US party craze hits the UK

The craze for having a party to celebrate the gender of parents’ new baby has apparently arrived in the UK, reports parentdish.co.uk.

It is a trend that started in the US, with parents either holding a party to tell others if they’re having a boy or girl, or hiring  event venues to surprise the parents-to-be themselves.

To facilitate the latter option, the sonographer is asked to write down whether it’s a girl or a boy, before putting the paper in a sealed envelope. This is then placed inside a cake, which is cut at the ‘Gender Reveal Party’.

Writing for guardian.co.uk, Observer chief reporter Tracey McVeigh pointed out that the celebration follows “hot on the heels” of another US tradition that has been happily adopted by parents this side of the Atlantic: the baby shower.

She commented on the gender reveal party of 27-year-old mother-to-be Michelle Whitney, who recently gathered family and friends around her to find out which sex her baby would be.

Ms McVeigh remarked: “Rarely can a cake have played such a central role at a party. Wrapped in multi-coloured icing, the first slice was cut to reveal – in pink sponge – the sex of Michelle Whitney’s baby.”