Baby announcements aren’t really intended to announce the baby, nor are they a solicitation of gifts. Let’s be honest, baby announcements are meant solely to knock the socks off your friends and family.
I’m not entirely sure if there really is a baby boom right now, or if I’m just more aware of every stroller on the street since having kids myself.
When my son arrived, I wanted to include my daughter in the announcements. I figured what the heck, let’s force the whole sharing thing on them early.
Now that the weather is reaching stratospheric temperatures in my Northeastern neck of the woods, naturally my thoughts turn to barbecue. Nothing like that classic combo of a huge open flame and 147% humidity.
Am I tired of paying $5 for a card to go with every gift for every kid’s birthday party on the block? More like I’m tired of running around the house looking for a sticky note to slap on that puppy. Well, no more.
Sometimes the traditional greeting card just doesn’t cut it. Sorry, but I can’t bring myself to buy some foil-embossed doily covered in melodramatic sentiments without throwing up a little bit in my mouth.
If I had to do my baby shower all over, I wouldn’t change a thing. Okay, one thing: Instead of not so subtly pointing my best friend towards the invites that, um, you know, I wouldn’t mind her using if, you know, she happened to like them too…I’d point her to Armato Design & Press.
For those of you who use the pages of Cookie Magazine as a shopping list as opposed to a daydream starter, have we got the thing for you: The absolutely stunning baby calling cards from Sesame Letterpress Designs.
I nearly fell over when I received a birthday card from a friend of mine who had just had her baby one week prior. Heck. A week after having my baby I don’t think I was getting enough sleep to use a pen let alone get a card in the mail.
There are a few things in life that you don’t realize you need until someone gives you it to you. And then you can’t believe you ever lived without them. Like that battery operated "massager." Thin Mints in the freezer. And personalized note cards.
The curse of a kid with a summer birthday: With vacation schedules and everything else that gets crammed into those few glorious months, I’m looking for an extra special announcement to make sure no one forgets my daughter’s big day.
We at CMP are sooooo over the over-the-top birthday parties for kids. While yes, we all want something that’s creative and different and memorable, maybe blinging out your kids’ invites with real diamonds and a voice chip that plays a birthday message recorded personally for you by Bono isn’t so appropriate for a second birthday.
I never saw myself as the mommy calling card type – you know, someone who would have a stack of cutesie little cards giving me a job title like "So-and-So’s Mommy" But then, I never saw calling cards like the ones from Hello Ink.
I always feel like a character in a Jane Austen novel when I pull out a box of fancy cards. Like I’m a 21st century Emma. Or Gwyneth Paltrow–in a good way. And with the new Glitzy & Golden cards from Dorothy Teng’s Charlyn Koo Design Studio , I suddenly I feel like writing Mark Darcy a sassy, solicitous letter.
I think back to how panicked I was over choosing birth announcements for my first child and realize now I was being silly. Especially when there are so many services who make it easy for you.
I’ve groused before about the practice of sending thank you notes that are supposedly written by the baby. I know it’s intended to be cute, but it induces involuntary eyerolls in me.
A desk full of odd scraps of paper with names and phone numbers scribbled on them – that’s what I face each time I want to schedule a playdate for my older daughter. And I know that’s what her friends’ mothers face too, since I typically scrawl my details on the back of a grocery receipt.
In an ideal world, every child would rush to the craft drawer immediately following his birthday and handwrite a heartfelt thank you note to acknowledge each gift. After which, he’d clean up his workspace.
I’ve gotten so used to emailing people that when I actually need to write a nice little note, I’ve had to resort to white computer paper and a business envelope.How embarrassing!
While I’m pretty laid back in most areas of my life, as far as party planning I cannot let one detail go overlooked–handpicked favors, handmade invites, the works. When it came time for my baby shower, you can imagine that I was a full-blown nutcase.