Monday, March 19, 2012

our very own gender reveal party!


 I love any excuse for a party. And finding out whether Chris and I will be welcoming a boy or girl into the world in August seemed like a pretty darn good reason for a party. So, we joined many parents over the world as we started planning our gender reveal party for this weekend!

We had our anatomy ultrasound on Friday, and asked the tech to secretly find out the sex of the baby and seal it in an envelope for later. Then, we dropped it off at my girl friend's house and she baked a cake for our party!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our super fun day on Saturday!

I made a banner out of washi tape and bamboo skewers for the cake, a banner for the table out of doilies and washi tape and added some color to the table with ranunculus and snapdragons (my very favorite flowers) and striped straws. The table was covered in a white tablecloth with a burlap runner with scattered doilies.


Our guests drank either blue raspberry lemonade or cranberry/gingerale punch based out of mason jars. I made homemade pita chips and creamy avocado dip and served hummus with feta. YUM. We also munched on fruit kabobs, pizza rolls and Chris made some awesome burgers for dinner later.


When all our friends arrived, it was finally time to cut the cake! I stuck by my guess of blue and Chris  was just happy with a healthy baby. We sliced into the cake and...


(holy cow, I have a lot of open mouth pictures in this post. I guess that's my go-to face when I'm excited. Ha!)

We also set up a "photo booth" with brightly colored streamers, a tripod and my DSLR on a timer. I actually bought a remote for it, but apparently my camera (Canon Rebel t3) doesn't work with a wireless remote. Bummer.

It worked out just fine though and we had fun goofing around with the "boy props" (handmade mustaches on sticks, pirate hat, fedora, funky sunglasses) and "girl props" (handmade bows on sticks, a bright pink boa and princess tiaras).


Four of the seven girls in our mini-church are pregnant, so we got a shot with the bellies. 


... and then the other girls jumped in with their "bellies" to join the fun. ;) 


It was such a fun day celebrating with our closest friends on the island. We wish our families could have been there to find out and celebrate with us, but our Hawaii ohana is so precious to us and made the day so special. 

We're so excited to meet our baby boy in August! A long list of names is being mulled over and we'll be sure to share his name when we decide! 




 lindsay

51 comments:

  1. How EXCITING!!! I absolutely love this post and it looks like such a fun time! I've always loved this idea to find out the gender prior! Congratulations on the reveal of a little baby boy to be! Yay! You are just glowing and what lovely pictures all around! :) :) :)

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  2. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU TWO! CONGRATULATIONS!(i don't usually write in caps, either!) I am so glad you had a party to find out the gender and that it was a blast! These pictures had me smiling and laughing throughout.
    Will you post photos with the boy and girl props? I'm sure there are more hilarious photos (like the one with the bellies!).

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    1. Haha, Sol. I'm glad you saw the collage. I was thinking "I did put that collage in the post, right??" :) So glad you liked the post!

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  4. and i just found the collage of the boy and girl props...disregard last question. :)

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  5. This is so great! What a great way to share the wonderful news with your friends and family!

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  6. Congrats! Looked like a super fun party! We did a gender reveal party over google hangouts with our families when we found out the sex of our baby. We knew what it was but it was fun seeing everyone else's reaction all at once!

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  7. You could not be any more adorable! YAY for a baby boy!

    Oh, and I LOVE all of the little details for your party. So sweet!

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  8. How fun! The party looked absolutely adorable! And congratulations on your sweet baby BOY!!!

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  9. Such a fun idea! Also, your skirt is A-DORABLE! Where'd you snag that up from?

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    1. hi Mandy!! :) My skirt is from Forever21, but I bought it over a year ago, so I don't think it's still around. It's one of my very favorites though!

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  10. Congratulations!! We have two boys over here and they are loads of fun! Cute party too!

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  11. Oh, how fun! I saw a post by another blogger who did the same thing a couple months ago, and thought it was SUCH a great idea! So glad you guys had such a fun way to find out with your family and friends :) And congrats!

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  12. Congrats to you both! A baby boy...so exciting!

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  13. all of these pictures are amazing!! the party looked like so much fun, wish i could have been there!! :D you are glowing, my friend!

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  14. congrats, lindsay! the joy in these photos is undeniable. you're guna be a great mama.

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  15. Awwwww! Congrats!!!! Those pictures of you two cutting into the cake are priceless <3

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  16. SO fun!!!!!! Hooray for a healthy baby BOY!

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  17. Congratulations! These pictures are absolutely adorable. I love your skirt - where did you get it?

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    1. hey Jessica! My skirt is from Forever21, but I bought it over a year ago, so I don't think it's still around. It's one of my very favorites though!

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  18. Such a great idea!!! Congrats :) Everyone is giving me baby fever today! Yay for a baby BOY!

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  19. What a fun idea! So happy for you guys!!

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  20. This is quite possibly the sweetest, CUTEST idea ever. Love your excitement. Thanks for sharing that special moment with us. Congrats on your baby BOY.

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  21. What an awesome idea! I've seen the colored cake (pink/blue) before and think its such an adorable way to reveal the gender! Congrats!

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  22. So fun!
    Gosh...so close to tears just looking at the pictures of you guys cutting the cake! Pregnancy makes me want to cry at everything!
    The photo booth pictures are so fun as well!

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  23. What a seriously adorable party concept!!!! And congratulations your having a boy!!!

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  24. Looks like it was a fun party! And I love the little touches you added! Congratulations again!

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  25. eeeeep!!! Congratulations!!!! I love all the photos form this part!! It looks like it was a blast!!

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  26. looks like it was tons of fun!! congratulations, chica!

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  27. what a beautiful party! love it all!
    and congrats on your baby BOY! my little man is 2 months old and I love him so much!
    you are going to love being a mommy to a little boy!

    happy monday!

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  28. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW That is so darn cute. How exciting to find out the gender from the cake, I got a little misty eyed looking at the pictures of your expression from the reveal.

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  29. oh my gosh...how exciting!! baby boys are so precious....there really aren't words. your party was amazing. loved every bit of detail. congrats you two. so thrilled for you both.
    ♥ april

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  30. That is just too cute! Love the idea of a gender reveal party and the photo booth. My oldest daughter turns 13 in a few months and I've been having fun gathering photo booth ideas for her party! Congrats, again!

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  31. congrats and good luck! boys are mommy's favorite and so much work!

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  32. you guys look like you had an absolute BLAST! congrats again our your sweet baby boy :D

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  33. looks so happy and bright! :) Congrats on that sweet baby boy! they steal your heart like nothing else ;)

    <3

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  34. this is so much fun!!!! i don't know if i could wait that long to find out though! Congrats!!

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  35. the picture of you looking back at chris as you cut the cake is the cutest thing ever!!! and look at all you adorable pregos with your bumps! love it!

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  36. i am so happy for you!!! yay for boys! and girls - whichever the Lord chooses to bless us with! we definitely need to meet up when I get back to the islands! take care, my sweet friend!

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  37. So cute! Congrats on a boy! Very fun! I love gender reveal parties. I am also 19 weeks preggo & due in August (with #3) but we aren't finding out what we are having. We are crazy like that :)

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  38. Congrats, sweet Lindsay {and, Chris!!}!!! You just popped into my mind earlier, and I thought I would stop by to see how you are doing!! So excited to see this adorable post! What a fun way to find out the gender of your sweet lil miracle!! What fun you two will have with a sweet baby boy!! Hope you are feeling well!! Big hugs to you!!

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  39. Congratulations! So excited for you. Happy BOY shopping!

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  40. Congrats on your future little boy!! I think the gender reveal party is the BEST idea ever!!! I definitely want to do it once I'm pregnant! So fun!!

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  41. Your party looked ADORABLE!! Love all the decor and foodies! :] xo JA

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  42. How fun!! You looked so cute :) And great job with all the decorations. Congrats again on your baby boy!!!

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  43. Adorable! I love the idea of gender reveal parties. i wish I could do this for my sister in law, but she lives a couple hours from all the families so it probably wouldn't work out well.

    -Lauren

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  44. Now THAT is a party ! WOW, you did such a beautiful job! Congrats!

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