STYLE ROOTED IN PRETTY

April showers may bring May flowers, but March brings SPRING! So, we want to celebrate the start of the new season with maternity dresses that are not only shower ready, but are perfect for your gender reveal (check out those blue and pink prints), are eggcelent for Easter (yes, we went there) and meet the dress code for that upcoming wedding.

We want to highlight the textured lace overlay of the first maternity dress, which is just blossoming with pink and blue buds. We love the above-the-bump belt, which makes for a form-flattering silhouette. If flowers are just not your scene [gasp!], we have this beauty in a gorgeous shade of green too.

The second maternity dress is garden party perfection. This maternity maxi has a surplice neckline, giving a wrap-top effect, plus an empire waistline, which our pregnant customers rely on time and time again for comfort, fit and its versatility to last way past pregnancy. Super slinky and soft material is why we love it too. To shop all the floral fashion, click here. Welcome to spring!

Jacquard Lace Maternity Dress

Surplice Neckline Maternity Maxi Dress

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Remember Erin’s Gender Reveal party that we threw at our headquarters? What you may have missed are all the decorations that were used to make it happen. We said we wanted to be your source for all things Gender Reveal, which is why we are selling the supplies shown above.

Shop the Meri Meri straws, their “toot sweet” balloon kits and the “toot sweet” cupcake cases.

We served the delicious cake on the Meri Meri paper plates, the monkey cookies on napkins, all while sipping pink lemonade in their matching cups.

Of course, these Honest hand sanitizers were the cutest favors, but we have even more gifts and beauty products if you need ideas. To shop the confetti poppers, as well as hanging decorations, click here. We hope your Gender Reveal party is amazing. Oh, yea, if you need an outfit… check out these reveal-ready maternity styles! See you all later.

LET THEM EAT CAKE!

To us, a party isn’t a party without a cake. Maybe we’re old school, maybe we watch too much Cake Wars, or maybe we just have an amazing CRM Campaign Manager named Natalie who bakes naked cakes like a pro! Not only was the red velvet beauty pure sweetness, she layered in blue frosting for even more of a reveal.

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Everyone came dressed up to party; our pregnant coworkers did not disappoint. Our It’s a Boy maternity graphic tee is a best seller, and our pregnant Marketing Coordinator Jackie is wearing our white basic side-ruched maternity tee, topped with our maternity kimono.

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Last, but not least, Erin gave out little favors of Honest hand sanitizer. And see those sock monkey paintings behind Erin and Scott? Those were made by our Manager of Production, Matt! It’s like a family affair when we set out to throw a party. We want to wish one last congratulations to Erin and Scott on their gender reveal!

OH BOY WE THROW A GOOD PARTY!

Take a peek inside our Gender Reveal party that we threw for our very own Lead Merchant Manager Erin! We were not monkeying around when it came to decorating. Mixing in ideas from professional party planner, Laura Himmelein (who you may remember from her guest blog posts), we went with the sock monkey theme. Then we helped throw in fresh flowers of pinks and blues, fresh fruit and freshly baked themed cookies! Come along and relive the celebration with us.

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First, Erin and her husband Scott revealed the sex of their baby with the Sock Monkey Jack in the Box. Complete with a blue bow, their little monkey is going to be a boy! If you want to shop the looks from the reveal, Erin is wearing our side-ruched maternity dress, which features both blue and pink, as well as our Jessica Simpson super soft twill maternity jacket. Scott is rocking our Promoted to Daddy graphic tee.

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We wanted the party to keep going, while continuing to celebrate the reveal. So, we showered the mom and dad to be with our very own confetti sparkles… of course in blue! To shop all our Gender Reveal styles, click here. Stay posted for cake, fashion and more fun! Erin, we hope you enjoyed your Gender Reveal!

Pinks or blues? Here, a Little Birdie Tweets the News!

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I love the way bird themes and imagery can be used to naturally illustrate new beginnings. The birth of spring – or a new baby. Robin egg blues with pale pinks, soft and fluffy feathers… these combine to create whimsy that is extra perfect for gender reveals.

Here, birdcages, nests and wooden eggs make cute centerpieces for tables, as well as food and beverage displays. The fun secret: these wooden eggs open – perfect for your big announcement. I painted the inside and out in contrasting colors of pink and blue and slipped a gender revealing feather in each. Nestle eggs inside additional nests and sprinkle at the base of the centerpiece (and throughout the party).

Hand-painted little birdhouses hang from branches above. You can purchase these little houses for just a dollar at your local craft store. A few strokes of paint and they come to life. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help imagine tiny bird families fluttering in and out of these fairytale homes.

When it’s time to announce your baby’s gender, open the eggs to reveal the feather inside. This is such a sweet way to announce the news.

Click here to check out all of Motherhood’s gender reveal clothing perfect for your party!

Laura Himmelein is the owner of Party Cake Party Cake, an event design and styling firm specializing in birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, showers and other milestones.

TEED UP FOR THE GENDER REVEAL

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Some style just speaks to you; in this case… quite literally. Gender reveal parties are amazing when they require dresses, especially our blue and pink ones made specifically for the occasion, but we also love a low-key party. Sometimes the bump craves a soft maternity tee. And, we have EXACTLY the tops you’re going to need.

Sporting team boy or team girl logos, blue or pink graphics or a top for the neutral mama, you can find the style that works. So, let everything else but your style be the surprise. OR – let your style be the surprise with “It’s a Girl” and “It’s a Boy” maternity shirts! Keep checking out our blog and Instagram for new ways to reveal the big news and tag us (@motherhoodmaternity) in your posts wearing these maternity graphic tees. Happy Gender Reveal!

Gender Reveal Maternity Styles

Nesting Instincts: Russian Dolls Make a Magical Gender Reveal

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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!

Click here to check out all of Motherhood’s gender reveal clothing perfect for your party!

Laura Himmelein is the owner of Party Cake Party Cake, an event design and styling firm specializing in birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, showers and other milestones.

WE HAVE SOMETHING TO REVEAL! 

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Gender reveal parties are becoming as big or bigger than baby showers, without the pressure, but with all the excitement. There are so many ways to announce whether or not baby is going to be a boy or girl and we are the place to come for that inspiration. Let us be the source of all things gender reveal. We’ve been behind the scenes meeting with the best of the best in party planning, racking our collective brains to come up with the cutest themes and are almost ready to roll out the red carpet on this Gender Reveal initiative.

With help from the cutest maternity tees featuring “It’s a Boy!” and “It’s a Girl!” graphics, moustache decals, bows and more, plus the Gender Reveal Collection of blue with pink tops and dresses (they have ribbons that reveal), your outfit is already made. We want to be your one stop shop for planning, so we also are selling decorations, favors and supplies for Motherhood, as well as A Pea in the Pod. Make sure you check out our sister blog at 40weeksofchic.com for even more ideas!

Last, but not least, we are fully prepared with professional perspectives. First we will meet with Laura Himmelein, owner of Party Cake, Party Cake in Maplewood, New Jersey. So keep your eyes open for the Gender Reveal section on our blogs, as well as posts featuring concepts and how to execute them. Whether you are the one doing the revealing or it’s you who will be surprised, we are just so excited to deliver this to you. Let the reveals begin!

Surprise! It’s a….Gender Reveal Party You’ll Love!

We recently threw a Gender Reveal party for three of our preggonistas here at Destination Maternity. We went with traditional pink and blue, but also added a pop of yellow in honor of Alicia, who is choosing to keep the gender of her baby a surprise. I love the addition of the black balloons and chocolate cupcakes, since they add a more modern look.gr5GR3DM-GenderReveal_025gr7DM-GenderReveal_041gr8DM-GenderReveal_051DM-GenderReveal_058gr6DM-GenderReveal_055As it turns out, Jill is expecting a boy and Kristen is expecting a girl! Our fourth featured mama, Rebecca, already knew prior to the party that she is having a baby girl! As you can see, the ladies popped a balloon to reveal the gender, while the party guests noshed on creamy cupcakes and other sweet treats.  Keep following their journeys and style diaries on the We’re Expecting Too page! For now, here are a couple things our first time mamas in the making had to say about pregnancy and starting a family.

This whole process thus far has been amazing, yet overwhelming at the same time. So many things are changing … but it is all to prepare for our little one. I’m most excited to continue family traditions that my husband and I have been raised with. Coming from big families, these mean so much to us. Also, I’m looking forward to establishing our own traditions as a new little family of three.  Plus an added bonus… the clothes are so cute, so I can’t wait to dress him each day! – Jill

In addition to looking forward to the overall joy children can bring to your life, I’m really excited to find out if I’m having a boy or girl! – Alicia

Alicia, so are we! Congratulations to all our mamas-to-be. –Olivia

Game On! Personalize Your Reveal

Sick of the same old gender reveal party ideas? You’re in luck! Miss Party Mom has some clever and crafty ways to spruce up the big reveal.

Share the fun!

Provide a fun game for guests to partake in. Let your friends and family come up with name suggestions for a boy or a girl and place their votes into a jar. This can also serve as a great keepsake item to display in the baby’s nursery.

Cast Your Vote!

Allow guests to vote on the baby’s gender, and then tally it up! Pick a fun prize to award the winning team.

The Big Reveal!

We absolutely love this idea: Have your party store put confetti into a matte, dark colored balloon. When it comes time to reveal, simply pop!

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