5 Gender Reveal Ideas

Gender reveal ideas
Gender reveals are a fun new trend for moms- and dads-to-be. There are lots of great ways to get your loved ones in on the big surprise and let them know if you will be welcoming a girl or a boy. We wanted to share our top 5 gender reveal ideas to get your creative mind inspired. We know there are many more out there, but this list should get you started.

1. Balloon Popping. For this idea, fill dark-colored balloons with pink or blue confetti and inflate to medium size. You can give each person at the gender reveal party their own balloon to pop or the soon-to-be mom and dad can pop it in front of guests. If you choose to not have a party, but want to share on Facebook and Instagram, take photos of the balloon before it’s popped and then an action shot of popping it. This is such a fun idea – friends and family will love liking it!
Gender reveal ideas
Gender reveal ideas

2. Pink & Blue Dips. This gender reveal party idea will get your guests interacting and guessing the gender. Simply set out marshmallows, pink & blue frosting and pink & blue striped straws for guests to dip their marshmallow in the color they think is the gender of your baby! At the end of the party, when all the guesses are in, mom-to-be can hold the straws revealing the correct gender.
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Top Pins from Pear Tree Greetings

Wondering what’s hot on Pinterest from Pear Tree Greetings? Take a peek below to see our top pinned products and ideas!

1. Graduation Party Idea: This idea is easy, but adds the perfect touch to any graduation party. It was featured in our Classic Graduation Party Ideas post and uses our personalized graduation stickers on a mason jar. Simple & quick!
Classic graduation party ideas

2. 4th of July food ideas: 4th of July celebrations are a month away and people are looking for patriotic food ideas to bring to their gathering. This idea was shown in our 4th of July food ideas post and is a simple display that uses 3 ingredients: blue corn chips, red peppers and humus!
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New Baby Yard Signs Share Your News

Skip the plastic stork and put up a new baby yard sign to let all the neighbors know if it’s a boy or a girl! These personalized yard signs let you share your news in a big way, along with the baby’s name, birth date, and any other details you choose. Everyone wants to know, so don’t keep them in suspense.
Wave The Flags Girl Birth Announcement Yard Signs Mixed Messages Boy Birth Announcement Yard SignsMarquee Baby Birth Announcement Yard Signs Floral Welcome Vertical Birth Announcement Yard Signs

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Top 4 Baby Photo Ideas

Baby photo ideas
Capture those sweet smiles, tiny toes and chubby cheeks in a way that will make your family oooo and ahhh when they receive your birth announcement featuring your new little one. Below, we share our top 4 new baby photo ideas and how to incorporate them to make a standout birth announcement!

1. Easy on the props. You want your little one to be the main focus, so remember to keep it simple. A prop such as a hat, tie, basket or bucket can make the photo and add personality and a soft sweetness. See how beautiful this Gilded Frame Baby Girl Announcements turned out with these subtle props and a hint of rose gold foil!
Gilded Frame Birth Announcements

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Shiny New Birth Announcement Ideas

Birth announcement ideas
For birth announcement ideas that shine above the rest, you’ve got to check out our many new foil-stamped designs! Real foil shimmers and shines on these beautiful birth announcements to mark your baby’s welcome into the world in a very special way.

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Our 5 Most Popular Baby Announcement Ideas

Congratulations on the arrival of your little one! Now that you have ooo’d and ahhh’d and soaked in all the little dimples of your newborn, it’s time to share all the picture-perfect details with family and friends so they can cherish the excitement, too. You’ll want to choose birth announcements that bring out the best in your baby photos, but where to start?

Lucky for you, when our designers are creating new birth announcements, they are already thinking about ways to highlight your baby in the best way possible. Their designs usually include multiple photos in different sizes and shapes so you can use a variety of shots, combined with fun, stylish fonts that let you layer in even more personality. To make the selection easier for you, we wanted to share our 5 most popular baby announcement ideas. Simply click on the image to see more details.

#1. Taped Collage Birth Announcements. This announcement features 5 photo spots to show off your bundle of joy. The trendy washi tape design on the back adds the perfect touch. You can see how it’d be our top seller!
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#2. Welcome Baby Boy Birth Announcements. These birth announcements are easy on the checkbook and yet, showcase your newborn exactly how you pictured. There’s a total of four photo areas on this card and all colors can be personalized to your liking.
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Cards you created. Ideas we love.

Birth Announcement Ideas
Awww how sweet is Addisyn? She is so unbelievably sweet and she just happens to be the daughter of my very best friend, Brooke. When I received Addisyn’s Monogram Dots Trifold birth announcement in the mail, I was in love. The photographs from Images by Drea are beautiful and the colors match her outfit with the card perfectly. So, I asked my best friend if she would share a little about her birth announcement ideas and be our Featured Favorite this month.

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Real cards created by real people like you!

Christmas birth announcement idea
Is it a birth announcement? Or is it a Christmas card? It’s both, as this busy mother of three writes in the card’s greeting. “Life is busy, so consider this also an early Christmas card!” The family photos and new baby girl theme work beautifully with the pink and green striped border and linen-look background on our Stitched Stripes Baby Girl Announcements.

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Photo tips for creating your birth announcements

I have to say, I have completely enjoyed becoming a mother of three! Of course there are moments where life is complete chaos, but I’ve found it to be a good chaos. I think the main reason is not so much the new baby, but the realization that this is okay. I can now accept that there will always be toys on the floor, five more loads of laundry, and dishes in the sink. As a mom of three now, I’m cool with that!Photo Tips

Of course, the transition wasn’t easy….I remember the day my 3-year-old pulled frozen peas from the freezer and stomped each one into the floor. I also remember the day my 5-year-old got so mad, she put a hole in the wall from slamming the door. Ha! We definitely had a “transition” but hey, what family doesn’t? Imperfections and all, I’m loving this life.

When Justin was born, I was pretty excited to be able to send birth announcements, but you’d think I would’ve been all prepared with my favorite designs well before the baby was born…not so much. That’s the problem with working for a company like Pear Tree – there are ALWAYS new designs, and it was nearly impossible for me to narrow it down.

The most important step for me, besides choosing the design, is choosing the right photos, so I thought I’d share my process and a few photo tips for organizing and editing them with you.

First, I copy all the photos that I might use to their own folder – this keeps everything separated and easy to navigate. Then I start the editing process. I use Picasa, a free service that is really simple to use. There are tons of free systems online – I like this one because it helps to organize and identify the people in the photos. For each of the 10 or so photos that I really like, I do the following:

  1. Brighten with Fill Light. I love to do this because it removes the imperfections easily and adds a glow to the photo.
    Creating your birth announcements from photo tips to birth announcement designs #peartreegreetings
  2. Contrast with Shadows. Depending on how dark or light I want my photos, I’ll play with this until it looks right. With the original photo here on the left, you can see that adding a bit of Fill Light and Shadows really enhanced the image. I don’t do any Cropping at this stage because I may need some of the outer edges of the image for the card.
    Creating your birth announcements from photo tips to birth announcement designs #peartreegreetings
  3. Next I might try making it a Black and White photo, which is as simple as a single button. Sometimes there I’ll play with the Fill Light and Shadows again to make sure the photo looks perfect.
    Creating your birth announcements from photo tips to birth announcement designs #peartreegreetings
  4. And last, I add a Blur photos to really draw the eye to the moment of the photo rather than the patterns and textures around the edges.
    Creating your birth announcements from photo tips to birth announcement designs #peartreegreetings
    Creating your birth announcements from photo tips to birth announcement designs #peartreegreetings

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Baby Photo Tips

Your new bundle of joy has arrived and now it is time for you to take photos to share with friends and family. To help you, we asked a photographer to share with us a few baby photo tips to help you out whether you’re a beginner or a bit more advanced.
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  • The first thing to remember when photographing babies is patience, patience, patience. Don’t expect to get a good shot in a couple of minutes. You are at the baby’s mercy and on their schedule. Be flexible, if the baby is sleeping or crying you can still get some great shots.
  • Use a plain solid colored background, stay away from patterned blankets. This draws attention away from the main subject.
  • Get down on their level. Get down on the floor and shoot from different angles.
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