Friday, 19 August 2016

Gender Reveal Party

Saturday was a very exciting day for Ian and I, the day we finally found out the gender of our baby and could reveal our chosen name! I had a private scan at 16 weeks and had the sonographer write down the gender on a slip of paper for my mum. She was the only person to know the gender of our baby for almost five weeks!  My mum set to work creating a gender reveal cake which we would cut open at a party so all our family and friends could find out the gender at the same time. Having such a large family Ian and I thought this would be a great way to share the surprise! 

So, in true blogging fashion I thought I would share with you some of the snaps from the day including a video, which I have uploaded to my YouTube channel,  showing the special moment we found out the gender! 

I had so much fun getting everything ready for the party! We created a small photo booth using a chalkboard and photo props. We also had a prediction station where guests could predict the gender of our baby along with choosing a name from the girl and boy chalkboards to win a bottle of wine. We wrote down all our name ideas, including the names we had chosen for a boy or girl. Ian thought it would be a great idea to include some weird and wonderful names in there too! I was a busy bee on the computer an created prediction and words of wisdom cards for all the guest to fill out, I plan to then stick these in my baby scrapbook.

As well as a time to share a special moment with our family and friends the party was also an opportunity to raise some money for charity. Instead of receiving gifts we asked for donations towards a charity. The Grace Project was set up by our local hospital to raise money for a baby memorial garden. The garden will provide somewhere to go for those who have experienced miscarriage, still birth and neonatal death. During our journey to becoming parents Ian and I had recurrent miscarriages, somewhere like this garden would of been a huge support and part of our healing. We managed to raise £110! I feel so grateful and proud of all my family and friends for supporting us in raising money!

It's a Girl! Baby Ave Mae!

Cutting the cake and being able to see and hear everyones reactions was so emotional, I'm pretty sure there were a few happy tears. We were able to capture this amazing photo as well which I think I will treasure forever. The name we had chosen for a baby girl is Ava Mae and I can't wait to meet her in December!

Don't forget to check out the YouTube video of the cake cutting! I'm hoping to start uploading more videos to my channel so please subscribe!

Claire Louise Xx


1 comment

  1. Such a lovely idea, I had wanted to do this but husband was too impatient! Such a lovely surprise and nice way to find out!

    Georgina Clarke – UK Pregnancy Blog


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