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25 Creative Gender Reveal Party Ideas That Will Surprise All Your Friends and Family

For many parents-to-be, learning the sex of their unborn baby is a magical, once-in-a-lifetime moment. Gender reveal parties can make that moment even more special by getting friends and family in on the surprise in a festive setting.

There are no rules when it comes to gender reveals, so you can feel free to play around with different ways to announce the news, as well as different party games and themes. If you’re a sports fan, you can dunk, kick, or throw a ball filled with pink or blue powder to declare your baby’s sex. If you’re a Potterhead, let the infamous Sorting Hat make the big reveal. Or, if you’re not into the whole pink and blue color motif, consider a black and yellow “What Will It Bee?” theme. Even if you’re not up for throwing a party, you can still share the big news with friends and family in a fun, creative way by planning a gender reveal photoshoot.

Gender reveals have become more popular than ever in recent years, but you may still be wondering where to start. That’s why we rounded up some of the best shoppable and DIY gender reveal party ideas out there—from colorful piñatas to candy-filled cakes to Jackson Pollock-inspired paintings. Click through our gallery for plenty of inspiration! (Next up? Check out our best baby room ideas!)