(Closed) Friend having a gender reveal party, they already know the gender

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Weird to have a reveal party when you already know the sex?

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  • Post # 32
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    Bumble bee

    I think it’s weird, but IMO, I think all gender reveal parties/photo shoots are sort of weird. I know this makes me super old fashioned, but I kind of think that the ‘gender reveal party’ is when DH runs into the waiting room to tell our family that the baby is here and it’s a boy/girl.

    The gender reveal cakes are very popular on Pinterest so I’m sure the party trend will continue gaining in popularity. I think if you’re going to do a reveal party though, I think the parents should be surprised too. It certainly adds to the excitement. If I did know ahead of time, I totally would not be able to keep it a secret for even a second.

    Post # 33
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    My cousin does ice cream cakes, and sometimes the doctor calls her to tell her the gender so that the parents don’t know

    Post # 34
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    Buzzing bee

    I think gender reveal parties in general are kind of weird. (Doesn’t a phone call suffice anymore?) But when one does have a gender reveal, I always thought the parents already knew the gender, and it was just to let everyone else know. But I’ve only heard of gender reveal parties for the grandparents, aunts, and uncles (so parents and siblings of the couple expecting), not friends.

    Post # 35
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I plan on having a gender reveal party and finding out the gender with my husband at the Dr. I wouldn’t want to find out the first time in front of all my guests, as that would be a lot of pressure, plus I wouldn’t want to seem disappointed if it wasn’t what I was hoping for. 

    Post # 36
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    Helper bee

    Not weird! I think it’s cuter when the parents don’t know either, but I think it’s also fun for them to get to see their friends’ reactions. Gender reveals I’ve been to have been no gifts houseparties. Parents provide appies and drinks, everyone pinks a team (pink/blue) and there’s a little book for people to write notes to the baby in. Having a baby is a big event in a couple’s life and it’s nice to be able to share in some of those special moments, especially since pregnancy can be tiring and oftentimed even the best-intentioned of pregnant women can’t keep all their friends up to date on everything.

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @Bichon Frise:  Yeah, I wouldn’t want deal with the pressure either!  I’d go nuts.  lol

    I think gender reveal parties are fun.  (Though, I haven’t been to one yet.)  It answers that question everyone always asks, “Are you having a boy or a girl?”  As long as the couple, isn’t expecting gifts at the reveal party after already having a baby shower, I don’t mind it.

    Post # 38
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We did this.  We found out at ultrasound that morning and then I baked the cake that afternoon.  We had grand-parents, siblings etc. and very close friends who all were excited to find out. We could have just called them all separately but they thought it would be fun to be together and for them to find out together.  It didn’t feel weird at all.  It felt super supportive and exciting. 

    Post # 39
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    There are two levels of revealing the gender – when the doctor tells them, and when they tell everyone else. Their revealing party is revealing it to everyone else.

    I guess I don’t understand what’s so weird or confusing about that. Pretty straightforward.

    Post # 40
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My husband and I have talked about this and this is exactly how we’d do it. First off, it’s their decision, so just go with it. There’s nothing wrong with revealing it to friends and family this way! I think it’s fun!

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Maybe I’m just an old fart, but I think these gender reveal parties are just a bit weird.  If you are already having a shower, why do you need yet another party?

    Post # 42
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i think as a whole these things are weird.

    throwing a party for the sole purpose of letting everyone know the sex…

    it’s entierly different if there is another celebration going on and you bring pink or blue cupcakes… or if you have just a few people over for dinner… but for this to be the main focal point at a big party screams “i need attention!” to me!

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Aww it’s just for fun!  I considered doing this EXACT thing for a superbowl party.  16 weeks falls on the superbowl weekend.

    We have always said we would like to find out and cherish that moment together.  So we thought we would find out ourselves and then have a small party too!  I saw a pin that was a pink helmet and a blue helmet and it said, pink or blue, which side are you? all on a cake – SO cute…so we thought we would have a superbowl party and have that cake and have our close friends/family come and bet on what they think the baby is going to be.  My husband is a football coach too so it is just perfect.

    PLUS  Why does there have to be a reason to have a party?!!?!? Parties are fun! 🙂  Maybe they just want to get together with everyone.

    Post # 44
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    Didn’t you all hear? Our generation invented parenthood and now EVERYTHING is worthy of a party? Just had unprotected sex for the first time? PARTY! Peeing on a stick? PARTY! BFP? PARTY! First ultrasound appointment? INVITE THE WHOLE GANG!

    So I think gender reveal parties are a little weird ANYWAY but I agree that I think it would be more fun and meaningful if the parents were also surprised. The events I’ve heard of/been invited to have been this way.

     

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My friends threw a gender reveal/baby shower for me when I was pregers with my second baby. They had asked me to not find out the gender, just get the receptionist to write it down on a piece of paper then we all find out together. I personally wasnt comfterable with that idea.. Finding out the gender to me is something that should be saved for the mother and father and for others to find out later. What if your reactions arnt what you expect them to be? I was worried Id break down crying infront of everyone which would be humiliating and make me feel like a bad mom. My Fiance didnt want to do it infront of everyone either so we found out first and then told everyone at the gender reveal. That is just my preferance though and everyone was understanding =D

    Post # 46
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @country chic:  It isn’t for gifts and it is like 4 months before the shower.  It is just a time to get together with friends and family. 

    I can’t wrap my head around why people think it is weird to have people over to reveal the gender to them.  Who would specifically not like getting together with friends and family? I got my family together to tell them I was pregnant too.  Is that weird? We all went out to a nice dinner and I told them. Seemed like more fun than just calling them all individually. It is our first kid.  The only time we get to tell people we are having our first baby.  OK I can understand it being weird to host some extravagant party at a country club or something but just having people over for cake to say, “Hooray we are having a _____!” just seems like fun. Maybe I just like parties.  And cake.

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