Hello Lovely! We’ll after keeping the secret all through the Thanksgiving holiday we finally were able to get everyone together to share the big news last weekend! I figure as the Mommy there is only one party before they’re born that is socially acceptable for you to plan, so I’d pull out all the stops for this big reveal. To start there is the menu for the event:
Holiday Gender Reveal Brunch:
Quiche Lorraine (Recipe here)
Donut Hole Tree (Just use toothpicks to cover a 16inch foam cone in donut holes)
Sausage Pinwheels (Recipe here plus we add 1/2 tsp. of mustard powder)
Veggie Cups with Avocado Ranch Dip
Holiday Red Punch with Ginger Ale (Mom’s recipe, always add fruit slices to make it festive)
More donuts of course
No brunch these days is truly complete without a donut wall, click here to find the tutorial I used to create mine.
For those who know me well it’s no surprise this party was completed with a Hot Cocoa Bar, I’m not sure how people have a holiday party without one. It was a little upgraded this year using my new bar cart. I added a pot of hot milk just before everyone ate, along with the cocoa powder so guests could doctor it to their taste. Oh and did you know you can write on any mirror with a chalk pen?! Its my new favorite decor tip!
Toppings of choice this year:
Peppermint and Spearmint Crumbs
Snowflake Cut Marshmallows
I really wanted a photo booth for this party for guests to take gender guesses. Instead I had a load of guests who, for the most part, didn’t like the idea of guessing prior to the announcement so there are a lot of pictures from after the reveal. I also had a cute children’s book out for them to write a note to Baby Erwin, as an alternative to a guest book.
Ok so the photo booth was a combination DIY project I designed and had James help build. He built a 8 by 8 square out of PVC pipes and we covered them with two white table clothes (taping the middle to be sure it didn’t gap at any point). We bought 4 rolls of streamers from hobby lobby, 1 red, 1 green, and two white. Each streamer roll was cute into 8ft pieces, then taped the ends to an 8ft long piece of clear duct tape overlapping each piece by 1 inch to give a ruler finished look. Then we placed another row of clear duck tape over the bare edges. The streamer wall was taped to the top of the backdrop the morning of the event. We made a paper garland based off this House that Lars Built tutorial, one 8ft long piece for the top, and two 4ft long pieces for the sides. I think everyone was really impressed with how it turned out and it didn’t hurt that my sister-in-law, who is an awesome photographer, was there to snag some “better than photo booth” quality pictures. Seriously, if you need a photographer on the Gulf Coast look her up, Ellen Talbot Imaging!
As for the big reveal, it’s Christmas so opening a pair of freshly picked moccasins in the gender specific color seemed like the obvious choice. PS I’m obsesses with freshly picked moccasins!
One of my favorite pictures from the reveal is of my mom coming to hug me, she had convinced herself the week before the reveal I must being having a boy so she was absolutely shocked (but still prepared with a large amount of pink gifts somehow).
A good time was had by all and now that we’ve had a week to recover I suppose I can crawl back out of bed. No but seriously, there should be after-hosting time off work… Who’s with me :)?!
We’re over the moon about our Baby Girl who, as I’m nearing 20 weeks this coming Monday, has started moving up a storm all at once. This I’m sure contributing to her Mommy’s stomach suddenly sticking out far enough that nobody would confuse it as anything but a baby bump. I’ll have lots more to come on this note as we start really prepping for a Baby Girl but until then I hope you all host some other lovely holiday parties. Maybe snag a few of these ideas, tips, tricks, or recipes, be sure to let me know what you think if you do try it out.
Have a lovely weekend!