I mean, who doesn't love a good gender reveal party, right? But, let's face it, some of these gender reveals have been causing more trouble than a toddler in a toy store. So, my team over at Villie, the creators of the Gender Reveal Game (we’ve seen more gender reveal parties than we’d care to admit) have come up with some planet-friendly ideas to make your gender reveal party a hit on Instagram without setting the environment ablaze or endangering your guests.

So, as you're planning your eco-friendly gender reveal, here are some do's and don't to keep everyone safe and happy, especially Mother Earth.

Don’t make headlines for the wrong reason.

The use of pyrotechnics, fireworks, and other explosive devices to reveal the gender of a baby has resulted in numerous fires, putting lives, homes, and the environment in danger. It's important to remember that while we all love a good party, the safety of ourselves, our guests, and the environment should come first.

Avoid these three things:

  1. Cars. Rigging an exhaust pipe to blow out colored smoke seems cool, but runs the risk of causing the car to catch fire.
  2. Explosives . Explosives pose risk of serious injury to you or someone attending your party by the explosion/materials exploding. Not to mention the risk of starting an actual wildfire that could potentially burn down your neighbors homes and community.
  3. Planes. Using planes for gender reveal parties has become a popular trend in recent years, with many people choosing to reveal the gender of their baby by releasing colored smoke or powder from a plane. However, this can have a negative impact on the environment.

We know what you're thinking— cars, explosives, and planes, really? Yes, really. You'd be shocked the lengths people will go to have an over-the-top, memorable, and extremely irresponsible gender reveal!

Choose eco-friendly and safe alternatives.

Biodegradable Confetti for you Gender Reveal Game

Biodegradable confetti. One way to reduce our carbon footprint is to use biodegradable confetti for the big reveal. Yes, these exist. Unlike traditional confetti, which can take years to decompose and contribute to pollution, biodegradable confetti is made from plant-based materials that break down quickly and naturally. Not only is it better for the environment, but it also adds a fun and colorful element to the celebration.

The confetti in umbrella gender reveal trend has become increasingly popular and is one of our favorites. This trend involves placing confetti inside the dome of an umbrella, which creates a stunning visual effect when the umbrella is opened. As the pink or blue confetti rains down, it adds a festive and whimsical touch to any occasion and makes for a stunning instagram photo.

Here are our favorite biodegradable options: 

A virtual Gender Reveal with Gender Reveal Game

Choosing a virtual gender reveal over a traditional in-person is a more eco-friendly option. This is also budget-friendly, as well as more inclusive for family and friends who may not be able to attend an in-person event. The Gender Reveal Game by Villie (that’s us!) goes one step further and you can actually raise money with your gender reveal. Its a win, win, win.

Bonus Gender Reveal Ideas

  • Using eggs for baby gender reveal is a hysterical. The concept involves using eggs that have been dyed either pink or blue on the inside, and then having the parents crack the eggs over their heads or onto a plate to reveal the gender of their baby. This trend may not be for everyone but it is a playful and unique way to share the news.
  • Get the baby’s siblings (and pets) involved in the gender reveal announcement. We’ve written about 10 eco friendly ways to do so here: 10 Ideas To Involves Siblings (And Pets) In The Gender Reveal Announcement
  • And of course, you can never go wrong with the good ol’ “cut the cake”. And honestly, it dosnt have to just be a cake. Folks have cut into lasagna (a personal favorite).

Let's make sure our gender reveal party is both unforgettable and safe! We can avoid any potential danger by skipping pyrotechnics, explosives, and planes for the big reveal, and opt for eco-friendly and creative alternatives like biodegradable confetti or cutting into a delicious lasagna. With these personal and conscious choices, we can celebrate the new life without harming our planet or loved ones. Let's plan a gender reveal party that reflects our values and joy for the little one on the way!