It’s a . . . VOLCANO REVEALER!

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a gender reveal party (spoiler alert: he was a boy!). I wanted the party to be so special and so perfect. I already knew I was having a boy, but I wanted to tell my family and friends in a fun way. So we decided to tell them with cake.

I was too cheap to go to a bakery, so I made cupcakes at home and filled them with blue frosting myself. But I am NOT good at baking, so my cupcakes were crumbly and the frosting was sloppy, and I was nervous that the blue would show through. In the end, the reveal was fun, but I basically vowed I would never do that again.

Fast forward a couple of years. I was expecting my second child. Again, I wanted to do a gender reveal. Again, I knew what we were having (a girl this time!), but I wanted to announce it to my family at one time. But how to do it? I just didn’t want to go the cake route. My dad is diabetic, and watching him hold his cupcake at my first party and not get to bite into it like everyone else left something to be desired. What else could I do that didn’t involve food?

And then I thought of it: a volcano revealer. I set about figuring it out: what kind of bottle to use, precisely what to use to make the eruption, getting the color just right, and how to ensure no one could tell what was inside before the reveal. It took hours of testing and trying things out, but in the end it was so worth it. I loved seeing the looks of anticipation on my guests’ faces as they waited for the eruption. It was completely priceless.

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There are a lot of skeptics who wonder why anyone would bother with a gender reveal party. I can’t speak for everyone, but my gender reveals were pretty special, especially my second. With my second baby, I didn’t have a baby shower. I was busy taking care of my toddler and working full time. I felt like I didn’t have time to slow down and breathe, much less think about my pregnancy. But the gender reveal party was my chance to really celebrate the pregnancy and celebrate the baby.

So why not just have a baby shower? Well, I didn’t really want or need a shower. Baby showers can become less about celebrating the baby and the growing family and more about getting the stuff--the sleepers and bibs and pacifiers and crib sheets and everything else a baby needs--and we already had PLENTY of that stuff.

I’ll never regret having my own gender reveal parties, and I am so lucky to have turned this into a business so I can help parents-to-be celebrate their own babies’ first big moments. And I am thrilled to announce that Steph and I are launching our own version of the volcano revealer in our Etsy shop. It is so cool, and we think our customers are going to love it. For a limited time only, use coupon code LAVALOVE for 10 percent off your volcano revealer order. Spread the word!