Today, many expecting couples find out whether they are having a boy or girl.  Despite being an event planner, I was one who waited and really enjoyed the surprise.  But if you’re going to find out, why not have some fun with it?  Some of you have seen this idea before, but for those who haven’t, here is a fun way to find out yourselves or make the announcement to your friends and family.

My friends, Tara and Jon are having a baby later this year.  To reveal whether they are having a boy or girl, they hosted a party with family and friends.  Their ultrasound technician had written the baby’s gender on paper, sealed it in an envelope and also placed a call to a bakery.  Tara had made prior arrangements with this bakery for a special cake with the batter colored to pink or blue.  And for the time being, only the technician and the baker would know.  The cake was then cut at the party, not without prior scrutiny by the guests!  You may want to check with bakeries in advance to be sure they can accommodate you and consider having a third party take care of the entire thing; my friend’s baker made the mistake of repeating the color to my friend!

So as in this case, if the parents-to-be already know the gender, have friends or family cut into the cake to reveal the special news.  And while you’re at it, why not make it a game?  Tara and Jon had everyone wear a clothespin and since they weren’t allowed to use “he or she” until the reveal, no one else was during the party either.


My cousin did this same cake reveal at her baby shower.  It was so much fun to be part of the news.  Another friend of mine didn’t do the cake, but hosted a party nonetheless and had everyone write down a reason why they should be the one to open the envelope.  I didn’t win.


As you can tell in the pictures, my friends are expecting a boy!  Congratulations Tara and Jon!UPDATE:  Tara and Jon’s baby was born at 24 weeks.  Read their amazing story here.