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8 Times Sex Reveal Parties Did Not Go According to Plan

Stubborn balloons, hard-to-read cakes, and more.

YouTube / Joe Krummel

Finding out the sex of your baby is an exciting moment for any parent. But some couples like to jump on the social media bandwagon and add a bit of spectacle to the occasion by employing a third party to help create a cake, explosion, or plume of colored smoke that divulges the baby’s sex. Whether you find the whole gender reveal thing to be a fun way to get together with friends or another casualty of parenting in the age of social media, you can agree on one thing: when one of these sweet, well-planned reveals goes up in a burst of blue or pink smoke, it’s pretty damn funny. And while it might be a tad embarrassing for couples in the moment, a sex reveal gone wrong is ultimately every bit as great as a sex reveal done right. So, it’s okay to laugh. Here are 8 times when sex reveals went south.

It’s a… Rainbow?

This couple is ready to reveal the sex of their baby with a good old fashioned balloon unveiling, but when they open the box, the helium orbs don’t give them the answer they were hoping for. Instead of the traditional baby blue or pink, the balloons are all the colors of the rainbow. The husband quickly expresses his confusion with a perfectly timed f-bomb and you can tell by both of their faces that they have no clue what the hell just happened. Maybe some local balloon shop employee wanted to pull one last gag before quitting.

War & Pizza

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As the caption explains, this soon-to-be mom wanted to let her grandparents know the sex of their great grandchild. The pizza was supposed to read “It’s A Boy” but instead Dominos delivered them three of the strangest looking pies of all time.

Gone with the Wind

If you are going to use balloons to reveal the sex of your child, make damn sure they’re tied down.

Struck Out Looking

This expectant dad forgot the most important rule of baseball: keep your eye on the ball. His loss is our gain, however, because the look on his face when the powder-filled ball hits the ground is more satisfying than any clean hit.

On Thin Icing

Someone at the cake store sure has a wicked sense of humor.

Drop Box

This is what happens when you don’t secure the box.

Firing Blanks

Not sure how a balloon is strong enough to withstand being shot by a BB gun, but here we are. Fortunately, dad used his knife once he realized the gun was not doing the trick.


Ball So Hard

These parents decide to let their kids take the lead on the sex reveal of their seventh child by having them throw paint-filled balls at their fence. Unfortunately, none of the balls explode and the kids have to search through the grass to figure out the sex of their newest sibling.