Gender Reveal Parties: The Do’s and Don’ts
December 8, 2020Many soon-to-be parents look forward to announcing the gender of their babies, and some even go the extra mile and host a gender reveal party to make the event memorable for their friends and family. The choice to celebrate your baby’s biological sex and presumed gender can be very personal. We understand that not all parents choose to celebrate gender reveals, but if you decide to host a gender reveal party, we have some tips to help you make it fun and safe for everyone.
Do Keep it Simple
It can be tempting to pull out all the stops and spare no expense when celebrating your new baby, especially when it comes to hosting a gender reveal party. Social media has certainly played a role in providing parents-to-be with lots of Instagram-worthy inspiration, and moms and dads who spend a lot of time online may feel pressured to host something equally “extra.” But don’t let your urge to share your party with the world tempt you to go over budget. Remember, you’ve got a baby on the way – and babies are expensive. Here are a few ideas to keep your gender reveal party simple and affordable without skimping on the fun:
- Host a gender reveal potluck and encourage guests to bring a baby-themed dish or appetizer. That way, you don’t have the added expense of catering or providing all the food yourself.
- Combine your gender reveal party with your baby shower so you (or your friends and family) don’t feel pressured to spend money on another gift or decorations.
- Want to capture the big reveal in a beautiful keepsake photograph? Instead of spending hundreds of dollars hiring a professional photographer, politely ask that one friend or relative who’s always posting great Instagram photos to snap some shots and share them with you.
- Instead of elaborate, explosive (literally) gender reveal kits, browse the Internet for affordable (and potentially safer) alternatives. Balloon bags, like this one from Walmart for $12.99, are relatively inexpensive. And these biodegradable confetti cannons from Etsy are only a little over $3.00 each.
Do Be Aware of Your Surroundings
If you’re using a gender reveal kit with any explosive element, make sure you read the instructions and safety guidelines carefully. Be sure to activate the gender reveal device in an area that is open and clear of structures, trees, shrubs, debris, animals, pets, and other people (especially children). If you are using a gender reveal item that makes a loud noise, be mindful of your neighbors and any wildlife in the area.
Do Be Mindful of Local Ordinances
Make sure you are following the recommended protocol for COVID-19 in your area. Protocols can vary from state to state and even from municipality to municipality, so check your local government’s website for the latest information. Some states have lifted restrictions on social gatherings or have modified them to allow more people; however, some states are still restricting large gatherings due to increases in COVID-19 cases. You should also make sure you are not violating any local ordinances, particularly noise or parking ordinances, for parties in general.
Don’t Forget to Thank Your Guests
It’s always nice to offer a little something to your guests, especially if any of them have traveled a long distance to celebrate with you! You don’t have to go all out, but a simple party favor or memento will be appreciated. If you don’t want to do the party-favor thing, a simple handwritten “thank you” note can mean a lot to your guests.
Don’t Forget Your Virtual Guests
Since the coronavirus made its way into our lives, more and more families are choosing to host virtual parties. Some people are doing both in-person and virtual celebrations and giving their guests the option to choose which they feel most comfortable with. If you’re hosting a party with both in-person and virtual guests, be sure to take time to acknowledge your virtual guests and thank them for attending. It can be easy to get wrapped up in conversations and events happening physically in front of you, so make a conscious effort to include those who are tuning in through Skype, Facebook Live, or another type of virtual communication program.
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