We are so excited to be expecting another baby March 2014 and to celebrate with family and friends we (meaning I and my husband willingly went along) decided to host a gender reveal party. Many of our guests had never heard of a gender reveal party. For those of you that are also new to the concept – it is a growing trend to announce the gender of the baby. For the theme I chose a gender neutral “What will it BEE?” theme.
For the fabric I used a black and white toile home dec fabric and yellow felt. I had tons of the toile at home since this was the fabric my mom and I used for the custom tablecloths we made for my wedding five years ago. It is a great heavy duty fabric that can be used for just about anything.
I chose the yellow felt because it came in a wide run (over 52″ wide) and it was on sale. It got the point of the yellow across while being affordable and super washable. Above is a shot of the “voting stations” this is where guests got to vote for what they thought we were having.
As you can see most of our guests predicted it was a boy…
To vote each person took a bumble bee (cut on the Cricut, using the Create a Critter cartridge) then used double sided to tape to place it on the canvas.
Here were some old wives tales I picked at random to answer. Most indicated a girl even though almost all our guests thought boy. To create this I just used a piece of black poster board and paint pens to write on the phrases.
Here are some shots of the food table. Since we had little kiddos coming I wanted to make sure we had some munchies they could enjoy as well. Not only did honeycombs and honey nut cheerios give them something to munch they fit into the theme perfectly. In the apothecary jars are honey roasted peanuts and bit o’honey candy which also tied in nicely to the theme.
I made vanilla pudding and put them in tiny parfait glasses, which also made the perfect holder for these super cute mini spoons from the party store. Other food we served were chocolate/vanilla cupcakes, chocolate covered oreos, red velvet cake pops and chocolate covered pretzels. I did not include pictures because quite honestly I was super disappointed with the outcome. The wilton melting chocolate made such a mess of the food – I will not be using it again for any food projects.
This is the view of the drink station. Again, I used the toile fabric for both backdrop and tablecloth. I used a cardboard box as a riser for the honeycomb beverage dispenser I purchased at Marshalls.
Individual honey jars were the favors. I purchased the jars at Michaels and then recovered them with cuts of the toile fabric. To create the favor tags I used this great freebie I found via Pinterest. I printed them out, used a 1″ punch to cut the white and then used my cricut to cut a slightly larger black circle. Punched a hole and used the twine provided with the jars.
Here is a close up shot of the favors and below I used Starbucks frappacino glasses for drinks. To add a special touch I used gingham ribbon and tied a bow, mixed with the yellow chevron straw and the wooden crate it gave them the vintage look I was hoping for.
So there are details – how did we reveal? I wrapped up the old car seat box and stuffed it with some balloons. Then our daughter got to open the package to share with our guests.
It’s a boy! Our guests were right! We are so excited and the big sister is happy to have her house back and a new box to play with