We wanted to do something memorable to find out the gender of our first baby so we decided to throw a gender reveal party! This is still a pretty new concept especially in South Africa but we felt that following this global trend was indeed necessary 🙂
If you don’t know or haven’t heard of the concept, a gender reveal party is simply finding out the baby’s gender in a fun and memorable way with close friends and relatives instead of your doctor simply telling you “congrats it’s a boy/girl” whilst laying on a bed in the doctor’s practice. So, we decided to throw a gender reveal party, we kept it very simple, small and intimate. Ideally we would have loved to have had it outdoors but the weather in Durban was not playing its part at all! So we opted to play it safe an chose to host it at The Village Table in Umhlanga. It has such a beautiful aesthetic that we simply didn’t have much to do in order to bring our vision to life.
We simply booked a table for 25 and placed a few pink and blue items around that just brought the gender reveal concept to life. A few of the items were DIY too, like the BOY & GIRL woodern alphabets were bought and then painted, the “old wives tale” and “wear your guess” were found on google images and printed and framed, the woodern pegs were painted half in pink/blue and even the donut toppers were from images found on google which were simply printed, cut out and stuck onto toothpics 🙂
There are a number of ways of doing the actual reveal, some opt for a cake with the center revealing either pink or blue once its cut. Others go for either confetti guns, smoke bombs, or even a box filled with hellium balloons as a reveal item that eventually reveals the gender of the baby by the colour that pops out! You can be really inventive and creative yet very simple. All you need is someone you can trust fully to handle the reveal item so that they don’t spill the beans.
We opted to go for a black balloon filled with confetti. With the party being themed “twinkle twinkle little star” the ballon text read “how I wonder what you are?”. We left organising of the balloon in the capable hands of Charnel Baker (really good friend of ours). The gender was written on a piece of paper and sealed in an envelope by the gynie, then hand over to Charnel who would be the only person knowing what the gender would be.
You can get a view of the balloon popping on our IG accounts which was such a special moment for us because we had waited an entire two weeks from the doctors appointment until we had our gender reveal party to find out! It was however totally worth it as you can see by our expressions.
IT’S A BOY!!!! We could not be happier that we are having a little prince and cannot wait to meet him!
(Images shot by Byron – IG: @blackbirdbowler)
A massive thank you to everyone who shared this moment with us and contributed to making this such a special day for us! A huge and special thanks to Charnel, Nerissa, Byron and The Village Table.
Until we blog again…
Ammarah & Waheed