Expectant parents must wait nine long months to meet their baby in person. However, a golden moment happens at 20 weeks, when a sonogram reveals a baby boy or a baby girl in mama’s tummy. Gender reveal parties draw friends and family together to share in the joy of this exciting news.
While it’s easy to go overboard for a gender reveal party, we’re sharing cheap gender reveal party ideas that will help you make the occasion special without breaking the bank. After all, you’ll be sending baby shower invitations in the not too distant future! Let’s take a look!
1.) Bowties or Tutus Party
A bowties and tutus party is a fun and whimsical theme for a gender reveal party. You can encourage your guests to come accessorized with one or the other, or provide cheap clip-on bowties or DIY tutus for your guests to wear, depending on their guess for the baby’s gender.
Invite Shop has the perfect invitations for a bowties and tutus gender reveal. The Tutu Cute Gender Reveal Party Invitation below features fun tie and tutu graphics against a chalkboard background that will make your guests smile.
A great way to save money on a bowties and tutus theme is to make your own decorations. Start by adorning your walls with DIY pink tissue paper pom poms to fit in with the girly tutu portion of your theme. Linda from the Night Owl Corner blog provides a helpful tutorial for making these eye-popping decorations for less than a dollar!
To play into the bowtie portion of your theme, you can also try your hand at this DIY gold glitter bowtie pasta garland featured on the Gold Jellybean blog. We think this clever garland could be draped along the edges of a dessert table to add a nice pop of gold.
The Food & Sweets
What’s a party without food? Anchor your theme with at least one bowtie and tutu themed option. The bowtie and tutu cookies below look like the creation of a professional baker — and they are! The good news is, the Rose Bakes blog provides tutorials that will help you make these cookies yourself using a tried-and-true roll-out sugar cookie recipe, a royal icing recipe, and tutu and bowtie cookie cutters you can find online.
The blog even has tutorials on decorating sugar cookies using piping bags and icing tips. Just give yourself plenty of time to prep the ingredients and try out a test batch first!
Here are some other ideas for gender reveal party foods that fit in with your theme:
- Bowtie Pasta Salad
- “Tutu” Tuna Finger Sandwiches
- “Tutu” Tuna Caper Crostini
- Rice Krispies treats cut into the shape of bowties or dipped in pink frosting for a pink tutu effect
2.) Owl Themed Gender Reveal Party
Owls are a go-to theme for a gender reveal parties since these feathered friends are not generally considered masculine or feminine. While an owl gender reveal party can be done in any color scheme, a brown color scheme works particularly well for fall.
Invite Shop offers a Boy or Girl Owl Baby Shower Invitation featuring a pink and blue owl graphics across a woodgrain background. The “Whooo will it be?” wording adds a little owl-themed charm to the invite.
We thought the DIY paper bag owl banner below featured on Ann Corbiere-Scott’s blog was perfect for a fall, owl-themed gender reveal party. The brown, autumnal tones of the cardstock and simple brown paper bags are just perfect for fall! We think this perky owl banner would look great draped across brown linens covering a dessert table.
The Food & Sweets
One easy way to offer your guests owl-themed food is with some adorable owl cupcake toppers. You can make these pink and blue cupcake toppers cheaply at home using free printables from the Repeat Crafter Me blog. The mini-cakes below only call for boxed white cake mix, blue and pink food coloring, frosting or cool whip, and a circle cookie cutter.
Other owl-themed food ideas:
- Pretzel sticks (labeled “twigs”)
- Lettuce wraps (for a leafy effect)
- Owl Deviled Eggs (Check out the recipe and step-by-step instructions on the Jennuine blog to make the clever creations below.)
3.) Balloon Release Gender Reveal
One of the most popular gender reveal party ideas involves releasing balloons from a decorated box, like the example below featured on the Bubbles and Bumps blog. Simply have a party store fill an extra large moving box with helium balloons in the color representing your baby’s gender. Then enjoy the surprise of releasing the balloons in front of your guests!
Capture the fun of a balloon release gender reveal with Invite Shop’s Whimsical Up in the Air Gender Reveal Party Invitation. We love the cheery balloon graphics and soft pink and blue color scheme. Scalloped trim adds a nice touch, but you can customize the edges of your invitations any way you’d like.
For a balloon release gender reveal party, we love the idea of filling up lots and lots of soft blue and pink helium balloons and using them as a floaty backdrop for the dessert table. We love the way the balloons below featured on the Pizzazzerie blog are accented with tissue paper tassels in the same soft colors.
The Food & Sweets
Balloon themed cupcakes aren’t as difficult to pull off as you might imagine! The Balloon Bunch Cupcakes below featured on the Pepper Design blog are topped with three, unwrapped dum dum lollipops pulled together by a tiny ribbon. For a gender reveal, just use blue raspberry and watermelon dum dums, which are pink and blue.
Other balloon themed ideas might include the following “round” foods:
- Watermelon balls using a melon baller
- Cake pops
- Donut holes
- Savory dumplings or pastry puffs
4.) Cast Your Vote Gender Reveal
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all summer, you’ve probably heard the presidential election is coming up this November. You can piggyback off the excitement of Election Day by asking your guests to cast their ballots on what they believe your baby’s gender will be.
Red, white, and blue is the name of the game with these clever gender reveal party invitations from Invite Shop. The Presidential Baby Gender Reveal Party Invitation below features star spangled lettering and incorporates a fun little voting checkbox.
Red, white, and blue decorations are on point with a “cast your vote” gender reveal. One great way to anchor your theme is with this amazing no-sew star table runner featured on Cook and Craft Me Crazy. This affordable DIY decoration only requires colored felt, a simple star template, and a hot glue gun!
You’ll also want to have a decorated ballot box where people can cast their votes as they come in. The votes of your guests can be tallied election style right before the gender of the baby is revealed.
The Food & Sweets
Red, white, and blue themed foods are as simple as a fresh display of strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla cookies on a platter. However, we think the red, white, and blue cupcakes below featuring red velvet cake really pack a visual punch. You can get the recipe over on the Your Cup of Cake blog.
Other ideas might include:
- Strawberry, banana, and blueberry skewers
- Red, white, and blue corn tortilla chips and salsa
- Red, white, and blue deviled eggs (using food coloring)
5.) Holiday Gender Reveal
If the 20-week mark of the pregnancy falls in December, many expectant parents opt to do a holiday gender reveal that is one part holiday party and one part gender reveal.
The Little Deer Gender Reveal Baby Shower Invitation from Invite Shop is just right for a holiday gender reveal. While the invitation features a seasonal green and red color scheme, it’s not overly Christmasy.
The cheapest and easiest decorations for a holiday gender reveal party are paper snowflakes. Simply find one of the hundreds of tutorials online and cut them out in seasonal green and red (or pink and blue in keeping with the gender reveal theme). To anchor your holiday theme, we really love this holiday gender reveal banner below by the Paper Party Packs Etsy store.
The Food & Sweets
Christmas cookies in the shapes of onesies, rattles, and baby bottles are the perfect treat for a holiday gender reveal party. One of our favorite ideas, however, was the self-serve hot cocoa station below featured on the Indianapoluxe blog. We love how the station featured little bowls of marshmallows, peppermint, caramel, and peanut butter chips for guests to mix in.
Other ideas might be:
- Holiday trail mix (just mix in green and red M&M’s)
- Bruschetta bites with red and green veggies on top
- Red and Green Pasta Salad (just add cherry tomatoes and spinach)
We hope these budget-friendly ideas inspire you to plan a fun and memorable gender reveal party!