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Some expectant parents now hold gender reveal parties, where they announce the sex of their baby to their friends and family, often in a cute way like serving a cake which is pink or blue inside.

Do you think such parties are cute or tacky? Would you consider hosting one yourself?

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It's not something I would do personally because I never wanted to know the sex of my babies before they were born, much less for anybody else to know. I found it a wonderful surprise at the time of their births. I didn't want to dress my kids in gendered clothing anyway, and I was hoping that not knowing their sex would discourage other people from buying them pink or blue stuff. My first baby, who turned out to be a daughter, wore a lot of white, green and yellow, in addition to some blue things I later bought to match her eyes. When her brother came along he wore the same clothes.
I think knowing the sex of the baby - kind of spoils the best secret you could reserve for yourselves. Often knowing that the baby is growing healthily etc is or should be sufficient to alleviate your anxiety.
Some may consider it great, especially if they like to follow colors or do some special decor to the baby's room or cot etc. Also, this kind of a party can help people plan gifts ahead of the bub's arrival.
But left to me, I don't want to know the gender of the baby .. his/her health and my ability to provide for continued care is more than sufficient to me!
Isn't that just pretty like a baby shower? Seems pointless to me.
Just wanted to add that family and friends are going to be pleased for the parents whichever the gender, so why does it need to be a big exciting surprise announcement?
Some people have them in addition to a baby shower, or instead of. Apparently you're not supposed to have a baby shower for your second or subsequent babies (since you have all the stuff you need), but you could have a gender reveal party since it's not about gifts. Not my cup of tea personally.
Also, sometimes family and friends do make a big thing about wanting the baby to be one sex or the other (as if there was anything you could even do about that once you're already pregnant!) and pressure the couple to say which it is so they "know what to buy".
That sounds awful. I know you may be rooting for one gender, but then to hold a reveal party and then say it i the other sounds quite a nasty thing to do, particularly for the unborn baby, who is already the centre of disappointment.
I don't imagine people who knew that their family would be disapointed would hold a gender reveal party.

I guess people who want to know the baby's sex just consider that part of being excited about the baby, and it's lovely that they want to know about it and/or buy presents for it. I just wish people would understand that not everybody wants to know or reveal their baby's sex ahead of time and would respect that decision.
Just another idea floating out there.I have to laugh at some of the reasons, people have parties.I have heard some good ones.

Can't imagine people coming with a lot of ''blue stuff'' if it is a boy! You would get awful sick of that colour real quick.
Not to mention your poor little baby!...because they see colour too.

A rather depressing idea, to me.
I've never been to one, and am not the kind of person who gets terribly excited over babies, but I actually think it's kind of a cute idea if being done as part of the baby shower. There are plenty of people who don't wait until the birth for the 'surprise', and there's nothing wrong with that - it's only changing the date of the surprise, and is a personal choice that has no affect on anyone else anyway. And if the new parents want to tell people in a fun way as part of a party they are already having, I see no problem with it. It's no worse than the baby-themed games you're often forced to play at a shower.
Totally ridiculous!
Boring. As boring as a breastfeeding sit-in
I don't need to hold one. My partner makes boys, and boys only. It's lucky I had a girl before I met him.
This is not something that I would do. I would not want the wider public to know the gender of my unborn child. This I'd like to remain a surprise until birth.
Oh dear! Insecure persons?
Never heard of it, but is it a case of 'anything goes', just to have a get-together?
And what 'present' would one bring to such a momentous event? Bit difficult, not knowing gender of baby. Perhaps cold, hard CASH?
There're obviously some folk out there who don't have much substance in their lives. How sad for them.
Oh, good grief . . . !
by Rice
Another "occasion" for people who have very little to do.
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