No matter how you spin it, telling your close friends and family that you are pregnant is going to be a memorable and happy occasion. Of course, you can just come out and tell them but since this may be a once in a lifetime experience why not make a little effort to make it even more fun and memorable? Below is a list of creative ways to announce to your family and friends that you are pregnant.

  • Take a mug shot

If you have always enjoyed taking photos with your family, this can turn out to be your best family photo ever. Take the first picture, asking them to "Say Cheese!" Then, for the second photo, say, "Everyone say, Karen’s pregnant!" Take a quick snapshot--you'll get a great, stunned look on everyone's faces.

  • A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words.

Give your loved ones something to keep on their dresser by giving them an engraved photo frame. Buy a frame and have it personalized with your due date month and year on it and put either a poem, a picture of your positive pregnancy test, or your ultrasound picture inside.

  • Homemade cookie Surprise.

Are you in charge of bringing a dish for the next potluck? Sign up for dessert and bring cupcakes, cookies or donuts that are frosted with pink and blue icing. Watch to see who picks up on the subtle hint.

  • A New Family Tree.

A fantastic way to announce to your family that there will be a new baby in the family is to give them an updated version of your family tree. There are many great resources where you can buy or download a family tree. Just leave a blank space under yours and your husband’s name and write in pencil your due date. This would make a perfect gift if you had it framed or for those who have scrapbooking loved ones, a scrapbook page would be perfect!

  • Pass the Peas.

At your next dinner party, announce your pregnancy by slipping in a subtle, "Can you please pass the peas? I'm eating for two these days!"

  • Site Update.

A great way to keep friends and relatives updated on your pregnancy is to create an online pregnancy journal, so why not use this as a way to announce your pregnancy also? Do a search for "free online pregnancy journal" and get started building your site today.

  • Game Night.

If you routinely play games during family or friend get-togethers, try switching out one of the game pieces to announce your pregnancy. For example, tape a new note over on the Community Chest cards in Monopoly to read, "Anna's having a baby, give $10 to each player," or pull out the right letters from your Scrabble Crossword Game before your guest arrive and hide them in your pocket so you can lay down, "Pregnant" on the board while you play.

It's not every day that you get pregnant, so go out and give people a pleasant surprise that they will remember forever. You may even want to try catching all of it on video, so think ahead and prepare for the big moment.