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Before and After: Birthday Party Etiquette

It seems like in today’s digital age it’s easy to get lost in the never-ending ability to just send an email as an invitation to an event, or write on someone’s facebook wall to thank them for something sweet they’ve done. But when it comes to planning a birthday party, there’s something sincere and truly touching when an actual invitation or thank you card is sent and received. If you’re planning a birthday party anytime soon, Cardstore has some tips for you to help make the invitation before the event feel special, and to make your thank you note for after the event the perfect reminder of why you’re so appreciative of what they’ve done.


Featured Cards: Purple Bunting Flag Birthday, Big Five O, Birthday Daily Journal Invite 

When inviting family and friends to a birthday celebration, whether it’s for you, on behalf of a significant other, or for a little one, it’s best to send your invitation out a month in advance for a more formal party, and 2 to 3 weeks in advance if it’s an informal gathering. Include where and when the party is with clear details about the venue, whether an RSVP is needed, and information about whether dinner, drinks, snacks, etc. will be served so they can plan accordingly. Browsing Cardstore’s many birthday party invitations can help you pick a theme that you can easily decorate around as well.


Featured Cards: Confetti Thanks, Ballerina Thanks, Polka Dot Balloon Thanks

After the party, birthday thank you cards provide the perfect chance to follow up on what a great time you had celebrating with your guests. Ideally, you or the little birthday boy or girl will write the thank you card within 2 to 3 days of the party so that excitement over the gift is still at its peak. You can even pick a thank you card with room for a photo so that a photo of you enjoying their gift can be added for a personalized touch. Be sure to mention how much you appreciate that they were able to celebrate your day with you, and that you’re looking forward to using their gift throughout the year. Sent 2 to 3 days after a party, birthday thank you cards are the final step needed in making sure all rules for birthday party etiquette are perfectly followed.

Celebrate your BFF–like only YOU can!

Everyone has a special bond with their best girlfriend–fueled by girls’ night out, weekend brunches, and phone calls and texts in between meetings. Your BFF is the one you turn to for support, celebration, fun, and even as a shoulder to cry on! When it’s time for a birthday, you better be ready to celebrate it like only YOU can–with a few laughs, a little wine, and a heartfelt birthday card made just for her.


Cardstore has a variety of BFF birthday cards perfect for old and new friends. Let her know that you’ve known her since she had her “natural hair color,” or simply write her to tell her that she really is your person. Get your friendship down in writing–to let her know how much you treasure your special connection!

CS_SC_BLG_BFF_SHELFTo commemorate a special moment, even capture a picture of you two together! Whatever you do, write a birthday message that has just the right amount of inside jokes and heartfelt memories to celebrate your friendship in style.

Cards pictured: My Person that I Love, Natural Birthday Wish, Bright Best Friend Frame, Birthday Donut Calories, and Vintage Birthday Cheers.

Sending Personalized Kids Birthday Thank You Cards

Once the cake has all been eaten, the streamers have been taken down, and the wrapping paper has been recycled, it’s time for a bit of well-deserved rest and relaxation after hosting a kid’s birthday party. The only problem is, those final thank you notes from the birthday boy or girl that need to be sent out always seem to be standing in the way! It can be so difficult to get a little one to sit down and write a sincere note (or just scribble in a sweet design), and for those who are just turning 1 or 2 (like so many of the Cardstore babies!), it’s simply impossible.

This year, why not make the process so much easier with kids birthday thank you cards from Cardstore? With so many cute designs to choose from that can be instantly personalized with a photo and note, there’s no better way to show friends and family how happy you and your little one are that they came and celebrated with you.

For the birthday girl, pick a card featuring some of her favorite things, whether that’s a crown fit for a princess, adorable owl, or sweet pink details. Let her add a message inside to tell family and friends how happy she is to have celebrated her big day with loved ones. CS_SC_BLG_kids_thanks_SHELF


Did your party have a pirate, or Wild West theme? For the birthday boy, there’s a card that fits in perfectly with your party decor. Be sure to take a picture of your birthday boy with his new gift and add it to the card for a cute and personalized touch that shows just how much he has been enjoying all the loot from his birthday.

CS_SC_BLG_kids_thanks_SHELF_2Whether it’s a kids thank you card from a birthday boy or girl, it’s sure to bring joy to everyone’s day with it’s completely personalized details. Be sure to look at all of Cardstore’s kids birthday thank you cards to find one that fits all your needs perfectly. Do you have your little ones help send their thank you cards?

Featured Cards: Princess Photo Thanks, Thank You Zig Zag, Owl Thanks, Pirate Photo Thanks, Yay Thanks

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?









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

Photo Birthday Invitations–50% off!

All birthday invitations are 50% off right now, which means that it’s the perfect time to check out the invites that Cardstore has to offer! Cardstore’s vast selection of photo birthday invitations means that you can invite friends and family to celebrate with a smile—at any age. Whether you’re seeking one of our colorful kids photo birthday invitations or a milestone photo birthday invitation to celebrate a big event, the variety of available photo birthday cards means that you can find your ideal birthday invite, no problem. Commemorate the years gone past with a slew of smiling pictures of decades past and present, or capture a photo of the birthday boy or girl in the moment. Browse through our selection to plan your next birthday party—and order invites at half off—today!

Photo Birthday Invites pictured: Birthday Daily Journal 30th Birthday Invitation, Pirate Hat Kids Birthday Invitation, & Forty Photo Frame Birthday Invitation.

Artist Spotlight: Strawberry Shortcake

Cardstore’s new line of Strawberry Shortcake cards are as sweet as the dessert that she’s named after. Perfect for every little girl (or nostalgic big girl), these adorable cards feature lots of flowers and bright colors (especially pink!) to make great birthday surprises and invitations. I’ve included a few of my favorites, but be sure to check out all of the Strawberry Shortcake designs here as well!

Flower Strawberry Shortcake and Kitten and Flower Field Birthday cards pictured above

Mardi Gras Inspiration Board

This Green Join Us Party Invitation has all the fun-loving spirit of Mardi Gras! What are you doing to celebrate Fat Tuesday–eating a King Cake, feasting on New Orleans food, or throwing a festive Carnivale themed party of your own? Have you ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans? Green Join Us Party Invitation

Food Network King Cake Recipe

Martha Stewart Bird Mask Tutorial

Sweetopia Mardi Gras Cookies Tutorial

Emerald Sparkled Mardi Gras Nails of the Day

Rainbow Birthday Party Inspiration

Any event that’s bright and colorful is sure to be a success–at least visually!  Why not use some of these ideas to throw a kid’s birthday party that’s rainbow themed? Colorful Birthday Flags Birthday Card

Martha Stewart Rainbow Cake

Birthday Party Rainbow Pinata

Zoku Rainbow Popsicle

Quick Dish Fruit Skewers

JustWink Funny Birthday Cards

We LOVE justWink’s selection of funny birthday cards, and we’re so excited that the brand has come to Cardstore! JustWink designs feature bright and bold design paired with fun and quirky humor. Particularly well-suited to anyone from your BFF to your cool younger brother, these youthful cards combine the best modern design with the striking, laugh out loud humor. These aren’t your grandmother’s birthday cards—unless your grandmother is one hip lady. We can’t wait to see even more designs from justWink that are coming our way, but for now, take a look at their line of birthday cards on the site.  Here’s a few of our favorites just as a teaser:

Pictured Above: Cat Sweater Birthday

and Sweet Unicorn Love justWink Birthday Cards

Comic Book Party Inspiration

Throw a comic book birthday party that’s sure to be super with these superhero-themed ideas. Simply begin with a Comic Book Birthday Invitation that really pops and build the rest of the party from there. Comic Book Party Birthday Invitation

Charmed Tasha Comic Book Make-Up Tutorial

One Charming Party Comic Book Bunting Flags

Kara’s Party Ideas Comic Book Cake

Catch My Party Superhero Capes