Last weekend my husband and I threw a baby gender reveal party. Instead of the traditional soft blue and pale pink color scheme, I chose to do a modern spin using navy and magenta. I’ve always loved the way these colors looked together and now was my chance to use the color palette somewhere else other than my dark wash jeans and pink sweater. 🙂
I definitely wanted a chalkboard where family could read whether old wives’ tales were predicting a baby boy or girl and then make their own guess. But with a chalkboard the size I wanted, it was going to cost at least $65. Instead, my husband and I went to the Home Depot and picked up a 3′ x 4′ sheet of unfinished chalkboard and bought some white trim. They cut the board to the exact size I needed and when we got home all we had to do was paint the rough edges of the board black and glue on the trim. For less than half the price of buying one, we thought it turned out pretty good and it will make a great planner in our kitchen once our little one is in school and activities!
After getting everything set up, I wanted to a shot of the entire party tent. I ended up having to lay on the ground (nearly 5 months pregnant, mind you) to get this photo–but I think it was worth it! Haha Doesn’t the cornfield make the perfect backdrop?
I handmade the navy and magenta ceiling decorations from tissue paper I purchased in bulk. I saved about half the cost of the white paper lanterns by ordering those online instead of buying them in a store. We’re thinking of incorporating those into the baby’s nursery. 🙂 My husband was so incredibly patient with me while hanging these decorations and they turned out wonderful. I told him, if he ever wants a job…
I also purchased the tablecloths and runners online for literally a few bucks each. The tablescape turned out exactly as I wanted.
To make clean up easier for this tired mama, I purchased paper plates, but to keep things chic and contemporary, I went with square, navy dinner and salad plates. I also handmade the little flower napkin rings with tissue paper and floral wire. We had salad, homemade lasagna and bread for dinner followed by semi-homemade cinnamon rolls for dessert–a nice, light meal. 😉
Keeping with the theme, each cup had either a navy or magenta chevron patterned drinking straw. My nieces absolutely loved these. It was a small, inexpensive detail, but really helped to tie everything together.
Here you can find my answers to all the old wives’ tales. (They’re underlined in white.) You can also see that our family was pretty split on whether the baby was a boy or a girl. AND that my brother still likes to torment me by doing things like using pink under the boy category for his and his son’s votes! Instead of messy chalk, I purchased Wonder Chalk, which are liquid chalk markers. They were easy to use and wiped off easily with just water. I don’t think they will last long, however. My white one seems to be low already.
Once everyone voted, it was time for the reveal. We kept how we were going to reveal a secret and explained to them what was going to happen. We purchased silly string in either pink or blue. Since the cans looked exactly the same aside from the colored tops, we just removed the caps ahead of time.
On the count of three, we all aimed and fired. It’s a boy!!
I think some of the adults had more fun with the silly string than the kids! Both my brother and Dad (on the left side) had the biggest smiles on their faces.
My brother-in-law, Rob, also enjoyed the silly string fight with his “little” brother. They will always be kids at heart. 🙂
We all had a great time and are so excited about the news of a baby boy! Looks like our next big project is creating a cozy nursery for our little one.
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