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Gender Reveal Parties…The Next Big Party!

Gender Reveal with a balloon filled with confetti
A balloon popping with the confetti revealing the sex of the baby

With this day and age, we like to have a party to celebrate anything. Gender reveal parties are the new thing. Most people know and understand what a “baby shower” is for expecting parents. Lots of silly, baby-related games are played, while friends and family members provide gifts for the eventual newest member of the family. In the past decade or so, a different type of party is now being associated with pregnancies: gender reveals. After learning of the gender themselves — sometimes even the parents are in the dark — the expectant parents invite family and friends to a party where they reveal the baby’s gender. The only thing as exciting as having a baby is finding out what the sex of the baby will be. There are some that want to wait until the end to find out, but I was never patient enough to wait that long. Part of the fun of the party is to find a creative way to reveal to everyone what you are going to have. I have daughters and I revealed their genders in two different ways, but I have also photographed several different ways couples decided to reveal. Below are some of the ideas that I have seen along with my own. I should also say that I have some custom packages that include a reveal photoshoot when booked with a newborn session. You can email me if you have question.

Balloon in a Box

When our first daughter was born, we decided to use the balloon method. We put all the helium balloons in a box and sealed it up. We let a family member open the box and let the pink balloons come flying out.

Water Balloon Fight

With our other daughter we had a balloon fight. We filled up one ballon with pink water and the other ones were just regular water. We had our two nieces and nephews wear white shirts and have a balloon fight. When the right balloon was thrown the shirt turned pink.

Paint Fight

The paint fight is always a good idea. I have photographed several client who wore white shirts and had a paint fight squirting the bottle on each other with blue or pink. These pictures are always great to share.


If you are having a party, one of the best methods to reveal the gender is through cake or cupcakes. You can have the cupcakes blue or pink on the outside, but it isn't until you bit into the cupcake/cake that you find out what the sex is. You just want to make sure that everyone bites into the cupcake the same time so the surprise isn’t ruined. I have seen this reveal method done two ways, one where the parents know what they are having and the other where they don’t. The mother or father will take the sonogram or letter from the doctor and put into an envelope. They will hand it directly to the bakery so know one knows. If you are a “peaker” this is hard to pull off.

Ballon with Confetti

Another idea is to buy a balloon for every person at the gender reveal. Before you blow them up, put some pink or blue confetti inside each balloon. Hand everybody a balloon and a pin. Count to three and have everyone pop their balloon. The confetti will scatter and everyone will know if it’s a boy or a girl.


There is the piñata method. This idea is the most fun if there are going to be some older kids around. Fill the piñata beforehand with pink or blue candies. When the piñata is broken open, your baby’s gender will be revealed.


If you already have a child, buy or make a shirt that says, “I’m Having a Baby Brother” (or sister). Have the big kid keep their jacket zipped until it’s time for the reveal.

This is also a great way to surprise grandparents who aren’t expecting to find out right then. See how long it takes for them to notice what the shirt says and wait for the big reaction!


There are literally thousands of ways you can reveal the gender. Of course you can always go on Pinterest and find something as well. If you are looking for some ideas, check out this link. If you are interested in booking a photo session, you can either email me or go on my website.

Kerry Paradis from Kerry Paradis Photography

About Me

I was born and raised in Perry hall (Baltimore area) and have been living in Harford County Maryland for close to 15 years. I have two daughters that keep me very busy and a very understanding husband that helps keep me sane :) I love all kinds of photography including Newborns, Weddings and Family. For the past several years I performed shoots out of my house, but recently opened a photography studio in Joppa, Maryland next to the “The Great Hall” Wedding Venue at the Millstad. My studio allows the perfect lighting to capture the best pictures and it is surrounded by 40 acres of property that is used by a ballet studio and gymnastics facility. There are plenty of places to photograph! I also have some favorite beautiful spots in the area that I like to photograph at as well. Whether you are looking to capture the first days of your baby’s life, the important times with your family, Senior Portraits for your High School Graduation, or walking down the aisle on your special wedding day, I would love for you to consider me! I do not take any of my business for granted and feel blessed to do what I love for my career. I invite you to check out my website and subscribe to my email list for exclusive discounts and updates. I try and write these blogs in a way that might answer some questions you may have. If you ever have any ideas for my blog, shoot me an email and I will be happy to see what I can do. Feel free to check out my testimonials.

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