10 Common Gender Reveal Party Mistakes to Avoid

It's not an easy task to plan a gender reveal party. You have to think about how you'll announce the gender, what games or activities you will play, and what kind of food and decorations are appropriate. But more than that, it takes careful planning to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when throwing a gender reveal party. Check out these ten common mistakes people make when hosting their own gender reveal parties, as well as tips on how you can avoid them!

NOT HAVING A BACKUP PLAN.

Many people do not prepare for what to do if their gender reveal doesn't go as planned. Maybe the cake gets destroyed, the balloons pop, or it rains when you're preparing for an outside reveal. Here are some suggestions to keep in your mind as a Plan B:

– Make a gender reveal video. – Have an alternate cake just in case – Do it on a phone app like Facebook live, Tik Tok, or Snapchat. – Change the location to inside with a projector and snow machine. – Replace balloons with confetti shot from cannons

HOLDING BACK ON THE DECORATIONS

– Another gender reveals mistake is not getting enough decorations. This can be due to a lack of time or creativity, but you must have about a million choices imaginable for your party's theme and colors! The best way to do this is to make one or two of them the focal point (such as a cake, balloon archway, or banner) and then fill up your party space with other decorations.

FORGETTING TO GET IMPORTANT PEOPLE INVOLVED, LIKE YOUR PARTNER'S FAMILY MEMBERS.

Many people forget to get their partner's family members involved in the party. They might think that they're not necessary or are too far away, but this is an important part of a gender reveal! To make sure you include them for the big day, it's best to invite them on Facebook, send out invitations with plenty of time to spare and make sure they know to bring their kids if possible.

MESSING UP THE CAKE

One common mistake is when the baker pops out the cake and reveals that they used chocolate frosting instead of vanilla because "the customer said so." Another one is forgetting to write 'It's a boy!' or 'It's a girl!' on the cake before serving (or you just wrote in marker). And finally, people can make mistakes with their writing too: we've seen everything from 'Congrats! It's a grandma' written on top of an otherwise perfect cake to spelling errors like "gril" instead of "girl." Fortunately, it's not too hard to avoid these mistakes! One thing you can do is plan ahead and write the cake message in pencil first before filling it out with icing. That way, if you make any mistakes or need to change your mind about what it should say, you won't have written over the whole cake that needs to be thrown away.

FORGETTING TO TELL EVERYONE THAT YOU'RE REVEALING THE GENDER

I remember this one time that I went to a gender reveal party for my coworker's sister. The cake had a picture of the baby's ultrasound, and it was decorated like there was already a baby bump on the cake. The host passed out all of the cupcakes but forgot to tell everyone that this was the big moment and that the cupcakes were actually colored inside pink to let them know that she and Jake (her husband) were going to be having a baby girl. The entire time, we had no idea what was going on. The only reason I knew is that my coworker told me after the party. This can be prevented by making sure everyone knows beforehand that you are planning to do a gender reveal (especially if you're using cakes or some other food to let guests know the gender of your baby).

FORGETTING TO DECORATE

Don't just focus on decorating around the cake, either. Here are some other areas that you should pay attention to when decorating for a gender reveal party: – The front door - it's the first thing people see when they come in. – The buffet table - it should be a mixture of both colors to represent both genders. – The cake stand - this is your big reveal. Think about what color you want for that too! – The patio - add something to make it pop. – The gender reveal cake - this is your big moment. – Your mailbox - gender reveals don't always have to happen at the party.

GIVING THE PARTY PROPS TO LITTLE CHILDREN

– Use decorations with both colors, so adults know what's going on, but children think it was just an ordinary decoration like any other party. – Use some of the decorations to cover up the prop you're not ready for children to see yet. – Put a sign on top of your cake that says, "sorry, this is only for adults right now!" – Use cake stands that are high enough so kids can't reach them. These are all great ways to allow little ones at your gender reveal party without them knowing!

MAKING YOUR OWN EXPLOSIVES

This is a mistake that can be avoided by hiring an expert. Hiring someone who knows what they're doing to set off your fireworks will ensure you don't have problems like the ones below: – Fireworks being lit too early and ruining all of their effects! – Someone getting injured (or being hit) by a runaway explosive (that's what fireworks are, technically!) – Your fireworks starting a forest fire (Hey! It's happened. In Sept 2020, at the El Dorado Ranch Park in San Bernardino County, a fire started by a smoke bomb at a gender reveal party burned 22,744-acres over 23 days. – The person setting off your fireworks is drunk, making an already dangerous situation worse.

BEING TOO HARD ON YOURSELF

At some point, you may rewatch your gender reveal video on Youtube or something and think to yourself, "I look miserable." Or maybe you began ugly crying when you found out that it was a girl, but all the boy names you picked out were perfect. Once you find out the gender of your baby, it can be hard to contain all the emotions that come with such an exciting announcement. Some people may feel joy and delight, while others are disappointed if they wanted a different result. Feelings like these are normal – after all, having children is one of life's most important decisions!

FORGETTING THE PROPS

Be sure to go through your party list with the gender reveal coordinator or event planner before you start decorating. This way, they can ensure that all of the props are accounted for and ready to be set up on time. If not, it's best to have backup plans in place, so things don't get too hectic. This also includes food and games. For instance, if you're going to do a gender reveal piñata with pink or blue candy, be sure that the coordinator has enough of both colors on hand so that it can be filled up in time for your party.

SELECTING A BLABBERMOUTH TO KEEP THE SECRET

Don't let Aunt Betty know the baby's gender beforehand if she can't keep a secret. If the gender reveal party is a surprise, it's essential to make sure that your guests know this fact. How can you do this? By sending out invitations or emails with clear language such as "Please note: This event will be a secret until we announce what we're celebrating." This way, people don't feel the need to ask, "Is it a boy or girl?" while you're trying to enjoy yourself, and your guests can enjoy themselves without knowing what's coming. This also ensures that Aunt Betty won't be spilling all of the beans!

PEEKING

If the reveal isn't just for your guests, then you should avoid the temptation to take a peek before the big moment. Once you find out, it's hard to keep the secret from your other half and coworkers – trust us! It's best to take a deep breath and remind yourself that you'll only have one chance at this. Instead of peeking and finding out your baby's gender beforehand, we recommend picking up a copy of What To Expect When You're Expecting and reading it cover to cover. This will help you prepare for the big moment, make sure that your baby is healthy, and give you some great tips on how to handle morning sickness as well as other motherhood challenges!

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