Hosting a Virtual Gender Reveal Party

Hosting a Virtual Gender Reveal Party

Many states will be easing quarantine guidelines in the coming days, but it is still unclear when groups of people will be able to get together again. Although I’m fully supportive of social distancing and thankful for the lives it has saved, admittedly, it has left a little void in my heart because of all of the special events and milestones I have missed with my friends. 

After cancelling my 30th birthday party, and having three of my best friends cancel their birthday parties, a glimmer of hope emerged when my friend announced she had decided to do a virtual gender reveal party for her baby. My friend Erica, who is the best party planner, hosted and planned the party for our friend and I have asked her to share her tips with all of you!

“My friend contemplated not having a gender reveal for her second child,” Erica recalls. “However, feeling we all could use something to celebrate living through a pandemic, she asked for my help.  Mission accepted!  Here are my steps for throwing a memorable and interactive virtual gender reveal.”

Erica’s Six Steps for Hosting an Unforgettable Virtual Gender Reveal Party:

  1. Create the digital invite.

The first thing I recommend is creating an invite in the theme you choose.  My pregnant friend wanted it to be a simple pink and blue theme with a confetti cannon reveal.  I designed a free invite on canva.com.  You can create a free account on their website or app. 

My Canva design for the invite:

  1. Set-up a private Facebook group.

Next, have the expectant mother or father create a private Facebook group for the event.  I recommend setting it up through the soon-to-be parents account to easily invite people they’d like to include in the private group.  It has to be a FB group for live streaming capabilities; just creating a Facebook event won’t allow you to go live.   Get creative and give your group a fun name.  Yes, we went for a more traditional name because we were newbies at this.  Then upload your invite as the cover photo and be sure to post it to the feed.

  1. Make it interactive for your guests.

A fun interactive feature is to add a Facebook poll and pin it to the announcements tab.  Remind everyone to vote ahead of time.  We were shocked with how many people actually took part in the poll.  So fun and the comments were hilarious!  This is a must do.  We decided to call it Team Lashes or Team Staches.  After posting the invite and the poll you’ll want to invite group members.

On the day of the big reveal ask guests to post a picture or video of themselves watching from home.  They can post their photo in the comments section.

  1. Decorate your space.

You will be saving $$$ not hosting an actual party so be sure to spend a little decorating your backdrop for the virtual event.  Believe me not only will your guests appreciate the aesthetics but you’ll have cute pictures to look back on.  We bought a few items on Amazon and used things we already had to decorate the space. 

We used this as our backdrop.  SO CUTE!

  1. Prepare an agenda.

Your virtual gender reveal won’t last long so prepare an agenda to keep you on track and get the most out of the event.  Here’s the agenda I created.  Give yourself time to review and practice before going live.

  1. Welcome and assign one parent to respond to live comments throughout.
  2. Complete the “Old Wives Tale” chalkboard sign.
  3. Reveal results of Facebook poll.
  4. Explain poppers and do a countdown before popping.
  5. The big reveal–celebrate and respond to live comments.
  6. Open a “special gift” from a special person that couldn’t be there.
  7. Cut the cake and thank everyone for joining today.

To make your guests feel like they are part of the reveal, assign one expectant parent to be in charge of reading some of the comments and responding throughout the live streaming.  My friend’s sister is very close to her and lives out of state.  To make it special she sent a gift and message that she opened after the reveal while still streaming live.

  1. Go Facebook Live.

Be on time and go live.  Guests simply open to the Facebook group page and the live stream can be viewed on the feed.  They can click on the video to open the live stream to a bigger screen and view the live comments.  Before ending you can download an HD recording of the stream and Facebook automatically records your live stream to the group feed for others to view later.

These six steps will have you prepared and ready to throw an awesome virtual gender reveal for expecting friends and family…  Oh and it’s a boy!

Have you planned a virtual party during quarantine? Share your tips and tricks with us below!

XO,

Brit

Amazon Favorites: Cozy at Home

Amazon Favorites: Cozy at Home

Amazon has been such a lifesaver during quarantine and I have been finding the cutest things lately. Today, I’ve rounded up what my current favorites are and what is in my shopping cart!

1. Ladder Dress in Rosebud 2. Hestenve Women’s Short Sleeve V Neck Pleated Babydoll Solid Color Tunic Party Swing Mini Dress3. Tie Dye Pajama Set 4. Flower Earrings 5. Veja Sneakers 6. Ring Light Kit with Remote 7. Most Awesome Mom Mug 8. Harry and Sons Paris Black Tea 9. Bunny Ear Headband Set 10. Whish Coconut Milk And Verbena Exfoliating Foot Mask 11. Intelligent Nutrients Revitalizing Moisture Creme 12. WEI Purifying and Glow Mask Collection

This bunny headband is my favorite!

As you know, I have been loving easy, flowy dresses and these two options are great options to wear at home or out to brunch whenever our lives get back to normal. I think the best part about Amazon is the fact that you can literally get anything! In one online shopping session, I buy my favorite tennis shoes, but also tea and headbands to wear while I’m doing a face mask!

Leave me a comment and let me know what your Amazon favorites are!

XO,

Brit

Quarantine Meal Planning

Quarantine Meal Planning

Coronavirus and quarantine have totally changed the way I plan for meals. In the days before COVID-19, I considered grocery shopping to be one my favorite hobbies. Heading to Central Market, grabbing a glass of wine and leisurely strolling the aisles until I found something totally inspiring to make for dinner was part of my weekly routine.

I’m not sure why, but I hate having a lot of food in my refrigerator and until a month ago, I only used my freezer to freeze blueberries and bananas for my daily smoothie. Because of this, I would go to the grocery store three or four times a week and only buy exactly what I needed for the meals I was making. But now, going to the grocery store is no longer a thing of leisure, it is an essential task that needs to be taken seriously.

Before I make my trek to the store, I open up my favorite cookbooks and make a meal plan for the week. My biggest sources of culinary inspiration come from *Queen* Ina Garten, Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish and Tanya Zuckerbrot of F-Factor. All three of these women create the most incredible recipes that are accessible and easy to master at home. After deciding on which recipes to make, I take an inventory of my pantry, spice cabinet, refrigerator and freezer to make my grocery list. By making a detailed list for the store, you ensure that you will not only get everything you need for your meals, but you will also avoid spending too much time in the store, which in turn, keeps you and other shoppers much safer.

Monday: Oven “Fried” Chicken with a honey glaze, rice and an HEB salad kit.

Oven “Fried” Chicken with a honey glaze, rice and an HEB salad kit.
  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch + 1/3 cup cold water

To make the chicken tenders, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter completely and pour it on a sheet pan. Pound the chicken tenders with a mallet. Combine flour with cayenne pepper, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dip chicken tenders first in the flour and coat on both sides, then dip into the eggs and finally in the panko bread crumbs. Set the chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on one side, flip the chicken and bake for another 10 minutes. To make the sauce, combine honey, soy sauce and minced garlic in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once the mixture starts boiling, stir in corn starch and water mixture to combine.. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken, serve with rice and salad.

Tuesday: Pederson’s uncured kielbasa sausage with mushrooms, onion, orange bell pepper and spinach, served over rice.

Sausage with Veggies and Rice.
  • 1 Pederson’s uncured, no sugar kielbasa sausage, thinly sliced and divided
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2-3 handfuls spinach

To make this dish, sautée the sliced and divided sausage in a deep pan with 2 tbs. olive oil for 5 minutes. Next, add onion and bell pepper, stir for another 3-5 minutes, then add mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add spinach and stir to combine and serve over rice.

Wednesday: Pan fried salmon served with F-Factor cauliflower fried rice.

Pan fried salmon served with F-Factor cauliflower fried rice.
  • 2 (4 oz.) salmon filets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

Pat salmon dry and coat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, when oil is hot, but not smoking, add salmon–skin side up. Season skin with salt and pepper and cook for about six minutes. Flip over and add chicken stock and lemon juice. Serve over F-Factor Fried Rice and enjoy!

Thursday: The Defined Dish’s Cajun Chicken Pasta.

The Defined Dish’s Cajun Chicken Pasta

Friday: Roasted Halibut served with Ina Garten’s Rosemary potatoes and an HEB salad kit.

Halibut with Roasted Potatoes and salad.

The Defined Dish is an excellent resource for healthy and often Whole30 compliant meals that are also incredibly creative and easy to make. F-Factor recipes are all very healthy and light on calories. I love learning from Tanya about how to live a healthier lifestyle and as a registered dietician, her insights on portion recommendations and substitutes for cooking have been so helpful for me. I use Ina Garten’s recipes when I am looking to make a really classic meal and also when I am trying to make something for a special occasion.

I hope you enjoy the recipes this week! Leave me comment to let me know how they turn out for you and if you have any questions for me!

XO,

Brit