Gender reveal parties have exploded in the last few years and in many cases they are becoming as common as baby showers. During pregnancy, it is lovely to find fun ways to celebrate with families and friends. For many, a gender reveal party doesn't resonate. Here are some fun alternatives to celebrate your pregnancy and newest family member.
1. A Pregnancy Reveal Party
There is nothing more exciting than a pregnancy announcement. Host a party with your close friends and family and plan for an exciting way to make the announcement. It could be something you hide in a cake, a simple announcement you make to the group, or a scavenger hunt. The options are endless.
2. Zodiac Reveal Party
My personal favorite, a Zodiac Reveal Party, is a limitless theme. You can include celestial and galaxy décor, star and moon decorations, and the whole nine yards. You can choose the colors by the Astrological sign and play into the different personality traits associated with each.
Aries, The Ram (March 21 - April 19) Colors: Red & orange
Taurus, The Bull (April 20 - May 20) Colors: Dark green and shades of blue (also light pink)
Gemini, The Twins (May 21 - June 21) Colors: Yellow and light green
Cancer, The Crab (June 22 - July 22) Colors: White and silver (and/or red for crabs)
Leo, The Lion (July 23 - August 22) Colors: Gold/yellow/orange (also red)
Virgo, The Virgin (August 23 - September 22) Colors: Yellow and green (also light blue)
Libra, The Scales (September 23 - October 23) Colors: Light pink and/or light blue (generally pastel colors)
Scorpio, The Scorpion (October 24 - November 21) Colors: Red, burgundy/maroon and black
Sagittarius, The Archer (November 22 - December 21) Colors: Any shade of purple (also deep blue)
Capricorn, The Sea Goat (December 22 - January 19) Colors: Black & white (OR earth tones and shades of brown);
Aquarius, The Water Bearer (January 20 - February 18)Colors: Turquoise and violet
Pisces, The Fish (February 19 - March 20) Colors: Pale/sea green and/or light purple
3. Name Reveal Party
You have chosen a name or two for your baby. This is a chance to share it with your loved ones. You can have people guess the letters of the actual name in various games. You can even have an ABC or scabble theme for the party.
4. Chosen Family Reveal Dinner
If you enjoy celebrating with a smaller group, a Chosen Family Reveal Dinner can be a very special way to celebrate with the people you want to have a special role in your family. This can be a great time to share how much these friends mean to you and how excited you are to have them be a part of your baby's life. How this is done is up to you. The power of this moment is in honoring the relationships you have fostered over the years in a way that is authentic to you.
5. A Blessing Ceremony for Pregnant Person
Many cultures have different ways of blessing people when they are pregnant. There are various indigenous traditions that have been acculturated over the years. For example, the Mother Blessing Ceremony is a tradition in many Native American tribes. I recommend finding a tradition that reflects your heritage and spiritual beliefs.
Most blessing ceremonies include pampering the pregnant person, intentional blessings for the pregnant person, and a feast. There are many birth workers who help facilitate these ceremonies and can offer more guidance on how to plan a blessing ceremony for you.
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Meet the Author
Clara O'Rourke (she hers),
Holistic Doula & Childbirth Educator.
I am a researcher turned total birth nerd with a passion for supporting people birth in their full power! I guide people through their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum journey by helping them overcome fear or anxiety about birth, providing evidence-based information so they can make informed decisions, and making sure they have everything they need to birth with confidence. Birth is sacred and it should be treated that way. I am committed to providing support for birth and beyond, regardless of a person's background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or relationship status. También ofrezco mis servicios en español. I wish you and your growing family the brightest of beginnings!