Finding out the gender of your baby, no matter when or how, is truly an incredible moment! Talk about a TRUE surprise in life. For both babies we found out by 12 weeks because I drew blood for genetic testing. When I was pregnant with Cooper my results came back when I was in Los Angeles, filming the Star Salvation (comeback kitchen) for The Food Network Star! The doctor called when I was eating breakfast in the hotel and I was so tempted to have the woman say over the phone, “boy” or “girl”! But, I waited until I got home a few days later so that Alex and I could be together when we received the news.
My OB also happens to be my next-door-neighbor and very good friend of ours. We lover her family, they have two boys and an adorable springer spaniel, Lola, that has become Paisley’s best friend! I know, it is crazy that my next-door-neighbor delivered Cooper haha. Anyway, so when I got home from LA she stopped over and gave us an envelope. Inside was a piece of paper that, once we opened it up discovered, read “It’s a Boy!” Alex and I were both shocked (convinced it was a girl) and SO SO SO excited!
For this baby, due in 10 weeks, my OB had her husband pick up cupcakes from a local bakery and drop them off at our house. I know, still crazy that we live next-door. I wanted Alex to leave work at noon and eat cupcakes with me but realistically that was not going to happen hehe! He got home around 5, still quite early for a work day, and we opened the box with Cooper! Inside were giant PINK cupcakes! Giddy and excited would be a great understatement. Cooper loved the cupcakes, he didn’t know why we were so excited but he was too! The three of us were laughing and beyond excited. We can’t wait for the little girl to arrive.
We face timed and sent videos of Cooper eating the cupcake to a few friends and family. My best friend sent a gazillion pink balloons the following day and I captured a few photos of Cooper and the sea of pink.
Gender reveals are FUN! Whether it is a private moment or one spent with other loved ones, it is something we will never forget. Here are a few fun ideas for you if you are hosting, helping celebrate, or finding out on your own!
Attending a Reveal?
If so, bring the expecting mama a bottle of Fre Sparkling Brut wrapped in a swaddle and top it with a pink or blue sign! A cute gift for the mom-to-be. She can pop the bubbly when the reveal is, well, revealed! It is super easy to “Swaddle a Bottle”! Here is my blog post with instructions: Swaddle a Fre Bottle
Why Fre? Glad you asked! The mom will thank you! It tastes like my favorite “real” champagne and is my go-to when pregnant. I feel like I am celebrating with a real drink! The delicate alcohol-removed sparkling wine has a hint of green apple and ripe pear. It is balanced by a crisp palate of apple and strawberry. This bubbly is beautifully balanced with a dry, refreshing finish.
Hosting a Reveal?
Forget the cake with pink and blue frosting inside, serve your guests CHAMPAGNE cupcakes! You can fill the entire inside of the cupcake with a color and then everyone individually can bite into their own cake to reveal the gender! Top with cute cupcake toppers. Oh and yes, I said champagne! Here is the recipe, using Fre’s Sparkling Brut!
1 ¼ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup champagne
1 cup champagne
1 stick butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line mini cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar and butter and beat on high until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Reduce speed and add egg and egg white. Add vanilla.
Add flour and champagne, alternating between the two.
Place in muffin cups.
Bake 10 minutes.
While cupcakes are baking, make the frosting by combining all ingredients in a bowl of a stand mixer.
If the cupcakes aren;t enough, make these cuties!
1 cup champagne or prosecco
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 teaspoon granulated sugar or Stevia
Edible gold glitter
In a small saucepan, bring the champagne and lemon juice to a boil over medium heat.
Add the gelatin and stir continuously for 3 minutes until dissolved.
Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until dissolved.
Pour the mixture into heart-shaped molds and transfer to the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours.
Remove from the molds and brush with edible gold glitter. And here is a quick video!
Guess the Gender!
And of course serve bubbly! Let your guests pick a glass and post their name to it with either a pink or blue clothes-pin. This way they won’t lose their drink amongst the crowd and you can visibly see what their “guess” is! It is always fun to see what other people think you are having.
Using different pink and blue juices you can serve up a mocktail by mixing equal parts juice with Fre’s Sparkling Brut.
Top blue and pink macarons with a rubber ducky! Just use frosting to adhere the duck to the top! People can eat and then keep the duck :)
This post is sponsored by Fre. The content and opinions expressed here are my own. Stay tuned for more!
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