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Gender Reveal Games
Gender reveal parties are very popular these days, and there is little wonder why. After all, when you want to announce to the world what the gender of your child is, these parties cannot be more creative. In fact, there are so many ways to do a gender reveal, that you’ll likely never see the same thing twice, regardless of how many parties you attend. If you’re going to do a gender reveal yourself, it’s going to take a little planning because let’s face it, you want everything to be perfect. One of the most important aspects of the party is deciding which games to play, but not to worry because we’ve got you covered!
Most people look forward to the games at these gender reveals because most of them consist of guessing the gender of the baby before the reveal itself, which is fun for everyone. At many reveals, there is a prize for anyone who guesses the correct gender, and there are lots of ways to do this. Before you decide on the decorations or even the theme, coming up with a few fun games is the perfect way to make sure everyone who attends your party has a lot of fun and never gets bored.
If you’re thinking it has to cost a lot of money just to get the perfect gender reveal, think again. Many of these games require items that are very inexpensive; for example, with just a few office supplies and a printer, you can create a one-of-a-kind game that no one at the party will ever forget. The basics of choosing the right game are simple. First of all, you want to choose something that is easy to play and doesn’t feel like work to your guests. You’ll also want it to be fun, and you’ll want them to experience the feeling everyone gets when trying to “guess” at something, especially if they know they may win a prize afterward.
Regardless of your guests’ personalities, the right gender reveal games will have all of them anticipating the ending and will keep smiles on their faces the entire time they’re there! If you buy small trinkets or party favors that your guests can keep after the game is over, they’ll appreciate it even more. Everybody likes to bring something home with them and feel like they’ve gotten something for free, and this is part of the requirement for making sure the games at your gender reveal party are the right ones. Even those people who don’t “win” the game will still enjoy playing it.
If you’re looking for the right game for your gender reveal party but you have no clue how to get started, don’t stress over it because that’s what we’re here for. With the games described below, you can create just the right amount of ambiance for your gender reveal, making it an event that none of your guests will ever forget. So get ready to be surprised and pleased because below are 15 of the most unique and wonderful gender reveal party games ever developed.
1. He or She Sticky Note Game
This one is definitely inexpensive to plan. The first thing you’ll want to buy is heart-shaped sticky notes. Actually, they can be in any shape, but heart shapes are absolutely adorable. Buy lots of pink ones and blue ones, and they won’t cost much because keep in mind that you’ll only need one sticky note for each guest. Next, buy a picture frame and a cute picture that is baby-themed. Some people are able to find pictures that are white with a heart in the middle that says, “He or She? What will baby be?” It doesn’t have to be that exact saying, of course, but the point is you need a picture frame and a picture inside of it that is mostly blank.
When your guests arrive, have the sticky notes and some pens laying out by the frame, and ask each of them to pick one of the sticky notes, choosing the color that corresponds with what they think the baby will be, and write their name on it. Then, have them place the sticky note on the picture until after the reveal. Before the party, buy some trinkets or party favors or something else that will make a cute gift, and once the reveal is announced, give all of the people who guessed correctly one of those prizes. The “winners” will love going home with a prize, and everyone involved will have a lot of fun playing the game.
2. A True Guessing Game
Buy a big plastic toy baby bottle and fill it with M&Ms or similar candy, and make sure you count how many candies go into the bottle. Some people choose to go ahead and buy a pink or blue bottle or pink or blue candies, but if you truly want people to wait until after the reveal to know what you’re having, include both pink and blue candies in the bottle. Make sure the body is clear or translucent so that everyone who guesses at the number can at least see all of the candies and try to figure out how many are in there.
Write down everyone’s guesses, then reward the winner with a small prize. You can usually get these bottles anywhere shower or party supplies are sold, and they are available in several different colors. If you’d prefer to put just pink or blue candies in the bottle, you can wait until after the reveal announcement is done to play the game. This way, you can include either pink or blue candy in there, but you won’t be giving away the answer because you’ll be waiting until after the reveal is done to play the game.
3. Footballs or Tutus/Stashes or Lashes
This is a cute game that allows everyone to write their name under the column in the color that corresponds to what they think the baby will be. All you have to do is buy a chalkboard and both pink and blue chalk. Draw a line down the middle of the chalkboard and put “boy” on the top of one column and “girl” on top of the other. Then, let everyone grab the right chalk and write their name under the appropriate column. The chalkboard will be covered with pink and blue chalked-in names when everyone is done.
Once everything is complete and everybody has written their name down, announce which side is the winner, then reward everyone who guessed correctly with a small prize. Remember that the prizes don’t have to be big or expensive. They just have to be something cute, pink or blue, and something they’ll appreciate even after they go home. Oh, and you can change the name of the game if you wish to come up with something that’s a little more personalized to your interests.
4. Gender Reveal Cards
This is one you can design and finish on your printer. Buy some blank postcards and design a card that allows the guests to choose whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Design something fancy with a pink item and a blue item, then draw a box they can check off under each item. The item can be a baby bottle, diaper, rattle, or anything else you feel talented enough to design. Have all of the guests check off what they think the baby will be, then reward everyone who “won” with a small prize.
The good thing about this game is that it’s inexpensive. You can usually buy 100 blank postcards for under $15, and after you design them, just slip them into your printer and print off however many you need. You can get creative with the postcards or just design something basic – it’s up to you. Just make sure the postcards have cute baby-related designs on them and a check box, and the rest is super easy.
5. Decorating Station
This one is relatively simple, but the guests get to eat something yummy after they’re done. Make a bunch of cookies in the shape of something baby-related – a rattle, bottle, onesie, ball, or anything else. When you ice the cookies, make sure you use white icing. Then, lay a bunch of blue and pink markers nearby and let the guests choose the color according to what they think the baby will be. Everyone gets to eat the cookie afterward, but all the people who chose the correct color get a special prize as well.
For this game, thin markers work best, and you may even be able to find markers that are specially made to write on food items if you visit a hobby shop or look online. If you let the icing dry a bit before the game starts, and make sure you only apply a thin layer of it on the cookies, the markers will glide on a lot more smoothly and allow the guests to decorate their cookie however they wish. There are really several ways you can play this game, but this is perhaps the simplest one.
6. The (Baby) Price Is Right
This game is similar to the game The Price is Right, only all of the items are baby items. Just buy some card stock paper, which you can find either online or at a stationary or hobby store, and create a list of baby items that have blank lines right next to them. You can design something on your computer and simply print off the number of copies you need for the party. Hand each guest one of the papers and have them write down how much they think each item will cost. The person who guesses the most prices correctly wins a prize.
With this game, you might want to have two prizes in case there are two guests who make the closest guesses. Also, consider listing very specific items, such as Dreft laundry detergent, a small jar of Gerber baby food, a box of Luvs diapers, or a tube of Desitin diaper rash medicine. You can either count the number of answers each guest gets correctly, or have each guest total what the amount is at the bottom of the paper and see who comes closest to the correct number. Just make sure the guests know exactly what the rules are before you start the game.
7. Pacifier Hunt
This game can be played several ways, but they all involve guests going around the room and finding all of the hidden pacifiers. It’s sort of like hiding Easter eggs, only it involves pacifiers instead. Although you’ll choose a winner at the end, you can do this game in several ways. First, you can hide neutral-colored pacifiers with just one pink or one blue pacifier in the group, and the person who finds the pink or blue one will find out first what you’re having. Second, you can hide both pink and blue pacifiers and reward the person who gets the most of the appropriate color with a prize. Third, you could have the guests find only the pacifiers whose color matches what they think the baby will be. Finally, reward all of the ones who guessed the right color with a small prize.
For a pacifier hunt, go ahead and purchase toy pacifiers, which are usually found at a party favors in a store, so that it doesn’t get too expensive. This game started out as a baby shower game, but it is also a great game to play at reveal parties, mainly because of the many different ways it can be played.
8. Word Scramble Game
This one is both easy and fun. Just choose 10 to 15 baby names and scramble the names, then put lines next to each scrambled name and see if your guests can guess what each one is. For this one, you can either hand out prizes to the people who got the most names correct, or simply give everyone a prize. Most of the time, you’ll have several people who get them all correct, so you’re going to need more than just a handful of prizes. Once again, you can make these cards up on your computer then print them off so that there is enough for everyone.
Actually, there are several ways to award the prizes, and you can come up with that on your own. The important thing is to choose enough baby names to make it fun, and it won’t be difficult to scramble the names up to make the game a lot of fun.
9. Diaper Raffle
When you’ve been invited to a gender reveal party, it’s often difficult to figure out what type of gift to bring. Your own guests will likely be the same way, so a diaper raffle is a great way to help them out and make it easier on them. The first thing you’ll need are the raffle tickets, and these are super easy to find. In fact, they even make them with the words “diaper raffle” printed on them, and they can be found in many different colors and themes. When you send out your invitations, include one of the raffle tickets inside, which usually has a place for the guest to write his or her name on it. Let the guests know that if they bring a pack of diapers and their ticket to the party, the ticket will be entered into a drawing for a special prize.
For this game, you might want to consider buying a fairly nice prize. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but make sure it’s more than just a party favor or trinket. One of the things moms-to-be love best about this game is that they’ll get tons of diapers at their gender reveal party, and let’s face it, diapers will never go to waste!
10. Baby Name Race
For this game, you can design a postcard or piece of stock paper that has the letters of the alphabet written on it, along with a blank line to the side of each letter. You can make the design in pink or blue and have the guests choose a card or piece of paper that corresponds to what they think the baby will be, or you can simply design the card in neutral colors. Just make sure you have each letter of the alphabet represented and that each letter has a blank line beside it.
Have your guests write down names for each of the letters, and if you use neutral-colored cards, have them write down either boys’ names or girls’ names, depending on what they think the baby is. When they’re done, only count the ones who got the gender correct, and you can reward the guests in one of two ways – by giving all of the guests who guessed the right gender a reward, or by rewarding the person who got both the gender correctly and got the most names written down. It’s up to you how the game is played, but either way, this is a very fun game!
Oh, and one more thing – make sure the game is timed!
11. The Balloon Game
For this game, simply fill about a dozen black balloons with powder, confetti, glitter, or anything else that you can find in either pink or blue, depending on which gender you’re about to reveal. Staple or pin each balloon to a large board that says something like, “He or She? What will it be?” When the time comes, give each guest a straight pin or something else that is sharp enough to pop a balloon. Then, let them poke the balloons at the same time until the items on the inside pop out all over the place.
Naturally, you can decorate your board any way you like, and if you have a lot of guests, you might want to consider one very large balloon so that it is easier for everyone to poke at it at the same time. It might be a touch messy, but this game is a lot of fun and it is certainly one that gets the point across!
12. Guess the Date
Start with a large poster board and write or draw a large calendar of your due date month. Make sure the letters and numbers are quite large for the next step. Then, give each person a sticky note and have them write their name on it. Next, let each guest go up to the calendar and place their sticky note right on the date that they think the baby will be born. Make sure you highlight your actual due date so people will have some idea of where to put their stickers. Let everyone know that if they guess the correct date, they’ll win a prize, and if no one guesses the actual date, just reward the person who came the closest.
A few things to remember about this game. First, you’ll have to let all of your guests know that they won’t receive the prize until after the baby is born (naturally). Second, you may have to buy several prizes because more than one person might put a sticky note on the same date. Again, it doesn’t have to be an inexpensive prize – just something to say “thank you” and to show how much you appreciate them.
13. Guess the Baby Game
When you send out the invitations, ask your guests to send you a picture of themselves as a baby. Digital photographs are best, of course, since they can be sent to you quickly, but even if they bring an actual picture of themselves to the shower, it will still work. Print out all of the photos and pin or tape them to a large board. Then, make sure all of the photographs are numbered. Next, make up postcards that have the same number as the number of pics you have, and place blank lines next to each number. Each guest will look at the photos and write down on the card who they think each baby is.
The person who guesses the most correctly wins a prize, and since more than one person may guess most or all of them correctly, you might want to get a few prizes so that all of the winners will get one. This one is a lot of fun but most of all, it’s very simple as well.
14. Quiz Game for the Mom-to-Be
This game consists of questions about the mom-to-be that the guests have to answer. You can design and print the cards on your computer and printer, so there’s no need to use a professional printer unless you just want to do that. The person who gets the most answers correct wins a prize, and some of the questions you might want to use include:
- What is her shoe size?
- When is her birthday?
- What is her favorite color?
- Where did she go to high school?
- Does she have a college degree?
- Where was she born?
If you really use your noggin, you can come up with tons of questions, and try to come up with about 15 to 20 questions if you can. With this game, guests start sharing their answers, laughing at themselves, and even guessing out loud. It is indeed a very fun game that all of your guests will love. It is sometimes hard to think up questions about yourself, but once you come up with a handful of questions, it should be easy to come up with even more.
15. Name That Baby Tune
This game is also a lot of fun, and it’ll get people thinking, too. Just think of about a dozen or more songs that have the word “baby” in them, and jot them down on a card or a piece of paper. To the right of each song, go ahead and put the artist’s name so the guests will have a hint to help them out. Here are a few examples:
- _____ _____ Baby (Vanilla Ice). (Ice Ice Baby)
- Baby _____ (The Supremes). (Baby Love)
- Baby _____ (Beyonce & Sean Paul). (Baby Boy)
- _____ Baby (Bruno Mars). (Runaway Baby)
- Baby _____ _____ _____ _____ (Peter Frampton). (Baby I Love Your Ways)
Naturally, there are tons more that apply; all you have to do is think about it and maybe do a little research on the Internet. Just like many of the other games, this one uses a card or piece of paper that you can easily design on your computer and print out on your printer. Once all of the cards are filled out and returned to you, just see who got the most answers right and give that person a reward of some type. Once again, you might want to have a few prizes in case there are two people who “win” the game.
The Ins and Outs of Gender Reveal Parties
In recent years, there have been some concerns about gender reveal parties. One of the concerns some people have is the guests’ safety, especially if you choose to use poppers, powder cannons, and other such items. Still, it doesn’t have to be unsafe as long as you’re careful, and if you’d like a few tips on planning the perfect gender reveal party, including deciding on which games to play, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure you keep it simple. Another complaint that some people have is that gender reveal parties have gotten out of hand. This can cause stress on the hosts and make the guests more hesitant to come to the party in the first place. Don’t stress yourself out or make it awkward or uncomfortable for your guests. Keep it simple so that it’s fun and relaxing for everyone.
- Learn about any local ordinances in your area. If you intend to use some of the items listed above and your party will be outside, you’ll have to check and make sure there are no local ordinances prohibiting those products from being used. Think of it like firecrackers, which are legal in some areas and illegal in others. This is especially important if you live in the city or in a subdivision because even a subdivision or an apartment complex can have rules that the surrounding city or area doesn’t have.
- Pay close attention to all of your surroundings. If you’re going to use poppers, cannons or similar items, pay attention to everything around you. If you’re outside, you’ll have to be extra-careful around trees and shrubs. If you’re inside, pay attention to anything around you that might be damaged once the party gets started. Nearby furniture and other items don’t have to be flammable for it to be dangerous for you, so check out your surroundings before you decide for sure which games you want to play.
- Don’t forget your virtual guests. In these days of the pandemic, many hostesses are choosing virtual parties instead of real ones. Even if only a few of your guests will be tuning in digitally, you shouldn’t forget to include them in everything that’s going on. This isn’t difficult to do because you just need a computer that is positioned so that your other guests can see it. It may take a little work, but remembering your virtual guests will always be worth it in the end.
If you’re really concerned about the safety of your guests and yourself, just choose a game that doesn’t involve something that has the potential to harm something or someone. It’s a lot easier to do than you think, and we believe this article has proven that.
Planning a great reveal party isn’t complicated, nor is choosing the right games. That being said, it does take a little planning to make sure everything turns out just right. Do some research online, and if you’re on a budget, keep in mind that you can choose tons of games that don’t cost a lot of money. Whether the party is big or small, casual or fancy, you can create the perfect party if you know what to do, and it isn’t difficult to find out what that means.
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