Our gender reveal

I had a gynae visit on 1 April (April fools day) and there he found out the gender of our little baby. He wrote it on a little piece of paper and put it in a sealed envelope. As excited as I was to find out the gender, I had a strong feeling that it was a girl from the minute I found out I was pregnant, even before then if I’m honest. I’ve just always known that I was going to be a girl mom.

I started telling people about my baby girl from when my sister was pregnant with Gia and we didn’t even know that she was a baby girl yet, LOL. I was obviously just praying for a happy, healthy baby, first and foremost, regardless of the gender.

 

Planning the party:

  • Invite: we created a sweet little invite, for free on Canva and shared it with our family

 

  • Venue: we hosted the party at a family member’s house that we’ve been renting

 

  • Food: we decided to do a burger bar. Bread rolls, beef patties, cheese, and all the sauces and burger accessories, so everyone could build their own burgers. We then served peri-wedges and a side salad.

 

 

Cream cheese dip:

For snacks, we made a homemade dip which went down as an absolute treat.

  • We used a balsamic onion cream cheese dip, put it on a plate, and kinda squashed it down.
  • Then we fried some rosa tomatoes with garlic, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil until they were soft
  • And then we fried a couple of sunflower seeds in the same way
  • Added the tomatoes and sunflower seeds to the cream cheese and served with salty-crax. It was such a hit that people wanted more

 

The next dip:

  • Full fat cream cheese, which is more affordable than Philadelphia cream cheese
  • We added sweet chili sauce and served it with peppered salty-crax

 

We then also served some Krispy Kream doughnuts, biltong, nuts, and chips.

 

 

  • The cake: Dyls mom was the only one who knew the baby’s gender and she baked us the gender reveal cake. It was a vanilla buttercream cake, with pink icing inside.

 

The rest was purchased from the Crazy Store: this is what we purchased….

  • The letterboard (R149,99).

This is where we wrote ‘Baby Geldenhuys due September 2022’

 

  • Picture frames (R49.98)

 

 

 

We purchased a few picture frames, for our guest of honour – baby G. Then I framed a little note that said ‘burgers on the braai, bun in the oven’ and placed that near the burger bar. Lastly, I framed a note that said ‘Here for the sex’.

 

I was not about to spend the rest of the weekend doing dishes and so I bought some paper plates, cups, and fun, party straws. Which were all super affordable and made cleaning up, an absolute dream after the party, as I only had a few forks, wine glasses, and knives to wash afterwards.

 

  • Paper Cups (R19.99 for 10)

  • Paper plates (R24.99 for 10)

  • Serviettes (R27.98 for 20)

  • Umbrella straws (R19.99 for 12)

 

 

We then bought a range of celebratory balloons and helium, which was the largest portion of our budget.

We bought a few blow-up bears for R70 each, that we could blow up with air and that sat on the floor. We then got a range of confetti-filled pink and blue balloons, foil heart and star balloons, and an ‘it’s a boy’ and an ‘it’s a girl’ balloon. The packs were about R70 each, for 14.

Most of the balloons cost R20 each to fill with helium so while that might sound like a lot, The Crazy Store is much more affordable than other party stores. If you need helium then The Crazy Store should be your first stop! It costs about R280 per pack to fill, and I had two packs. You then need to budget about R20 for ribbon and R20 per weight, and I needed two of those.

All together I spent about R1000 at the Crazy Store, and R1000 on food. So maybe R2000 in total, excluding drinks. All this for a fun afternoon with family, making memories. We got to find out our baby cherub, is a little girl and it was simply the most perfect day imaginable.

While all these items might not seem like they would amount to a lot, they tend to add up pretty quickly. Thank goodness for The Crazy Store! I saved a lot of money, getting high-quality items, for less. I would highly recommend The Crazy Store to any other mama’s to be, who are planning an upcoming party. I know if I’d gone anywhere else, this party would’ve cost me a whole lot more. The moral of the story is don’t sleep on your local Crazy Store – I bought the majority of my party supplies from there.

 

 

All together I spent about R1000 at the Crazy Store, and R1000 on food. So maybe R2000 in total, excluding drinks. All this for a fun afternoon with family, making memories. We got to find out our baby cherub, is a little girl and it was simply the most perfect day imaginable.

 

Thank goodness for the Crazy store. While all the items look inexpensive, they tend to add up pretty quickly. I saved a lot of money, getting high-quality items, for less. I would highly recommend the Crazy Store for any other mama’s to be, who are planning an upcoming party. I know if I’d gone anywhere else, this party would’ve been a lot more expensive. The moral of the story is don’t sleep on your local crazy store. I bought the majority of my party supplies from there.

 

A few pics from the party are on my IG are over here 

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  1. Anonymous

    Tamryn you are an eloquent writer, I enjoy reading your blogs. It is amazing. Congratulations on the journey of motherhood.

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