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A dish filled with water and dry ice for a gender reveal party

How to Throw a Gender Reveal Party with Dry Ice

A dish filled with water and dry ice for a gender reveal party

Are you looking for a creative gender reveal idea? Then, look no further because dry ice is just what you need!

You’ve probably seen gender reveal parties using balloons, cakes, confetti or fireworks, but have you ever seen a gender reveal with dry ice? Penguin Brand Dry Ice® customer Lisa Moore sent us this adorable video of the gender reveal party she organized for her brother and sister-in-law. We think it’s a genius idea, and we’re excited to tell you how she did it!

Lisa gave her party a Harry Potter theme, but you can adapt this trick to any kind of gender reveal party you like. The best part about this idea is that you don’t have to use vinegar, baking soda or any harsh chemicals that could potentially be unpleasant or unsafe for a pregnant woman.

Here’s how it works in five easy steps:

Step 1: Gather your materials

    • 1 glass or clear plastic bowl/dish
    • 1 tall stainless steel shot glass
    • Glass beads or marbles
    • Food coloring
    • Water
    • Two bottles
    • 2-3 lbs. of Penguin Brand Dry Ice® (find it at a store near you)
    • Insulated gloves or a towel

Step 2: Prepare the Dish

Choose a dish with relatively tall sides. You’ll want the sides to be at least a couple of inches taller than the shot glass. Place the shot glass in the center of the dish and spread a layer of glass beads or marbles around it to stabilize it. If you don’t have beads or marbles available, you can get creative and substitute them for something else.

Step 3: Add the Color

Ensure you are out of sight of your party guests, and place 6-7 drops of blue or red food coloring (depending on the gender you want to reveal) into the shot glass. Then, fill the bowl with warm water up to approximately half the height of the shot glass.

Step 4: Add the Dry Ice

Now it’s time to break up the dry ice into smaller chunks. The size of the pieces doesn’t have to be exact, but about the size of a half-dollar works well. Be sure to wear insulated gloves (mittens or oven mitts work) or use a towel to ensure that the dry ice does not come in direct contact with your skin. Place three to four pieces of dry ice into the water.

Fog will begin to form and cover the top of the shot glass, ensuring that no one can see the food coloring. If you want more fog, you can add more dry ice. Just be careful to monitor the water level.

Note that dry ice will evaporate over time, so we recommend purchasing your dry ice on the same day of your party from your local retailer. Be sure to review and adhere to all our safe handling guidelines, too.

Step 5: Prepare the Bottles

Fill two bottles with enough water to spill over the sides of the shot glass when added to your dish, but not so much water that the dish will overflow. If you don’t have bottles, you can also use glasses, cups or anything that pours easily. If you’d like to add an extra effect, you can also put glitter in the water!

Ready for the Reveal

Now you’re ready to bring the dish and bottles out to your guests for the show! Once everything is in place, have each parent start pouring water into the dish on the left and right sides. As the water level rises, the suspense will build! After a short time, the water will fill the shot glass and allow the dye to spill out. Congratulations!

Dry Ice After Party

As an added bonus, you can use the dry ice for some fun experiments to entertain the kids (and adults, let’s be honest!) after the party.

Thanks again to Lisa for sharing this creative dry ice idea with us. Will you give it a try? Is there another element you would add? Let us know in the comments!

1 Comment
  • Winter
    Posted at 14:28h, 27 January Reply

    This had me ‘all smiles’ this Sunday morning, how creative and sweet is this 🙂

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