7 Classy Gender Reveal Party Themes
May 10, 2017

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - There seems to be a lot of variety with gender reveal party themes. Some are almost classy while others border tacky! Check out the top 7 themes for a classy gender reveal party. Little Mister? What will you bee? Blue or pink? Prince or Princess? and more...Classy Gender Reveal Party Themes

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Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - "Ten little fingers, ten little toes, two little eyes, one little nose. Boy or girl, nobody knows. Cute and simple gender reveal party invitation wording or just a great welcome sign for guests.

Great gender reveal party invitation wording or welcome sign for guests from CMS Design Studio on Etsy

What is a Gender Reveal Party?

The first gender reveal video was released on Youtube in 2008 and the practice has gone gangbusters since then. In case you’re not aware of the ever-growing trend, the idea is to invite your friends and family for a big announcement on the sex of your baby. Oft times the outcome is as much a surprise to the parents-to-be as the rest of the guests. How does this work?! Typically the ultrasound tech writes down the determination, sealing it in an envelope that is delivered to a bakery for a cake, cupcakes, or cookies with pink or blue inside. The envelope can also be taken to a florist who will fill a box with helium balloons of the appropriate color. I never had a gender reveal party. The control freak in me would never allow such suspense! I had to know what I was having as soon as possible {As in we went to Fetal Foto at 14 weeks} so I could start designing the nursery. Being a pregnant interior designer has its pitfalls! So I might get on board this gender announcement party thing if I was in the know and we just surprised our family.

Blue and Pink, makes me think…there might be other options!

There’s something I don’t love about the gender reveal trend. The major theme of the gender reveal is a color announcement of pink or blue. And it kind of bugs me. Does it bother anyone else? I know that pink and blue have been strong gender identifiers for decades but did you know that it wasn’t until 1940 that retailers {yes, department store executives} decided that pink would be marketed for girls and blue for boys. Prior to that, clothing companies across the country had differing baby color palettes. Today in Belgium blue is still used for baby girls and pink for baby boys. Does that seem weird? Maybe a little. To those of us born after 1940 {basically anyone reading a blog!}, that’s how it’s always been. But I’m not a huge fan of the social color assignments. Boys can like pink and girls can like blue without judgement, and we can all like green or purple or red! I think it’d work just fine to go with something completely different if you had the right color combination.

As I started looking for gender reveal party theme ideas I found they ran the gamut from overly sophisticated to downright tacky {ie: “I’m here for the sex”}. I’m all about classy party ideas so for today, I’ve rounded up a collection of the SEVEN best classy gender reveal party themes. But there are only a couple of themes that try to buck the pink/blue color convention, see what you think:

1. Twinkle twinkle little star

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - "Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?" I love this lyric for a baby shower or gender reveal. Definitely a classic!

Beth Hunt Calligraphy will create custom or ready to print signage for your reveal box.

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - How I wonder what you are cake topper. Perfect for a twinkle, twinkle gender reveal party theme.

The perfect cake topper for your twinkle, twinkle gender reveal party theme from Celebrated Moment on Etsy

I love this children’s song lyric as a baby shower or gender reveal theme. I also love it as a nursery theme. Definitely a classic with so many sweet little details that also works wonderfully with my favorite book quote from Guess How Much I Love You, “Love you to the moon and back”. This theme would work well in soft yellows and blues.

2. Little Mister or Little Sister?

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Little Mister or Little Sister. Gender revealed by helium balloons being released when the box is opened. Standard colors are pink and blue but I dare you to be bold and go for something different!

Decorated reveal box. Standard colors from Always the Occasion are pink and blue but I dare you to be bold and go for something different!

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Little Mister or Little Sister? Maternity shirt for Mom-to-be. Great casual attire for a gender reveal party.

Maternity shirt for Mom-to-be. Great casual attire for a gender reveal party.

This is a simple and logical theme that is quite polite. I also like the Little Mister or Little Miss version of this theme. Classy party options are wide open. One family used giraffes with bowties and hair bows as their graphic decor. Be creative and make it personal.

3. Prince or Princess?

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Prince or Princess? A theme for a more sophisticated affair.

This cake is ornate but lovely with Prince or Princess cake decor from Paper and Pop on Etsy.

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Prince or Princess? This is a baby shower for boy/girl twins and I LOVE that they used purple and blue instead of the standard issue pink. This would be a fabulous gender reveal if you want to go all out!

This is a prince and princess baby shower for boy/girl twins featured on Catch My Party. I LOVE that they used purple and blue instead of the standard issue pink.

Prince or Princess gender reveal party? This is a theme for a more sophisticated affair. I love this idea for a baby shower but if you want to go all out on your gender reveal then this is a great theme for you!

4. Team Lashes or Team Staches?

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Lashes and Staches gender reveal party theme. Use pins, photo props, or even mustache tattoos!

Lashes and Staches gender reveal party theme. Party from Momtastic.

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Team Lashes and Team Staches gender reveal party theme. Give a pin to each guest to wear their vote.

Give each guest a pin to show their vote. Party pins available from Put on Your Party Cap on Etsy.

Use pins, mustaches or eyelashes on sticks {Think photo booth props}, or even mustache tattoos and false lashes for guests! This theme makes for GREAT photo ops!

5. What will it BEE?

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - What will it BEE? A visually pleasing contemporary take on the traditional theme. Love the honeycomb backdrop and beehive lanterns with little buzzing bees!

What will it BEE? A visually pleasing contemporary take on the traditional theme. Love the honeycomb backdrop and beehive lanterns with little buzzing bees by Kelsey Graves from We Heart Parties featured on Fun365 by Oriental Trading.

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - What will it BEE? Fun neutral colored gender reveal or baby shower theme. Love the beehive cake with honeycomb fondant.

Love the beehive cake with honeycomb fondant from the Artisan Cake Company.

We’ve all seen cheesy bee themed parties for kids. This theme has so much more to offer with the clean hexagon of the beehive to the minimalist yellow and black color scheme. I love the contemporary style they used to make these “What will it BEE?” gender reveal parties amazing. I also like that the colors are neutral!

6. Blue or Pink, what do you think?

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Blue or Pink, What do you think? Gender reveal party invitation

Gender reveal party invitation from Trendy Printables on Etsy, with the standard color combo, but the arrows are a fun addition.

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Pink or blue, we love you! With people voting it's like someone will be disappointed when the gender is announced. I like this reminder that no matter what you are: "Baby, you are loved!"

Similar Pink or blue banner by Happy Banners on Etsy.

Pink or blue, we love you! With people voting on what they think the baby will be it feels like someone might be disappointed when the gender is announced. I hate the thought of any baby not being 100% adored so I like this reminder that no matter what you are: “Baby, you are loved!”

7. Little He or little She?

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Little He or Little She in mint and peach is a fabulous gender reveal party invitation. Love that it doesn't use the standard pink and blue.

Little He or Little She in mint and peach is a fabulous gender reveal party invitation from Purple Trail. Love that it breaks the pink and blue convention.

Classy Gender Reveal Party Ideas | Halfpint Design - Mint and peach. This is actually a baby shower for boy and girl twins but this would make a perfect theme for a gender reveal party that is classy and unique.

This is actually a baby shower for boy/girl twins featured on Pretty My Party, but this would make a perfect theme for a gender reveal party that is classy and unique.

Using twin boy/girl baby shower or birthday party themes is a fabulous idea for gender reveal parties. There are so many great twin options out there to tweak and make your gender reveal party fun and unique.

What about these color alternatives:

We’ve gotten through all seven. How do you feel? I hope inspired and excited for your party. Are you set on pink and blue or have I encouraged you to try something new? “Be BRAVE, be BOLD, be DIFFERENT!” I came up with my own little list of color alternatives….what do you think?

Purple or brown, what’s coming down?

Teal or navy, what is this baby?

Yellow or green, what will be seen?

{Yikes! Someone please stop me!} 

Ok. So maybe Hallmark won’t be knocking on my door anytime soon for my sweet rhymes, but there ARE other options for colors than the tried and true. There’s something really special about knowing the sex of your baby. It helped me bond with that little kicker inside me. I know there are people who choose not to find out, and there’s something to be said about that surprise. I just know waiting’s not for me! If you plan to find out and want to celebrate, I hope this round up of classy gender reveal party themes helps you narrow it down.

Additional Reading

If this isn’t your cup of tea, there are more gender reveal party ideas to check out in the rest of the series:

Until next time,

Halfpint Design, personal

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2 Comments

  1. Mary Leigh @ Live Well Play Together

    You have THE BEST ideas! I was scrolling through Pinterest and found this post. Should have known it was from you! Next time, I need to just come straight here, first! Hope all is well!!

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