I love finding ways to incorporate some Disney Magic into my everyday life. We are expecting our first little Mouseketeer in January, so of course we’re seizing every opportunity to celebrate- Disney style! In September we assembled a magical gender reveal party to share the news with our loved ones. It took lots of brainstorming, Pinteresting and of course, some help from family members. Here are some of the highlights:
When we started planning the party, we had to first decide on a theme. Of course, we knew it would be a Disney themed party, but we had to decide if we wanted to go with “prince or princess” or “Mickey or Minnie,” etc. We decided to use pink and blue as our color scheme- but opted for brighter hues rather than your typical pastel or “baby” pink and blue. At first I planned on designing the invitation myself, but when I took to pinterest for inspiration I found these awesome Disney themed gender reveal goodies by Hilltop Custom Designs. I love supporting small shops and they were perfect for our theme so I ordered them. Plus, it was a huge time saver! I placed my order and within a day the final copy was emailed to me and I printed them at Walgreens. (I crossed out the personal info for the location and RSVP info, but of course that is included on the original invitation.)
We decided to do a backyard cookout, and my dad was gracious enough to make dinner for everyone. He prepared chicken tenders, hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixin’s. For dessert we prepared our go-to chocolate cupcakes with pink and blue buttercream frosting. We also made some Rice Krispie Pops drizzled with pink and blue chocolate. These were fairly simple to make, and really cute and colorful- just follow the recipe on the box and then grab some colored candy melts.(These were a huge hit with our crowd and we totally should’ve doubled the recipe!) We also provided Hershey bars with the “He” and “She” colored in blue and pink respectively as a take home treat for our guests.
With our theme and color scheme in mind we set out to find some bright pink and blue decorations- with some Disney flair. We found some adorable Mickey and Minnie plates at Target that we used as dinner plates, along with some pink and blue banners. At Walmart we grabbed some whimsical polka dot napkins and matching pink and blue dessert plates and tablecloths and some hanging decorations. We bought a button making kit to make pink and blue Minnie and Mickey buttons for our guests to display their guess about the gender.
We also had a chalkboard for everyone to tally their guess– our group was split almost exactly 50/50 between boy and girl. We included another chalkboard with some pregnancy old wives tales to help people make their guess.
For some extra fun, we set up a Disney/baby themed photo booth. We found Disney themed and baby shower themed photo props on Amazon for a great price, and got the shiny photo backdrop at Walmart. Our guests had a great time goofing off and capturing moments on this special day. My brother and sister-in-law served as the photographer and videographer for the day. Having two cameras going during the whole party was a great idea so we didn’t miss a moment– from the photo booths to all the candid party moments.
We put a lot of thought into the reveal. We wanted the moment to be perfect and memorable, and of course full of Disney Magic. My brother actually came up with the idea to do an “Up” themed reveal, which was perfect because who doesn’t love that heartwarming story?! My sister-in-law did a fantastic job replicating Carl and Ellie’s colorful house, and we filled the house with the balloons for the big reveal. We knew we wanted this to be a shining, shimmering moment so we also got two confetti cannons from Superior Celebrations for the big moment as well. These were fantastic and worked perfectly. The sparkly confetti made the photos pop and made the reveal that much more exciting. My husband and I stood behind the “Up house” and grabbed the strings to the balloon release. With a 1-2-3 countdown we pulled the strings to release the balloons as my cousins fired off the confetti cannons. As you can see, it’s a GIRL! The moment was exactly what we pictured and everyone was so excited. We are ecstatic to welcome our little princess into the world and I’m so glad we were able to share this memorable, magical day with our loved ones.