Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas)

Finally, the post about our gender reveal party last weekend!  The official theme was "ice cream social", but I am unofficially dubbing this party "the party where nothing went as planned but it all turned out okay anyway".  Because really, nothing went as planned.


Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

(I made these ice cream cone pins so guests could wear their guess - blue for boy, red for girl.)

It started with the fact that we decided to try doing this party at a park - I thought, "Self, won't that be so much easier on me, not having to clean the house for a party?"  Ha!  It was a lot more complicated trying to figure out a park location than I thought.  We finally picked one that was first-come-first-serve, with plans to get there several hours early to claim our spot.

Then we got there and our park was taken!  

Enter 15 minutes of internal panic for me as we drove around to find another location.  We finally settled on a park shelter that we thought was our only option.  It honestly didn't look to impressive from the road, but when we walked over there we realized it was actually a perfect (and quiet!) location!


Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

(Our color scheme ended up being aqua and red, since those seemed like good ice cream social type colors - and the black was just a necessary evil because of how we wanted to do the reveal, but in the end I felt like it worked.)


Derek and I got the park set up, and I figured since we started about 3.5 hours early we would be sitting around bored for a couple hours - I was wrong!  We took that entire time just to set up and eat lunch.  It's a good thing we thought we had to get there so early to claim a shelter!

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

(We provided basic vanilla ice cream and toppings.)

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

(Ice cream floats, of course.)


Guests started arriving, and we had them pin on their guesses!  Initially when we were planning our party we didn't know how many people would be there, or if everyone would know each other, so we prepared some games.  We almost always have a couple games at our parties, because it breaks things up if some of the guests don't know anyone, and it keeps things from lagging - but we honestly didn't end up using any of them, because it was a smaller group and everyone ended up knowing each other!  The visiting was going so smoothly that we didn't think we needed to interrupt it with games.  But I'll include our ideas anyway, just in case you want to use them.

Gender Reveal Party Game Idea 1: Sticking with the ice cream theme, we were going to give everyone slips of paper with an ice cream flavor on it (some common, some obscure).  Everyone would be allowed to ask each other yes/no questions to try to figure out each person's ice cream flavor.  They could write their guesses down on a piece of paper, so be entered into a drawing for a prize (in our case, $5 Cold Stone gift cards).




Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

(Prizes for the people who guessed the gender correctly.  And I didn't get around to coloring them all because my pink Sharpie was a nightmare, and I didn't have time.)

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

(I sewed up this bunting one day, since I had fabric on hand that matched our color scheme! I thought we would use the bunting as a "finish line", but we didn't end up needing it for that, so it was just a cute decoration.)


The park ended up being perfect, because there was hardly anyone there except us.  The kids ran around and played on the playground, and the adults visited, and we all ate ice cream.  My dad kept saying he thought it was really twins, and he even pointed out one of the ultrasound pictures that kind of looked like it - I kept telling him that they told me there was only one!

Gender Reveal Game Idea 2: Since this was an ice cream social/picnic type thing, we thought we would do traditional picnic races!  We would divide the guests into Team Boy or Team Girl (according to their guess), and have them pick representatives from each team for the races.  We were thinking of doing a sack race, a three-legged race, and possibly an egg-and-spoon race.  We would keep score, and give prizes to whichever team won the most races.


Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Gender Reveal Game Idea 3: One of our contests did actually work out - on our invitations we told guests they could bring ice cream to share if they wanted, and the most interesting flavor would win a prize ($5 Cold Stone gift cards)!  Since we had an extra prize, I picked two winners - my friend Brianne brought a custom ice cream flavor based on my favorites, and my friend Ashley brought Marionberry Pie ice cream!



(All the big siblings.)


(Derek and me at the party.)


Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass


 Finally it was time for the reveal (actually we skipped ahead to the reveal, because it was windy and all our balloons were blowing away). We put two safety pins in two envelopes, and had each team pick a member to race across the grass for the envelopes, and then race back to pop the balloons.  One of the black balloons had colored confetti in it that would give the answer!

I don't have any pictures of the confetti because I realized during the race that my friend's child was sitting under THE balloon, and I hurried over there to move him so he wouldn't get confetti in his eyes.

Then the confetti balloon popped . . . and all the confetti just kind of fell to the ground.  When we tested it out at home the confetti flew everywhere, so that wasn't quite what we thought would happen.

Then some of the glitter confetti we used kind of looked blue in the sunlight, and it mixed in with the red confetti.  After all the twin talk, everyone just kind of looked at me and Derek since the colors were a little confusing...

So we called out "It's a GIRL!"

Yeah, not exactly how we planned it, but it turned out okay!


Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass


We are so excited to be welcoming a sweet little girl into our family!  It'll be so fun to have another baby girl to dress up, and I'm already scheming on how to buy all the headbands I want (because it just seems like she should have some brand-new ones)!

Overall, I am really happy with the way the party turned out - it was fun, and even though I was more stressed during the planning phase of this party, the party itself was one of the most enjoyable for me!  It ended up being the perfect group of people, and we had a great time.

I have to mention though, that Wyatt was really disappointed that he didn't get to take a turn racing, so we might have to invite some of his little friends over soon and remedy that.

Ice Cream Social Gender Reveal Party (With Game Ideas) | Through Clouded Glass


(Note: I also picked a winner for my Starbucks giveaway for guessing the gender correctly - and Kristy H. won!  Thanks to all of you who played along - I had so much fun reading all your reasons for your guesses!)





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14 comments

  1. The ice cream social was such a cute idea! I love it!

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  2. It sounds like it was the perfect little party! And you made it look so cute! Even if it may not have gone as planned, I'm glad you all still had a good time :)

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  3. Such a cute party idea!! I love the ice cream social theme. Yay for baby girls!

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  4. Such a cute party idea... and congrats on the baby GIRL! :)

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  5. Adorable party idea - everything looks wonderful! Congratulations on your baby girl!
    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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  6. Aww! Very cute! I like the honesty here - how it didn't all work out! I love themed parties too (check out my baby's Alice in Onederland party!! *wink*) and I can get stressed with planning and preparing but as with you, I've learned to roll with the punches!! I really just enjoy hosting them and having people come together! Congratulations again on baby#4!!! Four is fun...except I keep thinking I will forget one of them somewhere ....that's what four does to you! ;)

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  7. I agree, I think I enjoy our parties more now that I've learned to roll with it a bit more!

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  8. Thank you Amy! We are excited to be adding another girl to our family!

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  9. Thank you Angela! We are excited!

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  10. Thanks Hannah! We did have a fun time, even with the hiccups we had. :-)

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  11. This is such a cute idea! I love the name tags to show what your guess is. Also, congrats!

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  12. This is sooo cute! I'm doing a prince or princess reveal but definitely want to incorporate the ice cream theme into it somehow! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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