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4 features to include in your child’s Wild West party

Cue the quintessential high-noon showdown song and don your 10-gallon hat – it's time to head west for a wild birthday party! If your child is a rodeo enthusiast with a passion for justice, then hosting a Wild West birthday party is the way to go. Of course, you want all the details to be in apple-pie order, which means coming up with a heap of ideas. Here's some inspiration sure to grease your carriage wheels:

1. Head down to the saloon
When a rough and tough sheriff needed a break from protecting his citizens, he'd stroll to the saloon for a drink. This kind of Wild West pub is where lawmen, outlaws and civilians alike gathered to take a load off. Of course, if you're going to have a saloon at your child's birthday party, it will be one that serves soda. Consider turning your kitchen into a soda saloon, complete with pints of root beer. You can make fake saloon doors into your kitchen using cardboard cutouts and even slide drinks down the bar.

2. Send creative birthday invitations
The invites you send for your child's birthday should speak to the theme of the party. Good birthday party invitations informs guests of what the event will be like even before they arrive! For this reason, seek out Wild West invites for your child's party. Here are a few of our favorites:

Sheriff Badge: These invites from Pear Tree Greetings come in the shape of a sheriff's badge. With a distressed wood background and old-timey script, these cards are sure to rustle up some excitement. 

Yee-Haw!: The Yee-Haw! invites are the perfect way to invite cowboys and cowgirls to your child's big day. You can select a photo of your child to feature on the front, along with Wild West lettering.

Round 'em Up: Displaying the torso of a sheriff, the Round 'em Up invites get the theme across faster than a jackrabbit running from a coyote.

3. Provide attire
Your child should be the star of his or her party, so dress him or her up in Old West clothing. However, the guests attending would probably like to fit into the theme as well. Consider giving all the kids straw cowboy hats and colored bandanas as a favor they can wear throughout the event. 

4. Take 'wanted' photos
Your little sheriff has to round up the bad guys, but first he or she has to know who they are. Craft a large frame that looks like a Western "wanted" poster and have the kids take pictures holding it in front of their faces.

Make your older children a part of your newborn's first experiences.

How to include older siblings in birth announcements

Your children are likely to be excited when you announce you're having another baby - they get to be big siblings, after all! However, kids tend to want to be the center of attention. If your older children want to be involved in the birth of their newest sibling, you can let them. In fact, birth announcements are the perfect place to include all of your kids. Here's how you can make big sis or bro feel like a part of the welcoming process:

Have them pick out cards
When you have young children help you with things, you want to give them relatively easy responsibilities. For instance, you might delegate the choosing of the actual birth announcement to your children. Pick out three or four designs you and your spouse like, then have your kids choose one from the bunch. That way you know you'll be sending a card you like and your children will feel involved.

You and your kids might just love the Special Delivery Trifold announcement from Pear Tree Greetings. This card features multiple panels on which you can share photos of your newborn along with his or her name.

Let them choose an outfit
Most birth announcements feature a photo of the newborn, a tradition you'll likely want to follow. If you do, your child can sport an outfit just as cute as he or she is. Many parents opt for a minimal approach by wrapping their baby in a blanket, or giving them a cute hat or headband. Discuss a couple of options with your spouse, and have your other children choose between the outfits. For example, your oldest son may think the newborn should wear the blue beanie while your daughter might suggest a white one. Make sure the kids feel like they have some say, but ultimately you and your spouse should make the clothing decision.

Take pictures of all the kids
While birth announcements most commonly feature the newborn by his or herself, you can snap a shot with the big siblings. For instance, your older children might hold the newborn, or they can all be snuggling on a couch. Taking a photo with everyone shows how your family has grown over time. If you go this route, consider taking pictures of the baby alone as well. The announcement can then feature the two images side by side.

Find the perfect birth announcement for your child.

Finding the perfect birth announcement

A new child being born into your family is one of the greatest things that can happen. The amount of joy to be taken from the experience is simply incomparable. Of course, you're going to want to try and convey some of that feeling to your friends, family and loved ones with your birth announcements. Whether you've just had your first child or are already a veteran parent, whether you have one new arrival or have been blessed with twins or triplets, we can help you pick the perfect birth announcement. Take a look at these three ideas to get brainstorming:

1) Include the family
Of course, your new child is going to be the star of the announcement, but you want to make sure to include the rest of the family in it as well. If you already have children, try to feature them in the card. For example, our Sweet Photo Paper Collage allows you to select five different photos for your announcement; use some of these to showcase the new child by himself or herself and the rest to display him or her in the arms of older siblings. If this is your first child, consider using several photos of your newborn with you, your spouse and the child's grandparents.

2) Make it a keepsake
A birth announcement doesn't have to be just another piece of mail. Using any of our birth announcement magnets offers a nice contrast to the traditional mailing in that they automatically become a keepsake for your friends and family. Instead of filing it away in a box somewhere for scrapbooking purposes, your loved ones will now be able to proudly display the announcement for as long as they please on their fridge or any other magnetic surface. The magnets also make great celebratory gifts for colleagues at the office, friends at the gym or parents at the PTA meeting.

3) Double (or triple) your fun
Having multiple children arrive at once can be overwhelming, but also one of the most joyous occurrences in your life. Pick a birth announcement that matches the level of love and excitement you feel for the new additions to your family. These twin baby announcements allow you to capture the individuality of each child while maintaining their image as twins. Similarly, these triplet announcements come with your choice of over 70 colors, frames and texts so you can do something a little different for each child if you so desire.