Throughout your life, you’ll likely experience a number of significant milestones. From moving into your dream home and getting engaged to finding out you’re expecting a baby, it’s not only wonderful to go through these moments; it’s also lovely to share these celebrations with others.
While you can always call friends and family to let them know all the wonderful happenings in your life, know that you can also announce these milestones in other, more clever, ways.
With this in mind, here’s a look at some common-yet-meaningful milestones and how you can get the word out to others:
New Home Sweet Home
Granted, your close friends and family members already know you have a new home. But if you want to share the news with other loved ones and friends, making mention of your new address in a holiday card is a perfect choice. To get things started, pick out a photo Christmas card that includes a photo of you and your family in front of your new digs, with a “We’ve Moved!” message on the front.
Then, be sure to include your new address both on the envelope and inside the card itself. As an additional tip, mail your holiday cards extra early after a move; this way, most people will receive them before they start working on their own cards and will have your updated address handy.
Your sweetie popped the question, and you responded with an enthusiastic “yes!” Now, you can’t get the thought of becoming a newlywed out of your head. However, prior to letting the entire world know you’re engaged, start by sharing this exciting news with your closest friends and family, either by phone or in-person.
Then, consider posting details of your engagement on social media. For instance, you can include a photo of your hands together that features the beautiful engagement ring and a message that says, “She said yes!” or something to that effect. You can also write, “Coming in June 2022, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson” on a chalkboard; then ask a friend to take a photo of the two of you holding it and post it to Facebook and/or Instagram.
Baby on the Way!
As the children’s song goes, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage.” If you and your spouse have recently found out a baby is on the way — and you’re ready to share this great news with others — you have plenty of fun options to make it special.
For instance, you can frame an ultrasound photo, wrap it, and then present it to your grandparents at a special lunch. As another option, use iron-on letters to create baby onesies that say, “Coming in October 2021” and then give them to your folks and/or other close friends and relatives. You can also host a small get-together, like a picnic in the park, and casually walk in wearing T-shirts that say, “Mom to be” and “Dad to be” and see how long it takes your guests to notice.
Boy or Girl? Let People Know!
Gender reveal parties are quite popular right now. In most cases, the expecting parents and guests don’t know the sex of the baby-to-be, as one special guest is usually chosen to keep things a secret until the party. While you can be as elaborate as you wish with this — for instance, use a bow and arrow to shoot a container filled with pink or blue powder — you can also make it easier on your secret-keeping friend and ask him or her to stuff a large box with several pink or blue helium-filled balloons. Then, gather everyone around, stand with your sweetie, and open the box together to watch as the color of the floating balloons reveal whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl.
Milestones are Meant to be Celebrated
Major life milestones are undeniably newsworthy and deserve to be celebrated with those you hold near and dear. By incorporating holiday cards, social media, special gifts, and/or a box of balloons into your milestone announcements, you can share your wonderful news with others in a fun and meaningful way.