The Pantone Color Institute has been the expert in color strategy for quite some time now. The strategy behind color can be important for everything, from designing a marketing campaign to picking out a color to paint your bathroom. The color experts at the institute believe choosing the right color can impact a person’s experience in a given space. A certain shade of paint on the walls, for instance, can affect an individual’s mood.

Each year, Pantone officials reveal a color they’ve selected to be the color of the year. The Pantone color of the year for 2016? Rose Quartz and Serenity. No, that’s not a typo. For the first time in Pantone’s history, the institute has decided to blend two shades into one color of the year.

Pantone

This year’s colors are perfect for those of you expecting a child in 2016. The pink and blue shades found in Rose Quartz and Serenity can be used if you are expecting a baby boy or girl.

Here are three ways for you to show off Rose Quartz and Serenity at your next baby shower in 2016:

1. Gender Reveal Party
Baby showers have taken a new approach recently. Instead of the traditional celebration of simply having a child, parents are beginning to host gender reveal parties. As future parents, it is a special time to find out the sex of your expected baby. Sharing the gender with your friends can be even more fun! You could use the colors of the year as decor or to reveal the gender of your baby.

2. Cupcakes
Whether you want cupcakes out for a normal baby shower or for a gender reveal party, the tasty treats give you another opportunity to feature Pantone’s color of the year at your party. If you’re expecting a baby boy, make the frosting on the tops of your cupcakes blue! Expecting a little girl? Find a delicious pink frosting to put on top of your cupcakes instead. If you do choose to host a gender reveal party, you can hand out appropriately colored cupcakes to your guests as the big reveal.

3. Centerpiece
Another simple way to feature the 2016 colors of the year is to use pink or blue flowers in your baby centerpiece. If you’re looking for pink flowers for a new baby, look into options in roses, tulips or daisies. In need of blue? Hydrangeas and orchids are great places to start.

Did you know that  “pink is for girls and blue is for boys mentality” wasn’t established until the late 1900s?

If you are sending flowers to celebrate a new baby be mindful of the new parent’s stance on “pink for girls” and “blue for boys” as gender stereotypes. If you are unsure, it may be best to send a gender neutral floral arrangement.

Up until the 19th century, all babies wore white dresses until about the age of six or seven; White was easy to bleach and keep clean. In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. This chart stated that boys should be dressed in pink and girls in blue!

 

Baby's First Block by Teleflora - Blue

Baby’s First Block by Teleflora – Blue

Teleflora's Sweet Little Lamb - Baby Pink

Teleflora’s Sweet Little Lamb – Baby Pink