Chill out this summer with watermelon mint ice pops

One of my go-to summer recipes is a spin on this salad, but given it has made an appearance at a picnic or two every summer, I couldn’t help but think I’d hear a collective sigh of boredom this year if I showed up with the same dish. I love the refreshing quality […] Read More »

desktop beautification project – July 2015 {a free desktop wallpaper}

Download your free July 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

Kelsey here, and I’m so excited to be back on the Cardstore Blog, sharing this bright and cheerful desktop-wallpaper with you! I love creating patterns with texture, flow, and pops of bright color, so today’s wallpaper is a watercolor background inspired by summer and all the beautiful shades that I see […] Read More »

Say THANKS! 17 hostess gift ideas for your next summer party

It’s summertime, and that means party season is in full swing! At some point in time, we’ve all been the hostess with the mostest, so we know how much energy goes into planning—and actually executing—a successful party. That’s why being prepared with just the right hostess gift and thank you […] Read More »

more than s’smores – a s’mores party with a little extra zest

What's better than s'mores? S'mores with fun stuff on them! Here are tasty some tips for your next s'mores party.

Summer has arrived, school is out, and it’s time to throw some backyard parties! Although I love a barbeque, they can be a lot of work (not to mention the fact that we don’t own a grill). This year, I’ve much preferred hosting s’mores parties—it’s easier, it feels super festive, […] Read More »

Celebrate Summer – a DIY flower crown

Today, I thought I would share a relatively quick and easy DIY flower crown tutorial that’s suitable for any warm-weather festivity—whether it’s a backyard wedding, a summer music festival, or even a family photo shoot. What you’ll need: A large bouquet of flowers (from your local supermarket or fresh from […] Read More »

Surprise! A 40th birthday full of pink and gold

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

Last week, our resident party planner, Elizabeth, shared her 5 must-have items for easy party planning. This week, she’s back to show us how she put those helpful tips to use for her sister’s surprise 40th birthday party! —————- With my big sis turning 40 this year, I knew we just […] Read More »

Share the love – how to turn your vacation pictures into a sendable keepsake

Share the love - how to turn your vacation pictures into a sendable keepsake

Earlier this summer, we took a trip to the Outer Banks for our first family vacation since before Carter was born—and, as anyone who has ever taken a 12-hour road trip with a 2-year-old knows, this is a serious feat of endurance for which they really should give out awards :) […] Read More »

5 customizable party craft ideas for kids, perfect for their next birthday!

5 customizable party craft ideas for kids, perfect for their next birthday! | Cardstore Blog

When I was a kid, I liked playing games at birthday parties, but I always thought it was way more special when I got to make a craft that I could bring home with me. To help spread some of that birthday party magic, I’ve put together some of my […] Read More »

Fiesta Brights party: celebrating summer and 30 years

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday, and I’ve talked a couple times about the planning (in this backyard party series and this giant display numbers DIY), and now, I’m excited to finally share photos of how it all came together! You may also like: Backyard Gone Glam #1: outdoor party decoration ideas Backyard […] Read More »

Fiesta Brights {color mixer}

A bright and fun color palette to inspire your next project or party! #color #palette #party #bright #fun

A few weeks ago, I talked about how a theme (even if it’s just a color one) can help with planning a party. Having just finished planning one myself, I can definitely reiterate that it’s so very true. I’ve been busy this summer preparing for my 30th birthday party, and […] Read More »