Expecting: Gender Reveals and Baby Shower Trends

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Whether you're expecting or your best friend is about to pop, we gathered some fun ways to make it an even bigger surprise!

Gender Reveals

When social media exploded, so did gender reveals! They are becoming more and more popular, with countless ways to make the big announcement. We have unique ideas for you right here!

GENDER REVEAL & SHOWER
Knock two birds out with one stone! For the couple not registering for anything pink or blue, this is for you! Make the party extra fun with a gender-reveal lasagna. Chain restaurant Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen (992 Premium Outlets Drive, Monroe, Ohio) will make one for you as part of their catering package! (villaitaliankitchen.com)

REVEAL “BURNOUT”
If you’re into cool cars, this one will blow your mind! Try a car tire gender reveal burnout that includes a black bag you stick to your tires (with the color) run your tires by stepping on the accelerator, and boom! Gender revealed. (bumpreveal.com)

CLASSIC BALLOONS
Mess-free, classic and simple. Set the box outside for everyone to see, open and let the pink or blue balloons fly.

THE CAKE REVEAL
Serve a cake filled with blue or pink icing for a simple but delicious reveal!

PIÑATA REVEAL
A great way to let the “cat out the bag,” especially if children are involved! Stuff it with pink or blue candy and let the party begin! (etsy.com)

TEAM BOY OR GIRL REVEAL
Get your guests involved! Have everyone show up with a bow tie or pretty bow (depending on what “team” they are on). This is a great way to add a creative spin to the party!

HOME RUN REVEAL
If you’re into sports, you’ll love this! The expecting mom and dad can fill a white ball with colored chalk, paint it like a baseball and watch mom’s powerful arm throw a “curveball” to Dad as he swings like a champ! It’s a home run!

Baby Shower Trends

There are simple, complex and trendy ways to throw the perfect shower for the becoming mama in your life!

LOTS & LOTS OF BALLOONS
A cheap way to make the party look like it’s “poppin’”! Plus, balloon installations make a great backdrop for photo opportunities.

DIAPER SHOWERS
What do babies need most of? Yes! Diapers! This is great to do if you have already had an extravagant shower for your first. Throw a simple party, and ask that everyone only bring diapers and wipes, no gifts. You’ll be stocked up for at least the first year.

BABY NAME SIGNAGE
Just plain cute. If you know the sex and name of your baby, head to a local craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, and find some cute lettering that spells out Baby’s name. Makes an adorable backdrop, plus it’s a perfect addition to the nursery.

OUTDOORSY/ANIMAL THEMES
Who doesn’t love baby animals? Create a landish, outdoorsy theme for a laid-back vibe everyone will love! The summer is the perfect time — think greenery and the great outdoors.

LIBRARY SHOWER
Instead of a card that gets pushed to the side, ask that everyone bring a book instead, and sign a love note in there for Baby! This will stock up his bookshelf, and those books will be put to good use throughout his life.

 

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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