Creative Ways to Share the News



It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! After getting a positive result on the pregnancy test comes the fun task of announcing the news to the world. The first person you’ll share with is your husband. Do you call and tell him? Send him a photograph of the test or wait until he’s home and surprise him? Erin Volante of Lenexa bought her husband a t-shirt for Father’s Day that said “I make adorable babies” and a onesie that said “adorable baby.”

Once he knows, you can decide when and how to tell family and friends.  You may immediately reveal your big news or wait until after the first trimester. Announcing a pregnancy or revealing a gender used to mean a simple phone call or dinner. Today, moms-to-be looking to be unique have been sharing their news in a number of memorable ways. We have had a lot of fun announcing our bundles of joy.

When we found out we were expecting our first daughter, Adalyn, I created a simple game of hangman to surprise the grandparents-to-be.  It was fun yet so simple. We wanted to incorporate Adalyn into our second pregnancy announcement, so I created a pennant for her to carry during a photo session at Shawnee Mission Park. She proudly waved the flag in anticipation of a baby brother or sister. We later revealed that she was having a baby sister by having my in-laws take a photo of our feet with a tiny little pair of ballet flats for baby. It was just an iPhone photo in the parking lot of J. Alexander’s, but it became a Pinterest sensation.  And when we found we were having yet another baby, I couldn’t resist photographing the girls playing in their kitchen. I wrapped a ribbon around a toy hamburger bun and attached the anticipated arrival date for a play on the saying “bun in the oven.”  The photo series was fun to share but will also document the happy news for our family. It was easy to execute because I was just capturing the girls doing what they do best—playing.

Photographs are always a great way to share news with out-of-town family, but I wanted mine to work just a little bit harder. I had a recent family photo printed onto a puzzle and added the words “and then there were 5.” Greg and Katie Ernzen asked their daughter, Gracie, to open a box at Thanksgiving. Out poured blue balloons revealing that she was going to have a baby brother. Jeremy and Beth Bennett of Lee’s Summit also had their daughters open a box of balloons, but had their reveal captured by a photographer to share with family and friends.
Social media has influenced how we share our news. It allows us to quickly and efficiently spread the word. Whether your friends and family are near or far, it’s fun to include them in the excitement!

Entertaining expert, designer, blogger and mother of two, Julie Blanner of Leawood shares inspirations and tips for entertaining, home, events and family.

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