New babies mean the world to everyone. So, why not give your next gender reveal party an international flair. Choose a country where the parents fell in love, or where they honeymooned. You can even choose a country that they always wanted to visit. You can choose a nation from the parent’s ancestry. But you don’t have to be an ex-pat to appreciate the culture. You can even mix the countries and have an “Around the World in Nine Months,” or “Where in the World is the Baby!” gender reveal.
The most important person, of course, is the trusted individual who will pack the gender reveal item for each party. Be sure to choose someone you trust, who won’t spill the beans prematurely.
Mexican Gender Reveal
Nothing celebrates a new baby like a fiesta. So think about a traditional Mexican party to reveal the gender of your little one.
Consider using Spanish in your invitations. You might consider asking the question “Will it be a Senor or a Senorita?” You could also ask “Will it be a Nina or a Nino?” Decorate the rest of the invitation with bright colors, flowers and cacti. Or give it a more musical look with guitars and maracas. Be sure to add the details of the party so that everyone feels welcome.
One of the best things about a Mexican fiesta is the color. Choose lots of different colors to celebrate your little one. You can make or purchase garlands of tissue paper flowers to hang across the party area. You can also use streamers and Mexican flags. Consider using real tropical plants, cacti or brightly colored flowers to add to the décor.
It’s easy to call your local Mexican restaurant and have them cater the event. But, that’s not your only option. Consider creating a Build your own taco or fajita bar. Make sure that people have chips, guacamole and salsa to munch on throughout the party. Of course, you must offer margaritas, virgin, or course for the pregnant mom and any kids that might be attending. You can make a cake that mirrors the bright colors in the decorations, or you can offer your guests cake pops decorated with gaucho hats or bright floral bonnets.
There are lots of fun ways for your guests to “vote” on whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. Consider placing bowls of mustaches or flowers on the entrance table so that guests can wear their guess. You can also make bandanas available. Guests that think the baby is a girl can wear the bandanna on their head, while those that think the baby will be a boy, can wear the fabric tied around the neck.
The Big Reveal
It wouldn’t be a Mexican gender reveal without a pinata. Before the party, have your trusted person purchase either pink or blue candy at a local party store or online. Then the person will fill the pinata with either pink or blue candy. At the party, the parents can take turns whacking the pinata or pulling a ribbon.
Chinese Gender Reveal
Don’t feel that you have to stick with any type of stereotype. China is a land with a wide range of cultures. It can be a wonderful way to introduce the gender of your baby.
Red is considered a lucky color by many Chinese cultures. But you aren’t limited to red invitations. You could create a lovely green invitation with boy and girl pandas on the cover. For a fun twist, look up the year of the baby’s birth. You can invite the guests to learn the gender of the newest snake, dragon or other zodiac animal.
There are so many lovely ways to decorate for a Chinese party. You can use lots of black lacquer and red to create an imperial look to your party. Or, can use branches with blossoms to create a spare, artistic look. Bamboo and green leaves can create a fresh, festive look for any party, and mimic the ide of new life shooting up.
If you don’t feel up to cooking a Chinese feast, you can always consider having a local Chinese restaurant cater the event. Chinese cuisine includes fantastic fish and seafood dishes and a wide range of intricately prepared meats such as Peking Duck. If you want to make a huge impression, bring in a dim sum buffet, allowing your guests to sample many different flavorful little dumplings.
There are lots of ways for your guests to explore Chinese culture through fun. You can offer a game that matches personality traits with their traditional Chinese zodiac animal. You can also let guests figure out how the year of their birth affected their personality from the Chinese zodiac.
The Big Reveal
While fortune cookies are an American invention, they are certainly a fun way to announce the gender of your little one. Before the party, have your trusted person print out white slips of paper with the gender. The person can then slip the paper into each cookie.
Italian Gender Reveal
It’s amore for your new baby when you celebrate with an Italian gender reveal.
Is it a bambino or a bambina? Guests can ask that when they open the invitations with all the details of your gender reveal party. For a less reverent invitation, you can ask whether the baby will have meatalls or no balls.
Think of an Italian village party when planning for your decorations. You can use swags of flags to decorate your area. Also think about placing bowls of grapes and olives on the tables. Not only are they delicious, but they can add to the look of the party.
If there is anything Italians love, its food. There are so many ways to serve great Italian food. Spaghetti, Lasagna, and Penne are all wonderful party foods.
Split your guests into teams to create the leaning tower of diapers. Give each team a box of diapers and see who can build the tallest tower with their diapers. If more than one team uses all their diapers, the team whose tower “leans the most wins.
The Big Reveal
Before the party, purchase a large number of cannoli shells as well as filling. Ask your trusted person to dye half of the cannoli filling either pink or blue. Then fill the center of the cannoli shell. Plug either side of the dessert with white filling to hide the color. When your guests bite into dessert, you will all know the gender of the baby together