Christmas Gender Reveal Party

Since finding out the baby's gender fell right at Christmas season this time around, we decided to do an Ugly Sweater/Gender Reveal party!

We asked everyone to wear an ugly or crazy Christmas sweater, and also to bring a wrapped ornament as part of a gift exchange/gender reveal. 

For food we did Christmas cookies (including Snowdrop cookies - you can find the recipe here), Christmas punch, jello popcorn, and other snack foods.  I wanted to keep it easy for myself this time, so sticking with snacks helped since I didn't have to get a whole meal ready.

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When the guests arrived we had them decorate either a red sweater or green sweater name tag according to whether they thought the baby was a boy or girl.  I had little sticky pins so that they could pin the tags to their sweaters!

Instead of doing individual gender reveal party games this time, Derek came up with a great idea that kind of made the whole party a game!

When guests arrived we confiscated their wrapped ornaments in a black bag so that no one would know who brought what.  Then we had each person take a cup of Hershey's kisses (we did candy cane kisses, mint truffle kisses, and cherry cordial kisses, just because they were so Christmas-y).  Each cup had seven Hershey's kisses each.  

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We explained that we were going to hold an ornament auction with all the wrapped ornaments everyone brought, except there would be one extra package that would contain the answer to the gender of our baby!   They would use the kisses to bid on the package they wanted.  One person would be allowed to win two packages (since there would be one extra).

Derek and I came up with a variety of different Christmas-related trivia and tasks.  I printed them up on Christmas-y paper, and we divided them into three categories based on difficulty.

We also threw in a couple questions that had to do with Baby #3 - easy ones, like "Tell us what you think Baby #3 is and why," and "Look at the ultrasound pictures and tell us who you think Baby #3 looks like."  It was a gender reveal party after all!  It was fun to hear what everyone thought.

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If the guests wanted to they could "gamble" some of their kisses to try to win more for the auction.  Easy questions were worth one kiss, medium questions were worth two, and hard were worth three.  If they got the question right or completed the task, they would win the appropriate number of kisses!  If they got it wrong or didn't complete the task, they had to give up that number of kisses.

I wasn't sure how many people would want to gamble their Hershey's kisses, but we ended up having to form a line because so many people wanted a chance to win more!  Either Derek or I manned the table, and we were there the entire time.  Finally we had to cut it off because everyone just kept coming!  I was glad there were two of us to tag-team it, because then at least one of us could be socializing and enjoying the party as well.

We also had a voting station for people to got for their favorite ugly sweater - one guy sweater vote, and one girl sweater vote.  I printed the ballots up on fun Christmas paper.  At the end we had a prize for each of the winners -  "ugly sweater" s'mores snowman ornaments!

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Finally it was time for the auction!  We set out all the ornament packages and let people take a look at them so they knew which ones they wanted to bid on.

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Then Derek played auctioneer (he actually has really good auctioneer skills) and we auctioned each ornament off one by one!  I was surprised at how many kisses some people had gathered.  The "winning" package that we snuck in, a red box with a red ribbon, went for 19 kisses, I think.

Once all the packages were gone, we had everyone open them at once!  My cousin unknowingly won the gender reveal package.  Inside, I had another ugly sweater ornament, but I wrapped it up in a baby sweater that announced the gender . . .

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And it's a BOY!

We had a lot of fun with it!  It was different than our other gender reveal parties, but I thought it was unique to make the whole party a game!  Kuddos to my hubby, he always has such great ideas!

I'll post some of the trivia we used and more pictures of the party soon, so stay tuned!

P.S.  In case you are curious, the results of my boy/girl blog poll were:

Girl - 67%
Boy - 33%

I was surprised at how many of you thought it was a girl!  Definitely a significant majority (which I guess is good for those of you who voted boy - ups your chances of winning!).

I used a spreadsheet and to choose a winner and it was Rachel M!  Who I actually know in real life too, so that's kind of fun.  Rachel, I'll get your Starbucks card in the mail this week!
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Amanda said...

I love everything about this party! You guys have some super creative ideas! Looks like tons of fun!

HIS daughter said...

You are so amazingly creative it makes me green with jealousy!!! loL :) LOVE the pictures and what a fun way to let people know and I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS with another boy!!! :) Gwen is going to be protected for sure as she grows up :) Hugs! :)

Nicole said...

Congrats Callie! Another beautiful boy! Wishing you the best! xoxo

Amy said...

How fun!! What a cute idea!

Sarah said...

This is awesome!! Great job on the creativity front! When I have babies I don't think we will find out if we are having a boy or girl, BUT if we do, I want it to be a fun party that isn't all pink and blue. This one's awesome!

Rae said...

You did such a great job! The games were so much fun and all the food so good! Thank you for putting this on! I think you should make it an annual thing :)

Susannah said...

That looks like an absolutely amazing party. Random question - Did a couple named Ashley and... I think her hubby's name is Jed... come to your party??? I went to college with Ashley and she had a pic on facebook that I'm pretty sure they're wearing the nametags you showed while wearing ugly sweaters. Haha. It's a small world. :-)

Kaitlin@Homemaker Design said...

This is SUCH a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE everything about it!!!!!!! I adore a good party and enjoy throwing them, you have some great ideas - I'm debating on doing a gender reveal for baby number four....we've never done it before and I wanted to throw one for someone else but everyone I know WAITS to find out - No fun!! ;) This is soo cute - too bad we don't find out until January! CONGRATULATIONS !!!! :D

Kenzie Ashcraft said...

What a cute party!!! Congrats on your sweet bundle of joy!!! :)

Caroline @ In Due Time said...

You know how to throw a FUN party! Love this and CONGRATS on your sweet baby boy on the way. So excited for you!!

Kate Craig said...

Smores ornaments are my favorite and I've never seen those! So cute! The games are really great ideas

Gina said...

This is beyond creative!!!

Gina said...

This is beyond creative!!!

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