Did you find out the gender of your baby before the big arrival? Our first child’s sex was a happy surprise. For our second, I wanted to know...my spouse did not. So I found out and took a pledge of tight-lipped-ness. Mum’s the word. When our daughter was born, my husband was shocked – that our baby was a girl AND that I was actually able to keep a secret.

Though Gender Reveal Parties are hot (some people think they're weird), we obviously weren’t able to have one. But if you and your spouse want to find out the sex of your baby, here are three fun ways to share the exciting news with friends and family.

Gender Reveal Cakes:

Ask your doctor to write the sex of the baby on a piece of baby. Deliver this to a baker and have them make a cake -- neutral on the outside, but either pink or blue on the inside. When the parents-to-be cut into the cake, everyone will find out if a son or daughter is on the way.

Cupcakes work too.

 

Balloons In A Box:

Fill a box with balloons (or ask your friend-in-the-know to do it so you will be surprised) and open to reveal either pink or blue balloons.

 

Unwrap A Gift:

Ask your vault-like friend to wrap something like a onesie or a teddy bear (pink or blue depending on the gender). Mummy and daddy open the gift at the party and find out with everyone else.

 

Additional Tips:

If you'd rather call your party something else…because Gender Reveal does sound rather odd; you could call it a Lad or Lassie Party, a Pink or Blue Do, or a Daughter or Son Soiree. But whatever you do, don’t call it a Sex Party—that will surely make Great Grandma Gertie a little uncomfortable.

If you might be disappointed if the “wrong” sex is revealed—it’s okay, it’s normal and short-lived—you might want to find out the sex with your spouse privately before the party so you are prepared to celebrate when everyone else finds out.

A fun touch would be to have guests wear either pink or blue to indicate their gender prediction. The losing team cleans up after the party. Kidding.

If you plan to also have a baby shower once the baby is born, ask guests not to bring gifts to your gender reveal party. Or, if you don't mind gender-neutral gifts, you could include the "gender reveal" at your baby shower.

Looking for some fun baby shower games? (Yes! They do so exist ya party poopers!!) There are some great ones right here.

Photos: Gender Reveal Cake, Gender Reveal Cupcakes, Balloons