big news! we're having a BABY and it's a...

We are so very excited to announce that we're having a baby this spring!

I'm a few months along (almost 20 weeks to be exact) and hopefully that explains why I've been somewhat MIA around the blog lately. My second trimester of pregnancy has brought with it an influx of energy and excitement, so we've been diving full swing into nursery preparation and will have some really rad DIY's to share in the coming weeks (think a dresser, bookcase, and decor galore!) 

We had our midterm ultrasound this past weekend and found out the gender of our little peanut. To celebrate and surprise our families with the news, I made a special cake. And if I'm baking a celebration cake, you better believe I'm going to make it a gradient ombre layer cake.
I made this little garland of tassels out of some leftover tissue paper I had from our wedding crafts, twine and long wooden skewers. A step-by-step of the tassel garland DIY can be found below alongside the unbelievably delicious white cake and buttercream frosting recipe.

Anyways, back to the reveal! Without further ado, we're having a... GIRL! So pumped.

We are completely and utterly smitten and cannot wait for the weeks, months and years ahead! 

Would you want to, or did you, find out the gender of your baby ahead of time? And if so, did you do anything special to reveal the gender to your families? I love hearing about all of the creative ways people are revealing their little one's genders. People are so darn creative!

Gender Reveal Ombre Cake

White Cake recipe
Vanilla buttercream frosting recipe
6 inch wooden skewers
Tissue paper of your choosing
Clear dental floss

Step 1: Make the white cake (recipe above). Divide batter into four equal parts. Put the first batch of cake batter back into the mixer and add the tiniest bit of icing color. Blend until combined. (Side note- if you're using icing color instead of liquid food coloring, be careful, this stuff is highly pigmented, so you will need a lot LESS than you'd think). Repeat this step with the remaining batches, increasing the amount of food coloring you add with each batch until you achieve the desired color. 

Step 2: Grease 6 inch cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 33-36 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cakes cool in the baking pans for 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Step: After cakes are cooled, frost the cakes and put them in the fridge while you make your tassel garland. 

Step 4: Cut the tissue papers of your choosing into long rectangular strips, about 2 inches long by 12 inches wide. Using scissors, make long cuts in the width to about .5 inches to the top. 

Step 5: Roll the tissue paper up and secure using clear dental floss. 

Step 6: Once all of your tassels are made, tie them to a piece of twine. Tie the twine to the long wooden skewers.


  1. Congratulations!
    I think I'd want to know the gender. I would want to be able to appropriately prepare for who was arriving. Although, there would be a lot of fun in not knowing... I guess it'll just depend on how I feel when that day actually comes.
    Again congrats!! I bet you are so excited!

    sunny blonde studio

  2. Congrats! We definitely did find out the gender of our daughter, but we were not clever about telling people. Maybe next time around. It would be tough to beat an ombre cake. ;-)