From the rise of the dachelor party (don't worry, we'll explain) to the explosion of chevron in the nursery, to the seriously awesome trend of parents watching porn together behind closed bedroom doors, we talked to the experts in all things marriage and child-rearing to find out what's going to be huge in 2012.
Reported by Lisa Biletska, Kathy Ehrich Dowd, Jenna McCarthy, Lisa Milbrand, Julie Seguss and Raven Snook.
Gender Reveal Cakes (and Cupcakes!) Finding out the sex of your baby from the ultrasound tech will seem downright quaint this year. In 2012, expectant parents will discover whether they're having a boy or girl in a sweeter and much more public way -– with a gender reveal cake. Here's how it works: Couples ask the ultrasound tech or OB to write down their baby’s gender and they seal the note in an envelope, which parents bring to a bakery. The cake-maker then prepares a confection that reveals nothing on the outside, but is filled with either pink or blue frosting. The first slice spills the secret!
Many couples are opting to elevate the experience with a gender reveal party -- with cake cutting as the main draw. Terri Leckas, owner of Queen of Cakes in Edina, Minn. told iVillage she's already started baking three or four gender reveal cakes a week -- a number she's sure will increase in 2012.