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10 Cool Ways to Reveal the Sex of Your Unborn Baby

Posted by Leah Mann

Most people find out the sex of their baby at one of two times: either in the delivery room as the baby is born or during an ultrasound in the second or third trimester. (One couple waited until their child was FIVE YEARS OLD, but I think we can all agree that was a bit unusual.)

If you’re the type who wants to find out as soon as possible if you’re having a boy or a girl, and if you want to give the news some extra oomph, here are 10 awesome ways to reveal the sex of your baby, whether you’re doing it in front of a room full of people at a gender reveal party or in a quiet, private moment with just your immediate family.

(This probably goes without saying, but if you want to keep the secret from yourself until the moment of the reveal, take a piece of paper and an envelope to your ultrasound appointment and have the tech write down the sex of the baby, seal the envelope, and give it back to you. Take the envelope to whomever’s preparing your reveal item – a store clerk or a friend who can keep a secret – and then make sure they also return the envelope to you, just in case there’s any confusion later.)

Which of these is your favorite?

1. Let it fly. You can’t mistake what it means to see either pink or blue balloons. Take a giant box to your local party store and have the clerk fill it with the color of balloons that matches the sex of your baby. (One balloon inside a smaller box works too.) Have a photographer friend on hand to capture your reaction.

Photo by Alton Strupp Photography and posted on Sookie Says. (Thanks, commenter Robin, for the heads-up!)

If you already know the sex and want to share it with others through email, a blog, or Facebook, balloons are also a perfect (and cheap and easy) accessory for a photoshoot.

Photo by Casey Mullins, from Moosh in Indy.

2. Let it fall. Fill a traditional piñata with what you think of as “boy things” (miniature soccer balls?) or “girl things” (tiny dolls) or make your own pull-string piñata using a paper lantern, some crepe streamers, and a few handfuls of pink or blue confetti. (I made one of these recently and they take a long time but are super cute.)

3. Paint it. Go to the hardware store and have the clerk mix up a can of pink or blue paint (or whatever colors you’ve chosen for your nursery depending on if the baby’s a boy or girl). This video from The Art of Making a Baby really builds the anticipation to the big moment.

4. Hide it. If you’re throwing a party with lots of kids and/or kidlike adults, have an old-fashioned treasure hunt in your house, yard, or local park, with the last clue being an envelope containing the sex of the baby. Write BOY or GIRL in “invisible ink” (a.k.a. lemon juice), and then gather the guests to watch the reveal when you hold the paper over a heat source like a candle or toaster. (Idea from this list of creative gender reveal theme parties on The Nature of Grace.)

5. Eat it. This couple went out for breakfast at a restaurant and had the cook surprise them by topping their pancakes with either strawberries (for a girl) or blueberries (for a boy). Their photographer friend captured the moment the server delivered the plate, and the smile on the dad’s face is priceless. Read the whole story on The Lens Loves.

Photo by Gina Zeidler Photography.

6. Toss it. Go to Flutterfetti and check out their selection of confetti sticks. Choose your custom color (or have a trusted friend or relative do the ordering so you can be surprised), and on the count of three, with a flick of their wrists your party guests will shower the room with pink or blue confetti. (Idea from Hank+Hunt.) If you’re crafty and you already know the sex of your baby, you can make your own confetti shooters or confetti crackers too, both of which would be fun to send through the mail to long-distance relatives and friends.

Photo by Sharon Garofalow from Cupcakes and Cutlery.

7. Something for the baby. Pick out a tiny outfit (or a pair of shoes, or a hat) for both a boy and a girl and, while you’re not looking, have the store clerk ring up and gift wrap only the clothes that match the sex of your baby.

8. Something for the sibling. Pick out both a boy and girl doll at the store, have the clerk ring up the right one and gift wrap it (in secret!), and then let your older child unwrap the present in front of you.

9. Something for everyone. Bakeries are probably overrun with special gender-reveal orders these days. Cakes and cupcakes can be tinted blue or pink or filled with colored cream and then frosted in a neutral color until you’re ready to cut into them. Pinterest and other craft sites have tons of ideas for doing a similar thing with cookies and cake pops (or cookies filled with cake pops!), and yes, this method is hugely popular and no longer unique and original, but you really can’t beat the convenience of finding out the sex of your baby and feeding your party guests (and yourself!) at the same time.

10. Tell the future. Ready for a prediction about what’s in store? Search for an online shop that makes customized fortune cookies (here's one), then have a friend order the message (“It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” or maybe something fun like “Bring on the pink!”) so you can break open the surprise along with everyone else.

Fun stuff, huh? Which is your favorite? Have you seen any other cool gender-reveal ideas?


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Comments (2)


Tay  -  02/22/2012 09:59 AM

I luv the confetti its fun & pretty


katie  -  02/20/2012 16:18 PM

I like them all! But probably lean toward the pinata (cause they are so fun already).