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Gender Reveal Party

30 September, 2013
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Hello beautiful people!!  How much are you all enjoying this awesome fall weather?  So sad that it is so short lived, but then we probably would not appreciate it as much would we?  

I had an amazing weekend and really want to share it with you!  Craig and I had our gender reveal party this past Saturday and it was everything that I hoped it would be.

A gender reveal party is a party the expecting parents throw to reveal the gender of their baby.

There are a ton of great ideas out there on the wonder web and I had a blast planning for the shindig.  Considering it is fall time, I decided to go with an owl theme and leaned toward the colors orange and teal.  We were shooting for a laid back evening where our family and friends could just hang out, eat, mingle, and celebrate with us.

I had a ton of fun with all of the DIY aspects of the party planning.  What can I say…

crafting makes me happy

One of my guests even commented…”She’s that girl who actually does what she pins.”  Haha!  It’s true…it’s true.

As I welcomed guests into my home, I sent them on over to the voting center.  I made little boy and girl owl pins for them all to wear.

Girl won by a long shot!

Girl won by a long shot!

I hung up a little baby gender prediction fun.

gender predictions

I also had to share some little fun facts about Baby Chandler…

 

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I set up some appetizers and desserts on the dining room buffet.  (Special thanks to my sweet sister for helping me prepare the food…wouldn’t have made it without her!)

It consisted of:

Caprese skewers, fresh fruit, veggie cups with ranch or hummus, chocolate dipped pretzel sticks, and some mini desserts that I ordered from Publix.

 

gender reveal buffet

 

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for this child i have prayed

 

diy gender reveal decor

 

gender reveal party food

 

I shared the love I have for this DIY scrap fabric banner that I made on Instagram

fabric banner

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I’m pretty sure this cuteness is going to end up in the nursery.

For the main course, I slaved over a hot stove alllll day long.

I kid…I kid.

Actually, we ordered food from Carrabas.  Let me tell you, it was a hit!  We ordered 2 pans of lasagna and 2 pans of pasta carrabas (chicken alfredo).  It came with their amazing bread and their herbed olive oil dipping sauce.  It also came with their house salad and dressing.  They provided us with plates, utensils, napkins, and cups.  I would absolutely order catering from them again!  It saved me a ton of time and probably even money.  We had plenty of food for over 30 people and then some.  Wish I would have gotten a picture of its amazingness.

After letting dinner settle for a bit, it was time for the gender reveal!

team girl

 

team boy

We chose to go with revealing the gender by cutting into a cake that was either dyed blue or pink on the inside.  This is nothing creative, but it ended up being perfect for us.

It's a boy!

It’s a boy!

We also decided to reveal our baby boys name.

gender reveal

It was a close call…we almost named him Chin Chan Chandler.

Alexander is Craig’s middle name and I’ve always loved it, but felt that the name “Alexander Chandler” was just too long.  We randomly came across the name Carsten and I fell in love with it immediately.  It took Craig a little longer to warm up to it, but now, he loves it too!  Carsten actually stands for “follower of Christ” in German and we pray daily that he will become that soon in his life.

So glad we captured this on video for those who were unable to make it to the party…

How fun was that?!

Another little project that I shared on Instagram included the party favors.  I found some super cute printables on The 36th Avenue blog and went at it!  They are mason jars filled with homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with the recipe attached to the jar.

pumpkin cookies favor

I have already expressed our overwhelming gratitude all over facebook for those who have been celebrating this special time with us.  It’s really been an amazing time and we have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  Thank you again to all of our friends and family!

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familyCollage

 

That’s it!  Thanks so much for visiting!

P.S.  I made all of the prints and the banner using PicMonkey!

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I often share with these amazing peeps…

SUNDAY
Creative Homeacre Blog Hop @ A Cultivated Nest
DIY Project Parade @DIY Showoff
Overflowing With Creativity @It’s Overflowing
Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @Nifty Thrifty Things
MONDAY
Funday Monday @ Still Being Molly
Give Me the Goods @ Better With Age
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple Crafts
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Tutorial and Tips @ Home Stories A to Z
Make The Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Project Inspired @ Yesterday on Tuesday
TUESDAY
Tuesdays Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
WEDNESDAY
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
A Little Birdie Told Me Link Party @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Lil’ Luna Link Party @ Lil’ Luna
Down Home Bloghop @ Tilly’s Nest
Work it Wednesday @ The Happy Housie
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Whimsy Wednesday
Swing into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
Work It Wednesday @ Place of My Taste
THURSDAY
Hookin’ Up With House of Hepworths @ The House Of Hepworths
A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday on Tuesday
Blog Link Party @ Somewhat Simple
The 36th Avenue Party Time @ 36th Avenue
Inspiration Gallery @ Craftberry Bush
Inspire Me Please @  Liz Marie Blog 
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace
FRIDAY
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now Blog
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Fertilizer Friday @ Tootsie Time
SATURDAY
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act

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18 Comments

  • Reply Craig Chandler 30 September, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    looks great hunny!!!!!!

  • Reply Christy @ Confessions of a Serial Do-it Yourselfer 30 September, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Oh girl there is so much awesome, cute, adorable, super clever, amazing things here!! LOVE the theme, LOVE the idea of the blue cake for the gender reveal, LOVE the banner made of fabric strips, LOVE it all! Your pregnancy is going by way too fast for me ha ha. Thanks so much for sharing. I feel like I was there! :)

    • Reply Luisa 4 October, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Thank you sooooo very much for your sweet words Christy! This truly has been an amazing experience and I am trying to enjoy every minute!

  • Reply Nicole {Life's Tidbits} 1 October, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Such a cute party! I love all the details, especially the fun facts. Congrats on the little boy!!

    • Reply Luisa 4 October, 2013 at 7:29 am

      Thanks so much Nicole! It was a ton of fun!

  • Reply jarrahjungle 1 October, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Such a cute idea it looks like everyone had a great time. Your decorations looked fantastic, bet you are getting very excited now :)

    • Reply Luisa 4 October, 2013 at 7:30 am

      We couldn’t have asked for a better evening…we are beyond excited!! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Reply the cape on the corner 3 October, 2013 at 6:45 am

    this is so stinking cute! love the birdcage chalkboard that you used to tally. so many great idea! and congrats on the news of your little boy!

    • Reply Luisa 4 October, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Reply richellaparham 10 October, 2013 at 2:47 am

    This is the cutest gender reveal party I’ve ever seen! Love all the attention to detail. Baby Carsten is going to be one blessed little boy!

    • Reply Luisa 17 October, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Awww!! Thank you so much and I’m super glad you liked!

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  • Reply jessica @ j is for jessica 14 October, 2013 at 3:01 am

    This is so cute! I love this idea! I’m completely obsessed with owls and foxes right now!

    • Reply Luisa 17 October, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Jessica! I’m a fan of fox also!!

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