One of the most interesting phenomena to have emerged over the past decade or so is that of the “gender reveal.”
Back in the day, your doctor would tell you whether your baby was a boy or girl during your ultrasound (assuming you wanted them to).
You’d spread the news to your friends and family and go on with your life. Of course, even further back in the day, people had no idea what gender their kid would be until they were born.
But these days, many want to celebrate every bit of new information about their child with a formal announcement.
Obviously, we can’t all be like Beyoncé and break the Internet every time we make an announcement.
But we can be a little bit extra when it comes to announcing the sex of buns in the oven.
Here are a few ways to make that announcement that have a bit more pizzazz than a phone call to announce “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!”
A bunch of people are using these awesome colored smoke bombs.
They look so ethereal and magical!
You know the photos from this shoot turned out absolutely amazing.
This is exactly the kind of fanfare that an expecting parent deserves when they announce their child’s sex.
I also wouldn’t say no to a full parade.
This couple has friends in high places.
They somehow got the entire Ferris wheel to light up as their gender reveal!
How cool is that?
Time to get silly!
This couple had their friends and family spray silly string all over the crowd — pink for a girl, blue for a boy.
Who doesn’t love silly string? Nobody, that’s who.
This next reveal is pretty darn epic.
I think we can all agree that if using fireworks is an option to announce absolutely anything in your life.
It is 100 percent the option you should choose.
Nice kick, dad!
(If I tried something this, that football would have gone straight into someone’s face. Or just dropped unceremoniously to the ground.)
There’s a light in the darkness.
This couple also clearly knows the right people.
Imagine being able to celebrate with the entire city of New York!
This video is long, but the reveal is worth it.
They used some kind of hydrophobic substance to paint the words “It’s a girl!” on their driveway.
Here’s a twist on a classic:
We’ve all seen the box full of balloons technique, but this couple did something a little different.
Only one balloon floated up, revealing the sex of the baby. More science!
This next reveal is great for anyone who loves cars.
This is a fun one.
Not only does the crowd get to find out the sex of the baby, but the dad also got to have fun while revealing the surprise!
Plus, it just looks super cool.
The dad’s joy at this reveal is infectious.
Also, is it just me or is there a giraffe running across the field at the end of the video?
Here’s another twist on the box-of-balloons idea.
Fill one box with balloons and streamers and leave the other one empty.
When the time comes to reveal the news, dump them both upside-down!
Let’s get artistic.
The photos are art! The painting is art!
That is one artistic family, alright.
This one also uses paint, but with an added twist:
The canvases also reveal the baby’s name!
This next idea is great for Halloween.
If you happen to be revealing the sex of your baby around Halloween, why not get some pumpkins in the mix?
Here’s another one that uses those cool smoke bombs.
Or there’s this!
Aww, Mom’s pumpkin has a little pink pumpkin “in the oven!”
Too cute, I tell ya.
This one’s v. classy:
Hop aboard the letterboard train!
This announcement is super classy and lovely.
This one’s not quite as “classy.”
But it’s just as informative!
After all, that’s the info people are looking for, right?
This is another progressive option:
Don’t forget: Gender is a spectrum! No cake or balloons or smoke bombs will dictate exactly what your child will be like as they grow up!
Share this with someone who’s expecting!