About 45 family members and friends gathered yesterday afternoon for a joint Gender Reveal/Memorial Day party. My 15-year-old sister-in-law, Mae, took a handful of beautiful photos that I just have to share.
It looks like my sister-in-law went “all out,” but aside from the cakes and disposable plates, napkins, and silverware, she didn’t have to purchase a single item. (My mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law took care of food.) All the supplies and decorations, including the white tent, were left over from our DIY backyard wedding.
In the picture above, you’ll notice two bulletin boards covered in chalkboard paper. Here are the close-ups of those:
This one is an actual chalkboard. Anne constantly amazes me with her creativity!
To drink, we had “bouncing blue Hawaiian punch,” “pretty pink lemonade,” and water. I’m not a huge fan of sugary drinks, so I went with water, but I have to admit that the festive drinks were a cute idea.
Anne created a nursery decoration by printing off an outline of a tree and having everyone decorate it with their thumb print.
My mom, Lily, and I were given the important task of picking up the cakes. The big one is a regular vanilla sheet cake, and the small one is the announcement cake, with either a pink or blue center.
My jokester husband Mr. Handsome grabbed a plastic knife and pretended to cut into the cake before it was time. LOL. He and a few of the men examined the cake (without touching it) to see if they could tell what color was inside.
Mr. Handsome came over to me and whispered, “I know the gender!” He proceeded to tell me that he had found a stray colored crumb. “It’s a boy,” he said. I didn’t believe him because everyone was convinced that it was a girl, mostly because of the fast heartbeat and the other old wives’ tales. But Mr. Handsome was very sure of his prediction.
When the time came for Anne and her husband to cut the cake, everyone grabbed their phones and gathered around.
Well, you can imagine our surprise when we saw blue instead of pink. Anne was floored. She had been so sure that it was a girl. We are all looking forward to welcoming this “bouncing baby boy” into our family in October!