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  • 1. Baby Shower And BabyAnnouncement Etiquette: How To Welcome Your Little OnePresented By: Pear Tree Greetings Thursday, August 12, 2010

2. Sending Birth Announcements & Baby Shower Invitations Telling the world about yourbundle of joy and invitingfamily and friends to sharein the celebration is madeeven more exciting andthoughtful with uniquelydesigned photo cards madefrom your familyphotographs and designedby you.Thursday, August 12, 2010 3. Traditions & Innovations The pinks and blues of yesteryear have given way to a wider variety of color schemes, shower etiquette, and personal touches on your baby announcements and baby shower invitations. Men are welcome, adoptions are celebrated, and you create the experience best suited to you and your baby.Thursday, August 12, 2010 4. Timing Is Everything Birth announcements are sent out as soon after birth of your baby as possible, and certainly within six months. Baby showers are generally held 2 months prior to the expected delivery date. Baby shower invitations should be sent out 2-3weeks prior to the event if the guests are alllocal and 6-8 weeks in advance if guests musttravel to attend. Thursday, August 12, 2010 5. Early Planning PreventsEmotional Meltdowns Plan early to avoid post-birth exhaustion. Create an address list. Stock up on stamps. Browse announcement and invitationtemplates, pictures, and other options. Prepare everything about the announcementsand invitations ahead of time.Thursday, August 12, 2010 6. Who Receives A BabyAnnouncement? family friends neighbors co-workers old college roommates doctors & dentists everyone appreciates receiving a babyannouncement! Thursday, August 12, 2010 7. Who Gets A Baby Shower Invitation? The Dad-to-be! Maid or matron of honor closest friends immediate family siblingsThursday, August 12, 2010 8. Birth Announcement And Baby Shower Themes Holidays Seasons Family tradition A favorite team ABCs and 123s Mother Goose Baby animals Storks Thursday, August 12, 2010 9. Birth Announcement Etiquette Start with an introduction (a poem, verse, or heartfeltstatement) Infants full name Birth details: date, weight, length May also include birth location and time (especially incase of multiple births) Birth and adoption dates are both used in adoptionannouncements Gift registry information is not included Personal notes are not required or expectedThursday, August 12, 2010 10. Wording Baby ShowerInvitations Begin with a message inviting guests to join the fun. List the host or hostess name and contact information next. Introduce the guest of honor. Date and time of the event come next. Write out the day of the week. Location information. RSVP deadline. Thursday, August 12, 2010 11. Taking Baby Announcement Photographs Use a neutral background. Eliminate distractions in the picture. Ensure that baby is well-fed andrested ahead of time. Use diffused natural light sources. Place a light behind babys head for a halo effect. Have a favorite person stand behind thephotographer to get babys attention. Remember that sleeping babies are lovely. Thursday, August 12, 2010 12. Special Touches & Good Ideas Use only 100 lb. card stock or better. Prearrange a plan in case the mother-to-be gets too tired at the shower. Avoid uncomfortable social situations by ordering a few extra announcements and invitations. Add matching thank you notes, calling cards and stationery to your order. Pre-printed return addresses save a lot of time. Thursday, August 12, 2010 13. Presented By: Pear Tree Greetings provides easy to use and affordable online services for creating uniquephoto birth announcements, custom made baby shower invitations, holiday cards, andother photo greeting cards. Thursday, August 12, 2010