By Megan Wheeler and Jessica Hopper
Excited parents-to-be, Kiera Davis and Colin Griffith, are one of a growing number of expectant couples planning gender reveal parties where they learn along with their friends and family whether they’re having a boy or a girl.
Baltimore couple Kiera Davis and Colin Griffith are expecting their first baby.
The two will reveal their baby’s gender at a football party where guests will choose “Team Boy” or “Team Girl” and receive prizes if they end up picking the right team.
“The gender reveal that we are planning is pretty exciting. The way that we are going to do it is the day that we go and get the ultrasound, they’re going to put it in an envelope. I’m going to try and deliver it to the bakery without opening it up and then basically we’re going to cut the cake during halftime...if it’s pink inside, it’s a girl. If it’s blue, it’s a boy,” Davis said.
While Davis and Griffith, both 26, are finding little ways to celebrate milestones in their pregnancy, they say that finding party invitations that truly encompass their multicultural heritage has been difficult. Davis is African-American and Griffith’s family is from the Central American country of Belize.
“I have never been able to get a birthday card or any kind of card and say, oh, you know, that’s me,” Davis said. “But with the invitations that we purchased, I doubt that I would see anyone throwing them away because they are just so personable and literally the boy looks like Colin and the girl looks like me.”
The couple found an invite that fit their diverse backgrounds from Sweet Potato Paper, a multicultural inspired stationery line based in Washington, D.C. The company allows customers to choose skin colors, hair styles and hair colors that fit the person who is being celebrated.
The couple customized this invite from Sweet Potato Paper to feature babies of different skin colors for their gender reveal party.
“I have so many different friends of so many different backgrounds and I was never really able to find the one invitation that spoke to them,” Sweet Potato Paper founder Allyson Morehead told NBC News' Mara Schiavocampo.
Morehead started the company in 2011 from her one bedroom apartment. She got the idea when her friend struggled to find a wedding announcement that reflected both her mixed heritage and her interracial relationship.
Sweet Potato Paper founder Allyson Morehead gives NBC News' Mara Schiavocampo a look at her designs.
“There really wasn’t anything that spoke to both of their cultures. There were flowers, there were daisies, you know there were some things that had a darker skin color for African-American brides,” Morehead said. “So I decided to design something that spoke to both of them.”
From holiday cards to thank you notes that say "Hola" and "Solid" to baby shower announcements that let customers personalize skin tones, hair styles and hair colors, the idea has taken off. Customers can choose skin colors ranging from vanilla to butter pecan to chocolate and coffee bean and hair colors from golden blonde to auburn to silver fox.
Morehead says that the company’s mission is about combining innovation and celebration, something that’s even reflected in the name, Sweet Potato Paper.
“Sweet Potato Paper is actually named after my grandmother. Every time there was a party she would make Sweet Potato Pies,” Morehead said. “We’re trying to reconnect with people in the whole concept of celebration. So, I wanted to have something that had to do with my grandmother, Sweet Potato Pies, and also George Washington Carver who used Sweet Potato to create paper and ink.”
Courtesy of Allyson Morehead
Allyson Morehead's grandma pictured right in light coat. Morehead says her grandmother's influence inspired her to start Sweet Potato Paper.
Morehead says she wants people to feel connected and welcomed when they use her products. That’s a feeling that Kiera and Colin passed on to their guests as they welcomed them to their gender reveal party on a football Sunday in Baltimore.
Surrounding the cake with the mystery blue or pink filling, Davis and Griffith’s loved ones began chanting for their respective teams, “Team Boy” and “Team Girl.”
A nervous Davis hushed them as she and Griffith, both hands on the cake knife, began to slice through the cake. A sliver of blue became visible and Davis shrieked, “It’s a boy.”
After receiving a bevy of high fives, hugs and kisses from their guests, the two began debating names.
“I get to name him now,” Griffith joked. “I may name him Colin Griffith, the third.”