Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I knew right off the back that I did not want a baby shower. After all the slack, comments, and the “you are missing out on gifts”, I still decided not to have one. Me throwing people parties for special occasions is what I enjoy the most, versus someone throwing me a party. I will admit though, my Bridal Shower that my friends gave me was AMAZING! I LOVED IT! My friends are seriously the best, and have spent enough money throwing me stuff, and flying to my wedding, and so much more. I do think registering somewhere for first time parents is a good idea, just to keep track of all the things you need, and you can easily check things off your list.
Instead of having a baby shower, I decided to take maternity pictures and send out announcement cards with the photos to all of our family and friends. The card also states where we are registered, which gives our family and friends the options to send gifts.
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money getting cards designed and printed, nor did I feel like waiting for them to be printed and shipped since I’m literally running out of town. I decided to make the cards myself at home, as well as print the names and addresses on the envelopes for that special touch. This 25 minute DIY project was under $30, and I am excited about the way it turned out!
DIY ANNOUNCEMENT CARDS
Blank Card Stock Invitation Cards
Stickers of your choice (to seal the envelopes)
Ink Jet Printer
First you must pick out a layout for your card. I wanted mustaches since that is part of the theme of Ashton’s baby room. I just googled mustaches and clicked on images. Picked out a clipart image, copied, and pasted it into Microsoft Word. (Google different greeting cards for ideas. It is really easy to change wording and fonts to help you get started with the layout of your card)
Next, type out your wording, and for the inside of the card make sure to have it saved on a separate Microsoft Word document. (Makes printing easier).
Your third document will be your addresses. You can use the Mail Merger on Microsoft Word to organize all of your addresses, and it will save your address as the host address so you don’t have to keep typing it.
You can also print your pictures at home if you have photo paper, or you can go to Walgreens like I did and print them there. You can hook up your phone to their Photo Booth and print pictures instantly for .13.
Hopes this helps! Feel free to comment if you have any questions about this easy DIY project!