Sunday, January 10, 2010

Gender Party Reveal

The party was amazing!  I wish all of you could have been with us. 
So why did I do a Gender Reveal Party?  I had two reasons for having this party.  One was calling each friend to tell them what we were having would have taken some time and second was I have been waiting for two years for this pregnancy so I am trying to have fun at each stage of my pregnancy.  As much as I can't wait to see our baby BOY I am trying to absorb every day of my pregnancy and enjoy.  So if you didn't see my Blogging Friends Reveal Post go here!
Chad and I wanted to have a special way to share the news with our friends and family.  So that is where the shirts that you will see in the pictures come into place.  I was wearing It's A Girl and Chad was wearing It's A Boy and when one of us answered the door the person at the door thought that they knew until they saw the other.  It was so much fun!  I thought about decorating our home in the color BLUE for Boy, but than I thought well I don't want it to be that easy.  So with the help of my sweet friend Ashley we made the decorations that you will see in the pictures. 
 

The evening started with everyone just chatting and enjoying appetizers and drinks.  During this time Chad and I asked each of our friends to vote for their favorite Baby Girl Name and Baby Boy Name.  We had our top 4 that we liked and than if  they wanted our friends could give their suggestion.  It will be great to read each of them and see what our friends think.  I also plan on seeing what all my blogging friends think too!  Speaking of names I have my FAVORITE boy name picked out I just need to finalize the name with Chad.
Finally the Big Reveal.  We started with getting Team Pink together and taking a picture.  As you can see Team Pink was the majority. 
Than Team Blue got together with Chad to take a picture.  I wasn't sure if the boys in the photo thought that it was a Boy or if they didn't want to wear Pink. 
Chad than told everyone that we were going to go change into the right shirts and when we came out they would know. 
As you can see everyone was shocked!
It's A Boy! 
Again I am ALREADY in Love with our Baby Boy!  I can't wait to start the nursery and continue to share our pregnancy journey with all my friends and family. 

I missed my family and wish they could have been apart of this special day.  But they will be here for the baby shower.  In case you are wondering I am not having a nursery reveal party.  I did get asked last night.  This is it for parties until the baby shower!
To all of you reading, my friends, and family the road to get here has been long and if you haven't read our story you can go here to get caught up.  I feel truly blessed to have each of you in my life. 
See you tomorrow for a Week 21 Post and a complete post on my appointment!

67 comments:

Hansen Family said...

I wanted to be so much apart of this last night! You both looked like you enjoyed every moment of it. I so want to be in these moments with you. But I know that it isn't possible but I am with you in your heart always. Love the pictures! They all turned out great!!!! So glad you have these pictures to add you this amazing journey. I wanted to see if you go upload all of the photos onto shutterfly through your pregnancy journey, I would love to make a before baby book for you and chad if you don't mind. Talk to you soon. Love always.

Mallory said...

Those are absolutely ADORABLE decorations, and this was a BRILLIANT and FUN way to announce the gender! I agree that it is SO important to have fun in this journey, especially when you've waited so long to experience it! I am so happy for you and can't wait to hear the name of Baby BOY Stafford! :)

Christa said...

Love the idea of having a gender reveal party! Sounds like SO much fun! Love all your decorations and your shirts...too cute! :)

Summer said...

You look sooo pretty, and glowing, and HAPPY and I am sooo excited to hear the news! What a spoiled, BLESSED little BOY!
I love the DECOR.... Very super cute.... What great ideas you and Ashley came up with....
I am sooo excited for you....
Summer :0)

Cherit said...

Congratulations!! What an awesome way to tell everyone your exciting news!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

Everything looked darling, so glad it all went well. Congrats on your BOY!

Jess :) said...

LOVE the pictures!!!! I still think Amie and I should've just made the trip!!! I could've totally helped with the boys!!!!!!! ;) Anyway, I just have NEVER seen any party as FUN, not to mention...decorated FABULOUSLY!! WoW, you did such an INCREDIBLE job!!

Can't wait to continue going through this journey with you. Just SO HAPPY!!

Melissa's Thoughts said...

Boys Rock!! You will love having a boy. They love their Mama's like no one can. They will forever be devoted to you and take care of you. Well, that has been my experience as he has grown into a fine young man. Congrats on the boy!!

Kim said...

Melissa,
The party was adorable! I loved all your ideas....you are so creative. I am so happy for you and Chad! What a fun night!
Enjoy all your planning! So fun!

Shana said...

Cute Party Melissa! I have all boys & they are so easy, ha! (Please ignore vile comments. You are a smart woman. I know you know better than to take them to heart or mind)

Lianna Knight said...

Congratulations again Melissa!!!! Praise the Lord for your sweet little BOY :)

S. said...

congrats!! planning and shopping for a little boy is so much fun! your party favors are wonderful!

Traci said...

You are absolutely glowing, Melissa. I'm so glad that the party was a success! That little boy is so lucky to have you and Chad as parents. I can't wait to see the nursery!!

Tara Gibson said...

SO happy for you guys and such a cute way to reveal the news!! You are absolutely glowing!

Lainey-Paney said...

congratulations.
boy moms rock!
looks like y'all had a ton of fun!

Laura Ann said...

CONGRATULATIONS ~ I have read your blog for some time, but have never been able to comment. I am not sure why, so I thought I would just try again.

Boys are awesome and so sweet. Your party was amazing and what a great way to share the news with friends and familly. I have never seen this done before.

Best wishes to you and your husband.

Laura Ann
www.fraziermommy.blogspot.com

Cori said...

Congratulations! I just love the idea of a gender reveal party; I wish I'd thought of that with one of my pregnancies.

I can't wait to hear what you're going to name him. :)

McFarland Family said...

I am so excited for you guys. I have been following your journey through Kelly's blog since you found out that you were expecting!! I love the gender party idea....what fun. I know I have been waiting to see:)
You look amazing!!
Lesley
www.kltfamily.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

congratulations!!! what a great party!!!! i can't wait to hear your name choices... that is always so much fun!!!

Allyson said...

I love the idea of a gender reveal party. LOVE all the decorations!! I think that once God decides to bless me and my husband after our struggle with infertility , I will be just like you and want to celebrate each stage of the pregnancy!

Meredith Jeannette said...

The party was such a fun idea! It looks like it was a lot of fun! Congratulations on your baby boy!

Shannon said...

TOO cute of an idea!! I think it is just adorable =) I saw your blog on Kelly's Korner one day, and saved it to my favorites! I think I was just as excited about your IRL friends to find out what your baby was going to be...I just love stuff like that!!

O.k., you are probably going to think I am ca-razy, but I must ask...because I am planning a candy birthday party for my little girl (not until Septmeber, but you know us Mommies like to plan early!)...so what exactly were those candies in the jars? I know the blue were m&ms, but what was the pink crystal looking candy and the cute balls in the tall jar? Please let me know!! My e-mail is shannonwillcutt@yahoo.com

Thanks so much, and I look forward to following your journey =)

Shannon said...

And congratulations on your little boy =)

The Lane Family said...

You look great and you can see the glow :) I loved all of the decorations, the treats and the idea of how you told everyone so fun!!!

Congrats on a boy!! Our first was a boy (Aidan) and I think boys are wonderful and fun and adventuresome and look so cute in little bib overalls!!!

Kelly@Keeping up with Kelly said...

What a cute looking party you had!!!

Loved the decorations and the food toooo cute


congrats again!!!!

E & N said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy & baby boy news- it is so exciting! I found your blog through Kellys Korner and have been going through some of the same things you did so I started following your story. I was so excited to see how God blessed you and then to see what you were having! I wish you nothing but a happy and healthy pregnancy followed by a beautiful baby boy. Thanks for sharing with all of us! Congratulations & God Bless!

Hansen Family said...

So I am reading Melissa and Chad's wonderful comments, but I am upset that a comment takes a shot at Chad and Melissa especially on the journey they have been through. Please don't leave comments like that. Both of them are beautiful people inside and out and don't deserve to have their lives belittled like that. Please respect them.

addieandalex said...

Congratulations!
As my husband and I had went through several years of infertility, I can only imagine how exciting this is for you!!!!!! I would love to hear the baby name ideas as we are currently 15 weeks pregnant and having a hard time with names!

Autumn said...

Great party idea. Loved the decorations. So happy for you! Can't wait to hear the lil boys name u picked. CONGRATS! :)

Angela said...

Congratulations on your baby boy news! We sat in a Tulsa specialist office 15 years ago this month hearing the news we would need to begin to accept that we would never have children. We all found it quite amazing that I took a positive pregnancy test a few weeks later. Even better news was finding out we were expecting twins!

God is good...all the time.

Melissa said...

I know this is so exciting for you! Boys are so sweet! I cannot wait to continue to follow you on this journey :)

You have my prayers as the final weeks approach!!

Hopefully time will fly by and your baby boy will be here!!!!

Great idea and such cute decorations!!!!!

Rachel said...

MELISSA!!! Mom told me last night you were having a boy and we were so excited!! Boys are so much fun and are so special to their Mamas!!! I cannot wait to hear what you are going to name him and watch you through the rest of this journey! This is when the fun stuff begins and before you know it, he will be here!!!! I am so happy for yall!!!!

The Pifer's said...

CONGRATS!!!!! I just love your creativity in telling people!!! SO CUTE!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

one of the cutest parties I have ever seen...so loving the BOY

Love my 2 BoYs! said...

Congratulations~little boys are the best and such momma's boys!! Loved all the pics, looks like a fun party and lots of great memories!!

~jennifer

Wade's World said...

What a cute idea to have a reveal party! Congratulations to you and your husband. I love reading your blog! :)

Lauren Kelly said...

Girl, everything turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! How fun!!!!! :)

Lindsay said...

I love this idea...what a fun way to tell everyone! I don't know if I could have kept it a secret for as long though! Congratulations on your baby boy...boys are so much fun!

Stephanie said...

Melissa, that is one of the cutest things I have ever seen! What a fun and exciting way to enjoy every little step in your pregnancy. As I also am still dealing with infertility, I can't wait until the day when I can plan things like this- and honestly I may just have to copy you a bit! :) Hope that's ok. Congratulations on your baby boy, Praying for you guys!!

The France Family said...

This is my first time commenting! Congrats on your baby boy! What an amazing blessing! Such fun way to share the good news!

Amanda said...

I am so upset that someone would leave you a nasty comment about this! I am so happy for you and you know how much I loved your idea! :-)

caryn said...

This is my first comment here, I have been following your story via Kelly's Korner and are so happy for you but happier for your little boy, he is going to have some terrific parents! Wishing you many many blessings in this journey!

Luann said...

Congratulations on your baby boy! Your story has given me hope - I'm sorry that people have left you rude comments. Enjoy every step of this journey!

Karen said...

Congratulations Melissa on your little boy!!! I am so happy for you!!!! You are going to make one amazing Mommy to that little guy! I was telling my husband yesterday about your gender reveal party, he thought it was such a cute idea to tell family and friends. I wish we would have done something similiar when we found out about our little girl. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Take care.
Karen

Veronica said...

The party looked amazing! From the decorations to the food served, it all looked so awesome! The look on you and your hubby's face when you revealed the gender to everyone was priceless! Congrats again!

Mrs. Alex P said...

Awww i loved the pictures from the party. Everything turned out just perfect! Congratulations again. I am so happy you were able to celebrate the news with all of your friends!

Mandi @ It's come to this said...

Love, love, love this concept!! The party looks like it was lots of fun & it looks like you did an awesome job w/everything. Congratulations to you & your family on your baby boy!!

Jessica said...

I've been following your blog by way of Kellys Korner and am so excited for you. I just suffered through a miscarriage and have found encouragement in your posts. I am praying for continued health for you and your little one. Please don't be discouraged by the hurtful comments left earlier. Satan would love nothing more than to distract from the amazing miracle that God is working in your life. Congrats!

amy said...

I may have to copy this party idea some day! Great job! So exciting! :)

K. Joy said...

This is my first time commenting - and I too have followed from Kelly's Korner. Such a FUN party! When I ever have a child I want to have a gender reveal party just like yours! Gorgeous! Congrats on the BOY!!

Ashley said...

I can't tell you how many times that we are so excited for you guys! Little man is going to be SO special & loved! I can't wait to hear the name, I hope you pick the one we talked about that you LOVED!

It's so wonderful spending time with you guys on a very special occasion. I am so thankful we are so close & that we have each other! It was so great that you were there for me during my journey with Ave, & now I can be there for you with yours.... Looking forward to MANY more memories!

LOVE YOU!

Charissa @ MiMi's Babies said...

Congrats!! Boys are so much fun! I have three young sons - 8, 4, and 2. Love the idea of a gender reveal party.

Jenn said...

Congratulations! What a sweet way to share with your family the gender of your blessing! It is a very thoughtful and precious thing to do! May God bless you and your family.

Isaiah 26:3
"You will keep in perfect peace
him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in You."

kimberly t. bowling said...

This is just a fantastic idea...wonderful memories for y'all to have and show your baby boy when he grows up...and what FUN for your family and friends!! Everything looked so precious!! I came over from Kelly's blog, but enjoyed this post so I plan to go read your story and stick around for other posts. Can't wait to see the rest of your pregnancy to birth! I have 3 kiddos, 2 boys and a girl. We never found out what we were having ahead of time, so it was always a surprise in the delivery room!!! :)

Hen Jen said...

I have never heard of a reveal party before, what a lovely idea! Love all your ideas, maybe i'll get to throw one sometime for a friend...my baby days are over, I think...

congratulations, enjoy your boy, they are special!

Melisa said...

Congratulations!!!! I absolutely love the gender reveal party idea!! You did a great job!! I love all the decorations!! It looks like you had a great time :) I hope you are feeling well!!!! Congrats on a sweet baby boy!
I can't wait to hear what name you decide on!

Maddy said...

I have a girl name just in case! Hannah Mae
I am thinking of a boy name!

The Trendy Family said...

Congrats!! We just had a boy 6 weeks ago.. so fun! Where did you get your shirts??

Marianne said...

I stumbled on your blog some time ago and I read it often. I first starting reading during a time when you thought there would not be a baby for you and I was surprised and happy to learn that that would not be the case. This reveal party was absolutely the neatest thing EVER! I did not see the ugly comments as you had already deleted them. But I was appalled that anyone could think anything mean, ugly, hateful or hurtful in this time of great happiness for you. Please don't let this negative thinker effect you in any way! Continue to enjoy this time in life and look forward with joy to the days ahead. This is the best days of your life, enjoy them to the fullest! Praying for a healthy baby BOY for you! (Marianne from Big Spring, Texas)

Holly said...

I came across your blog from Kellys Korner and wanted to say congrats on your baby boy! Kids are the best thing in the world! I have a boy and a girl and they have changed my WORLD! Also, sorry about the negative comments, someone really needs to get a life.

Holly

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Yeah!! The party is SO cute...love all the details and the way you shared the news...too fun! :) Enjoy preparing for your son...I have really enjoyed it & have found so much more great boy stuff than I ever imagined I would!! Congrats again! :)

Rachel said...

I love this idea!!!! I am going to keep this in mind for when we have a little one on the way. Super fun and cute!

Bridget said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and your little miracle son. Those boys do love their mama's!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Such a cute party!!! Love all your decorations! With both of our girls we didn't find out what we were having, but if we had, I totally would have done a gender reveal party. so fun!

Artsy Fartsy said...

Just wanted to share our little girl's Gender Reveal Party that we had last night. Your blog post/party was a huge inspiration for me!

http://artsyfartsyshopaholic.blogspot.com/2010/03/its.html

Hannah said...

I am planning a gender reveal shower for my best friend and your blog has given me some GREAT ideas! Where did you get the mobile that is hanging above your table? It is just so cute!

Josiah's Mom said...

Great party and very cute shirts!! I just wanted to let you know that I recently featured your party and this post on my blog. (My sister recently threw me a gender reveal party and got some of her inspiration from you). Feel free to check it out here:

http://www.snugasabugbaby.com/baby-gender-reveal-party-showcase/

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