We’re home from the UK now and I am just getting around to posting about our party.
Our baby’s (code-named "Dragon Baby Bruce" or "Bruce" for short) gender has been revealed. We found out during a gender reveal party that we hosted a few weekends ago for close friends and family.
I planned a style board first, of course. It was like the wedding all over again, except no escort cards and handcrafted invitations.
I did design the invitations, but had them professionally printed. No Epson + cardstock nightmares this time around so I think I made the right choice.
Based on the style board, we went with a modern geometric grey backdrop to be blinged out by turquoise mustaches and lavender lips for ‘lipstick’ as the two male-female ‘rights of passage’ a young woman or man may go through. Here’s how the party setup looked:
I purchased the grey chevron fabric from Carousel Designs online. It was a PERFECT as the modern, gender neutral base for the party. From that fabric, I was able to make a tablecloth and cover the Gender Reveal wives tales game board to match.
The table was decorated with the lavender napkins we used at our wedding. I wanted to display a purple dessert and a blue dessert to represent both sexes at our party. For the blue dessert, I just changed the Jell-o pack I normally use in my whipped fruit recipe. For the purple dessert, blueberry pie filling did the trick.
Some of the foods laid out on the table were my cravings. I had a lot of sour cravings in the beginning, which eventually transformed into sweet cravings for the bulk of the pregnancy so far. The kid apparently likes everything. I also looked up a purple punch recipe that included Ginger Ale, something that I had to drink to help ease the slight sickness. Even though the punch wasn’t really purple… it was very good! Since our nickname, DonThao, came from our signature drink at our wedding, we had to come up with an equally-as-clever name for the punch. Behold… DonThao ‘BRU’. If you don’t get it, I can’t help you.
As favors, I put lemonheads (a first trimester necessity for me) in baby food jars adorned with the grey chevron fabric and purple and turquoise ribbon.
We had one activity after eating and that was to read through some Old Wives’ Tales and see if the wise wives before us knew what the hell they were talking about. Everyone gathered in our family room and I projected slides onto our TV with some wives tales.
In the end, the Wives’ Tales directed all signs to a BOY. (Notice the Lee or Lynn on the board. Since we’ve been code-naming this kid ‘Bruce’, I made the board say BRUCE Lee or Lynn to keep the joke going.) See how I made this fabric corkboard quickly before the party.
Then, after the game, we asked our guests to make their guesses. They could either follow what the Wives’ Tales said or go against the grain and choose girl. Originally, they were going to be asked to grab the cake pop in the shape/color of their guess. However, the mustache cake pops broke and had to be hidden from the guests. Long story… the cake vendor made a poor design with a stress riser directly in the middle of the pop. They eventually broke, but luckily not all of the guests saw the color inside.
We took a picture with each group of guessers. Donny and I deliberately chose the opposite gender so that we could each be in one of the group photos… even though we’ve been guessing all along that it was a boy.
Now… it was time for the moment of truth. Is it a boy?! Is it a girl?!
IT’S A BOY!!!
It was a good time, even though the mustache cake pops were ruined. We did end up getting our money back for those… after a lot of back and forth with the baker. We really enjoyed having our friends and family over for an intimate gathering. We are even more thrilled that we’re having a little boy, but now… how the hell do we get everyone to drop calling him ‘Bruce’ after all this?!
Thanks for sharing this with us!
I’ll post some DIY tutorials for some of these items later.