I knew long before we started the IVF process that someday, we would be successful. I also knew that I wanted to do every fun event I could possibly squeeze into the pregnancy part. Step 1, get pregnant. CHECK. (ok that was the hardest part but well worth the wait). Step 2, Plan all the parties DOUBLE CHECK! We announced we where pregnant around Christmas and then immediately began fantasizing about a fun gender reveal party. I wanted to do something super fun and the opposite of the traditional Blue or Pink gender reveal. I felt SO beautiful on this amazing day thanks to Nicole Wagner from Powder Inc.! My eyelashes went on for days and when dan saw me he just stopped and said “WOW! You look so glamorous but still like YOU”. Best compliment ever <3 I thought about our own story and how it has been such a long journey to get to the point that we are at now and that now, after all these years, we are patiently waiting on our special package to arrive. The “special delivery” idea was born. I loved my gender reveal invitations by Nimbi Design! We chose the amazing Historic Overlook House in St. Johns as our venue. It had the perfect old world feel and felt more like we where hanging out at a beautiful home than a venue! I fell in love with all things old world travel, vintage airmail letters and hot air balloons. I had such an amazing group of friends help me put together every detail. I could not have pulled off even a fraction of the amazingness that was the day of our gender reveal without them.
Many a long night was spent cutting little hot air balloons and signs in my best friends Devan’s (owner of Nimbi Design) craft room. I just loved how all the little details came together though. The perfect mix of chalkboard, vintage and travel.
Of course I could not have pulled off an even REMOTELY legit vintage look without the help from my ever amazing friend Lane from Something Borrowed. She stressed over ever detail and brought the whole look of the gender reveal together.
Of course my favorite part was putting together the dessert table! I called it the “cravings” table and filled it with every delicious food that I craved throughout my pregnancy. A dessert table never looked so tasty!
And then it was time for the big moment! Finally time to find out if we where going to be the proud parents of bouncing baby boy or precious little girl! You would think that I would have done a gender reveal cake but I wanted something that would be REALLY memorable! I saw this adorable post on pinterest (where all parties are born) and they used confetti to do the big reveal! I thought that sounded so fun and different. I made a hot air balloon pinata basically out of cardboard and paper and my friend Kelsey was set with the difficult task of taking wafer paper (edible paper made of potato starch so it dissolves safely in water and isn’t bad for the environment) and the super secret sealed envelope and fill the pinata with the color for boy or girl! Watch the video to see the big reveal!
BIG thank you to Jessica Hill for capturing these special moments for us that make me smile every time I look at them and for Aniko Productions filming the big moment for me to have forever! Photography: Jessica Hill Photography Rentals: Something Borrowed PDX Videography: Aniko Productions Cake: Artisan Cake Company Venue: Historic Overlook House Paper Products and Graphic Design: Nimbi Design Hair and Makeup: Powder Inc.