25+ Creative Gender Reveal Ideas for Expecting Parents

Written by Karena Tonkin
Pediatric Nutritionist & Aussie Bubs Advisor

Gone are the days of just asking "is it a boy or a girl?" Today's gender reveals are thought-out announcements filled with suspense, surprises, and fun. From piñatas to smash cakes, parents are getting creative when revealing a baby's gender to family and friends.

In fact, gender reveals have become so popular that fails have racked up millions of views online - from burned down forests to planes spewing pink water that accidentally turn into blue. While you probably don't want a viral gender reveal, making yours unique and memorable doesn't have to be hard (or bad for the environment).

Whether you're looking for exciting ways to announce the big news or cute ideas to include your other children, this article explores the most creative gender reveal ideas to make your celebration stand out. Get ready for some seriously fun ways to finally answer the question: is it a boy or a girl?

What Is A Gender Reveal?

A gender reveal is a celebration or party that expecting parents throw to find out the sex of their baby surrounded by loved ones. It's become a fun, modern tradition that lets families and friends share in the joy and anticipation of bringing a new life into the world.

Gender reveals started around the early 2000s when ultrasound technology advanced enough to reliably determine a baby's sex earlier in pregnancy. Parents started finding creative ways to share the news with loved ones, oftentimes making it a surprise. Thus, the gender reveal party was born.

Today, gender reveals can take a million different forms, from small get togethers to huge, extravagant parties. Some parents keep it simple by cutting into a cake filled with pink or blue batter. Others orchestrate elaborate showcases with colored smoke, confetti cannons, or even skywriting planes. No matter the size, the purpose remains the same - to get excited about welcoming a new boy or girl into your life. 

How to Plan a Gender Reveal

Planning the perfect gender reveal is an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and get all your loved ones together. Make sure to take the following things into consideration:

Timing - Schedule your reveal a few weeks after your 20-week ultrasound or whichever method you're using to determine the baby's sex. This allows time to prepare while keeping the surprise under wraps.

Guest List - Decide if you want an intimate affair with close family or a larger celebration with friends. Having your revelry double as a baby shower can be convenient.

Location - Choose a venue suited to your anticipated guest count and planned activities, be it your backyard, a rented space, or even a restaurant's private room.

The Grand Unveiling - This is the pièce de résistance! Popular concepts include colored desserts, exploding balls, smoky burn-outs, or having guests wear gender-representing accessories like pins or headbands. The possibilities are endless - let your creativity shine!

Activities & Decor - In addition to the big reveal, incorporate themed games, activities, photo ops, and decorations. These thoughtful touches enhance the celebratory atmosphere.

Food & Favors - Coordinate refreshments and take-home items that align with your gender reveal theme for an immersive, memorable experience.

No matter how extravagant or subdued, a gender reveal marks the joyous start of preparing to welcome your son or daughter into the world. With some imaginative flair, you can plan an event that perfectly captures your family's excitement.

Unique Gender Reveal Ideas

Take a look at these unique ideas to add an element of surprise and excitement to your gender reveal party:

Colored Bubble Gender Reveal

A fun and whimsical way to announce your baby's gender is with colored bubbles. Fill bubble solution with coloring or dye in the respective shade of pink or blue.

Have someone blow the bubbles during the party, and as they float around your guests, the vibrant color will reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Bubbles create an enchanting atmosphere of anticipation as they slowly unveil the gender in a gentle, eco-friendly way.

Piñata Gender Stuffing Reveal

Piñatas are a classic party activity, but they can also be part of an exciting gender reveal. Prepare a festive piñata by stuffing the interior with small items in the color representing your baby's sex - think ribbons, confetti made from dissolvable paper, or soft eco-friendly fillers.

When it's time for the big swing, have a lucky guest (maybe big brother or big sister! )break open the piñata to shower everyone in either pink or blue as the gender is revealed.

Silly String Gender Reveal

This one is great for both kids and adults! Have cans of the string ready in either pink or blue, but make sure it doesn't say the color on the can. Give one to all partygoers, and on the count of 3, have guests spray the a color explosions toward the expectant parents.

You'll be showered in hues that unmistakably declare whether you're having a son or daughter amid lots of laughs and good cheer.

Balloon pop gender reveal

Fill a large balloon with either pink or blue confetti, representing a girl or a boy, respectively. During the party, pop the balloon so the confetti color reveals the baby's gender! 

Note: most confetti is made out of PVC and other plastics, which are bad for the environment. We recommend only using sustainable confetti alternatives.

Confetti cannon gender reveal

Fill a (sustainable) confetti cannon with pink or blue confetti. At the peak of the party, fire the cannon to shower the guests with colored (sustainable) confetti that reveals the baby's gender.

Gender reveal cake

Get the inside of cake colored pink or blue, and decorate the outside in a gender-neutral color or theme. The gender is revealed when you cut the cake, revealing the colored inside.

Piñata gender reveal

Fill a piñata with pink or blue candies or eco-friendly confetti. During the party, hit the piñata until it breaks, revealing the colored candies or confetti.

DIY Gender Reveal Ideas

If you love DIY projects, these gender reveal ideas are for you. Not only are they cost-effective, but they also add a personal touch to your party.

Homemade gender reveal box

Fill a box with pink or blue balloons. During the party, open the box and let the colored balloons reveal the baby's gender.

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Popper

Make your own confetti poppers using toilet paper rolls, balloons, and pink or blue confetti. Your guests can pop them to reveal the baby's gender. Please use eco-friendly confetti!

DIY Gender Reveal Scratch Cards

Make your own scratch cards with a hidden message revealing the baby's gender. Hand them out to your guests and let them discover if it's a boy or a girl.

DIY Gender Reveal Bath Bomb

Make your own bath bombs using pink or blue dye. Drop the bath bomb into a clear container filled with water during the party. As it dissolves, it colors the water pink or blue, revealing the baby's gender.

Funny Gender Reveal Ideas

These creative ideas can add a fun twist to your party and make the big reveal even more special.

Fortune Cookie Gender Reveal

Surprise your guests with a sweet treat! Order custom-made fortune cookies with messages inside revealing the baby's gender. When your guests crack open their cookies, they discover if it's a boy or a girl.

Puzzle Piece Gender Reveal

Create a puzzle with a picture or message that reveals the baby's gender. As guests arrive, give them a piece to add to the puzzle. Once the puzzle is complete, the gender is revealed to everyone.

Gender Reveal Riddles

Test your guests' wit with a gender reveal riddle. Write a clever riddle that hints at the baby's gender and let your guests guess the answer.

Gender Reveal Scavenger Hunt

Organize a scavenger hunt with clues leading to the final reveal. The last clue can lead to a box containing pink or blue balloons.

Gender Reveal Pin the Tail Game

Put a twist on the classic game. Create a board with a baby boy and a baby girl side. Blindfold your guests and let them pin the tail on what they think is the baby's gender.

Gender Reveal Magic Show

Hire a magician to perform a magic show and reveal the baby's gender in a magical way.

Gender Reveal Water Gun Fight

Fill water guns with pink or blue water and have a water gun fight. The color of the water reveals the baby's gender.

Gender Reveal Sand Art

Fill a glass container with layers of pink or blue sand to reveal the baby's gender. This also makes a great keepsake.

Gender Reveal Magic 8 Ball

Customize a magic 8ball with answers that reveal the baby's gender. Let your guests ask the magic 8 ball if it's a boy or a girl.

Gender Reveal Dance Off

Organize a dance-off with two teams: team pink and team blue. The winning team reveals the baby's gender.

Gender Reveal Ideas for Siblings

Make your older children feel involved in welcoming their new sibling with these sibling-specific gender reveal ideas. 

Sibling Art Reveal

Let the older sibling paint a picture using pink or blue colors to reveal the gender. This not only involves them in the process but also allows them to showcase their creativity.

Sibling Storytelling

Ask the older sibling to tell a story predicting the baby's gender. You can record this adorable moment and share it with your guests during the party.

Sibling Balloon Pop

Give the older sibling the honor of popping the balloon filled with pink or blue non-plastic confetti. This interactive activity makes the reveal fun and exciting for them.

Sibling Gift Unwrapping

Wrap a gift in gender-neutral paper and let the older sibling unwrap it. The gift could be a pink or blue toy or clothing item that reveals the baby's gender.

Sibling Cake Decorating

Bake a cake and let the older sibling decorate it with pink or blue icing. This sweet activity not only reveals the gender but also results in a delicious treat for your guests.

Safety Considerations for Gender Reveal Parties

While planning a gender reveal party, it's important to consider safety:

  • Avoid activities that could potentially be dangerous, such as using fireworks or other explosive materials for the reveal.
  • Choose a gender reveal activity that’s suitable for all guests, including infants and elderly family members. 
  • Consider the venue and ensure it’s safe and comfortable for everyone.


Planning a gender reveal party is an exciting part of the journey to parenthood. With a bit of creativity and planning, you can create a memorable event that celebrates the upcoming arrival of your baby. 

Aussie Bubs is a great resource for all things related to babies. Whether you’re looking for gender reveal ideas or information on baby nutrition and health, we’ve got you covered.