Ok, so the baby wasn’t actually a surprise…they’d been trying for a while. And then they got pregnant! YAY! So when my friend told me that she was pregnant, I was over the moon! I’m at the age myself where babies are awesome and I just want to love them and kiss them and squeeze them and hug them and then I will call them George. I guess it’s a good thing that my husband wants a family because I’ve apparently broken the snooze button on my biological clock and any baby within reach is subject to random amounts of mushy, babbling nonsense. From me.
But moving along…
My friend is having a baby!! We know how these things go…mom wants a girl, dad wants a boy. I talked to my friend about the possibility of doing a baby gender reveal. The premise for this sort of event is that you basically find a fun and creative way to announce if you’re expecting a boy or a girl. Most parents find out with the rest of their family and friends and get to be surprised with everyone else. My friend and her husband are not most parents. But I really couldn’t blame them…they’d already waited so long to get the baby in the belly that they wanted to know right away! They played along anyway and I’m so proud of mom that she didn’t let the secret slip; I saw from subsequent posts that she had to avoid certain phone calls to keep it to herself… *high five* to you lady!
Most gender reveal parties have a theme or other special meaning to the couple. I saw one where the couple did theirs via painting the baby’s room with the color corresponding to the baby (pink=girl, blue=boy). The theme for this party came after musing over a conversation with mom:
Mom: I think I want to do it with the ladies in my Bible study class. I want it to be small and intimate and this would be the perfect setting since the ladies will already be there.
Me: Ok cool! Well, let’s schedule it and I’ll come over before Bible study to set everything up. I’ll leave and let you ladies do your study and then I’ll return when it’s time for the party…
Mom: You can stay for the Bible study *smiles* we would love to have you!
Me: Nah, that’s cool…I wouldn’t want to interrupt *smiles*
Mom: Well aren’t you a Christian?
Me: Yes ma’am I am!
Mom: Well, one more Bible study in the week won’t kill you then *big grin*
Me: *laughs* Yes ma’am, I’ll come to Bible study…
We ended up not doing with the Bible study group, but that conversation got me to thinking and literally out of left field, EUREKA! The theme for the party!
Adding a Prince or Princess to the Kingdom of God!
I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to plan this party! First, the color scheme…purple and gold are the symbolic colors for royalty, so that’s what I chose. I made a royal mobile/chandelier to go over the table, but there was already a chandelier over the table, so that was out of the question… Never thee worry, we hung it over the crafts station!
For the table set up, we had purple and yellow chocolate covered pretzels and some more of the awesome jello cookies, similar to the ones in the birthday post…these were made lemon and grape to stick with the color scheme.
For the actual reveal, cupcakes were made with icing the appropriate color corresponding to the baby’s gender, and put into individual boxes that had Bible verses pertaining to child rearing attached to them. I know from being a kid, having nieces and a nephew and from being around other people’s kids, the most commonly heard phrases usually included petitioning God at some point for just a portion of help/strength/mercy/restraint…
Before we did the reveal, we had the activity, which involved trying to figure out if there was a prince or princess on the way. Only the parents and I knew the gender of the baby, but we all played along. To make your decision/guess, you had to make a crown corresponding to your estimation. If you thought the baby was a boy, you were asked to make a purple, blue or green crown. If you thought they were having a girl, you were asked to make a gold or red crown.
Everyone got involved, but I think the kids really had more fun than the adults…
Once we got everyone in the crowns, it was time for the big reveal! I passed out individual boxes to everyone and had them open them together. One lady had hers open LITERALLY a split second after I said “GO!” and within 2 seconds she was off the couch dancing around with excitement because she was right in her guess…
They’re adding a Prince to the Kingdom!
Dad was re-esctatic about it! (I don’t know if that’s a real word, but we’re going with it!) A son! All of their friends and family were so happy! I think everyone kind of knew, but they were still surprised and overjoyed. I tried to comfort mom and tell her that it was good to have a big brother to protect his little sister when she gets here. She said girls can look out for themselves… She’s absolutely right about that, but the future little sister will have a big brother to dote over her, protect her and keep the other boys away when mom and dad aren’t around!
So congrats to you on your son-to-be…Malachi, your family can’t wait to meet you! They are absolutely some of the most fantastic people that I’ve met in quite some time and you couldn’t be joining a more gracious bunch!
Make It Awesome!