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Cooking With Mom – Sharing Favorite Recipes

For many kids and adults, some of their favorite memories with Mom have been spent in the kitchen or around the dinner table. Whether she was whipping up a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookies or making your favorite birthday meal, cooking with Mom is a memory that never fades. Many of us have such distinct memories of the food our Mothers have made over the years that a whiff of her home-made lasagna can bring back memories of family gatherings and stories.

For Mother’s Day, whether you’re celebrating with a special Mother’s Day brunch or recreating some of your Mom’s recipes for your own children, we think it’s incredibly important to share those recipes and memories from the one who started it all- your mom. If you’re thinking about gift ideas, compiling some of your favorite recipes together that Mom has made over the years is a sweet way to show her how much you pay attention to what she contributes to every event.

A few of Cardstore’s own Mother’s Day cards are kitchen and cooking-themed, perfect for that Mom or Grandma who always has something fresh coming out of the oven. Picking a card that lets you personalize the front with details about what you love most about her is another fun way to give Mom a shout out about some of your favorite things she’s made over the years. What are some of your favorite recipes passed down from your Mom?

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Featured Cards: Grandma’s Kitchen and Cafe, It’s Not Spoiling if Grandma Does it,  Top 3 Mom Things

Perfect Planning for a Graduation Party

Graduates across the country are starting to don their caps and gowns for a commencement ceremony (whether it’s from preschool, high school, or college), which means it’s time to start thinking about throwing that perfect graduation party! Between attending other parties and planning your own, it can be tough to get everything prepared and ready beforehand to prevent any last-minute stress, so Cardstore has compiled some of our favorite tips that should help to make this year’s graduation party planning a breeze!

1. Create a guest list! Since graduation parties should include everyone who has supported the grad over the years, many people invite family members, friends from school and other activities, and the families of friends as well. Depending on how formal you want the event to be, you can decide whether or not to include young children in the festivities.

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Featured Cards: Handlettering Grad Invitation, Celebrate GradHoundstooth Grad Photo Invitation 

2. Pick an invitation that celebrates the graduate. Choosing an invitation with a photo of the grad is always a favorite for recipients, but not necessary. If you can get a picture of them in their cap and gown prior to the event, it will add a festive touch to the invitations that everyone will love. If not, just be sure to include the specifics of the celebration, along with when their actual graduation ceremony is so everyone knows the exact details of the graduate’s achievement. Since graduation is such a busy season for families, try to send your invitations out 2-3 weeks in advance to make sure all of the grad’s favorite people can be there to join in the celebration.

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Featured Cards: Laurel Design Grad Invitation, Formal Grad Invitation VerticalClassic Pattern Grad Invitation YellowWatercolor Floral Grad Invitation

3. Decide on a venue. Many people choose to hold graduation parties in their own homes to keep costs low and make the party planning even easier. You may even consider co-hosting the party with another graduate so that costs can be split and you have a set-up and clean-up partner!

4. Choose a menu. Remember, graduation parties are about spending time to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduate, so keep things simple! Setting up a buffet with foods that can easily be made in advance and don’t require much reheating is often the most stress-free idea. Whether inspired by these 5 Graduation Party Menu Ideas or some of our Pinterest graduation party food finds, be sure to pick a menu that doesn’t require too much work during the actual party.

5. Decorate away! Pick a theme that the grad will love, whether that means decorating the tables with their trophies and certificates, decorating in the school colors, or picking a theme like a “Smart Cookie” party with plenty of cookies and milk, make sure the grad is on board with what you’re planning. Adding something for friends and family to sign as they leave, like a photo of the grad, is a one-of-a-kind keepsake the graduate will treasure. Be sure to check out Cardstore’s Graduation Pinterest board for plenty of graduation decoration inspiration.

What are some of your favorite party-planning tips that can be used for upcoming graduation parties?

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!

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

Peppermint Inspiration Board

Add a tasty touch to the Christmas season with some of these peppermint holiday treats! Peppermints are certainly some of the prettiest sweets around, and this holiday card is sure to invoke memories of some of your sweeter Christmases.

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Cardstore.com Candy Cane Jar Christmas Card

Martha Stewart Candy Cane Cocktail

Sunset Crushed Peppermint Cheesecake

Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Spreaders

Martha Stewart Peppermint Eggnog

Why Don’t You… July 16 & 17

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… make sophisticated friendship bracelets? As a girl, I always felt there was something so special about sharing a friendship bracelet I had made with a close friend. Using this DIY tutorial from Dear Lizzy, friendship bracelets are all grown up in the most stylish way possible. Wrapped in velvet, this is a bracelet that is so easy to make and incredibly pretty too.

063011 lemonslush2; Why Dont You... July 16 & 17… make refreshing summer slushies? If the weather in your area is anything like it is here, you’re hot and constantly craving cool summer treats. When I came across these Lemon Lime Slush Cups on Momtastic, that are cleverly held inside the lemons, I knew it would be my go-to treat for the weekend. Cleaning out the lemon rinds is easy enough for the kids to help with too, so it can be a fun activity everyone can get involved in.

Why Don’t You… June 18 & 19

7 french picnic basket 600; Why Dont You... June 18 & 19… have an early summer picnic? This idea, seen on Saveur, looks like a lovely way to begin the sumer months. While this French picnic is stunning and looks delicious, any yummy treats would make a summer picnic a fun excursion.

berrytags1; Why Dont You... June 18 & 19… treat someone to summer fruit? I’ve never canned much of anything, but with the bounty of summer fruits I’ve been feeling inspired lately to make some homemade jam. When I found these free summer fruit labels over on Creature Comforts, I knew any excuses I had been making for avoiding this had to be left behind; these tags are too cute!

Cardstyle Find #100: Colorful Pitchers

cardstyle find 100; Cardstyle Find #100: Colorful PitchersIt’s the season for entertaining outside, so I’m always on the hunt for some cool kitchen items that would look great outdoors and indoors. When I found these AddColour Bright – Paul Smith Stelton Jugs on Horne, I was immediately drawn to the bright handles. With the stainless steel and such vivid colors, I think these would turn up the heat this summer.

Why Don’t You… June 11 & 12

drumsticks; Why Dont You... June 11 & 12… make your own drumsticks? It seems like everyone is a sucker for a good old-fashioned drumstick with their magical chocolate filling. Thanks to these instructions found on instructables, drumsticks can actually become a DIY dessert. As the temperatures are apparently soaring everywhere in the country (except for socal it would seem), these would make the perfect treat for a hot day.

dipped ice cream cones; Why Dont You... June 11 & 12… dip dye your ice cream cones? Apparently this weekend will be one full of ice cream, because these DIY dip dyed ice cream cones look like the coolest things ever. Seen on a subtle revelry, I think these would make any plain old ice cream cone look like a professional, stylish dessert. Kids and adults alike would revel in the rainbow of colors on the cones.