Monday, October 29, 2012

Our Gender Reveal Party

I'm so excited to share our Gender Reveal Party with you today! It was so much fun to put together and I enjoyed putting a few pinterest ideas to work. Hope you enjoy!

I sent out this invite via email from Paperless Post. They have the cutest designs and this one was free! It only went to close friends and family so an address was not necessary. Even though this was an informal event, I was glad I sent them because I had a firm guest list to go by for planning.


One of the first things I did was order cute straws for the party. I ordered mine from Shop Sweet Lulu because they had the bright pink and blue I was looking for- plus a quick shipping turn around. Packaging is everything and I loved that they packed them in the cute pink paper and even included a little mint!


With my colors in mind, I ordered some balloons to line our walkway, which I will tell you more about in a minute.  I left the balloons sitting in the hallway and the dogs got so spooked by the noise they made when they hit the ceiling. Dixie quickly got over her fear when I held them and even let me get a picture of her with them. She's ready to let everyone know the big secret!


 Amazingly, we have a few roses blooming and a few straggling hydrangeas. Pink and blue! Perfect, I used these on the windowsill and another larger arrangement on the bar. 


We used the dining room table to serve the food buffet style, and I used this ribbon idea found on pinterest to line the center of the table. It turned out so cute! 


Usually, I don't like to serve on paper/plastic plates but lets face it they are SO much easier and I am pregnant. Easier clean up is a must these days. We found them in bright blue and pink to match of course. I used some of my white Fenton to hold the silverware as well.


Right before the guests arrived, we got a shot of us outside. I loved a balloon backdrop idea {found here} so we lined our walkway with them. I left my Dad and Stephen in charge of this project. The pinterest link says to stake the balloons with golf tees but they quickly decided that was not sturdy enough- so they used long screws we use for outdoor Christmas decorations to stake them down. 


Of course, I included the chalkboard! Here is a tally at one point...

 

And you know we had to have a cake! With my sister's help, we came up with a bow and bow tie theme it. {Have you noticed the bows and bow ties on my weekly chalkboard updates?} The cake maker did a chevron pattern and added the cute buttons. It was perfect! 



We also got to use our Vera Wang cake cutting set that was used almost three years ago for our wedding! Make sure you hang onto yours for future celebrations ;)


After the big reveal- two happy parents...and big brother and sister! Stephen hung the paper pinwheels along the window but I never got a good picture of them. You can see them in the photo from Friday here.



I hope you enjoyed our Gender Reveal Party. I had so much fun planning it and owe lots of thanks to the hubby for his patience and family for their help with the food preparations! 

xoxo.

20 comments:

erica said...

Too cute! I love all the little details involved! Congratulations again! xx

Sweet, Pink and Preppy said...

Everything looked great!! I love the bow and bow tie idea for the cake :) Congratulations again!!

Carolina Charm said...

I love all the details! I've never seen the ribbon tablerunner idea, but it turned out super cute! Yay for having a baby boy! That cake is so pretty! Congratulations friend. I am sure your entire family is beyond thrilled to soon welcome your little man! xo

megan said...

Such cute details and decorations! He is already so loved! On a side note - my dog is terrified of balloons. :)

pam {simple details} said...

What fun, Katie! The balloons look so festive lining the walk and that cake...absolutely darling!!

Hannah said...

Everything looks so adorable! I love all of the ideas you found on pinterest. What did we ever do before it? The cake is presh!

CALLIE said...

Congrats to you two and such a precious party!! But I would not have expected anything less from you and your fabulous taste :)

Laurie said...

Omg. Love this! Everything looks great. I love paper straws, I'm actually obsessed with them. Love the vintage vibe they give off:)

Oh Sunnie Day said...

I love the cake! So cute!!

xx

jen

Miss Southern Prep said...

Too precious! I love the little bows on the cake! So happy for y'all!

Dayna Leigh said...

This was so exciting to read - I love your creativeness so much. Adorable party - can't wait to see more to come :D

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

Just gorgeous! The ribbons on the table are such a cute touch -- I will have to remember that. I'm hosting a baby shower in a few weeks that it would look so cute for!

Melissa said...

Everything for that party is just adorable! Gotta love pinterest!

Dana Frieling said...

So very fun! Definitely something your friends and family will remember forever. You've set the bar high for anyone who throws you a shower! ;)

Dan and Pauline said...

Love that cake!

Megan said...

Congratulations on your little baby boy! I absolutely love the bow/bowtie cake, so sweet and fun!

Meg {henninglove} said...

oh my gosh this is the sweetest thing ever. congrats on having a boy!! any names picked out yet? i love the balloons tied to your dog, very cute

Carly | A Simple Affair said...

You did such a great job planning! It turned out beautifully, and you could not look prettier! So happy for the two of you and your little boy!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

What a cute party! I love the ribbon decorations on the table and the balloons outside!!!

Jennifer Pilgrim said...

Very sweet theme! I just added your cake to my post. Xo