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Baby Shower for the Second Child

When a couple has their first child, the baby shower can often be a huge celebration with many guests and major gifts like car seats and strollers given. By the time the second child comes around, many moms aren’t looking to be showered in the gifts they received for the first child, and often want to celebrate with a much smaller group of family and friends. Called a “Sprinkle”, this more low-key affair for moms on baby #2, 3, 4, or more gives moms the chance to prepare for the baby’s impending arrival with more useful gifts such as diapers and wipes to complement the bigger baby items they already own from the baby shower for their first child. A sprinkle takes the focus away from the gift-giving aspect of a baby shower, and instead lets the expecting mom enjoy time with family and friends to celebrate the newest addition to her family. As these sprinkles are gaining in popularity, we’ve collected some of the best tips below to make planning and throwing a sprinkle stress-free, and full of pre-baby fun.

1. Pick a date. Even though sprinkles are less formal than showers, be sure to pick a date that’s far enough in advance so that your invitations can be sent out 4 to 6 weeks in advance and is about 2 months before her due date so she’ll have plenty of time to do any last-minute prepping before the baby arrives.

2. Decide on a guest list. Does the mom-to-be want as many friends and family there as possible, or is she hoping to keep the gathering to a smaller group? Is this going to be a kid-friendly sprinkle so the older sibling can be involved? Make sure you know what she’s expecting, and plan accordingly with the guest list.

3. Send the invitationsCardstore’s normal baby shower invitations can be used for sprinkles as well, where the less-fussy details of the get-together can be emphasized. If you want to include a note about gift suggestions (hand-made items, formula, onesies, etc.), this can give guests a better idea of what to expect for the shower.

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Featured Cards: Bonjour Bebe, Whale Oh Boy, Oh Baby Girl

4. Get creative with decorations. If the second child is a different sex than the mom’s first child, picking a cute theme to fit this is a fun way to celebrate the little one. Be sure to check out Cardstore’s Pinterest board for some ridiculously sweet decor and party activity ideas.

5. Create a menu. As sprinkles generally feature a more intimate group and more casual theme, it’s best to keep the menu light to keep the whole affair stress-free. If kids will be invited, be sure to include some kid-friendly fare that will help make the sprinkle a blast for them as well.

The best part about a sprinkle is that it lets the expecting mom and her family and friends focus on what really matters; the new addition to the family! Have you ever been to a sprinkle? What was your favorite part about the celebration?

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo: Party Planning Tips

Here at Cardstore, we’ll use just about any holiday as an excuse to plan a party, which is why we’re so excited for all the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festivities. Held on Sunday, May 5th, this seems like the perfect excuse to send some invitations to friends and host a get-together in the gorgeous spring weather. To help with all of your party-planning, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo ideas that are sure to make your gathering a success.

  • Start with the invitations. Since Cinco de Mayo is normally celebrated with bright and festive colors, pick an invitation to send to friends which features vibrant hues. Check out some of our favorite options gathered below. 

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Featured Cards: Orange Join Us, Colorful Stripes, Colorful Party Invitation

  • Plan the menu! Bring out some classic Mexican food for the occasion by making sure there are plenty of tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa (both spicy and mild!), as well as a buffet-style taco bar.  No Cinco de Mayo party could be complete without the addition of a great Margarita, so find a favorite recipe and perfect it before your guests arrive. Don’t forget to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth too with some adorable ideas like treat-filled pinata cookies or these ridiculously cute and detailed Cinco de Mayo cookies.
  • As a finishing touch, plan out your decor. Using your invitation as inspiration, incorporate plenty of bright colors into your decorations. Piñatas can take center stage for this holiday, so why not make some of your own mini piñatas? They would not only make a great decoration, but could be sweet party favors for any little ones you’re hosting. Decorating the taco bar or margarita station with fringed paper done in the colors of your invites also gives the party an authentic and fun-filled feel. As a finishing touch, create your own Cinco de Mayo playlist or take this favorite playlist as inspiration.

How do you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? Share some of your own party tips below!

Celebrating the Bride – Bridal Shower Invitations

The wedding is only a few weeks away, which means it’s time to celebrate the star of the show – the bride! Bringing friends and family together for a bridal shower is the perfect chance to shower her with your best wishes, excitement, and love before all the business of her big day. If you’re looking to plan a bridal shower for your best friend and the bride-to-be, Cardstore has plenty of stylish bridal shower invitations that will fit the style of any bride and the theme of your bridal shower. Why not celebrate the fact that she’s going to be a bride very soon with invitations that feature the adorable phrase, “Bride-To-Be” in a variety of styles and colors. With bouquets and veils added to the card, it leaves guests feeling even more excited to celebrate that fact that she’ll be walking down the aisle so soon.

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Featured Cards: Black Skirt Bride, Orange White Bride, Bridal Veil, Bride To Be Banner

To prepare the bride-to-be for her walk down the aisle, you can choose a bridal shower invitation that features the classic phrase “Here Comes the Bride”. Sent to your guests, an invitation with this phrase that’s decorated with sweetly feminine details like a gorgeous pair of heels will leave them all ready to shower the bride with their total enthusiasm.

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Featured Cards: Bride ShoesPink Sparkles BrideHere Comes the Bride Heels

While it’s a blast to celebrate the bride surrounded by all her girl friends, sometimes it’s even better to get the groom involved! If you’re looking to host a couples shower, be sure to send an invitation that specifies it’s a shower for the two of them. With phrases like “It Takes Two” featured or two love birds decorating the card, it’s the perfect way to show the unity that’s sure to come out of their upcoming union.

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Featured Cards: Nesting Time, Perfect Pair, Formal Bridal Cake, Red Blue Love

How do you celebrate the bride-to-be in the days leading up to her wedding day?

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Have you found the perfect green outfit to wear for St. Patrick’s Day yet? What about a shamrock-themed recipe to bring to that St. Patrick’s Day party you were invited to? If not, Cardstore has you covered. With a little over two weeks left until St. Patrick’s Day (it’s on Sunday, March 17th), it’s time to get all your party-planning in order! If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, Cardstore has plenty of invitations that will fit the style of your celebration. Whether it’s going to be a traditional party full of Irish cheer or a party that will leave everyone ready to “ShamROCK“, you’ll easily find an invitation to personalize for your event. Add the details of when and where the party will be, along with RSVP information and a reminder to wear green, to help your guests prepare to get their Irish on.

If you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day party ideas, why not check out Cardstore’s St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board? Featuring recipe ideas, crafts to decorate your home with, goody bags, and plenty of activities that will keep the kids busy during the party, it’s the best place to stop for any and all St. Patrick’s Day inspiration. How do you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

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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

How To: New Year’s Eve Party Invitations

2012 has flown by and it’s almost time to ring in the New Year! To help make sure 2013 starts out with a bang, why not host your own New Year’s Eve party this year? It’s best to start thinking about your invitations now, as people will be trying to figure out their New Year’s plans soon. To help with the planning process, we’ve got several tips that should make creating your New Year’s Eve party invitations a breeze.

1. Plan your guest list. Will this be a family affair with young kids who won’t want to stay up until midnight? Or will you be hosting your friends for a cocktail party? Decide on a group that will mesh well and want to celebrate the arrival of the new year in a similar style. Once you’ve decided on your guests, you can choose whether to address the envelopes yourself or have Cardstore email the invitations to your recipients for you.

2. Pick a time that fits the style of your party and add it to the invitation. If you’re hosting a quiet family gathering with little ones, it may be best to host a dinner and have the kids celebrate the start of the New Year at a more friendly time, like 9 p.m.. If you’re having a more classic New Year’s Eve party, invite guests over at around 8 or 9 to make sure there’s plenty of time for socializing, desserts, and games before the ball drops at midnight.

3. Add the location and RSVP details to the invitation. Knowing who will be attending helps you plan your food, drinks, and activities accordingly and helps to prevent any surprises on the day of your event.

With these simple tips, you should be ready to host a New Year’s Eve party that’s sure to be a memorable start to 2013! How do you plan on ringing in the New Year?

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Featured invitations: Spotted New Year, Ring In The New Year,  Yellow Year Countdown, Red Green Blue Starburst

Hostess How To: Sending Holiday Party Invitations

It may still be October, but every day brings us closer and closer to the holiday season.. which means it’s time to start thinking about what holiday celebrations you’ll be hosting this year! Save some time and stress by getting started with your holiday planning now. Start your holiday party invitations now, and you’ll be thanking yourself when the date of your event is fast approaching! As you get started, we have these three tips for you:

  1. Determine the theme and general atmosphere for your party. Will it be a black tie affair, or a relaxed gathering? For a more upscale party, pick a holiday party invitation that shows what attire you’ll be expecting everyone to wear. If it’s a kid-friendly event, choose an invitation featuring some cute holiday characters and more vibrant colors.
  2. Select the time of day for the event. An afternoon pot-luck can be much more laid back, whereas an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres would be more formal. Include the time of day, location, any instructions on what to bring, as well as a way for guests to RSVP (email or phone number). Knowing how many people plan on attending will help you tremendously when planning seating arrangements and a menu.
  3. Create a guest list. Decide who you’d enjoy celebrating the holidays with the most, but also be sure to consider how many people your venue can comfortable hold. Gather their names and addresses together to create a fun mix of family and friends who will make the holidays even better. (Don’t forget that you can to load addresses into your Cardstore Address Book now, even before you finalize the rest of your party planning details!)

Once all of your planning and preparation has been taken care of regarding the style of the invitation, the time and place, and the guest list, it’s time to send out your invitations! Send invitations out six to eight weeks prior to the event to help ensure your party is number one on their list, and avoids any holiday rush from last-minute party invitations.

Now is the perfect time to create and send your own holiday party invitations to help get the season started off right, the question is… what themes are you considering for your holiday party?

Sending Thanksgiving Invitations

Thanksgiving may be more than a month away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about this deliciously fun holiday. Why not start the process of preparing for the feast by finalizing your guest list? How many people do you plan on having around your table, and will there be both family and friends? Once you’ve compiled your list of guests, collect their addresses together to make sending the cards even easier. Once you’re fully prepped, pick a Thanksgiving invitation that fits your style from our personalizable collection. Add the date of the celebration (Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 22nd this year), your address,  the time all the food and fun will be served, and information for RSVP purposes.

Sending Thanksgiving invitations out at least a month in advance will give people plenty of time to plan their visits accordingly, and will put you at the top of their Thanksgiving day plans. It also encourages RSVPs, which will save you time and money in planning and prepping for the Thanksgiving meal. You may even be inspired by one of our Thanksgiving invitations to help with your decorations! Done in rich fall shades, the design of the card can help to plan how you set your Thanksgiving table to give the day an even more cohesive feel.

Even if you’ve never sent Thanksgiving invitations before, there’s no better year to begin. Be sure to browse our collection of invitations to help get you started on hosting a Thanksgiving meal that will leave family and friends thankful for your love,  friendship, and fantastic cooking! Stop by our facebook too where you can participate in a poll and tell us if you send Thanksgiving dinner invitations to friends, family, friends & family, don’t send them at all, or are always on the receiving end.

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Cards featured: Thanksgiving Family Dinner Invitation, Autumn Leaves Party Invitation, Orange Flower Fall Invitation, Falling Leaf Party Invitation

Take Two Tuesday: Bats Everywhere!

Make your entryway match your Halloween invitation with this pairing, each featuring a majestic flurry of bats gathering to make Halloween that much more frightening.

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Cardstore.com Purple Bats Halloween Invitation

Country Living Bats at the Door

Inspiration Board: Creepy Spider Halloween Party

I find a tiny spider more fear-inducing than any zombie or ghost in a movie. Even looking at a photo of a spider makes me start frantically brushing off my arms and back, convinced I have one crawling on me! If you want to throw a truly creepy Halloween party, I recommend one themed around everyone’s least favorite creepy crawlers. Take inspiration from these relatively cute spider decorations and party ideas, and expand it from there!

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Cardstore.com Orange Spiders Halloween Invitation

Balloon Spider and Glittered Spider Candles from Martha Stewart

Spider Baked Goods from Bakerella

Spider Lights at At Home with Kim Vallee