Life is Beautiful…

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Life is filled with so many beautiful moments, big and small… don’t you agree? Sometimes all it takes is a moment to stop, look around, and breathe it all in.

One of our favorite things about cards by Kathy Davis (like the one shown above!) is the fresh, expressive watercolors paired with inspirational messages. It’s the perfect “breathing room” to pause and reflect on all of the gifts we’ve been given.

You can find these designs (and many more!) in a store near you.

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Creative Decorating for Kids Birthday Parties

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Themes for kids birthday parties have become more original than ever — just check out what’s new online and on Pinterest In the quest to be different, here are some simple ways to add the finishing touches to an original theme using materials you have right at home or can purchase affordably:

Welcome to the party:  Balloons and streamers are always festive, but you can also use some offbeat ideas to let your guests know they they have the right house.  Create a fun path to the front door by cutting paper plates into the shape of pinwheels and have them spinning, or use party cups as faux luminaries by filling them with sand and lining them up to the door.

Fun banners: Purchase a simple design gift wrap or even use plates with a favorite character on them. Cut your wrap into fun shapes, or cut out the characters, and link the pieces together with string to create a one-of-a-kind pennant banner.

 A fresh take on centerpieces:  Get the “pop” without the cost by creating whimsical flower bouquets out of tissue paper.  Just shape the paper into blooms and put attractive color combinations together in any vase.

Placing it just right: Give your table a coordinated look by cutting wrap into squares and putting them under each place setting along with matching silverware holders. Or, even easier, use a roll of gift wrap as your tablecloth.

Consistency is key:  No matter what your party is focused on, you can keep the theme alive everywhere through simple elements such as creating a border around mirrors in puffy stickers (which are easier to remove), or even just using balloons or streamers to line every entrance.

Remember, thinking outside the box can make decorating for your next birthday party easy and affordable!

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Birthday Nut!

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Don’t you just love birthdays! They’re the best excuses ever for celebrating and having fun! And if you’re one of those people who just naturally see the lighter side of things—always up for a smile or a good laugh—you’ll be happy to know we have a whole selection of some pretty hilarious birthday cards and birthday ecards that are perfect for that super-fun friend who’s about to step into the birthday spotlight.    

In the mood board: Birthday Nut ecard from American Greetings

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Sweet Birthday Wishes

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It’s officially birthday party season, and who doesn’t love that?!? No matter what age you’re celebrating, bringing a little sweetness to the table is a great way to have fun and bring people together. Traditional birthday cake is always a great staple of any good birthday party, but you can always use your imagination and add extra birthday flavor through cupcakes, candy,  cake pops, and even ice cream sandwiches - yum! If you’re throwing a large party you can make a little of everything and fill the dessert table with all of these choices and more.

No matter what you decide to munch on, don’t forget that birthday parties bring us together to laugh, smile and celebrate with our friends and family. Birthday cards and Birthday ecards help the celebration continue and are a great way to express how you feel while letting the birthday guest of honor know you’re thinking of them on their special day.

In the mood board: Cake Makin with Baker Bob (birthday ecard) from American Greetings, Cupcake Wrappers from Mignon Kitchen Co.

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What the heck do I write in this birthday card?

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Celebrating a birthday is special, and sending a greeting card is the perfect way to add your wishes to the day. But once you’ve picked out the card, it’s nice to include your own personal message, too. You don’t need to be long—just sincere!  So get your favorite pen ready—why not pick out colored ink for a fun touch?—and get writing!

First, consider how close your relationship is. If it’s a family member or dear friend, and you know what they have planned for their birthday, you can add a special wish such as “I hope your celebration gives you many happy memories to treasure always!”  However, you can also write heartfelt words that will fit any relationship, and including a compliment is always appreciated. For example, “May your birthday be as special as you are!”  or, “Wishing you all the happiness someone as nice as you deserves!”

For an added touch of thoughtfulness, include a quotation. There are many great quotation sites, or you can select one from a favorite book. Here are some that we especially like:

  •  Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others can not keep it from themselves. -Sir James Barrie
  •  And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
  • This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24
  •  A friend is, as it were, a second self. -Cicero
  •  You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis
  •  We turn not older with years, but newer every day. -Emily Dickinson
  •  Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! -Henry David Thoreau
  •  A true friend is someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same. -Elbert Hubbard
  •  Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. -Woodrow Wilson

Keep in mind that a warm closing will bring an extra smile for the birthday person. Consider phrases such as Thinking of You, Love Always, Your Friend, or Best Wishes. And, of course, don’t forget to sign your name!

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Your March Birthday!

 

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Today we celebrate all the March birthdays out there! Whether a Pisces or an Aries, it’s your month to shine so enjoy every day of it. Remember to take some time for yourself this month and indulge in some of your favorite things like a decadent dinner, a shopping spree or a day at the spa! You’re sure to have many people around you wishing you sweet thoughts, and it’s a great time to realize how much you mean to so many different people. You’re pretty special and this is the month to embrace it! What’s on your birthday wish list this year?

Not your birthday in March, but your calendar is full of birthday reminders for friends and family? Remember them all by sending a birthday eCard or even send a birthday card right to their door with a click of your mouse. Staying connected is easier than ever – especially on birthdays!  What is the best birthday present you ever gave someone?

In the post: Birthday Fantasy eCard from American Greetings

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