If you've just found out that you're expecting, congrats! Chances are, the first person you want to share the news with is the lucky dad-to-be. We've got seven unique approaches to let him know that he's going to be a dad, whether it's a simple and straightforward method or an elaborate announcement!
Have you heard of Animoto? It's an easy-to-use website that allows even the most technologically challenged among us to become video producers and editors, with professional-looking results. Thanks to a new partnership between the site and celebrity nursery and baby apparel designer Wendy Bellissimo, Animoto is now the perfect way to announce your baby news, document your little one's first year, showcase favorite pregnancy photos, and more. The site enables you to create unlimited 30-second-and-under videos for free, or you can upgrade your service for $5 per month or $30 per year. The Wendy Bellissimo-designed backdrop gives your work a gorgeous, finished feel.
Here are five videos we'd love to make using the new service:
- Announce your pregnancy by incorporating a creative photo and snapshots of the parents-to-be through the years.
- Announce the arrival of your new little one by turning baby's first photos into a video.
- Recap your baby shower by compiling all your favorite photos — a great way to make long-distance friends and family feel as though they were there.
- Alternately, if you're "hosting" a "baby shower in a box" for an at-a-distance friend, then create a special video for the mom-to-be. You could include messages from her friends and/or their baby photos for a game of "Guess Who?"
- Create a video to show on a big monitor or TV screen at your baby's first birthday party recapping his or her first year of life!
We've seen our share of the most creative paper birth announcements, as well as video and photo essay announcements. But for parents who are looking to share their big baby news without reinventing the wheel, Nursery Notice just may be the way to go. We love that the service is eco-friendly, and the clean, modern templates are easy to update with birth details, photos, and a digital guest book. At $34 per month, Nursery Notice is also a lot more cost-effective than most printed announcements. Plus, you can archive your site on a CD once you're done with it so that it doesn't get lost in cyberspace.
What do you think? Is announcing a baby's birth over a website impersonal, or the way news will be shared in the future?
Mommy and daddy aren't the only ones who have been expecting the stork's arrival, so announcing baby's debut is big deal to new parents. Lots of mamas prefer to go with a custom birth announcement as unique as their new baby — and nothing says custom like letterpress announcements or photo birth announcements. Click through to check out nine creative custom birth announcements for a little inspiration.
Letterpress printing has captured the hearts of paper lovers everywhere for hundreds of years. An ancient printing technique that involves literally pressing words or designs with ink into thick, soft paper using a printing plate, letterpress is elegant, high-end, and fabulous. Brides are big on letterpress invitations, and now new mamas are joining in on the hottest paper trend. Check out these 10 stunning letterpress birth announcements, and we assure you that if you're not a letterpress fan already then you will be!
Having a baby is big news! There are many ways to announce a baby's arrival, but birth announcements are still the most popular choice for new parents — especially those with a photo of the newborn. Who would pass up the opportunity to send out a picture of their newly delivered pride and joy? Check out these 10 drop-dead-gorgeous photo birth announcements to share the excitement of a lil one's birth with your loved ones.
"I thought I'd drop by to let you all in on some exciting news — Honor is going to be a Big Sister! Cash and I are thrilled and wanted to share the news directly with you so you didn’t hear about it somewhere else.
Congratulations are also in order to the couple's daughter, Honor, 2.
Give your new bundle of joy an old fashioned welcome! While most parents log online to create and order their tot's announcements, going retro with purchased and penned cards is a baby chic. I stumbled across some vintage stock that you can purchase or use as inspiration for creating your own announcements with an antique look.
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are expecting their first child. The entrepreneur announced the news via her Twitter account this morning, tweeting: "I have been wanting to share some amazing news with you all for some time... I'm pregnant! Jared and I couldn't be more excited." The couple stepped out in NYC last night for a screening of Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman's movie No Strings Attached, where Ivanka showed off the first hints of her baby bump. Congrats to the family!
Hollywood's got another vegan mama-to-be! Actress Alicia Silverstone and her husband, Christopher Jarecki, are expecting a baby! The 34-year-old animal rights activist and author has been vocal about her intentions to have a family, and now the dream is coming to fruition.
Tinseltown has been booming with baby news as of late with Natalie Portman, Victoria Beckham, Jewel, Owen Wilson, Jane Krakowski, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, and Selma Blair all expecting additions in 2011 too!