7 Adorable Baby Gender Reveal Ideas You’ll Want to Try
You just walked out of your ultrasound and the doctor assures you that you’re having a girl! (Or boy!) Whether that growing belly bump is housing a Michelle or a Michael, telling your friends and family is just as much fun. From parties to pastries, we’ve got the cutest, sweetest and most adorable ways to reveal your baby’s gender!
1. Surprise Party: What better surprise could you have up your sleeve than your baby’s gender? Invite your friends and family over for a “surprise shower.” Don’t tell them that you actually know about (and planned) the party. Have your honey on hand to organize the guests, pretending that you’re on your way home. Dress in all pink or all blue. Or, if you’re super-crafty, bedazzle yourself an “It’s a girl” or “It’s a boy” t-shirt. Then everyone hides as you walk in — to surprise them.
2. Piñata Pastry Perfection: A pink cake? A blue cake? That’s so beyond obvious. Really, there isn’t much build up to the reveal when the cake in the corner is decorated in little blush bunnies or periwinkle ponies. But, you can play a stylish game of hide ‘n’ seek with an in-the-middle surprise. Fill the center with either pink or blue candies (use gender-neutral colors for the cake and frosting). When you cut into the cake, the candies will spill out for the big reveal. (via Betty Crocker)
3. Keep It in the Cupcake: If the piñata cake is a Pinterest-step above your baking grade, these smaller-sized gender reveal goodies are easy enough for the novice. Mix up a batch of cake and add either pink or blue food coloring. Bake the cake, let it cool and use a cookie cutter to carve out small pieces (size them smaller than the width of a cupcake bottom). Drop the cakes into the bottom of a cupcake tin, add a neutral color of batter and bake. Frost the cupcakes after they cool. When the guests bite into them, they’ll find out if you’re having a boy or a girl. You can also line a cupcake tin with either pink or blue cookies instead of dropping cake bites in.
4. Bouncing Baby… Balloon: Reuse that old cardboard box (you know, the one that the super-sized jogger stroller came in) that’s sitting in your garage for this floating gender reveal. Cover the outside of the box with yellow, green or ivory gift wrap. Fill the box with either pink or blue helium balloons. Tape the box shut. Paint or draw a question mark on the outside of the box and place it in the center of the party. When the time’s right, peel back the tape and release the balloons.
5. Fancy Fruit: Pineapples are kind of like their own little treasure chests. Cut the top off and you magically have a lid with a handle (yeah it’s spikey, but it’s a handle, right?). Hollow out the inside and fill it with a pink or blue beverage. Use food coloring to add the hue to seltzer for the kiddos and preggos. Treat non-pregnant grown-ups to a pink or blue margarita or pina colada. Cover the revealing drink with the pineapple lid and serve it chilled! Not into oddly colorful drinks? Fill the fruit with scoops of pink or blue ice cream instead.
6. Drop It: So, you say you aren’t into the balloons in a box idea. You’d rather not deal with helium-filled balloons flying all over, and that’s okay. Use regular oxygen-filled balloons (in pink or blue, of course). Make your own overhead net by cutting open a garbage bag (or a few). Use painter’s tape to hang the contraption from the ceiling. Pull that tape off or use a broom edge to release the bag — and the balloons too! You can also try this idea with colorful confetti.
7. Science Start: Yep, that’s right. You can use science as part of your gender reveal party plan. And bonus, all of your guests under the age of 10 will think this one is super cool. Build a paper mache mountain with a hole in it. Don’t worry, this is on a grade schooler’s DIY level. Start with a plastic soda bottle. Cut the top off, and then cover it with newspaper and tape (make a mountain shape). Buy a ready-made mix (you’ll probably just have to add water), cut strips of paper and mache yourself a mountain! Leave a hole at the top where the bottle’s opening is. Drop two tablespoons of baking soda into the bottle. Add a few drops of pink or blue food coloring. Start pouring vinegar into the bottle when you’re ready for the reveal. Stand back! The erupting volcano will spew your baby’s gender color.
What’s your gender reveal story? Share how you told your friends, family or your honey, and tweet us @BritandCo !
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com