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If you are welcoming a little one during the holiday season, celebrate with the whole family.

Picture ideas for holiday birth announcements

The holiday season is a time when families spread all across the nation come together to celebrate. If you are planning on welcoming a new one to the family at this time, you are especially lucky. Your child will get the chance to meet the whole family and be showered with love soon after birth. In preparations for your infant’s arrival, you will want to plan on sending birth announcements to all your family members and friends. Start your planning early by picking out holiday themed birth announcements. You will want to include a seasonal picture of your new family member in these cards, so get a jump on the season by planning a holiday photo shoot. Here are some ideas for making the photo shoot, and subsequent announcements, a huge success:

Santa hat
Chances are your newborn will be sleeping during the photo shoot, so the picture will no doubt be cute. Add an additional bit of fun with a Santa hat. For those looking forward to celebrating Christmas, consider your infant as an early gift. Any Santa hat will do, but it may be even better to have your child’s name sewn into the hem for a keepsake. If possible, seat your baby in a miniature sleigh, or have him or her hold onto a large bag of presents.

Cozy knits
Regardless of what holiday you plan to celebrate, you can seasonally coordinate your photos with some warm knit hats and jackets. Use an outfit you have knit yourself, or select an outfit that was sent from a relative. Continue the wintry theme with a little bit of fake snow falling in the background. If you don’t want your little one too close to fake snow, an alternative could be to situate your child on a soft, white, wool blanket.

Little ornament
If you have the opportunity, do the photo shoot while you are setting up your family Christmas tree or Menorah. Display your infant as either a cute ornament, or as the littlest helper. This photo idea is a wonderful way to involve the whole family in the shoot.

You will want to choose cards that will complement your photo themes. For the pictures of your newborn in a Santa hat, Pear Tree Greetings’ Precious Holiday Ornament birth announcement is ideal. This card is also a great keepsake, and can be hung on the tree each year. Or, keep to the Santa theme by choosing Pear Tree’s Candy Cane Stripes Ribbon Booklet. This card allows you to include multiple photos and features the clever phrase, “Santa came early this year.”

Couples looking to avoid any holiday affiliation can send a winter-themed announcement, such as Pear Tree’s Round the Evergreen birth announcements. These cards feature pine trees and pine cones. For your pictures, have your child wear a cozy knit outfit, or consider taking a picture that will have your child surrounded by stuffed versions of some winter animals.

If your family celebrates Hanukkah, choose Pear Tree’s Snowflake Kaleidoscope card. This note is in blue and features a few symbols of winter.

Photo books are a unique way to announce the birth of your child.

Unique ways to announce your child’s birth

You’re not typical parents, and you don’t want to send any ordinary birth announcements. The way you welcome your little one to the world should be just as unique as they are, so say goodbye to baby blue and pastel pink cards and hello to a creative take on traditional birth announcements! You can put a modern twist on this time-honored tradition with any of these ideas:

Because the birth announcements will have a photo of your little bundle of joy, many of your friends and relatives will choose to display them on their refrigerators. Why not make this even easier for them by sending out magnet birth announcements? Include important details like the name and birth date of your new arrival. If you order the magnets from Pear Tree Greetings, you can even customize the color and design!

Little chick
You know all those plastic Easter eggs you inexplicably saved? Now you can put them to good use! Place a small photo of your little one and a piece of paper with typical birth announcement information (like your child’s birth weight and length) inside. Use a permanent marker to write “Just Hatched” on the outside of each egg, then ship them to your loved ones!

Baked goods
Consider sending a tasty treat alongside traditional birth announcements. Whether you bake them yourself or hire a bakery to do so for you, custom cookies and chocolates are a great way to welcome your little one to the world. Decorate them with your new baby’s name and date of birth!

Movie poster
Computer-savvy moms and dads can get really creative with the way they present their little one to their friends and family members. For example, custom movie posters filled with puns and, of course, a prominent photo of your little one are a whimsical option that everyone will love! From “Bringing Up Baby” to “About a Boy,” there are tons of titles that lend themselves to this unique idea.

Photo book
If you have so many wonderful photos of your newborn that you’re struggling to choose which one to include with the birth announcement, why not send a photo book? Pear Tree Greetings offers a customizable 10-page photo book that you can fill with your favorite snapshots of your little bundle of joy. This is an especially wonderful option if you want to include some photos of the entire family celebrating your new arrival!

Make an invitation memorable with personalized address labels

As they say, it is the details that really separate the good from the great. When you put extra effort into every little detail, your event will certainly be outstanding. Small things, such as the address labels on your invitations or thank you note, can make all the difference when it comes to tying the whole event together.

Small pieces like the address labels offer an opportunity to polish your event and add a personal touch. Before the recipients even open the envelope, you will be able to bring a smile to their faces with a personalized label. Personalized address labels are a fun, inexpensive way to go the extra mile.

Play with these tips to make your mail a little bit more memorable:

  • Design labels to match the card inside – Use the same font, pattern or color as the card inside the envelope for a cohesive look.
  • Personalize the name to reflect the event – If you are ordering your address labels for a specific event, use the labels to hint at the invitation inside. Instead of printing the full name on the return address use “Bride to be,” “Birthday Boy” or “The Happy Couple.”
  • Use a picture – Showcase your favorite family photo, senior picture or Instagram shot on the labels.
  • Print a message on the labels and use them as a sticker closure for the envelope – You don’t have to limit your labels to the upper-left corner of the envelope. Get creative and print short sayings and use the labels as closure stickers.
  • Use stylish labels all year long – If you have a few extra labels that you didn’t use for your event, you can use the labels year round if they aren’t specific to the party. Fun designs and even personalized photos are great for adding a little color to your mail year round.