Only what you need for your baby. Really. (OK – and some fantastic things you don’t that are pretty cool.)
Subcategory of the former: the kind of person who designs your own letterpress birth announcements and prints them at your local printing press, including a tasteful black and white photo, affixed by hand to the inside with understated photo corners and perfectly kerned names and dates. Alternate subcategory: the kind of person who has scrapbooking supplies on hand and enjoys a nice afternoon at a flat table with bric brac and glitter.
Let me be clear: I am the kind of person (second child, lacking in memorabilia from my own childhood, a little OCD) who sends birth announcements. I am not the kind of person who has any facility with a printing press or a glue gun or knows anyone who will hook me up with their own skills in that department for cheap. So I used Tiny Prints for our birth announcements (and Christmas cards and birthday invitations – oh, and shower invitations too) and I love them. They offer charming card choices and a meticulous process and, since they’re located in the Bay Area, their turnaround on my custom orders is ridiculous. Like, I have the prints in my hands in a week or less. But the main thing is that I love the cards themselves.
So if you’re looking to have a place lined up to print your happy announcements, consider them. They rock.
(You can pre-select designs you like before the baby comes and save them in your account. Once little Herkimer is in your arms, you can just drop in the appropriately adorable photo and voila!)