Monday, June 3, 2013

Our Gender Reveal Party

Hey everybody, I've got some exciting news to share! The other day we had our gender reveal party for Baby #2, and since we cut a cake to reveal Avery's gender, we thought it would be fun to mix it up this time and try balloons in a box. 

Getting ready to open the box!

The idea is simple, pink balloons come out of the box, it's a girl. Blue balloons come out of the box, it's a boy. Let's see what came out of the box...



Here's a play-by-play of the box being opened!

I think I see some pink...

It's a girl!

Was Avery excited? You bet!


It's official, we are having another girl!

Then we opened up a pink gift bag to reveal the name we had chosen if it was a girl (we had a blue bag as well, which as you can guess...did not get opened!).

And the name is...

Mila! (pronunced Mee-la). Full name will be Mila Grace.
Although I wish I had some huge significant story behind why we chose that name, I don't other than the fact that I heard it when I was pregnant with Avery and I thought, if I ever have another girl, I want to name her Mila. Then sure enough before I got pregnant, I started seeing it places, kind of like a sign (the same way I would see Avery's name before I knew I was having a girl with her). That's when I knew it was meant to be. 

And as you can tell by the pink we were wearing to the party, we had a pretty good hunch it was going to be a girl. And although I'm sure we would have loved to have a boy, we are thrilled to have another girl. Both Brandon and I have always seen ourselves having girls, so now we've got them...two of them, hope we're ready! ( :

So now that you know the low-down on what we're having, and what we're naming her, letting get to some of the fun gender reveal party details. I had a lot of fun planning Avery's gender reveal and this time around was no different. My main inspiration for the party came from the invitation we used...

The invitation: Obviously this is not our exact invitation, but since our's has our last name and address all over it, I decided to keep a little privacy and just show you a sample invitation that we used. The invitation is a "Chalkboard Gender Reveal Invitation" by Yellow Desk Designs on Etsy. As many of you all know I love chalkboards as photo props, so when I saw this one, it immediately stood out to me and I knew the colors of the party would obviously be: pink and blue, but this time I wanted to add in some black! 

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Although you can't see it on the invitation, since it's not our's, we had the gender reveal on June 1st, our six year wedding anniversary. It really made for one special way to celebrate our anniversary together!

Celebrating our 6 year anniversary!
Back to the party details, I mentioned that my colors were pink, blue, and black, so here's how I incorporated them into the party...

The decorations: Tissue paper pom poms, shocker there. You all know how much I love, love, love pom poms so it was a given that they would be a part of this party! Here's a tutorial on how I make my tissue paper pom poms. To mix it up a little bit, I used some pink lanterns and black "tissue fan" from Party America. Usually I don't feel like that store is very "green" since most of what they sell is one-time use, disposable items, but I plan to save and re-use these decorations again. Not sure what I'll use a black tissue fan for, but who knows right?!

The decorations which we hung on each side of my
dining room table. 

I repeated the grouping again near our front door.



My mirror needed something, so I made this "triangle banner"
out of pink, black, and blue paper and then I tied the triangles
together with black ribbon. 

I made a "printable" in Photoshop
by using a chalkboard background
and "chalky" text.

Little repeat from Avery's gender reveal party, but it's always
fun to see changes in the belly shot week by week. 


A chalkboard welcoming sign for our front door.
I actually got this for Avery's nursery in
this post. Tina, I'm still getting use out
of it!  ( :

The food: We kept it pretty simple with some desserts treats since we knew the main excitement of the party was the balloon reveal! Here was our menu:

  • Fruit Salad 
  • Various gluten-free/Trader Joe's cookies
  • Gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free chocolate cupcakes (with this recipe from the book, Babycakes by Erin McKenna) and vanilla frosting (with this recipe from Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen)

Our dessert treats


Chocolate cupcakes with naturally-colored frosting!

I used these India Tree natural food coloring dyes to color
the frosting, look for a video to come soon about this
great "green" alternative to traditional food colorings.

Clearly they passed the Avery-test!

Here's some other fun pictures from the party...

Team Girl!

Team Boy!

After the reveal, someone had quite a good time playing hide-and-seek in the box...

As she would say, "Where Avery go?"

"Here I am!"

A big thanks to Erin, she is the paraprofessional who works
with me in my classroom. She's basically like my"school Mom"!
She's the one who made the box and filled it with the secret balloons.

Brandon and his parents.

My family, and my "not-so-little brothers" can you believe
they are younger than me?!

My grandparents.

My mom, best-friend, party-planning
partner in crime, and much more.
I couldn't do it without you Mom!

Our dog Jill soaking in the fact that there are going to be TWO
little girls running around our house now!

Well, Mila...we can't wait to meet you in October!

A profile shot from her 20 week ultrasound.

Let the nursery planning begin...

Recently this post was linked up to "Tuesday Baby Link Up" over at the blog I Thought I Knew Mama, as well as a number of other blogs that are listed in the link above. So hop on over and check out some other fun baby posts!

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