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Celebrating Co-worker Birthdays–Fun Ways to Party at the Office

Americans spend over one third of their day at work–and that likely includes a fair share of birthdays. We’ve all seen “The Office,” and know just how funny co-worker birthday parties can get. But, how do you make the office a fun and professional space to celebrate? If you have a co-worker with a birthday coming up, we have an easy checklist to help you celebrate in style.

  • Decorate their space: Get there a few minutes early and add some cute decorations to their cube! Crepe paper and confetti are always nice (although, you don’t want to get confetti everywhere), but feel free to get creative! Do they have a Labrador puppy obsession? Plaster the space with adorable pictures. Is there any running office joke that could be added to with some rudimentary Photoshop or crafting skills? Go for it! Make your decorations as personal as possible to get a real laugh.
  • Organize the Birthday Lunch: The birthday lunch is the most important part of the coworker birthday celebration. You could always go out for lunch at a favorite spot and split the bill, but a homemade option can be just as fun. Instead of bringing in a cake, have everyone bring in sweets around a favorite theme, color, or flavor. This can be based off your coworker’s favorite foods, the season, or anything that will bring some coherence to your birthday lunch. Decorate to match! If they aren’t so much of a sweet person, have a potluck centered around their favorite type of food–be it anything from Mexican to BBQ–and have everyone bring a part! Decide if you want to surprise them or not, and organize a time at which everyone can meet.
  • The Birthday Card: Decide if you want one birthday card that each co-worker signs, or if you guys want to split up and each get your own. Think about sharing a photo of the office in a photo birthday card–to add a personalized touch to your office birthday card, or getting a funny birthday card made for your co-worker. If you’re circulating a card or two, don’t wait until the last minute! Get it going the day before, so that everyone has time to write a sincere birthday greeting.
  • Divide and Conquer: Don’t wait until the day before, and end up doing all the work yourself. Once you’ve decided on a fun theme or idea, circulate an email to the office, and after gauging interest, encourage everyone to sign up for a small part.

Do you have any ideas for celebrating co-worker birthdays? Or, better yet, do you have any funny stories about co-worker parties at your office?

Celebrate National Handwriting Day With Personalized Stationery

When it comes to keeping in contact with old friends, sending an email, text, or facebook message is one of the easiest and most convenient ways of staying in touch. Yet there’s something so undeniably sentimental, romantic, and heartfelt about receiving a handwritten letter in the mail when all you’re expecting is another bill. This Wednesday, January 23rd marks National Handwriting Day. National Handwriting Day is celebrated on January 23rd in honor of John Hancock’s birthday. John Hancock was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and is famous for his large and bold signature. This National Handwriting Day, take John Hancock as inspiration to add your signature to a personalized note for a friend or loved one.

Pick out some personalized stationery that matches your style; whether featuring a monogram, photo, or floral details, there’s a stationery design to fit you. Handwriting is said to be a window into the soul, so why not put your handwriting on display? Thanks to this article on scribd, I’ve learned that those who write with a right slant have a response to communication, those with upright handwriting are independent, and if there is a left slant the writer tends to be reserved. People who write with a large print tend to be extroverts and outgoing, while those with small writing can be thinkers or academics. Do you think your handwriting represents who you are?

This National Handwriting Day, I’m planning on reclaiming the lost art of handwriting by sending personalized stationery to someone special. Once you’ve found the perfect personalized stationery though, there’s no better excuse to send handwritten notes throughout the year. Who will you send a letter to this month and for the rest of the year?

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Featured Cards: Gray Paint Stationery, Colored Circle Stationery, Yellow Mosaic Thanks Stationery

How-To: Valentine’s Day Party Invitations

Valentine’s Day has always seemed like the perfect excuse to host a party full of friends and loved ones, yet so few people really use this fantastic holiday to its full potential. Valentine’s Day is often celebrated only by couples or with the exchange of school Valentine’s Day cards between little ones, but to me this holiday featuring pinks, reds, hearts, DIY gifts, and chocolate galore just begs to be celebrated at a Valentine’s Day party between single friends, other couples, or a mix of everyone you know. Who knows, maybe some of your single friends will find love at your Valentine’s Day party?

Cardstore’s selection of Valentine’s Day party invitations feature the sweet and childlike love often associated with Valentine’s Day that make a perfect theme for a Valentine’s Day party for adults or for younger ones. Pick a design you like and add the details of the day to the invitation. Since February 14th falls on a Thursday this year, who not host a party that night or over the weekend? Be sure to include where and when the party will be, RSVP details, and whether your guests should bring something to the party. Send out these invitations as soon as possible yourself, or have Cardstore send the invitations for you, so friends can clear their calendars for your celebration.

When it comes closer to gathering decorating supplies and food for your Valentine’s Day party, be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day pinterest board! With plenty of DIY party favors, decor ideas, sweet treats, and more, this board makes it simple to find ideas that are sure to make your Valentine’s Day party the highlight of your friends’ month. How do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?

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Featured cards: Elephant Hug Party card, Deer Love Party card, Giraffe Hug Party card, Chocolate Pink Hearts card

Just Arrived: Military Valentines Perfect for Sending Your Love!

Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays- so many sweet treats and messages of love! But for the men and women of our armed forces, celebrating these holidays while away from home can be especially difficult.

Cardstore would like to help you to create a special Military Valentine’s Day card to a send your love and thanks in an extra personal kind of way. We know that any message from home is a sweet reminder of loved ones, but when you add a favorite family photo, it’s a like sending a little piece of you. (Don’t forget to include a message that says how proud you are to know and support them during their service, too! Sure, they already know, but it’s always nice to hear again!)

To help make sending Valentine’s Day cards to military members even easier, Cardstore has a special offer- all of our Military Valentine’s Day cards are just 99 cents each, plus free shipping! After you’ve created and personalized your special card, use coupon code CSA3116 at check out. CS SC BLG military IMAGE2; Just Arrived: Military Valentines Perfect for Sending Your Love!

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Featured cards: Big Valentine Heart Card, Proud Military Heart Card, Saving Valentine Love Card, Valentine Heart Flag Card, Proud Daughter Card, Patriotic Valentine Serving Card

Valid January 16th through February 5th. See additional coupon details below.

Create any of the Military Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards for 99c each, plus free standard shipping when code CSA3116 is applied at checkout. Offer valid through 2/5/13 and is limited to the following SKUs: 3346100, 3345494, 3345594, 3345495, 3345516, and 3345515. Coupon code CSA3116 must be entered during online checkout. Coupon includes domestic standard shipping & handling charges (APO/FPO addresses are included in domestic shipping). This offer cannot be combined with other offers. Coupon code is not valid on previous purchases, and excludes all plush and greeting card bundles as well as non-card items. Coupon code may be used to purchase more than one Military Valentine’s Day Greeting card but is not valid on orders of 150 cards or more.  Discount applied at checkout. To prevent abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer at any time without notice. Offer is subject to change and expires at 11:59 pm PT on 2/5/13. Offer intended for use in the United States, US territories, and Canada.

How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday Cards

One of the most classic parts of the holiday season is the giving and receiving of holiday cards . It’s a special treat to see all of the colorful and happy greetings on display, but what do you with them once the holiday season ends? Throwing them away can be difficult, and can even bring a feeling of guilt for some of us! This year, why not turn those holiday cards into something really useful- gift tags for next year’s gifts!

Start by collecting all of the holiday cards you’ve received, and select those that are decorated with festive designs and messages you like best. It’s best to keep an open and creative mind when choosing cards… and yes, you can even use photo cards for this craft! (*Tip- Be sure there is not any writing on the opposite side of the design, otherwise there will be no where to add your “to” and “from” later on!)

Once you have your cards picked out, follow these simple steps and turn your holiday cards into gift tags that will be perfect to use on gifts during next year’s holidays.

CS SC BLG step 1; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsFirst, cut off the section of the card with the design or message that you want to use for the gift tag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 2; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsNext, snip off the edges create a cute gift tag design. (*Tip- try using craft scissors to create fun edges!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 3; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsThen, put a hole through the top of the tag with a hole punch for the ribbon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 4; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsNow you can thread a festive ribbon through the hole. (*Tip- try using yarn for an extra-special handmade look!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG step 5; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday Cards Finally, when you’re ready to use your gift tag,  just flip it over and write in your “To” and “From” on the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG crafts IMAGE; How To: Make Gift Tags out of Holiday CardsEveryone will love to receive your handmade gift tags, and you’ll love the feeling of putting those cards to good use after the season. Check out some “before” and “after” photos of gift tags we made from Cardstore cards, and then go give it a try!

Don’t forget to save your newly created gift tags with the rest of your holiday wrapping paper to add to gifts for next year! Will you try this fun and simple craft? Tell us about it below!

 

 

 

New Year, New You: Never Miss a Birthday Again

We have entered the new year, which means it’s time for making resolutions! It’s easy to set some very lofty goals for 2013, but it’s much harder to make sure those resolutions are actually kept. This year, why not make a resolution we can help you keep… we challenge you to resolve to never miss a birthday (or any special occasion) again! Each year seems to get more and more busy, so it can be really easy to miss that birthday or special occasion you meant to send a card for. But with Cardstore’s future send option, you can prepare for every special occasion of the year- right now! There’s no reason to ever miss a special event again by following these simple steps:

1. Pick a birthday card for your recipient, and after editing it to add a photo, their name, or a personalized note, select the “Mail to the Recipient” option

2. After adding the birthday guy or gal’s address, select “I’ll schedule a date” for delivery

3. Once that is selected, pick any date within the upcoming year to have the birthday card delivered right on time for their big day. (Sending Anniversary or Thinking of You cards instead? The same easy steps apply!)

4. Add the card to your cart!

With the future send option, there’s no reason not to have your resolution of never missing a birthday again be met. What other resolutions are you planning on keeping in 2013?

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Cards featured above: Birthday Doodles Boy birthday card, Fiftieth Birthday birthday card