Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with Matryoshka (Russian) nesting dolls. One wooden doll with another little doll nestled inside… and so on and so on. My mother had a big, beautiful set that my grandmother had brought back with her from a trip to Russia. I loved to play with it. Opening each doll, lining them all up in a row, seeing how tiny they could get… it was mesmerizing.
It got me thinking what a delightful and unique gender reveal these dolls would make. A quick Google search turns up hundreds… many in traditional red and yellow lacquer but also in vivid purples, blues and greens – you name it. There’s even a little Darth Vader nesting doll; open it up to a little Storm Trooper that opens up to a tiny Boba Fett. I kid you not. But, I digress.
I found the most perfect blue and pink set. All for less than my weekly Starbucks budget. Of course, in order to make it worthy of a gender reveal you need the perfect “reveal doll.” You’ll want something that complements the collection to be tucked inside the middle doll, the most important one! As an event designer, I love being crafty, but I confess, I don’t have a lot of patience for crazy complicated techniques. Little baby peg dolls were the answer. A little paint and some eyelashes and BAM – you have an adorable baby doll ready to nestle inside its mother doll. See what I mean? These dolls are unique and eye-catching when it comes to revealing your baby’s gender.
What I adore about this is that you can build your entire party around these beautiful, ornate dolls. Tuck a small vase of flowers inside the bottom half with the top perched by its side for a playful centerpiece. I used the extra peg dolls to create the cutest cupcake toppers: little girls and little boys in blue and pink.
Have fun with the signage too, by giving your guests a hint of what’s to come. Happy gender revealing!
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