(Closed) Gender Reveal Parties: Yay or Nay?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What do you think about gender reveal parties?
    So cute! I think they are a great idea. : (173 votes)
    34 %
    They are just another example of narcissistic over-sharing of today's generation. : (332 votes)
    66 %
  • Post # 122
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    Honey bee

    @CookieCreamCakes:  How awkward indeed! That is not a conversation I would ever want to have with any member of my family.

    Post # 123
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Personally I think they are awesome and I have never heard of bringing a gift to a gender reveal. I think it’s a good way to tell everyone who wants to come at one time…plus they get free foods and drinks and it’s for friends and family not the whole neighborhood anyway. My friends get together and “party” at least twice a month if not more so why not throw in some pink or blue cake or balloons.

     

    I don’t comprehend being so angry at people for living there lives. The second poll option is so harsh and judgemental.Plus how is it oversharing if you’re going to find out the gender…as though you aren’t going to tell anyone the gender if you find out. Like there’s no inbetween either you are a good human being or you are self centered bc you want to include people who want to be included in a special time…

     

    I dont get it but that’s just me, to each his own is how I live and that goes for people who love and hate gender reveals lol. 

     

    Post # 124
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Narcissistic over-share for sure. No one cares except for very, VERY close family. 

    Post # 125
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @JLR1982:  I don’t think that’s everyone’s situation our friends are already asking if/when we find out. 

    And I’m always really excited to find out what my friends are having. 

    Post # 126
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I think they are adorable, but I think I like them better when done in conjunction with the baby shower.  Otherwise, if close family and friends come over for a cookout/bbq and they have a cutesy little “gender reveal” element (colored cake, balloon in box etc.) then that’s cool too. If it’s overboard with the “pink or blue” decor then it gets a little cheesy to me.

    Post # 127
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We did a gender reveal and put very specifically on the invitations, “No Gifts Please! :)” and I also put on there No RSVP Required because we wanted it to be a very casual, low-key event that you did not at all have to feel obligated to show up for, it was just for fun.  We had a “football” theme and I made a TON of “football food” for people and we provided all the beer, etc., so it was more like we were throwing a little party and it was a fun excuse to get together with our family and close friends. It was fun and I’m glad we did it! 

    Post # 128
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @maggierose:  when I get pregnant I will have one. I will invite close family members and a couple of friends. I will invite them lver for a family brunch and they will be surprised with the theme… No gifts

    Post # 128
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    maggierose:  we are about to have our first baby at the end of March and I could not be happier. There is still, however no way that I would ever host one of these “gender reveal” which are actually sex reveal parties, people, and I would politely decline if anyone ever offered me one. 

    I think people feel, as we all have with our weddings, like we have to make a big deal of everything or we’re not keeping up with the Jones’. In reality, posting pictures, videos or even just having one of these self absorbed, narcissistic parties  in which we beg anyone who will attend to “look at me!!” actually takes away from what you are supposed to be celebrating/hoping for (which is a happy healthy baby) and making it completely commercial and material. Pink or blue frosting/balloons/jelly beans/confetti to gender stereotype your child before they are even born? Come on. 

    Do your self a favour and do not host one of these lame-o parties. A baby shower is bad enough! 

    Post # 129
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    kitkatmomma:  amen!!  No freaking way would I do this… Darling Husband want to find out in a cute way just us!

    Post # 130
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I have no issue with them, though I have only been to one gender reveal party (only one good friend has had a baby,) and would only go to a close friend’s. Maybe i’d feel different if all my friends were having them, but if you aren’t into it, just dont go! Easy peasy.  I won’t have one though, we are going to be team yellow if I get my way – a term I just made up as a twist on team green – I want to find out the sex but I don’t want people outside our parents to know as I don’t want super gendered gear. I wouldn’t have one anyway as I want the reveal to be a private moment between me, Darling Husband (and the ultrasound tech lol.) But I was excited to find out my friends’ baby’s sex, and to see them find out, but I’m nosy like that. I would not want to perform that publicly if I were a parent. My friends are not “all about me” type of people, but they are more extroverted than I am, so different strokes for different folks. I don’t have the patience to be friends with someone who has to be the center of attention! Why are people friends with people they feel that way about?!

    Post # 131
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think gender reveals are very cute and fun to do for the family and friends. I’ve been to a few and I have never been asked/thought about bringing a gift. With my first baby I found out the gender, but I lived very far away from my family. We told them over the phone…but it still wasn’t the same as being in the same room with them to see their excitement. For my second pregnancy-we decided to be team green. That was also a wonderful surprise/experience. When/if I get pregnant with my third child I want to have a gender reveal with our close family and friends (now that we live back in our home state.) As it being my third child, I would never request or expect gifts for this. I would simply host a get-together at my house (maybe for dinner) and announce it that way. In my opinion-I think it’s just another way to get excited for the arrival of a baby.

    Post # 132
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I voted “They are just another example of narcissistic over-sharing of today’s generation” however, that doesn’t mean that i’m necessarily dogging those who do it. I just know I wouldn’t do one. I’ll take it a step further and say that we really want to wait until his/her birth for an actual reveal.

    The only reveal event I’ve witnessed has been my friend’s who did it at her babyshower. The guests participated in an activity that would reveal a shade of pink or blue (in her case blue). I think it turned out well because it didn’t scream “let me remind you that i’m pregnant”…it was nicely meshed into her day’s planning and she avoided the “what are you having?” question all day long.

    Post # 133
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Versailles Banquets (Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)

    I cannot wait to have one!  We are specifically putting NO GIFTS on our invite because it is not about the gifts. Life is short and the more reasons to celebrate the better is my way of looking at it.  I think it all depends on how you do it.  We are not having anybody throw it for us, we are paying for everythign ourselves and only inviting family and close freinds. We have already had people tell us they cannot wait for the day that we have one!

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