to think the world does not need 'gender reveal parties'?

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My cousin, clearly the first woman in the world to ever give birth wink, has just had something called a gender reveal party.

They went for the scan, then had friends and family around, ramped up the suspense for a couple hours, then she opened a big box of balloons that were.... pink! It's a girl! Awwww.

AIBU to think this is the wankiest thing ever? Or am I a joyless hag?

My family think it's cute so I need you nest of vipers lot to restore my faith in humanity.

Finola1step Thu 04-Apr-13 09:25:46

Eh? I've never heard of this before. Her poor friends, having to fake all that excitement.

habbibu Thu 04-Apr-13 09:26:16

Scans not always accurate, either. I'd go for yellow balloons. Our perhaps a tasteful beige.

Purple2012 Thu 04-Apr-13 09:26:20

Ha ha. That made me laugh. I've never heard of that before!

Sugarice Thu 04-Apr-13 09:26:41

I've heard of these parties being hugely popular in the States,having a lovely tea party then cutting open the celebration cake revealing pink or blue filling!

It's not my thing either , yanbu!

MorrisZapp Thu 04-Apr-13 09:27:07

It's Pinterest.

They have gender reveal cakes on there, I shit you not.

Madness.

Finola1step Thu 04-Apr-13 09:27:22

Just had a thought... What if the sonographer got it wrong? Hee Hee.

TheNebulousBoojum Thu 04-Apr-13 09:27:39

Need no. Want yes.
No harm done by holding one, so I'd let them be.

Omnishambolic Thu 04-Apr-13 09:27:49

That is over excited first time parent-to-be nonsense. I blame her friends and family for enabling her though.

I would laugh myself sick if the baby turned out to be a boy after all that.

CockyFox Thu 04-Apr-13 09:28:07

I can't help but hope the people who do naff things like that are the ones where the sonographer got it wrong. I am a bit mean though.

Flojobunny Thu 04-Apr-13 09:30:13

YABU and a party pooper! I think its a good excuse for a party if u ask me!

EasilyBored Thu 04-Apr-13 09:30:24

1) Yes, you are not a joyless hag. I'm putting gender reveal parties further up the list of things I think are tacky and unnecessary than baby showers.

2) It is not gender you find out at the scan. It is the sex. This absolutely drives me potty.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 04-Apr-13 09:30:25

I suppose its cute as long as you only invite guests who will be gushily interested - probably gps & siblings I guess. Other than those vested interest people, it would be a little ott and cringey. I like the way she did it though - the box of balloons.

phantomnamechanger Thu 04-Apr-13 09:30:30

I know several people who have had the "wrong" gender baby according to the scans!

It's daft.

Pascha Thu 04-Apr-13 09:30:38

Very wanky. I would happily go along with it though, if it meant free cake.

Smudging Thu 04-Apr-13 09:32:10

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Sokmonsta Thu 04-Apr-13 09:32:26

I'd be far more amused if she opened a box of yellow balloons to her friends and family and told them they were keeping it a secret.

I don't mind whether people want to find out/tell people or whether they don't. But to hold a party to reveal it is just attention seeking. Do they expect gifts? Is it a prequel to the baby shower? Gah!

Next there will be baby naming parties where everyone puts names in and the parents to be draw however many they want out!

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 04-Apr-13 09:34:06

Pascha!grin

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 04-Apr-13 09:34:17

But was the baby ok?

Or am I missing the actual point of a scan?!?

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 04-Apr-13 09:34:22

Pascha!grin

Sugarice Thu 04-Apr-13 09:34:31
glorious Thu 04-Apr-13 09:36:58

easily I'm so glad you said that, when I was pregnant I was forever saying 'no, we don't know the -sex- and nobody could tell you the gender at this stage'. I got a lot of puzzled looks.

Trills Thu 04-Apr-13 09:37:01

YANBU - the world does not need them.

I'd like to say ah, let them have their fun if they enjoy that sort of thing but actually I disagree with the idea that someone's sex/gender is as important as this kind of thing makes it out to be.

bridgetsmum Thu 04-Apr-13 09:39:04

Stupid idea, and I love the word wanky and will use it often grin

Easily bored. I just looked up difference between sex and gender, interesting, thanks for pointing that out. Never thought about it before smile

CockyFox Thu 04-Apr-13 09:40:55

I am puzzled by the sex or gender question, I thought they meant the same thing?

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