Are you and your spouse expecting the arrival of a little boy or girl within the next nine months? Pregnancy can be an exciting time, so you’ll likely want to share this happiness with all your closest friends and family members. However, since this news is so special, the baby announcement calls for some inventive thinking. Here are five creative ways to announce that you’re expecting:
1. Incorporate the kids
Is this your second run at being a parent? There are some fun, and often hilarious, ways to incorporate your kids into the baby announcement. The Today Show suggests parents opt for the “expiration date” idea when sending out a photo card. Have your child hold a sign with the words “Only child expiring…” and enter the expected birth date. Get goofy by having your kid looking disappointed at losing his or her reign as only child. Letting your family be creative will provide you with tons of funny photo opportunities.
2. Show off your pregnancy
You can also use a photo greeting card to send sweet images of your budding baby bump or even a copy of your ultrasound image. Include the expected birth date, so everyone has an idea of when your little boy or girl will arrive. Plus, family and friends who live far away will appreciate being able to see the progress of your pregnancy with these photos.
3. A bun in the oven
Making your announcement by tapping into this common pregnancy expression is a great way to be creative in presenting your big news. Wrap up a sweet roll or bun from a bakery in a small box, and write “Bun in the oven” on the lid. Send out the package as your baby announcement. Include a note with a bit more of an explanation to validate that yes, this is what they think it is!
However, the amount of people you want to share this exciting news with likely exceeds the number of packages you can practically send. Consider saving this option for family members and friends you are especially close to, and send out a photo card baby announcement to everyone else.
4. Stork delivery
Though we’ve learned by now that a stork doesn’t deliver your baby at your doorstep, this age-old story provides a creative segue into how you can at least deliver the birth announcements. Create a package with all things baby – a rattle, children’s book or ultrasound photo – throw in a few fake bird feathers, and mail it out to a future grandparent, aunt or uncle. Though the postal service will carry the package to their front doors, family members will love how you made it look like a feathered friend delivered the announcement.
5. Throw a party
To include the element of surprise in your baby announcement, send out party invitations to a game day watching event or a family get-together. Once you’ve gathered all of your closest friends and relatives, tell everyone the big news! Sometimes special information is best shared in person, and letting family and friends know that you’re pregnant is a huge deal. So, gather everyone around and turn your announcement into a celebration.
Let your family’s personality shine through when choosing how you deliver this exciting news.