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A lot can happen in a year. From finding out you’re expecting a new bundle of joy to eventually welcoming your little one, to getting engaged and then married, to adopting pets or buying a house, these milestone occasions are worth celebrating — and not just with those you see on a daily or weekly basis.

When it comes to sharing this important news with more distant friends and family members, though, never underestimate the power of a traditional paper card.

Looking for a thoughtful way to announce news of important milestones? Here are three great ideas you’ll love.

1. Add the News to Your Christmas Card

Sending Christmas cards to family and friends is a warm and welcoming holiday tradition. For many, receiving such wishes is one of the highlights of the season, and perhaps a chance to send and receive a little love from those you can’t be physically close to during the festive season.

Christmas cards are also a great way to update those friends and family members about major changes in your life that have happened in the past year.

When your loved ones are already anticipating a card, they’ll be even more excited to learn about the exciting news that you’re looking to announce. Whether you bought a new house or adopted a pet, adding a note and a photo to your custom Christmas cards is a great way to let everyone on your list know.

2. Send an Engagement Announcement or Save-the-Date

While weddings seem to become more extravagant year after year, the average length of an engagement is surprisingly short. In fact, most couples are only engaged for just 12 to 18 months before they tie the knot.

When you know you’ll only be engaged for a short time, it might be tempting to skip over formal traditions in favor of something quick and easy. But before you text or post to social media about the news, you might want to reconsider.

Sending an engagement announcement or even a save-the-date is a special gesture befitting of the occasion. Not only is it exciting mail for your friends and loved ones to receive, but it also acts as a special moment of your all-too-short engagement period.

3. Mail a Birth Announcement

In a time when social media reigns supreme, it’s no surprise that many parents choose to announce the arrival of their new little bundle of joy via a carefully worded, perfectly photographed Instagram or Facebook post. When you’re excited to share the news and want to show off your little one’s already adorable looks, it’s understandable that you’d opt for social media to get the word out as quickly as possible.

Regardless if you decide to post to social media, mailing a birth announcement is still an important tradition to keep. For grandparents, distant aunts and uncles, and even close friends, a beautiful paper birth announcement — especially one featuring a photo of your little one — is a great keepsake. Whether they display it on their refrigerator until they get to meet your newborn in-person or tuck it away in a scrapbook, it’s a small, simple token that can mean a lot to your friends and family members.

Sharing Your Big Moments

From birth and engagement announcements to sharing smaller milestones on your Christmas card, these are all great ways to celebrate life’s moments, both big and small, with your friends and loved ones near and far!


Kate Middleton’s sapphire blue Issa dress worn for her engagement announcement in 2010 is a silk wrap design by Brazilian designer Daniella Helayel.

The dress was reproduced in the same shade and went on to sell out again and again on net-a-porter and in Harvey Nichols, as “copy-Kates” rushed out to emulate their style icon.

Now, a more purse-friendly version has been unveiled as the star piece in the brand’s new capsule collection for Banana Republic, which goes on sale next month.

The jersey dress is a tad shorter than the original sell-out version but still features a wrap waist and ruched detailing. It’s available in both navy and plum and another similar style features short sleeves and a deep V-neck.

When Kate Middleton wore the sapphire blue Issa dress for her engagement announcement in 2010, she sparked one of the first of many Kate fashion frenzies

When Kate Middleton wore the sapphire blue Issa dress for her engagement announcement in 2010, she sparked one of the first of many Kate fashion frenzies

The collaboration was first announced back in April 2013, almost two years after Camilla Al Fayed bought a majority stake in the company and one month before founder and designer Daniella Helayel left the brand following rumors that both sides were unhappy.

The 40 piece collection promises that Kate Middleton’s style “will soon be within reach” thanks to a limited edition range that includes plenty of Duchess inspired wrap dresses as well as light knits, tops and accessories.

Speaking about the project earlier this year Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director and executive vice president of design, told WWD: “We always love animal prints such as zebra and giraffe stripes.

“Issa took that and modernized it. I love that the collection is our world and their world.”

Brazilian designer Daniella Helayel left the company after nine years, saying in May: “The time has come for me to move on to focus on my art, travel and other interests.”

“Creating Issa has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. I may be leaving, but the Issa girl will live forever in my heart.”

Camilla Al Fayed, daughter of ex-Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed, remains the majority shareholder as she oversees the company’s global expansion.

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