British parents-to-be join U.S. craze for party cakes that reveal baby's sex (and some don't even know themselves)
22:24 GMT, 29 April 2012
First there was the bridal shower, closely followed by the baby shower.
And now those ever-inventive Americans have sent us their latest party fad – the 'gender reveal party'.
This innovation allows mothers-to-be
to announce the sex of their unborn baby to family and friends by
cutting into an icing-covered cake to reveal pink or blue sponge.
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It's a boy! Well, two boys. A mother cuts a cake in this YouTube clip… and finds out the sex of her twins by the blue colour of the sponge
Thousands of celebrations have been
filmed and put on YouTube, where guests can be seen exclaiming in
delight while the mother cries with joy at the revelation.
British bakers are already cashing in
on the trend – with some receiving the ultrasound scan confirming the
baby's sex directly from the hospital, so even the parents are kept in
Such parties are said to be becoming
more popular as people feel baby showers – where friends 'shower' the
mother-to-be with gifts – are unlucky and it is better to wait until the
child is born.
And 'reveal' parties are not only
restricted to the new mother's female friends – men can come too.
Surprise! Many expectant mothers ask the sonographer to conceal the gender of their baby in an envelope, which is passed onto the cake-maker who puts together the coloured sponge inside a neutral icing
extravagant version also sees guests dressing up and voting for 'team
boy' or 'team girl' at the party, which is usually held close to the
20-week ultrasound scan.
Some websites recommend holding a baby shower at the same time, so parents can receive gifts.
One website, genderrevealparty.net,
says: 'One of the most thrilling parts of pregnancy is revealing the
gender of your beautiful little bundle.
'Don't announce it just by making a
phone call to your family and friends. Make your baby gender reveal a
big, wonderful, landmark event in your life by holding a well-planned
baby gender reveal party.'
An estimated 60 per cent of parents now choose to know the sex of their child before it is born.
Modern ultrasound scans are so clear that parents who wish to be surprised are told to not look.
But not everyone is excited by the
party idea. One poster on a UK parenting forum wrote: 'When will smug
mothers-to-be realise that nobody but them cares too much'
And one U.S.
blogger wrote: 'Couples take a private moment made possible by science
and oblige others to join in, with the result that the focus turns from
where it ought to be (in this case, the baby) to the self.'