Today's parents have the privilege of finding out the gender of their baby sooner than ever before. While most moms and dads-to-be wait until the 20-week ultrasound to find out whether or not to buy blue or pink, many parents are finding out even earlier - thanks to early gender DNA tests, which are over 90% effective sometimes as early as nine weeks gestation.
When it comes to the big reveal, there is also no shortage of ways to spill the beans to friends, family, and of course mom and dad - if they have remained in the dark as well. Many parents choose to host trendy gender reveal parties, inviting everyone to celebrate the impending arrival of the new little one.
A fan favourite at gender reveal parties big and small is, of course, the gender reveal cake - where mom and dad cut into a plain-looking cake to reveal a delicious bright pink or blue interior. Other creative ways parents are breaking the news include balloon releases, ultrasound photoshopping, personalized t-shirts, smoke bombs and confetti.
Now, a new method of revealing the gender is making its way across the United States, thanks to an Italian restaurant chain named Villa Italian Kitchen. The restaurant recently introduced a Gender Reveal Lasagna catering package that parents can purchase for their gender reveal party. Inside, the special lasagna features - you guessed it - a secret pink or blue dyed cheese interior.
"We can't wait to see all the videos of guests revealing their babies' genders to family and friends in such a unique way," said Stephanie Beamer, Division Vice President of Franchise and Catering, Villa Restaurant Group.
According to a news release from the company, this is the world's first-ever Gender Reveal Lasagna with pasta imported from Italy. Villa Restaurant Group has encouraged everyone who purchases a lasagna to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #LasangaReveal.
As of right now, it's a little too early to measure whether or not the campaign will go viral, however, the specialty lasagna is getting mixed reviews on Twitter.
Many people like the idea, saying that lasagna is "the start in life we’d all want for our loved ones," and "Don’t invite me to your gender reveal unless there’s lasagna involved."
Others, however, don't seem to be as keen. One user tweeted "It's hard to fathom who thought we needed this product," and "$140 for a blue lasagna is theft."