If you follow us on social media (Wait, you don’t follow us on social media? You should fix that now…), you already know that our very own Chelsea is pregnant! Chelsea told us that she was pregnant right before we went to see Taylor Swift, which made that weekend even more special. Fast forward to around the time that Hurricane Florence was coming towards the east coast – Kylie and Ashley found out that another force of nature was headed their way soon, baby girl Burnette! The next step of course was to plan the gender reveal! If you haven’t noticed, we enjoy throwing donut themed parties. So when Ashley found a donut gender reveal invitation we knew we found our theme. Boy or Girl, we donut know! Although we love throwing parties and celebrating any chance we can get, we also love saving money. We figured most of our readers enjoy saving money as well, so here’s how to throw a gender reveal on a budget!
First, throw the party as someone’s house. No need to rent a space, just find out how the parents would like to reveal the gender (confetti, balloon popping, baseball throwing, etc.) and find a friend who will let you get their backyard a little messy. We were very fortunate because Chelsea’s in-laws have a beautiful home and let us throw the party there! After that, figure out what things you need to make the party happen and figure out how to spend your money. We wanted donut balloons, confetti poppers, blue and pink decor, and of course, donut themed decor. So we ran to Target, Dollar Tree and Party City. We bought: pink and blue plates, napkins and cups, blue and pink balloons, the cutest “Oh Baby” balloon banner, boy or girl confetti, two donut balloons, pink and blue paper straws so people could “vote” by picking a straw for their drink, and boy or girl confetti poppers.
Target came through with the cutest sprinkle backdrop idea. All you need is a white sheet or tablecloth and napkins or crepe paper. Hang up the sheet, roll the napkins or paper and lightly stick them to the sheet. Ta-da! Now you have a very cute (and cheap) backdrop! We used some of the napkins we bought from the Dollar Tree.
Next, plan the party around a time where people don’t expect a large meal. Our party was at 7pm so we had finger foods, veggie trays, fruit and cheese trays, blue and pink sodas, and of course, donuts.
The most expensive things on our list were the poppers, the donuts and a helium tank for the balloons (tip, make sure you have two helium tanks, they’re pretty cheap but may run out during party prep). Gender reveals are starting to become very elaborate, and while we’re all for it, we also think you can have a great party without spending an arm and a leg. Get creative, and remember the reason why you’re throwing the party – to announce the arrival of a new little baby girl or boy!
Baby girl Burnette, we cannot WAIT to meet you, and just know there are many donut parties in your future. Love Auntie Ashley and Auntie Kylie.