Archive for July 6th, 2011

Baby Shower Invitations & Trends

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Is it a boy or a girl?  Nobody knows…but not for long!  My parents kept the sex of my sister and I a surprise until delivery day, which was very common 20-30 years ago.  Lately, many parents are finding out the sex of the baby ahead of time.  It helps the parents-to-be prepare for their upcoming arrival, whether it means decorating the nursery, purchasing themed baby products or choosing a name ahead of time.  Many parents find out the sex of the baby about 5-6 months before they are due.

One of the newest trends in expecting couples today is not knowing or finding out the sex of the baby until the baby shower.  This new trend has seemed to come about in the last year or so, and I have to say, I think it is one of the most creative ideas I have heard of for a baby shower.  There’s a couple of ways you can do it, and it will first involve the parents-to-be having someone contact their doctor to note the sex of the baby…and then keep it a secret.  Only do this surprise baby shower if you know your friends and guests are able to keep a secret, as you don’t want anyone to spill the beans! 

Start by telling all of your guests what the sex of the baby is and ask them to bring a gift appropriate for a boy or a girl, depending on what the parents are expecting.  As the mommy or daddy-to-be open their gifts, they’ll have big surprise as they begin to open pink and purple outfits or blue and green outfits.  Don’t trust everyone to keep that big of a secret?  You can also surprise everyone by keeping everything gender neutral, (gift wise), and serving a large chocolate cake, with the icing inside indicating the sex of the baby.  Blue icing inside means it’s a boy, and pink if it’s a girl.  You won’t find out until the parents-to-be cut into the first slice!

Set the scene for your surprising baby shower with a baby shower invitation to coordinate!  If you’re going for the gift-themed surprise shower, choose an invitation in pink or blue and remember to clearly note that the expecting couple will be finding out the sex of the baby at the shower, so to clearly keep it a secret and bring a gender-appropriate gift.  If you’re going the cake and icing route, choose a baby shower invitation that is more gender neutral with greens, yellows and pastels. 

Ready to host your own gender-revealing shower?!  Let us know how you leaked the news of whether the couple was having a baby boy or a baby girl!

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