What is the Big Reveal at a Gender Party?
Imagine this: you get an invitation to a gender party from an expecting couple. It is a gender-neutral colour and invites you to a shindig where the sex of their impending bundle will be announced in a surprising (and often sweet) way.
You may learn the sex of the baby by biting into a heavily iced cake to reveal a colour on the inside. When the colour is revealed everyone will jump up and down with excitement and exclaim why that is the best sex.
It is likely that the couple didn’t even know the sex until they bite into their cake as well. How did they arrange such a thing? A sealed envelope from the ultrasound technician is delivered to the trusted baker who bakes a cake under the cover of night hiding the pink or blue in the middle.
Other couples just open the ultrasound’s findings at the event and then cue the screaming.
I’m going to try to not make fun of the people who host gender parties or call them narcisstic, Leo Hickman from the Guardian does a good job of that. It’s just so darn cute and earnest to reveal your baby’s gender through the colour of the icing on a cake ball.
I’m sure when the baby does arrive it will be to a beautifully decorated nursery and very excited parents. I just find it a bit over-the-top to want to share and celebrate your private moments and discoveries with all your friends and family, and if you are the Duggars the entire Today show audience.
I just hope the couple doesn’t have a secret desire for one sex or another. Some people don’t even know how much they want either a boy or a girl until after they find out and buried feelings of relief or dismay well up and spill over. It would be embarrassing if the expectant mom needs to take a moment to absorb the news.
But there would be no room for that at a gender party where the theme of boy or girl can dominate through games and elaborate party decorations. I hope that the technician didn’t mistake an umbilical cord for a penis, because that has never happened. It would be a bit embarrassing to everyone who had invested their time and effort into the big reveal only to find when the actual reveal happened they had been wrong the whole time.
Do you think a gender party is a good idea?