Since this is our first baby, John and I really wanted to have some fun with the gender reveal of Baby T. I did a lot of research on Pinterest and some other fun blogs. Since gender reveals are a fairly new practice, it was difficult to find something that felt timeless and classic without being cheesy or baby-ish. Luckily, I came across this great post where the family did a beautiful event outdoors with a soft peach and mint theme. My mom and I immediately decided to mirror our event after this.
After deciding on the theme, the next step was to find the perfect location that could host a casual gathering with a beautiful scenery. I decided to research locations by looking into photo-shoot spots used by local photographers (this was extremely useful and I highly recommend doing it if you are unsure about event locations in different areas). John and I wanted something that would highlight the beautiful Florida sunset in a natural setting. When we stumbled upon the Riverbend Park in Jupiter, FL, we knew we had found a gem, and the perfect location for our photo shoot and gender reveal.
Now, the real fun began! My mom and I hand-made these fun invitations:
We used small circular glitter confetti and punched small circles into colored craft paper to create the confetti effect (this ties to the method of our reveal used at the event).
I have to give credit to my mom for creating all of the beautiful details for this event. She took my vision and really made it come to life!
Here is a peak at the gorgeous park and setting:
The event started with guests arriving to Peach Lemonade and Mint Iced Tea refreshments. All guests ‘chose a side’ and wore either a peach or a mint-colored fray pin to show their wish for Baby T’s gender.
And of course, there was the PERFECT dessert table with the very important party ‘props.’ We made poppers filled with confetti that guests would eventually pop to reveal Baby T’s gender. I mean, check out how beautiful this set-up is!
Our guests enjoyed some catered Chipotle for dinner while our photographer snapped some shots of John and I. Then the time finally came to find out Baby T’s gender! John and I were both literally DYING to find out. He was expecting a girl, but I had a very strong feeling it would be a boy. All of our guests grabbed poppers and surrounded us as we anticipated the POP! We were so excited to see mint green confetti flying at us confirming my beliefs of a little boy on the way. We did actually have an early popper (but it happened behind us so we didn’t see it until the rest of the group showered us at once). At the end of the day, the early popper really just made it that more fun, memorable, and spontaneous!
After all was said and done, having an intimate gender reveal party with our closest family and friends was such an amazing blessing. We had such a blast and have these memories that will last a lifetime. Our little boy is already so loved and blessed beyond belief…we are absolutely floored by the outpouring of genuine love and support from our friends and family. We cannot wait to welcome Grady into this world, but are so excited for the coming months to enjoy the rest of this journey. I am already onto the next project…..Grady’s nursery :).
Here are some of my favorite pics from our photographer from this magical day:
SOURCES / TIPS:
Pink Maxi Dress (BCBG) : http://www.bcbgeneration.com/Color-Blocked-Cross-Back-Dress/VDW66D30-675,default,pd.html?dwvar_VDW66D30-675_color=675&cgid=shop-dresses-maxi#start=17
White Lace Dress (Bebe): http://www.bebe.com/Sale/Dresses/Lace-Long-Sleeve-Dress/90376.pro?keyword=white%20lace%20dress
Pink Glitter Napkins: http://www.swoozies.com/product/292772
Aqua Blue Napkins: http://www.swoozies.com/product/292983
Glitter Mason Jars: Quart Ball Jars from Walmart; Spray adhesive paint from Home Depot; Gold glitter from Michaels; Gold Metallic paint from Walmart
Gold Lettering Signs: Here’s a how-to on the process: http://jennycollier.com/diy-gold-foil-print/ we bought a laminator here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010JEJPC/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0010JEJPC&linkCode=as2&tag=httpjennycoco-20&linkId=YTYHTRHSE3CMEBXJ; and Gold Foil can be purchased here: http://lauramurraydesigns.com/foil/foil-by-the-yard/
Floating Frames: “At Home” design store 11 x 14 & 8 x 10 black frames, painted white
Poppers: Push-pops: http://shop.pushpopcontainers.com/ ; Special Tissue colors cut into small squares: http://www.nashvillewraps.com/ ; + ribbon, gold sequins and clear white crinkle paper from the craft store
Team Boy/Girl Pins: Crepe paper sewn to safety pins: http://www.papermart.com/premium-colored-crepe-paper/id=36547