offering his advice...
 mom taking just a little peek...
 look at that reaction...CLASSIC!
 thank gosh Kaye was calm because there was no holding Mom back--LOL
 hugs for a new baby girl...and a mini me ;)
There were cheers all around, many hugs and kisses, and lots of well wishes for the two of us, but mostly for Jeff because everyone said he was destined to have a baby girl and knew he was in big trouble with another one of me to enter the world in March. It's just perfect how things work out.
Afterwards, we got to open some very special presents from friends and family--Baby Girl now has quite the collection of books for bedtime, new picture frames to capture adorable shots, a few new stuffed animals to make her room feel like home, a new white minky "lovie" to tote around, a gorgeous white crocheted blanket from her Mimi and Pappy, a lamb bib for mealtime, and a beautiful white bunny dressing gown for when she makes her debut.
The rest of the afternoon was spent watching football, taking pictures outside to take advantage of the warm weather, and then birthday celebrations for Bev... couldn't have asked for more. I hope you all enjoyed our little look-see from the party!
 Mimi and her 2 girls
 love these ladies!! so happy they could be there to celebrate

41 comments:

  1. The party came out SO cute. I just LOVE this idea. :)

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  2. AMAZING! I am totally in love with the idea of the gender reveal party and have loved seeing re-caps from many of them, but yours was exceptionally special! Loved all of your details! Beautiful!

    Hopefully I'll get to throw one of these one day! :)

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  3. Aw, I love love these pictures! You look so beautiful and you can see the joy coming from everyone's faces. And yay a girl!!! How fun!

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  4. Congrats on your baby girl! Everything about the party looked perfect!

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  5. You did such a great job with everything!!! And I love how you and your girlfriend are all wearing similar outfits and boots!

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  6. What a fun party!! I love the cake and the invites (Dulce/Juanita did my wedding cake, don't you just love her?!)! Did you take all the pics? If so, very impressive!...I need to learn how to use my big girl camera! :)

    Congrats on the baby girl again!

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  7. I love it!!! What a fun party. Seriously, you throw the best parties. You are awesome at all the little details. I love it! :) :) When I have a gender reveal, you can plan it ;)
    The photo of your mom is priceless, so sweet!
    And all those photos with you and your closest friends are adorable :)

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  8. Great party!! Did Jeff have someone on speaker phone during the reveal? How exciting for both of you, I also have a little girl!! :)

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  9. Looks like you did a great job on the party! Love your color palate too! Congrats again!

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  10. Everything turned out so cute! Of course it would because your wedding was GORGEOUS! Totally got ideas for when my time comes around :)

    Love seeing the reactions of the fam! Good Times!!

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  11. Beautiful party! And your Mom's reaction is such a "mom" thing. I love it! :)

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  12. The party is beautiful and so are the pictures. No better picture than you of you and your mom. Adorable!

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  13. Congratulations on your baby girl! That gender reveal party was too cute!

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  14. Just beautiful! I've been to many gender reveal parties, and I just loved that yours wasn't the traditional "pink and blue" theme! The cake looked just perfect, fit the theme wonderfully! All of the pics of you and your mom are just priceless! What a special day!

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  15. it came out great!!!

    Have you started ideas for the nursery yet!

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  16. I love gender reveal parties! Looks like yall had so much fun!! Congrats on your baby girl!!

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  17. Also, question.. where are the silver serving pieces from? Wilton Armetale? The tablescape looks great!

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  18. I love this party theme and the fact that you didn't do the traditional pink/blue colors. I also love your halloween decorations! Such fun ideas.

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  19. All thats missing is a bump shot!! The choice in colors for the party were awesome - looks like a great time! - Sarah

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  20. So cute! I love the color scheme you picked...and the reactions! So adorable. And so happy for you guys!

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  21. What a wonderful party! You went all out. Love all the details:)

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  22. what a cute idea! you are adorable!

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  23. AMAZING! Such a great idea. Love all the details!

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  24. How cute!! Loved the color scheme you went with!! :)
    I have to ask though, where did you get your boots?

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  25. every single detail of your party was super cute. I love the "cast your vote" chalkboard, and also your darling banner. Congrats on your sweet baby girl. What a special time for you and your excited family!!! xoxo

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  26. What a beautiful party, and what a priceless reaction from your mom! I'm so glad someone caught it on camera.

    Congratulations on your baby girl!

    Also - would love for you to do a tutorial on how you style your hair - beautifully perfect all the time!

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  27. what a pretty party...you and your friends are gorgeous...i love the idea of a gender reveal party...and you are such a hot mama!! xo congrats on your baby girl!!

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  28. Seriously, all these pictures look they came right out of a magazine! Your mom is so adorable and I bet she is just thrilled to have another little girl to spoil! ;)

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  29. What an adorable party. Congratulations on the baby girl. Baby girls are the best!

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  30. I love the details!! So precious! I think the color scheme you came up with was just perfect! And, I think your dress is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us! :)

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  31. This is so cute! Love all the pictures and all the decorations and food. Everyone looks so happy :)

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  32. This is hands down the absolute cutest idea and party I have ever laid my eyes on! My goodness!!!! You are glowing. Best wishes!!!

    xo, Kym
    http://travel-babbles.com

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  33. Ya congrats! Jeff is totally in for trouble!!

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  34. I LOVE your spin on the traditional gender reveal party! You are so creative and have the best taste!

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  35. You did an amazing job on the party! Your mom's reaction is absolutely priceless!

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  36. Everything turned out beautiful!!

    I love the look on your moms face!

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  37. So over a year later and I had to come back to this post! I am like you, not wanting to do the traditional gender party so hope you don't mind, I stole your invitation idea ( minus the gray ) haha! I hope our party turns out as cute as yours did!!

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  38. Wow, your gender reveal party was a lot more extravagent than ours! Haha. We just whipped up a dirt cake, poured in almost an entire tube of food coloring, and put a grocery bag over it =P What a beautiful home too!!

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