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It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  This is especially true for images that capture significant life milestones like an engagement or retirement.  Occasions like these call for more than just taking a picture for your Facebook page or scrapbook.  You want to share your joy with family and friends.  If you are looking to take your announcement or celebration to the next level, consider using one of these creative ideas to let your picture do the talking.


Embed Your Message in the Photo

Using words in a photograph has become a popular way to make a major announcement to family and friends.  Want to go beyond a homemade sign on cardboard?  Consider these ideas:

  • Write your message on a chalkboard. This can be a fun way to announce a college acceptance or a major academic award or achievement.
  • Spell out your message with magnetic letters. Consider using this idea for a child’s first day of school or a birth announcement.
  • Get in the spirit of the season and carve your message into a pumpkin(s).
  • Use natural elements, like rocks or flowers, to spell your message out.


Tell your Story with a Photo Collage

Here is a reflective and heartfelt way to celebrate a milestone like a wedding anniversary, high school or college graduation, or retirement.  Choose photos that depict significant events in your journey or highlight key moments.  If it is a child’s graduation, use pictures from each of their first days of school from growing up.  If you are celebrating a retirement, pick photos that show you at work throughout your career.  Ask family and friends to share photos for the collage to make it a shared project.  You can display your collage at a party or celebration or keep it as a reminder of your special milestone.


Turn Your Photo into an Edible Creation

Hungry for something a little different?  Have your photo printed on a cake, or even cookies, to serve at a celebration.  Many bakeries and grocery stores can take a photo and print it onto the icing of the cake of your choice.  If you search the Internet, you can find dozens of bakers and companies who can print your picture on cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.  Although fun for all occasions, this is an especially whimsical way to celebrate a child’s milestone or a baby shower.

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