Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are going back and forth on whether or not to have a gender reveal party. The dilemma is who to invite. I don’t want people to feel obligated to come, a baby shower is enough to ask of them, but at the same time some family members are saying they want us to have it. Do we invite just our parents and siblings or do we extend the invite to extended family (which I’m pretty close with and there’s a lot of them) and friends? Our house is quite small, so if we extend the invite, it’ll be a tight squeeze, but definitely doable . I’ve never been to one of these things so I don’t know who usually goes, can you ladies help me out please??
ETA: some of our immediate family will be in from out of town also
Post # 3
@mommytobee27: I’ve never been to one either, but I think it would be fun for family and close friends. Petty much anyone who you would love to be there to hear the fun news for the first time (:
Post # 4
Honestly? I would say just immediate family…All the parties and “reveals” people do when they’re pregnant seem somewhat unnecessary except to your parents. To me, at least.
Post # 5
I’d just look at it as an oppertunity to get together. If your family is anything like mine, getting everyone in the same room all at once doesn’t happen very often. As long as you’re close with the extended family that you’re considering inviting (not like a third cousin who you see once a year) then I’d invite them. I think gender reveal parties are cute and I can definitely see us doing this when our time comes. Close extended family and best friends will most certainly be on the guest list. It’s not like you’re expecting these people to bring you gifts so it really doesn’t seem like a huge imposition to me.
Post # 6
I would say the extended family you are close to as well as close friends. I know I’d be upset if my best friend had a gender reveal party/shower and didn’t invite me.
Post # 7
I love to go to things like this – but that’s just me. I’d invite your family and a few close friends. Also, I think most gender reveal parties are combined with the shower.
Post # 8
I’ve never even heard of such a party. If no one in your circle has been to one or really heard of one, then it’s probably better to keep it to close family.
Post # 9
Never heard of suc however… I say invite whomever you like… everybody!!! lol
Post # 10
I went to a gender reveal party a couple weeks ago and it was immediate family with a few close friends/co-workers. The parents-to-be had a barbecue, we played a couple games and then they cut the cake.
Last year, my husband’s cousin had a gender reveal at her baby shower. That was sort of nice because it wasn’t another party we had to attend and the excitement was shared with everyone. The only weird thing was that because they revealed the gender at the baby shower, everyone’s gifts were gender neutral. But I guess some people just like gender neutral gifts anyway!
Post # 11
I would say immediate family only, and maybe your best friends. Or maybe tie it into a casual BBQ? I kind of think that other than your immediate family, no one is as excited about the whole “It’s a Boy/Girl!!!!” news as you are…. I would personally probably roll my eyes if I was invited to a Gender Reveal Party. Kind of like how no one other than your parents and your bestest of best friends REALLY care about seeing your ultrasound photos…. it’s just not as exciting to everyone as you might think.
Post # 12
My best friend did her’s last week and they invited immediate family and the aunt/uncle that live in the same town. They also included the 3 of us close girlfriends and then our mom’s. Our mom’s all went to high school and are still friends. Which is why us girls are so close! 🙂
It was really fun. They tricked us by filling the box with pink and blue balloons. We were expecting only one color of balloons. So we all thought TWINS!!! But they were being tricky. Inside the balloons was confetti and the answer
Post # 13
My cousin made cupcakes with the color inside the cupcake. She made enough for each parent and sibling. They then hand delivered the cupcakes to them. That way it wasn’t a party and they were still able to see their parents reactions!
Post # 14
i would also be kind of bummed if my close friend had a party like this and i wasnt there. i say invite everyone you consider close to you guys!
@Miss Root: i care about seeing ultrasounds of people i am close with, even if they arent my bestest of best friends! i guess i am just a sap? 🙂
Post # 15
Thanks for all of your help ladies! I was originally going to do just immediate family but then my extended family and some friends heard and some of them said they’d love to be there. I didn’t think anyone would really care except our immediat family. My extended family also likes an excuse to get together. I guess I’ll extend the invitation to everyone.