Back in the day, parents usually announced the gender of their new baby to a few close friends and family at a time. There may or may not have been refreshments involved, but no one would have mistaken the festivities for a party.
Now, gender reveal parties are legitimate social functions, fully equipped with party food, dozens of people, and dangerous attractions (think explosions and dye bombs) too. Sometimes, things go off without a hitch. And sometimes, things end in utter disaster. This article is all about the disasters... because that’s more fun. Here are 10 crazy gender reveal disasters.
10 Poor Grandpa
The couple in this screenshot were blessed enough to still have one of their grandparents around when it was time to announce the birth of their child. Naturally, they invited him to their gender reveal celebration.
This couple decided that the father-to-be would hit a baseball filled with blue or pink powder. As the screenshot shows, the couple had a boy. What the screenshot might now show as clearly is that their poor, long-suffering grandfather is the man who's getting hit in the face with the baseball.
9 Dad With Upper Arm Strength
This lovely couple intended on revealing the gender of their child with confetti. The father, who may want to rethink how much time he spends in the gym, was supposed to pull a string that would then reveal pink or blue party favors.
The plan failed. Not only did he pull the entire box down, he pulled it right on top of his pregnant wife, and the child she was holding. The box then rolled onto another child that was sitting in the grass. Oops.
8 Father With Terrible Batting Skills
Bats and balls seem to be a recurring theme among gender reveals. This particular couple also utilized a baseball and bat to reveal the gender of their unborn child.
Things didn't go off as planned, however. No one ended up getting hit in the face, thankfully. The father repeatedly missed the ball. Onlookers got a good laugh out of the father's flub. Eventually, he actually hit the ball and revealed that they were having a girl.
7 The Family Of Bad Throwers
This family made their gender reveal a family affair. They gathered their parents, and various younger relatives, to throw paint filled balloons at the fence. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong.
For some reason, the balloons just would not pop no matter how many times they threw them. Each time, the balloons bounced back, in tact. Eventually, everyone gave up, and since the video cut off afterward, the gender is still a mystery.
6 The Malfunctioning Canon
Some people are just asking for trouble. Firing a canon is probably one of the most extreme ways that a couple could ever reveal their baby's gender. A plan involving a canon isn't necessarily doomed to fail, if safety precautions are taken. The problem is, is that somewhere between idea and execution, something went terribly wrong.
A friend of the couple was tasked with firing the canon, but when he did, the entire thing exploded. He wasn't seriously injured, thankfully, but he did get covered in dust and debris.
5 The Well-Meaning Pizza Employee
Simple isn't always better. One particular couple decided to skip the flashy reveals and instead spell out the gender of their baby across three pizzas. Spoiler alert: they were having a boy, but as you can see, that is not what these pizzas say.
We're not exactly sure what happened, but it looks as if the pizza restaurant employee didn't arrange the letters close enough together. That, or the baking process swelled the cheese and toppings together and distorted the final image, resulting in the fail you see above. There's no word on whether or not the couple complained and got the employee fired. But to be fair, arranging pizzas into gender reveal pies isn't exactly in the job description.
4 Poor Mom
Just like the two other couples on this list, this couple thought that hitting a ball filled with dye would be a great way to reveal their baby's gender to their friends and family. It wasn't. The mother got way more than she bargained for when her husband hit the baseball right into her face.
If there is ever a vote about banning baseballs and baseball bats from gender reveals, we will happily vote in favor of it.
3 The Overzealous Big Brother
At first glance, you might think that this screen shot is showing a happy little boy throwing pink confetti into the air, as he walks next to his mom. What it actually shows is the boy one second after popping his mother's gender reveal balloon, moments before they got into the car.
You can deduce from the color pink that the mom was expecting a girl, but we'll take a wild guess and say that this is not how the she wanted to find out.
2 The Non-Gender Reveal
Less isn't always more. Sometimes, less is less. Sometimes, less is actually nothing. And nothing is exactly what this couple got when they attempted to reveal their baby's gender.
Like the mom above, this couple bought a balloon. Instead of filling it with confetti, their balloon was supposed to be either pink or blue. To their surprise, there was nothing there when they opened the box.
1 Grassland Fire
So, the good news is that it's a boy! We know that because of the blue cloud of powder within the screenshot. Now, onto the bad news. That beautiful blue powder is mixed in with a fiery explosion, that set all of the surrounding brush on fire that burned for two weeks.
The father thought it would be a good idea to shoot a wooden crate that contained blue powder. He anticipated a pretty blue explosion and underestimated how the sparks from the shot would ignite the brush.
The fire resulted in eight million dollars in damages, a misdemeanor for the father who accidentally set it off, and hundreds of hours of man power. Thankfully, no lives were lost. It's safe to say that the respect and dignity of the couple were both lost, as well as over $200,000 in restitution that they will pay back over the next twenty years.