We decided to have a big gender reveal party to celebrate this sweet baby. Plus I love party planning and hosting – so it was perfect! Tyler actually had the idea to do more than a few close family and friends. He said “Women get the baby showers. I want to invite some people that are special to us.” So he invited some men and their wives who have mentored him over the years. Men he will look to as he learns how to be a great father. We invited people who hug us each Sunday at church who will be faithful to pray over this baby. People we love. It was Such a blessing to be in a room with 40+ people who love us, love this baby already, and who will be there for us.
However, I didn’t take a SINGLE picture with anyone- including Tyler! We were having a great time and forgot to pick up a camera. However, I took a few shots when we finished setting up.
We had a Pistols or Pearls party. A stranger on the Internet said “Guns are a terrible way to celebrate a baby.” Well, we disagree. While our girl will certainly grow up hunting with her daddy and shooting- it was a guarantee for a boy. Tyler is a police officer and a hunter and I’m a city girl. So pistols and pearls was all about our personalities and what we will pass on to this baby.
We had the party at a room at our church. It has a kitchen area, plenty of room for seating- and was ideal.
HUGE shoutout to my family and a few friends for helping set up, move tables, haul in food, and also help clean up! They made it easy to have such a big party.
I hung this glitter banner over the mantel. Bought custom here on Etsy.
Guests went to this table at the front. It had our first ultrasound picture, some Team Boy and Team Girl stickers, some pistols and pearls, a Team Girl/Team Boy voting poster, and a print with my symptoms and the wives tales to match. The printables (including our printed invites) came from AngelinaWorks on Etsy.
At the end of the night, we had a TON of boy votes. like 23 to the 15 or so girl votes.
I bought party stuff from Oriental Trading, including these cute tassel garlands hung over the doorway into the food area.
In the other room, we had food, including CUTE metal buckets holding the utensils from the Dollar Spot at Target! I also had a BabyQ Menu printed from AngelinaWorks.
We had a buffet of BBQ pulled pork, hot dogs, corn dip, beans, and veggies with dip. I made it all in the days leading up the party.
For dessert, we had pies, s’mores dip, cookies, and cupcakes. AngelinaWorks also made us ADORABLE little tags to go in front of each dish.
I beautiful sugar cookies made from Wild Flour Sweet Shop in pistols and I told her to make the other dozen pearls. She took ovals and made ADORABLE pearl necklaces complete with little clasps!
We also got some cupcakes from Sam’s and added little ? picks from Oriental Trading. All the kiddos loved the cupcakes.
We did the reveal with balloons. We had a bowl with pink and blue balloons. I had rigged the blue ones not to work- I just poked holes in them with a pushpin. People could grab their ballon vote and at the same time, we blew them up! Only the pink ones worked. Sadly, the blue ones ended up popping since they were forcing them to blow up while they were compromised. ha! We got the idea from Cullen and Katie. We took a video. Check it out!
And to prove we were right, here are some pictures from the ultrasound. We did them at BabyFlix with my friend Brandy. She teaches ultrasound at our college- so she knows what she’s doing. She made us feel comfortable where we could ask questions and not be nervous.
Baby girl gave us a GREAT shot to prove her gender right away.
She was comfy curled up so we didn’t get a great face shot, but here she is!
So it’s a girl! We had a great time celebrating with our family and friends!
Also, if you want to see the entire gender ultrasound, we have a video. It’s posted here.