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Top 4 Gender Reveal Ranked by Excitement

Top 4 Gender Reveal's Ranked by Excitement 

Gender Reveal parties are a fun way to celebrate a pregnancy with family and friends. The best gender reveals we’ve seen are filled with screams of excitement and cheers, vibrant coloured treats, party games, and a special revealing event which results in amazing photos and overwhelming emotions. However, not all gender reveal events facilitate the same level of excitement so from our experience here’s our ranking of the most exciting ways to reveal the fetal sex of your expected baby!

4.Box/Balloon Reveal

The classic Balloons-in-a-box method is a fun way to announce the news in an indoor or outdoor setting. Essentially, a large bag or box is filled with helium balloons, which rise once the container is opened revealing the gender of the baby.

Although a very easy DIY method, a simple YouTube search shows that the balloon-in-a-box method tends to be underwhelming and not as exciting as the methods to follow. The anticipation built throughout the event as to sex of the baby reaches it’s peak during the final countdown before the reveal. On many occasions, opening the box does not propel the balloons into the air as one would expect, this is evident in many of the videos. Moreover, the element of surprise lacks sound and individuals are only visually stimulated by the sight of the balloons exiting the box.


The Balloon-in-a-Box method can be spruced up to include coloured smoke or popping balloons. A benefit of this method is that as long as the balloons are tied down, you have plenty of time for photos and the clean-up is the easiest. However, for the amount of creative and constructive effort invested , we highly recommend considering the other methods listed below which translate to more fun and excitement with a smaller investment of time.

3.Confetti Balloon Reveal

A confetti balloon is an exciting and easy way to reveal the gender of your baby. A confetti balloon is filled with helium and popped to reveal the gender of the baby. Typically, individuals can purchase a confetti balloon online but it’s fairly easy to make on your own! Keep in mind, the smaller the confetti the more difficult to clean out of carpets and certain rugs. Confetti Balloons are great because they’re an inexpensive way to reveal despite the rising cost of helium.

Typically, a gender reveal confetti balloon will be 36” in size and can be dressed up or down with different coloured streamers. Gender Reveal confetti balloons are super cute and have an added element of surprise over the gender reveal balloon-in-a-box method since popping the balloon creates a loud sound! The effect is quick so photographers need to be ready to take as many photos as they can in the few seconds the effect lasts for!

A few words of caution if making your own gender reveal confetti balloon. Personally, I advise people to stay away from glitter. This is due to the physics behind popping a balloon. Air escapes at the first point of contact. If popped at eye level, glitter can rush out and at worst could cause severe vision loss. Through our experience in the industry, glitter is something we do not promote for use in the balloons because of the potential for harm to the parents-to-be.

All in all, a gender reveal confetti balloon offers a classic, cost-efficient, and exciting experience. This is probably the standard in terms of excitement because it offers visual and auditory cues which can keep the excitement going.

2. Sports Ball Gender Reveal

 Sports ball reveals come in many different shapes and sizes and normally cater to avid sports fans! Among those commonly found are basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, baseballs and golf balls. The sports balls are filled with coloured powder and their outer shell breaks on impact to reveal the gender of the baby.

Sports reveals are fun! There's surely a higher level of excitement when you dunk a basketball or break open a soccer/football over popping a confetti balloon! The colour powder is bright and vibrant which normally contrast with the background and creates for wonderful photos. One downside of a gender reveal sports ball reveal is that the amount of coloured powder varies in each type of ball. For example, the amount of powder inside a golf ball will be much less than inside a baseball. Based on this factor, the colour explosion may not be as significant as you might hope.

Secondly, as you might have seen, these sports reveals are more likely to end up as gender reveal bloopers due to the increased chance of human error. If one fails to hit the ball, or drops it during an attempt, the fragile outer shell will likely break upon contact with a hard surface.

While this is an increasingly fun and engaging way of revealing the gender of your upcoming baby, please make sure you practice before the big day or at least are comfortable with what you're athletically about to attempt. Otherwise, you may end up with something like this: 


 1. Gender Reveal Confetti Cannon / Powder Cannon

Confetti Cannons and Powder Cannons are the most exciting reveal product on our list for a few reasons. As anticipation builds throughout the night, a good confetti cannon will offer no clues as to what colour the contents are. Also, their relatively small size (i.e., 12 inches), in comparison to a gender reveal box or a 36” gender reveal confetti balloon, give off an appearance that the effect will also be modest. However, a confetti cannon or powder cannon can shoot up to 20 feet and has a longer lasting effect. A longer lasting effect means more time for pictures and more time to celebrate!

Since confetti cannons and powder cannons are not generally a do-it yourself item, they may not be as cost efficient as a balloon or box reveal. However, despite the cost, the confetti cannon in particular are the most interactive as guest will be showered by confetti as it twists and twirls to the ground! Children also have fun playing with the confetti as it falls!

Confetti cannons are an awesome option because they are louder and give off a better surprise than a box reveal or confetti balloon. It's important to choose a product that offers biodegradable, non-toxic coloured powder to simplify cleaning surfaces and clothing. In case you're wondering, our confetti and powder are biodegradable! Everyone will remember the excitement on the day they counted down for your big reveal after using a gender reveal cannon!!

Gender Reveal Confetti Cannon - Erin Jones Photography

Warning: Tannerite Explosion

The most exciting gender reveal product is not always the best option. For example, a tannerite gender reveal box can be purchased or made as a DIY. Federal, state or provincial legislation may ban this option in your area, so check your local laws before ordering as permits may be required. While available in the United States, this item is banned in Canada unless you have an Explosive Importation Permit.

Normally, there is about 1lb of Tannerite (an explosive material) mixed with blue or pink powder. This product is extremely flammable and creates a large explosion of colour upon impact. For this reason, while easily the most "exciting"gender reveal product it should not be reccommend as a reveal product.

A video released by the US Forest Service shows the moment an off-duty border patrol officer in Arizona shoots a makeshift target with the words "Boy" and "Girl" written on it and it explodes in an open field, revealing a plume of blue smoke and sparking a massive wildfire, in a gender reveal party gone awry. In this case, the gender reveal sparked a 47,000 acre wildfire.


Despite the excitement of an explosive reveal, we strongly recommend, when considering all the factors, that families should opt for a non-explosive gender reveal cannon for a safe and exciting gender reveal party! While there are surely other ways we have not considered, this article focuses only on the classic methods.

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