It seems the latest US craze is about to hit Britain with “Gender Reveal Parties” topping the list of themed events. Hey, it even made it onto BBC Breakfast this morning!
So what is all the fuss about?
A Gender Reveal party is an excuse to bring friends and family together to find out as a group whether the expectant parents will be having a boy or a girl. It seems in most cases even the parents do not know the flavour of child, with the sonographer’s findings being sealed inside an envelope and shipped directly to the bakery!
You only need to watch a few clips on You Tube to witness the levels of mild hysteria enjoyed in the States at Gender Reveal events.
In the past the first question expectant parents would be asked due date, but with a reported 60% of parents choosing to know the gender of their baby before they are born it is now as likely to be “Is it a boy or girl?”.
What if the bakery was to accidentally muddle up two gender reveal cakes? What if the sonograper gets it wrong at the scan? It is not unheard of.
My son’s nursery assistant was expecting a baby in February and decided to find out the gender of the child at her 20-week scan. Cue oohs and aahs from all around when she revealed to us she was expecting a baby girl. Then came the whirlwind of spending on all things pink – snowsuits, rompers, bedding, pram accessories – you name it she had it. The room was, of course, decorated girlie pink and we all waited for news of the pre-named baby girl to arrive. Only when the big day came it wasn’t a girl – it was a bouncing baby boy…
Expectant Father: “Hi, I’m here to pick up cupcakes for XXX?”
Assistant: “Oh yes, we have them right here. Two dozen cupcakes with the pink filling, right?”.
Cue stunned silence and look of total disbelief on the expectant father’s face.
So a passing fad or here to stay?
Is this yet another commercial gimmick from the US; an inventive money-making scheme designed to indulge the happy couple and get us spending, or is this a genuinely original way to celebrate amazing news with family and friends?
Do people really want to revel in the premature excitement of the gender of an unborn child at a themed party or are they happy to wait for news of the birth, just thankful it’s a healthy baby regardless of gender? And do expectant parents really want to share what is traditionally an intimate and personal moment with a room full of people or is it better to keep it private and tell family and friends afterwards?
Tell us what you think. Would you like to discover the gender of your unborn baby in front of family and friends with a Gender Reveal Cake or do you think this is a baby celebration too far?
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