As we deal with quarantine and social distancing, the happiest events in life are still happening — which means that when it’s time to throw the gender reveal party for your soon-to-be new favorite tiny human, the odds are that you’ll either have a very limited attendance, or stick completely to a virtual occasion.
Gender reveal parties first started to become popular back in 2008. A little different than a traditional baby shower, a great gender reveal is more of an excuse to get together with your closest family and friends and let them know whether they’re going to be welcoming a little boy or a little girl into their lives. Guests may or may not bring gifts, as we often like to wait until we know what gender the baby will be, so we can get something appropriate.
Whatever the case, a virtual gender reveal baby shower provides an opportunity to show some love to the new parents, even if it’s long-distance.
Over time, these get-togethers have changed as new trends come and go. Add social distancing into the mix, and you’ve got a whole new set of challenges.
But we like to think of challenges as opportunities! 😃 Let’s take a look at some virtual party suggestions to make your gender reveal occasion a hit. 💙💗
Send Out Virtual Invitations
One of the first items of business for hosting a virtual baby shower is deciding what platform you want to use. There are plenty of options available, so it really just depends on the size of the group, the platform you’re most comfortable using, and how you want to structure it.
Once you’ve made that decision, send out virtual invites to your guests. You can put some together using easy sites like Paperless Post, which offers both free and paid styles and designs. You could also use tools like Facebook Events, which helps you track RSVPs.
Decoration With A Balloon Arch
Whether your party is in-person or virtual, decorations are one of the most fun parts of putting it together. And they’re also your chance to get really creative.
Even if you’re just decorating a certain area of your living room that virtual guests will be able to see, this is still an opportunity to make your party really special.
Balloon garland decorations are an easy, fun way to dress up your Zoom space (or your Facetime space… your WhatsApp space… your Facebook Room space… seriously, the options are endless!)
Choose a garland with mixed colors so as not to give the game away before the big reveal! Junibel balloon garlands has the perfect gender reveal kit.
Balloon Pop Reveal
Out of the few reveal options we’ve included in this list, this is one of the most popular versions. It’s a simple idea: buy a balloon with either glitter or confetti in it (typically pink for a girl, blue for a boy), blow it up, and pop it to let the shower of confetti let everyone know what you’re having!
Like the other suggestions on our list, this is something that is a lot of fun when done with a big group — but still works really well for a virtual gathering.
You can buy these balloons ready-made or even make one yourself with an easy tutorial such as this one, which uses glitter and tissue paper.
Cake Cutting Reveal
Another popular favorite is the cake cutting gender reveal. Bake the cake using appropriate food coloring. (You can have a local bakery do this for you, or use one of the plethora of gender reveal cake recipes available on the internet — this ombre gender reveal cake recipe is a favorite.) Then decorate, making sure to hide the color of the cake itself completely with buttercream frosting.
For many of us, a party is nothing more than an excuse to eat cake — but with a virtual party, you can’t exactly hand out pieces around the room. You may want to make a smaller cake than you usually would, if there are just a few of you in the house to eat it. (Or perhaps you just want more cake! We’ve been quarantining for months — no one’s here to judge!)
You could also bake cupcakes using the same cake recipe. These can be delivered to the party attendees by mail (carefully wrapped) or by hand, either before or after the party itself. If you’re sending them out beforehand, make sure you can trust your friends and family not to open and eat the cupcake before the actual party!
Virtual Gender Reveal Party Games
Some of the games that you might have played at the gender reveal party have to be put on hold due to social distancing — but that doesn’t mean that you and your guests can’t still have a lot of fun.
In fact, a lot of popular party games can easily be adapted for a virtual get-together. Zoom, for instance, lets the host put trivia questions or polls right in the Zoom room for each guest to answer.
If you’d rather go a little bit more of an old-fashioned route, you can still do paper-based games like Disney character trivia, baby product-themed The Price Is Right, and baby Mad Libs. Just make sure to email the printables to your guests ahead of time.
A Virtual Party Is Still A Party!
Even if you can’t be in the same room with your guests, a good party is still a ton of fun. Throwing a virtual gender reveal baby shower allows you to keep in touch with your family and friends, letting them know the most important details!
We hope that these suggestions have given you some ideas for your own virtual party. Let us know what inspired you!