| Announcing Baby

Being a print designer, I am generally biased towards printed birth announcements. Brian and I sketched the drawing we mailed to announce our daughter Ivy’s birth to distract ourselves in the hospital. (We had a scheduled c-section so I wasn’t in labor, just incredibly antsy and anxious.) I loved Erin Jang’s announcement for her son Miles, her simplicity is perfect. However, this year some of our friends have totally changed the game.


John Jensen created this film to announce the birth of his daughter Sophie—it is stunningly beautiful. Check his website to see more of John’s genius, including the packaged DVDs for Sophie’s VIPs.


I love the story Joseph Esposito tells in this little film.  Bella chose to make a big entrance during one of the terrible snowstorms that hit NYC last winter—they needed a police escort to the hospital!

These video announcements are a treat for family and friends, but my favorite part is imagining the kids watching them when they are older. What an amazing gift for their new babies!

| Party Paper

We take birthdays pretty seriously around here.  I am always on board with an excuse for treats and streamers, and why not make a kid feel like a superstar for a day? Ivy lives for a party and has loved a good project since her little fingers could grab a crayon, so I always try to include her in things like thank you notes, decorations, and of course invitations. Her birthday is next month (as she constantly reminds us) so she is in full party planning mode. We were reminiscing about some of her past invitations.

As Ivy approached two, it was all robots all the time. She LOVED them. We bought some slightly metallic paper and printed a very simple robot. Taking inspiration from Brooke’s counting card, we attached some candy buttons to his tummy. Ivy had fun slipping the buttons into the plastic (trimmed cellophane bags) and helped glue the googley eyes on. Voila!

For her third birthday, she decided on an animal party. [Sidenote truth: Ivy was way ahead of this season's leopard trend. I think it's the Brooklyn in her—she observed it on a neighbor a while back and fell in love.] We printed a few sheets of leopard print and cut out the simple silhouettes. Ivy added whiskers and a button nose to her list of gluing responsibilities. Done and done.

The days of robots and animals are long past—princesses reign supreme and there is no stopping it. Given executive control, Ivy would bedazzle Disney cards and smear them with a good thick coat of glitter glue. We are in negotiations for a happy medium. Ideas?