Sunday, January 17, 2010

{My Parties} What's It Gonna Bee? Gender Reveal Party



This weekend, I did my very first gender reveal party for some of our dearest friends, Tommy and Lauren. Gender reveal parties are the new trend in baby parties, so I couldn't wait to get a jumpstart on this one. I had been tossing ideas around with them for a few months, but I actually planned this party in about 2 weeks, since we weren't positive when the actual ultrasound appointment would be.

Obviously, I thought that yellow would be a perfect color for the theme, but then I came up with the idea of making it bumblebees, and calling it "What's It Gonna Bee?" I handpainted that sign on butcher paper, which is one of my favorite "big impact" ideas for a party tablescape. It really puts the focus on the theme of the party.

I decided on a candy/dessert buffet, since this was an afternoon event. Plus, then we could do a really fun theme colored display of foods. Some of the foods that I used were licorice, black and yellow jellybeans, moon pies, oreos in yellow and black, black raspberry now-n-laters, custom wrapped hershey miniatures, cupcakes, and bee pops.

I also did Martha Stewart's tissue flowers over the table for big impact. It's hard to tell in these pictures, but there were actually two large ones and two small ones. The fabric for the table is from JoAnn, which we only recently got in Memphis, and it is LOVE. SO much better than Hancock. I wanted something modern and graphic and I thought it was perfect!

I lucked out big time on these bee pops. I sent my husband out to Wayne's Wholesale Candy company one day on a mission for yellow and black candy and he calls me and says..."you're never going to believe this, but they have bee pops!" I said..."snatch them up NOW!" This is simply a piece of styrofoam covered in scrapbook paper.


All the tags for the food items are also made from scrapbook paper. For the "reveal" part of the party, I decided to have them cut into a cake and the inside would be blue or pink. This was the first time I have ever attempted to tackle fondant for a cake, and  I wasn't thrilled with the results, but it turned out cute. I also did little stripes of black on some of the cupcakes to inject a little contrast. The top cake is supposed to be a beehive cupcake, if you can't tell from the picture.
The small bumblebee votives and napkins are from Hobby Lobby. They have a ton of cute bee stuff right now!

The moment of truth....

It's a BOY!!!!




Hey Tommy, how do you really feel?



A totally fun party for two awesome friends!  We can't wait for him to BEE here!

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15 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the cake being colored inside as a way to tell everyone whether it's a girl or a boy! Beautiful party. :)

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  2. LOVE this! I'm organizing a bumble bee party for my daughter and your ideas are very inspiring. You did an AWESOME job! :)

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  3. Love this theme! :)

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  4. Thanks for the inspiration - I'm planning a bumble bee shower for July so this totally helps!

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  5. This is very cute! And can I just say, I think it was a genius idea to wrap small boxes/foam to insert into the jellybean jars! Great tip to fill up a "too big" jar!

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  6. Just stumbled upon this via Creative Parties! It's fantastic!!!!

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  7. I did a Ba Bee Shower for my friend who did not know the sex of her baby! It was hard to find the perfect items and not look too stuffy. Too bad it was last year. This is beautiful
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  8. Just stopping over from Kelly's Korner - and had to tell you how AMAZING your bee party was!! I am blown away by all of the cute bee details! May have to use this theme in the future. Great job!!

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  9. What a creative party. I love gender reveal parties. They are so much fun for everyone. We're going to one next week :-) Great blog!

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  10. Love this!!
    I'm not sure if I'll get a shower or anything this time (3rd baby) but I really want to do something and was planning a Sip-N-See or something, but I like this idea better!!
    How fun!! I am totally bookmarking it!
    thanks for sharing

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