Gender Reveal Party for Baby Swartout {Featured Party}

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Have you ever heard of a gender reveal party? In a nutshell, expectant parents host a party to find out the sex of their baby and share the excitement with family and friends. At the 20-week ultrasound, the ultrasound technician is asked to write down the gender of the baby and seal it in an envelope. That envelope is given to the person {grandma, friend, baker, etc.} that will bake the cake and this person will dye the inside of the cake pink or blue, depending on the sex. At the party, everyone finds out the gender of the baby when the cake is cut.

This gender reveal party comes from Jessica Swartout. A friend of Jessica’s had thrown a gender reveal party for her sister about a year ago and Jessica knew right away that she wanted to host her own party when she decided to have a baby. One year later, Jessica and her husband Mike found themselves expecting and planning a gender reveal party!

Jessica tells us that her husband “wanted to make sure that if his “boys” were invited it wouldn’t be too “girly” so we decided on a BBQ/BYOB style party, but I still had sooooo much fun with the decor!”

She describes herself as “super modern” and knew that she wanted the party decor to be simple. And because she was working with a small budget, she did most of the decorating and other goodies herself.

“I’m a fan of, and found a really simple invitation with neutral colors {yellow, gray, green, and white} and a big abstract flower. I ran with it and used that design for my little cards and kept the color scheme {minus the green}” Jessica explains.

And what about the cake? Jessica found a great local stay at home mom/bakery {Luna Blue Bakery} that fit her budget perfectly. And in Jessica’s opinion {ours too}, she did an AMAZING job! “I’m so, so glad that I chose Amy with Luna Blue Bakery. Not only did she do a wonderful job, but she became my friend through the process. She was going to be one of the first to know, and she seemed just as excited as we were! She ran with my idea of keeping a simple cake, with white flowers, and she made it so much fun! The blue inside the cake was such a beautiful color too! Just another little detail that made our party perfect!

So what did Jessica and Mike’s friends and family have to say?

Our friends and family had never heard of a reveal party before, and everyone couldn’t stop saying how much fun and what a great idea it was. When it was cake time, we had about 20 of our closest friends and family there biting their nails to see if their vote was right! The moment we cut the cake, cheers and clapping just rang out! I think, no matter what it would have been…pink or blue, we would have had the same reaction! It was just so much fun to share that with our family and friends. I’m so glad that we decided to have fun with it like we did. It really makes the whole experience even more exciting, to be able to celebrate the little moments along the way!

image source: Jessica Liane Photography


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. What a cute idea!Love the color scheme!

  2. Such a precious idea. And what great delivery!

  3. Such a cute idea! I might have to steal it for my next!

    • @Beck’s Chic Life, aww you totally should! another cute idea i saw was if you have a little one already (and he/she is at the right age) to reveal it by letting him/her open a little letter or note, and inside draw a pink or blue heart. just another little idea! :)

  4. this is such a creative way to reveal the sex!! i love it. i may have to steal it for our first little one :)

  5. SO CUTE!! Where did you have the banners made?

    • @LCS, thank you!! i actually made them myself! if you’re computer savy (i’m a graphic designer, so that helped a little) then you can design your own. or go to the craft store and pick some fun papers and cut out the shapes (any shape you want) and you can pick up different papers and also letters in the scrapbooking area to layer and add a little depth too! then i hole punched and thread through white gift wrap ribbon to hang them. :) good luck and have fun with it!

  6. you have a beautiful home and did an awesome job of decorating! congratulations on your new little BOY! :)

  7. Do people bring presents to gender reveal parties?

  8. MadebyMariko says:

    Seriously? I find this ridiculous.


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