Monday, March 15, 2010

Gender Party

Have you heard of a gender party?

Like many cool things, this was totally new to me. I praise God every day for the younger, precious women in my life who keep me in the know on all things fun and "in".

A gender party....

This fantastic idea can be pulled off in several formats, but I love how our sweet friends Cody and Chelsea crafted theirs. Because I thought this was one of the best ideas on earth, I asked them permission to share this fun idea.

Yesterday Cody and Chelsea got to find out the gender of their baby. What an exciting day! Instead of letting the sonographer tell them if their baby was a girl or boy, they had the sonographer write down the gender on a piece of paper and then seal it in an envelope.

After the ultrasound appointment, Cody and Chelsea gave the envelope to Kirby. I was so jealous she got this job, but Kirby handled her new "power" very well. She didn't call and taunt anyone. I would have. I would have called all our friends and said, "I know the gender...I know the gender." Kirby behaved way better than I would have.

Kirby made blue and pink cake balls completely covered in white icing, so the inside of the cake ball could not be seen. You can check out the recipe here.

Later yesterday evening lots of friends gathered at Cody and Chelsea's home. In front of all of us, Kirby handed Cody and Chelsea each a cake ball. The inside of the cake ball would either be blue or pink, telling the proud parents the gender of their sweet baby. Cody and Chels bit into the cake balls and saw that the cake was BLUE! A Boy!! It was so fun to be a part of this fun reveal and celebrate this new little boy alongside his parents. How wonderful of them to share this exciting moment with all of us.

Chelsea and Kirby came up with so many creative ideas to make this party fun.

All guests were asked to wear pink or blue to vote for the gender of their choice.

We took a blue picture and a pink picture.

There was a name suggestion jar. We wrote girl names on pink paper slips and boy names on blue paper slips. Chelsea and Cody's last name is Groves, so of course there were lots of names like, "Lemon, Orange, Walnut." Too funny.

And now for the food...all of it was blue or pink.
Loved it!

Pretzel rods dipped in white chocolate (colored blue and pink).

Blueberry Dump Cake
2 cans of blueberry
small can of crushed pineapple
1 yellow cake mix

Pour the blueberries and pineapple in the bottom of a pan, then pour a yellow cake mix on top of that mixture. Melt 1 stick of butter and pour on top of the cake mix. Don't stir. Bake at 350 for about an hour.

Pink Party Salad
1 can strawberry pie filling
1 (8 0z.) cool whip
1 small can crushed pineapple (drain)
1 can eagle brand milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix all of that together and refrigerate a couple hours before you serve it.

Jello Squares
3 small boxes of Jello
(3 watermelon for pink, 3 blue raspberry for blue)
3 Knox Gelatin envelopes
heavy whipping cream

Mix the Jello and the Knox Gelatin together (this will be dry). Add 3.5 cups hot water. Add 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream. Stir.Pour in a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate. The cream will separate and go to the top. Cut and serve.

Raspberry Limeade
1 can of raspberry lemonade concentrate
1 bottle of cold, carbonated lime water
1 bottle of cold, carbonated raspberry water
Mix those ingredients and enjoy!

Coffee Punch (dyed blue)
3 cups strong coffee
2 cups sugar
1 pint cream or half and half
1 quart milk
2 t. vanilla

Dissolve sugar in hot coffee. Cool. Add other ingredients. Freeze. Remove from freezer about 30 minutes before party. Mix and serve very icy. This is a favorite punch of ours for baby showers...but we don't usually dye it.

For more fun...

Cody and Chelsea had the baby's ultrasound video playing on the TV during the party.

They had plenty of pink and blue balloons so we could suck the helium out of them and sound silly.

The balloons came in handy for being goofy in other ways too....

Kirby and I wish we looked like this pregnant. I never had a perfect, all belly pregnancy. I looked like a line backer from behind. Seriously.

Kirby announced we needed to take a miserable pregnant picture...

The picture below was snapped after I announced that the next picture we were taking was going to be of them delivering my baby.

How I love laughing with these girls. What sweet friends.
Aren't they gorgeous?
Kirby may or may not have had real live tee-tee on her clothes.

How fun was this party?

I'm so proud of these girls and their creative ideas....and I know we were all blessed beyond words to share Cody and Chelsea's special moment with them.

We love you Cody and Chelsea...and that sweet little boy Groves.


Kirby said...

I love that Baby (Chandler?!) Groves! And, thanks for the tee-tee comment.

Hendrick Family said...

Hey...I said, "may or may not have".

The Currie Family said...

Congrats on the Boy!

SO CUTE!! You girls really did it up and went all out, as usual!! The party sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Don't worry Kirb--I accidently tee-tee too sometimes....especially these days!

Kim said...

so stinking fun! i miss all those sweet familiar faces.

and that blueberry dump cake is my favorite thing in the world.

i could eat the whole pan in one sitting, no problem.

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