Beyond the Essentials…Inspiration Thursdays

I have come to love the idea of a Gender Reveal Party! Gender Reveal parties are similar events to baby showers where the gender of a soon to come baby is revealed. Soon to be parents can choose to throw the party in one of a few ways. In some cases, the parents know the gender and choose to share it with the guests with this fun twist to a baby shower. In other cases, only one parent ( or the trusted friend or family member planning the party) knows the gender and shares with the other parent and the guests at the party. The best idea I’ve heard thus far is when nobody knows the gender of the baby. The doctor gives the parents a sealed envelope with the gender and the parents pass it over to the baker to then color the inside of the cake with the corresponding baby color. All wonderful ways to share the news of the blessing to be!

If you’re thinking of hosting a gender reveal here are a few inspiration ideas to get you started.

Grand Announcement!

If you don’t want to go with a classic pink and blue, try the ” What Will It Bee? ” Bee theme, ” Waddle It Be? ” Duck theme or ” Bow or Beau ” Bows and Mustache theme.

Cupcake Reveal Announcement!

Fun Voting Activity!

Baby Naming Activity!

Get Creative. Get Inspired. Think Beyond the Essentials.

For More Gender Reveal Party Ideas Check Out My Pinterest Board

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If you’re going to do…Questions for Guests

A new trend for weddings and a new twist on your traditional shower and party games are questions for guests. If you aren’t familiar with the questions for guests, it’s when you provide quests the opportunity to answer a variety of questions about the guest(s) of honor. They are a great way to have fun with your guests and come away with some great laughs and terrific advice. (Photo: lovestruck.com)

If you’re going to do table activities…

Make sure it’s the right crowd. The questions for guests are perfect for fun and celebratory events such as a baby shower or birthday party. They might not be so well suited for an elegant bridal tea or wild bachelor/ette party. Guests might find it to be ” silly ” or not worth their time.  Know your event and your guests to bring out the questions at the right time.

Don’t make it part of the agenda. Guests tend to enjoy this activity because they can complete them on their own time and answer whichever questions they’d like. Limiting the time allotted to answer the questions, will make your guests feel forced and cramp their creativity. Just have them on the table, encourage guests to have fun with their answers and collect them at the end of the event.

Have a variety of questions. At any event, guests are going to have different relationships with the host or guest(s) of honor. At a typical wedding you could have coworkers and distant relatives mixed in with close friends and family. One of the best parts of this activity will be seeing the different answers guests come up with. You just have to make sure there are questions everyone can answer, such as:

Wedding Questions

What’s your number one piece of marriage advice?
What should the couple name their first child?
What’s the most romantic place the couple should visit?
When did you know the couple was meant to be together?
Where do you see the couple in 25 years?
What should the couple continue to do for a successful marriage?

Baby Shower Questions

What’s your number one piece of parenting advice?
Help the couple decide how many children to have. I am the [ Insert Birth Order ] and the best thing about it is…
One thing I learned from {Insert Guest of Honor Name} that I hope they teach their child is…
What personality trait of {Insert Guest of Honor Name}, do you hope their child inherits?

Bridal/Couple Shower Questions                             

Bonus: This is the perfect time to get your soon to be wedding guests thoughts on some ideas you may have been considering.

If the couple was to perform a choreographed first dance, what song should they dance to?
What should the couple do for “ date nights “?
What’s the number one rule to being a great wife/husband?
{Insert Guest of Honor Name} will make the perfect wife/husband because…

Milestone Birthday Questions

21st What lesson can you save me from learning in my 20’s?
30th What’s one experience {Insert Guest of Honor Name} must have in his/her “ 30’s “?
40th Now that {Insert Guest of Honor Name} is “ over the hill “, what view must he/she see?
50th With 50 years under his/her belt, tell him/her something he/she doesn’t know.

Decide how you want to present it. Since you’re already sold on the idea of the questions, let’s decide how to present it.

1. Have it as part of your place cards. Make your place card’s big enough for your guests to write their answers on, and include a pen at each place setting.
2. Use it as a guest book alternative. Set up a station with the variety of questions, each on their own individual note cards. Include a section for guests to add their names and addresses and make sure you have a plethora of pens.
3. Use it as a group table activity. Each table would get a question and a stack of note cards and everyone at the table can answer the same question. This would be a great social activity for guests to share or deliberate over their answers together. (Photo: stylemepretty.com)
4. Use it as a fun activity for anyone who wants to participate. Set up a similar station as you would for a guest book, but no need to include name and address placements.

Have you tried this at your event? What’s the most memorable answer you received? Leave a comment and let me know!

Répondez S’il Vous Plait or in plain words RSVP

One small key to a great guest experience with your event is to get the theme started early and keep it going.

The first time a guest is introduced to your event is the invitation packages, including the RSVP card. Yes, I know we live in the world of technology and it is oh so very rare for people to send in actual RSVP cards. But, if you do decide to do formal RSVP cards or have the option of customizing your online RSVPs try a few of these creative RSVP wording options.

Travel Theme

Wouldn’t miss it for the world

Have to celebrate from afar

Outdoors Event

Count me in…Rain or Shine

Sorry, Don’t have an umbrella

Destination Wedding

Yes, Our bags are packed!

No, suitcase is in the closet.

Golf Outing

We’re on the green…we’ll be there!

Sorry, we can’t swing it

Housewarming

We’ll be there to bask in the warmth!

Can’t make it…we’re out in the cold.

Game Night/Casino Night

You bet we’ll be there!

No dice, can’t make the trip.

You bet, we’ll be there!

We’re out of luck. Deal us out!

Halloween Party/Costume Party

Boo! We’ll be there and dressed to scare!

Boo! We can’t make it!

Surprise Party

We love surprises! We’ll be there!

We were surprised to find we already have plans.

Engagement Party

We’ll say “yes!”

Sorry, we have a previous engagement.

Formal Dinner Party

We’ll be at your table for dinner!

Sorry, our table is already set.

Yes, we look forward to dinner!

Sorry, we’re unable, our plate is full.

Leave a comment with some of the creative RSVPs you’ve seen!