7 Exciting Gender Reveal Ideas

More and more expecting parents are gathering close family and friends for a new kind of baby shower – a gender reveal party! Some couples entrust someone else to organize the reveal so they can find out with their guests, and other couples know the gender of their baby before the party so they can come up with a surprise. Both options are memorable ways to celebrate the exciting news. Whether you are hosting your own party or planning one for a dear friend, here are seven gender reveal ideas for sharing the surprise:

A Box of Balloons

You’re guaranteed to get a priceless reaction when the balloons escape toward the sky! Whether you’re celebrating with a lavish baby shower or an intimate gathering, this gender reveal idea will rise to the occasion.

Gender Reveal Party Ideas on the Baby Aspen BlogElizabeth Messina via Inspired By This

Do you recognize these two? It’s Giuliana and Bill Rancic at their lavish baby shower, coordinated by Mindy Weiss!

A Photobooth

Poke a pinhole in one balloon, so that the proper color inflates when you step in the photobooth. Ready, set, blow! This is a great gender reveal for each other or for family far away. Wouldn’t this be a fun announcement to find in the mail?

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 Black Balloons

Black balloons make chic party decor elements that serve double duty as a unique means of revealing gender. Have a trusted confidant pour pink or blue confetti inside a black balloon before filling it with helium. Look how delighted everyone is to see the confetti fly!

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Cupcakes are simple sweets that allow the whole party to participate in the big reveal! Fill the insides with colored icing indicating the baby’s gender. Then, when it’s time for dessert, pass them out and let everyone take a bite on the count of 3 .

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A gender reveal cake ensures that the Mommy and Daddy-to-be get the first peek at the surprise. Everyone anxiously awaits their reaction as they cut the cake and share a slice!

Gender Reveal Party Ideas on the Baby Aspen Bloglulliloo photography and Sweeter Still Cupcakes via The Little Umbrella


Here’s a crafty way to share your big news – with glitter! Use a glue stick to spell out “boy” or “girl” and gently blow pink or blue glitter to reveal the message. Capture some shots of the special moment for the big announcement.

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If you’re feeling like you’re about to “pop,” this is an appropriate idea. You’ll need both pink and blue gumballs for the pictures. First, have an intimate reveal with your partner. Face each other and close your eyes. Next, have someone open the envelope with your baby’s gender and place a pink or blue gumball in each of your mouths. Blow a bubble and open your eyes!

Now it’s time to share with the family. Blow a bubble for them to see!

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For this messy reveal, a rooftop is the perfect location. You’ll be bursting with excitement when the confetti flutters out of these party poppers!

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Stir up some excitement with a guessing game for guests! Kate Aspen has a great free mustache and lips printable to get you started!

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Not finding out? No problem! There are plenty of gender-neutral baby shower ideas we love, too!

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Ideas

A gender neutral baby shower doesn’t have to have a specific “baby” theme. After all, this is an occasion to celebrate the mom-to-be and who doesn’t love a simple dessert party? A gray, white, and warm yellow color palette lends itself perfectly to a Springtime celebration for a boy or girl. There’s an understated elegance to this color scheme, and pops of modern patterns add a whimsical element, too. Here’s how you can pull it off stress-free!

Sunshine Baby Shower via Tomkat Studio & Pottery Barn Kids | Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral Baby Shower Color Scheme | Baby Aspen BlogPhoto: The TomKat Studio via Pottery Barn Kids

 A Unique Invitation

Equally cool and sweet, the poem on this invitation excites guests for the upcoming celebration. It even uses the sunny color scheme planned for the shower!

Bbay Shower Invitation via Etsy | Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral Baby Shower Color Scheme | Baby Aspen BlogInvitation: Mira Greetings via Etsy

Modern Baby Shower Decor

Skip the mess and opt for disposable partyware. A darling mix of striped napkins and polka dot plates coordinate perfectly for this dessert party and make cleaning up a breeze. Incorporating a few more details, like personalized straw flags and silver balloons, enhances the decor in this simple color palette.

Whimsical Baby Shower Decor for a Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral Baby Shower Color Scheme | Baby Aspen BlogNapkins & Plates: Shop Sweet Lulu | Balloons: Birthday Express | Paper Party Straws & Straw Flags: Kate Aspen

Sophisticated Sweets

There’s no need to try to DIY every detail. Leave the sweets to a professional and bring in desserts that serve as stunning centerpieces which are almost too pretty to eat.

Baby Shower Sweets for a Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral Baby Shower Color Scheme | Cake via Love the Day Designs | Cake Pops via Kara's Party Ideas | Baby Aspen BlogCake: Love the Day Designs | Cake Pops:  Cakes & Biscuits by Lisa via Kara’s Party Ideas

Gender Neutral Baby Gifts

If you’re attending a baby shower and don’t know the gender of the baby, here are some gray and white gift ideas that are sure to be a hit. These baby essentials, featuring a modern chevron pattern and a cuddly little hedgehog, will be adorable on a boy or girl!

Gender Neutral Baby Gifts from Baby Aspen | Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral Baby Shower Color Scheme | Baby Aspen Blog“Hedgehugs” Bodysuit & Bib: Baby Aspen

Practical Baby Shower Favors

Cool modern coasters are the perfect favors to thank guests for coming. These practical favors will remind them of your chic baby shower each time they set down a drink. They come packaged and tied with a bow, too!

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Favors from Kate Aspen | Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral Baby Shower Color Scheme | Baby Aspen BlogSilver Chevron Coasters: Kate Aspen

A Little More Inspiration

From the pom poms to the confection displays, we love a dessert baby shower  with a simple, color-coordinated display! Here’s one more in this perfectly sunny color scheme:

Little Miss Party via Cake Events Blog | Yellow and Gray Gender Neutral Baby Shower Color Scheme | Baby Aspen BlogPhoto: Little Miss Party via Cake Events Blog

Did you skip a “themed” shower? What colors inspired your baby shower palette? 

11 Adorable Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Nursery themes often inspire baby shower ideas from the color palette to decor and gifts, too. These eleven adorable owl baby shower ideas are perfect for welcoming a baby girl into the family. Garden inspiration with an adorable owl motif is also perfect for a Spring celebration!

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Find Your Baby Shower Inspiration

You can ask the expecting parents about their plans for the baby’s nursery and use this as inspiration for a baby shower. This baby shower began with a pink and mint color palette and an owl motif (9).

Pick the Perfect Pink Baby Shower Invitation

The invitation sets an expectation for the shower. We love this sweet design with a little owl family from Minted (3)!

Dress Up An Owl Shower with Rustic Accents

We added woodland-inspired details with a vintage and rustic feel. White ceramic owl vases and pink glass plates set atop wood and lace foundations create a sophisticated look. Don’t just use this decor for the party! These items can be incorporated into the nursery after the shower.

DIY tip: For a fun DIY project, you can turn paper puffs into owls with a few paper pieces for a face and wings (7)


Add Personalized Baby Shower Decorations

We love the idea of incorporating baby pictures from each parent into the decor. For a finishing touch, order a personalized banner (1) to hang up and personalized pink mason jars (2) to serve drinks in. The banner can go in the baby’s nursery after the shower, and the mason jars make great keepsake baby shower favors!

Give Owl Themed Baby Gifts

Knowing the color palette and theme of baby’s nursery allows guests to shop accordingly. New additions to the Baby Aspen Woodland Gift Collection (6, 10, 11) are perfect for this shower theme. The collection includes a lovie, knit plush toy, layette, and more baby gifts featuring sweet pink owls with modern chevron details.

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Share your baby shower theme in the comments! 

Book Themed Baby Shower Ideas

A book themed baby shower can be put together in so many creative ways! Whether the mom to be is expecting a boy, girl, or not finding out, you can throw her a book themed shower inspired by books in general, a specific author, or even a favorite book. From decor to food, and even activities, include quotes and colors that complement the books that inspire you. Asking guests to bring a new book is a great way to build baby’s library, too! Here is some inspiration to get you started:

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Clockwise, from top right:

Book Garland | Book Themed Table Runner | Nursery Rhyme Pig In A Blanket Gift | Chalkboard with Fairy Tale Quote | Eric Carle Table Decor

Over the Moon Bookmark |Dr. Seuss Baby Shower Snacks | Stacked Book Centerpiece | Library Themed Baby Shower Invitation

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