Friday, August 19, 2011

A Gender Reveal Party Recap

I realized earlier this week that I've yet to post all the recap & photos from our big Gender Reveal Party. This is seriously one of the best decisions we've made during this entire pregnancy and Nick is already brainstorming ideas of how to reveal the gender of our next child if God were to bless us with more!

One of the best things was that it seems that everyone who came was just as excited about the big reveal as Nick & I have them all in attendance was perfection. We couldn't have asked for a better party!

My mom & I spent the afternoon decorating the house & preparing for all our guests, mainly just to occupy our time so we weren't tempted to peak in the envelope, or pop in the ultrasound DVD, or cut into that cake ourselves!

And now for some pictures to tell the rest of the story...

Pink & Blue of course...complete with both It's a Boy & It's a Girl confetti!

A chalkboard for our guests to vote for their pick!

Nick & I wrote 1 Samuel 1:27-28 on a nursery wall before the party & invited our guests to write their own prayers on the wall as well.
A local baker prepared the cake...Alexandria's Cupcake was her first "gender reveal" cake and the entire staff at the bakery was so excited to be a part!

Some more decorations...we served an easy meal of pizza, and then finished things off with Strawberries & Blueberries before cutting the cake!

I strictly requested NO gifts, but my Aunt Belinda couldn't leave out our first born, Bogey! She brought him a giant tennis ball that has been a big hit!

We had family & friends, young & old...they were all waiting very patiently for the official reveal!

One of our neighbors suggested we should tie a ribbon on our tree to reveal boy/girl to our entire neighborhood...we actually tied one of each to the tree and later, we pulled the one off that didn't apply!

Right before cutting the cake, so before we even knew our baby was for sure a girl...Baby Layman received her first proposal.

Mr. Brooks asked first so he may get priority in the future. Complete with a red rose in hand, his adorable onesie asked..."Lucy, will you please accept this rose?" It was seriously one of the cutest things I've ever seen!

And then it was time for the big moment. We made sure that my in-laws were on speaker phone in Michigan before picking up the knife. I'm not going to lie, it was incredibly nerve-wrecking...everything was going to change with 2 slices of the knife!

Here we go!

Some of the guests were sure it was pink based on the crumbs on the knife!

But really...what color was it!?!?

As we all know now...

Possibly my favorite pic from the entire night!

We quickly headed out to take the blue ribbon off the tree!

And then Baby Girl received her first official present, A Sleep Sheep...let's hope it works!

What an incredible party...and a big thanks to my great friend Jennifer for taking almost all of the photos and doing the editing as well! I'm so glad to have those photos to remember one of the greatest nights of this pregnancy so far!


Lindsey said...

Ok that is the cutest idea ever! I love it!! And congrats on a baby girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ahhh this is the cutest idea ever!!! I am so doing this for baby #2!! Congrats on it being a sweet baby girl..just saw your last post. You are so stunning pregnant.

Laura said...

This is SO fun!! David is convinced he doesn't want to know ahead of time whether we're having a boy or girl (when we eventually get pregnant) but I might be able to convince him otherwise with pictures like this! I LOVE gender reveal parties! And the fact that you had friends and family write prayers on the walls of the nursery is so special!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Awwww Lauren...that's the most wonderful idea i have ever heard! And what a way to celebrrate your little girl even before she is here! I have never heard of Gender Reveal Parties and i love the idea. And the cake reveal...that's just too precious! Congrats again. And the ribbons on the tree! Love the pictures too...Jennifer did a great job capturing every moment! I wish my sister would have done this...but she is keeping the baby's gender a surprise!

Meg {henninglove} said...

what a cute idea for a party! i love how you did the reveal and all the many details you included lauren, thanks for sharing!

Pamela said...

I have been hearing a lot about these types of parties! I love the idea. I would love to do it when we do have a child, if I could keep quit long enough :) You're beautiful pregnant!

Callie Nicole said...

It was a beautiful Gender Reveal Party! The onesie proposal was so cute - they were pretty sure it was a girl, no? Love it! I love that picture of you two after you cut the cake too.

Live Joyful said...

I love love love the tree idea. You have the cutest ideas ever. All your reveal ideas. The cake ideas. Telling your parents -- everything.

Megan said...

I just absolutely LOVE this idea!!!! We definitely want to have a gender reveal party when we have one, Lord willing!! Such cute ideas!

Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

Awesomeee!! We are going to do one of these too, I love your ideas :) I can't believe YOU didn't know before the reveal... I couldn't wait to find out with everyone else. CRAZY!! Love all the photos, priceless!!

Natalie said...

love all these photos! and the rundown of the party! =D

Amanda said...

the party looked adorable!!!! i love that cake! i haven't visited that bakery yet.....but i will! :) i love the tree idea too.