Speaking as someone who’s been pregnant a time or three, I can say with some authority that it takes a while for the impact of a positive pregnancy test to sink in. After that, you want to share your news with those closest to you. It can be as simple as running, screaming from the bathroom with an at-home pregnancy test, laughing and waving it about, or something decidedly more planned out and dramatic.
In some cases, the former works just perfectly. But sometimes… sometimes, you want to let your loved ones know about the new addition to the family in spectacular fashion. Perhaps one of these pregnancy announcement ideas will be just the thing.
Fortune Cookie Announcement
When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I typed up the following message six times: “A first-born son is like no other; ours will soon be a big brother.” I printed it out, cut it into strips, and folded each message in half and carefully inserted them into fortune cookies after removing the other fortunes with tweezers (you can, of course, make your own fortune cookies, but I was too tired to bother). Then I placed each cookie into a small gift box and presented them to my husband and our families. Simple and effective.
Bonus points if you can sneak them into the meal after you’ve eaten Chinese take-out. You probably didn’t feel like cooking, anyhow, right?
When setting the table for dinner, set a place for a new addition. I love the idea of painting a personalized plate with “Baby (Last name)” on it. If this is your first child, paint it yourself at using a kit purchased at a craft store; you decorate the plate and bake it to set the design. Another option I love: treat yourself to a trip to a shop where you paint your own ceramics. Do a search of “pottery studios” or “ceramic shops” for one in your area. If you have other children, have them decorate the plate with you, just for fun. Spring for a silver or pewter baby spoon that you can engrave after the baby’s birth with their name.
Then call everyone to dinner and make your announcement, or let them put it together. As a bonus, you’ve got an adorable table setting that’s sure to become an heirloom.
Sweet Bun in the Oven
You’ve probably heard the term “bun in the oven.” Why not serve up a pregnancy announcement that makes this a literal truth? Bake up a batch of sweet buns (I’m dying to try this recipe, even though my baby days are well and truly done), and serve them up. You can either take a photo of your project to send it out as an announcement, or serve it up with a smile, and see how long it takes for the penny to drop.
If your family is spread out geographically, you might consider putting together a pregnancy ticker. These are countdowns to your due date, and they’re a good way to keep loved ones excited and apprised about the big day. The designs are easily customized and many contain interesting facts about baby’s development as you get closer to your due date. You can usually update them with a revised due date, or even the sex of your baby.
To make the big announcement, send out a link in emails to your loved ones, or, to really do it in style, start your own blog — making it as public or private as you like — and place the ticker on the first page. My favorites: tickers from The Bump and Lilypie .
There are a million different clever ways to announce your pregnancy through photos, and Pinterest’s page on pregnancy announcement photo ideas is a treasure trove, ranging from adorable to hysterical. My favorites: 1 + 1 = 3 (or, depending on the number of children you have and will be expecting, another sum!), the ever-popular multi-shoe photo (with flip-flop, cowboy boot and athletic shoe variations), and twists on the “save the date” theme.
Have fun with your pregnancy announcement! Like an engagement, it can be a wonderful way to get your loved ones excited about your special event.