Gender parties have become a new tradition for parents to learn the sex of their baby with friends and family. Many of these videos end up on social media, so the rest of the world can react, too.
One couple in Minnesota decided to host a gender party for 30 people, reports Inside Edition, but the future parents ended up more confused after the reveal was botched.
Joe and Leela Krummel had been together for nine years, reports ABC Arizona, and wanted to enjoy every moment of their first pregnancy with their family.
In November 2016, the Krummels asked their doctor to write down the gender of the baby on a notecard.
They immediately took the card to a local store and asked them to fill a box with balloons: blue balloons if it was a boy, pink balloons if it was a girl. They then asked the store to leave the card in the box.
Pretty simple, right? They thought so.
But the Krummels were suspicious when the cashier seemed confused with the order. Joe said:
“We both had a bad feeling about it. We felt like, 'Alright, let's just cross our fingers.'”
They gave him the card anyway.
On the day of the gender reveal, in front of all their friends, they opened the box and...
They had rainbow balloons!
The backyard party erupted in laughter, and the internet did too. After watching the failed gender reveal video on YouTube, some people took the opportunity to bash gender reveal parties altogether:
Others thought the store intentionally put the balloons in the box to promote equality and gay rights — or they joked that the new baby might be gay:
But the parents were visibly upset, as you can tell in the video, and they still wanted to know what to expect.
A close friend found the card in the bottom of the box and re-filled the box with the appropriate color balloons. And the parents-to-be opened the box to reveal they were going to have a baby boy.
According to a 2007 Gallup survey of 1,014 new parents, reports FiveThirtyEight, 47 percent of respondents said they would want to know the gender of their baby before he or she was born. The other 51 percent said they wouldn't want to know.