July 13, 2015
by Sara
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Creative baby announcements and gender reveal ideas

Boy, has this come a long way! When I found out I was pregnant with my third baby my two older kids wore the “I’m going to be a big sister/brother” shirts. I just texted everyone her gender when we found out. Maybe I should’ve put in a bit more effort! There are tons of creative baby announcements out there now!

This spoon is a great idea if you’re in town with your parents to do your creative baby announcement. And, it’s a keepsake. From SycamoreHill on Etsy.

creative baby announcement

from SycamoreHill on Etsy

 

This gender reveal idea is just PRECIOUS. A fun party for everyone in a great location. Photos from Macon Photography.

creative baby announcements

Photos by Macon Photography

 

What about the SILLY STRING? Isn’t that always an important question in life? This pregnancy gender idea is awesome, from Lively Happenings.

baby gender reveal idea

From Lively Happenings

 

What a cute cake! This is probably what I’d like to do most because it’s CAKE. From Betty Crocker.

 

pregnancy gender reveal ideas

From Betty Crocker

 

I love this. Great setting and simple baby gender reveal idea. A great excuse to have a party! From Russell Martin Photography.

creative baby announcement ideas

Russell Martin Photography

 

Hope you love all of these ideas. There are MANY more idea where these came from on our Pinterest page. Enjoy! (Oh, and if you’re looking for some cute baby birth announcements, look no further than Photo Card Cafe’!)

creative baby announcements at photo card cafe

 

creative chalkboard birth announcement for a girl

June 20, 2015
by Sara Watterson
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Things that have changed for moms in just the last few years

things that have changed for moms

The last time I was preparing for an infant was about seven years ago. I mean, that’s not that long ago, but man have things changed in just a short time! I hear my parent’s generation say things like this all the time: “Well we didn’t have that for you when you were a baby. It’s a wonder we all survived.” But guess what? I’ve found myself saying something like that more and more recently. My baby is about to turn seven. SEVEN. Check out seven BIG things that have changed for moms:

1) Baby food pouches with spoon attachments

Genius! Where was this when I was out and about trying to feed a 7 month old!? There are even options for parents who make their own baby food.

baby food spoon attachment

Photo from Diapers.com

2) iPad/iPhone for toddler entertainment

This is definitely the biggest change for me. The iPad has only been around since 2010. Now that my kids are bigger they love playing the iPad on long trips but when they were little this gadget wasn’t around to provide entertainment. I remember when parents first started allowing kids to play with phones and tablets as entertainment in restaurants. I overheard several onlookers talking bad about those parents. Now it’s common place. In fact, now when kids are unruly at a restaurant, their neighbors are probably thinking, “Someone give that kid a phone to play with!” Ha.

ipad for kids

Photo from Cool Mom Tech

3) Video monitors

Sure this was probably around but I didn’t know anyone who actually had one. Now every new mom registers for one. I think there are even some that can communicate with your smart phone. Right?

4) Baby Bumper

My little girl had the cutest baby bedding including a crib bumper.  Apparently you can still buy crib bumpers (found some at Pottery Barn Kids) but I hear that it’s not recommended any more.

Crib Bumpers no longer recommended

Photo from Pottery Barn

5)A market flood of chemical-free, safer baby lotions, soaps and diapers

The organic niche has always been around, but never so much as in the past decade. You don’t have to use a single chemical on your baby/toddler to keep them clean, nor do you have to feed them anything with GMOs. It’s easier than ever to go all organic (but not cheaper).

6) A rear facing 2 year old

All my kids faced the front in their car seat when they turned one (and maybe a tiny bit before that when I was impatient).  Now it is recommended that kids stay rear facing until well beyond that age.

rear facing car seat

Photo and more info at Car Seat Blog

7) Sophie, the teether

All the new babies I’ve seen lately have one of these – a Vulli Sophie la Girafe Teether. Definitely something you can get by without, but it’s pretty cute, and easy to grab. So trendy. Ah, I miss the olden days …

sophie teether giraffe

Photo from BabyCenter.com

Lots of changes for parents right?  I’m not trying to say any of the changes are bad….some are good in fact.  What other changes have you noticed in the last decade or so?  Let us know!

Something that hasn’t changed –> People love to hear about your new little one!  Send affordable birth announcements to showcase your little man or precious lady. (Photo Card Cafe’ is a mommy owned small business. We still have only two owners/employees. Ourselves!)

June 18, 2015
by Sara
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Free Printable Father’s Day Coloring Sheets – A cute last minute idea!

It’s down to the wire people!  Father’s Day is just around the corner. I’m sure you’ve already done your shopping….right?  Whether you have or not here’s a great way to teach your kids the act of giving.  Help them create a sweet “gift” for their dad or grandpa with one of these printable Father’s Day coloring sheets.  Father’s of all ages will love this special treat!

Father’s Day face coloring page

I love this one!  Kid’s can draw their daddy’s face on this free father’s day coloring page!  Download now from Tried and True.

free fathers day coloring sheet

Silly moose free printable Father’s Day coloring sheets

Pretty cute for a special daddy! Download from Kumpulan.

free fathers day coloring pages

Father’s Day tie free coloring sheet

Can’t beat the classic Father’s Day tie! Download these free printable Father’s Day coloring sheets from Holiday Crafts and creations.

free printable father's day coloring sheets

Free Father’s day coloring sheet and questions

This father’s day printable is super cute.  Great for kid’s who are old enough to write or your could just ask your younger kids the questions and write the answers in for them.  Download now from Alpha Mom.

free printable fathers day card

Father’s Day Origami

Not exactly a download but I just had to add this one.  My 9 year old will love making this for his dad! For instructions on making this creative Father’s Day origami card visit Alpha Mom.

free fathers day card origami

 

And for the brand new father’s out there check out our baby picture announcements.  Love!

May 4, 2015
by Sara
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Thank you notes for graduation: Turn your photo into a special thanks.

 

An essential part of the graduation invitation process is the thank you note writing and thank you gift giving. Instead of being a tedious activity, it can be creative and fun to let your friends and family know how happy you are that they thought to send you a gift or throw you a party during such an important time in your life. Try these ideas for your thank you notes for graduation.

Take a special photo just for the thank you notes.  It’s easy!  A simple hand made sign makes an excellent prop.  After that head over to Photo Card Cafe’ and create your unique graduation thank you notes.  Photo by D.W. Johnson Studio, photographed by Lauren Vitiello.

thank you note for graduate

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thank you notes for graduate

What a great way for kids to say “thanks!” I’m going to steal this one. Best. Thank you. Ever.  Just cut a slim strip of paper to write your graduation thank you message.  Put that in the balloon, blow it up, and boom (no pun intended)….easy thank you note.

creative graduation thank you notes

An easy thank you note, folded, from Photo Card Cafe’. Just add your great photo and name to create a classic graduation photo thank you note.

thank you notes for graduation

We love creativity! Use these inexpensive ways to say “thank you” for graduation gifts or parties. From Crazy Little Projects.  My favorite is the “Thanks a Latte” one.  Check it out.

25 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

And more from Photo Card Cafe’ – flat thank you notes for graduation to save a bit of cash.  Many styles to choose from.  This note can be personalized with your favorite graduation quote or other message then you can hand write a special thanks to each recipient.

graduation photo thank you note

 

Have fun! And congrats!

April 23, 2015
by Sara
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Spring means, get those teacher gift ideas going!

 

The end is coming … The end of the school year, that is! Are you wondering, what gift should I get a teacher?  It’s time to get those teacher gift ideas squared away. From our research online and on Pinterest, you definitely don’t have to spend a ton to make a big impact with your fave teacher.

I’m going to do this one, for sure. All teachers (and most people) love Sharpies. I may add a gift card to Target, Chick-Fil-A or Starbucks. This is a cute printable and idea from Design, Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

teacher gift sharpies

 

I seriously just did this for my son’s third grade teacher’s birthday this week. It took a bit of effort to get all of the information from the students, but it was worth it. The teacher was so grateful, and it only cost about $5 total. You can choose your own questions, and bind it however you like. I did it without the money in it, but that would be cool, too! From Everything Is Pink.

all the things we love about our teacher from students

 

I love these for teacher gift ideas. So much. My sister-in-law made a Harry Potter mug for my son, and I was hooked. This is a great idea from Glued to my Crafts. Great instructions, too.

diy painted mug that won't wash off

 

For the fashionista teacher! This Betty Box from the Humble Thread (a Photo Card Cafe’ sister company, in the literal sense, like it’s our owner’s sister) which includes one clothing item, one accessory and one cosmetic.  And, the Betty Box has FREE shipping. Anyone would love this.

what should I buy for teacher gift

 

Personalized note cards for teacher gifts is always a great thought. Teachers will use these up and want some more. From, you guessed it, Photo Card Cafe’.

personalized note cards for teacher gift idea

 

And, the best teacher printables I could find, from Sweet Rose Studio.

best free teacher appreciation printables

 

Finally, what I typically do every year for all my teachers – a summer survival kit! I include almost everything below. Although, you could save some money and get the same impact with a beach towel, magazine and small sunscreen, all tied up in a bow. From Femail.

summer teacher beach kit

So don’t keep wondering what gift should I get a teacher? Get creative now! Best of luck looking through these teacher gifts ideas for the end of the year. Enjoy!

March 26, 2015
by Sara
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Graduation party themes ideas – Make your graduation bash unforgettable!

graduation party themes ideas

Who doesn’t love a rockin’ graduation party? Some of my fondest high school memories are from the themed bowling and tea parties that some great people threw for us. It can seem overwhelming, but all it takes is a little planning and some narrowed-down inspiration to create the best themed graduation party for your fave graduates. Here are a few graduation party themes ideas to get you started:

1) Luau Graduation Party

A luau graduation party is the perfect way to celebrate graduation, and a great summer party kick-off idea. Check out the fun decor, drinks, food and stationery below for an awesome luau graduation party.

graduation party theme ideas

Make yummy treats like the fruit cones above found at funcheaporfree.com, fun decor at nobhilldesign.blogspot.com and colorful drink at stylemepretty.com.

Each of the ideas below for a luau themed graduation party is super cute, easy and affordable for anyone. I personally love the bacon wrapped sausage bites because BACON and SAUSAGE. If you make the grape skewers, it’s healthy, right?

 

Also check out all of our luau party ideas on Pinterest and find unique and fun graduation party photo invitations at Photo Card Cafe’.

2) Travel Themed Graduation Party

Oh the places you’ll go! Can’t go wrong with a travel themed graduation party. The colors and themes below are popular and fun, and easy to find online and in stores. Most students move or make a transition after graduation, so celebrate that! You could use some of our graduation quote ideas for attendees to use on the globe or within our travel graduation invitation below.

graduation party ideas

Guest book globe by advice.invitationsbydawn.com, sign by little blue bird create, and invitation by Photo Card Cafe’.

What cute photo and decor ideas! These color choices are perfect for a travel themed party, or for any graduation party, really. Showcasing photos and giving guests photo ideas is the best way to facilitate a fun party. Maybe a choice of different types of food from the area to which the graduate is moving would be appropriate? I think so. Easy, available and FUN!

3) Country Western Themed Graduation Party

A country western graduation party is an excellent party theme for the graduate who loves all things country. Guests can dress up in their boots and cowboy hats, decoration options are endless and the food can be fun, easy and delicious. Such a fun idea, and an easy way to throw an affordable party.

western graduation party themes ideas

Watering hole by apartment therapy, photo booth by lifethrualinds, drink bar by Mariee, and invitation by Photo Card Cafe’.

Um, YUM. I love the food ideas below with the biscuits and corn on the cob. And, talk about the cheap seats – bales of hay with inexpensive towels and rope provide tons of seating at a low cost, and are super cute. Make sure and always have a photo op! Kids love that. Their parents do, too.

4) Sports Themed Graduation Party

Sports is such a big part of student life – celebrate it in your next sports graduation themed party! The options are endless.

graduation party themes ideas sports

Basketball treats by dukesandduchesses.com, baseball centerpiece by blovelyevents.com, volleyball treats by cakebites.biz, and invitation by photocardcafe.com.

Free printables are readily available online these days, making signage and cute water bottle covers simple to find and use. USE them. The baseball doughnuts are also a HUGE crowd pleaser. I mean, doughnuts and teenagers go hand in hand. Any party honoree would be so appreciative of a party focused on the activities they love the most.

5) The Big Bang Theory (I just had to add this one!)

Um, nerd party much? Love this show, and love this creative idea! Could go superhero, could go nerdscience – either way it’s a blast. Perfect for the physics or pre-med graduate in your life, or any party honoree that loves to learn!

the big bang theory party ideas

Cupcakes by ovenhaven.wordpress.com, cookie by foodista.com, water bottle by party-games.com, superhero party invitation by Photo Card Cafe’.

What great atom cake pops, Big Bang Theory cupcakes and colorful Jenga! Such easy ideas for a creative party, and they’re all here at your fingertips. Use the perfect “POW” graduation party invitation above from Photo Card Cafe’, and start your planning today!

Now, go forth and plan. We’ve narrowed it down for you on some creative graduation party themes ideas, so no excuses! Have fun and congrats to your favorite graduate!

Don’t forget our graduation announcement cards and graduation thank you notes.

March 10, 2015
by Sara
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The best graduation quotes for your graduate!

Best Graduation Quotes

Looking for some graduation inspiration through words? We’ve compiled some good ones for your graduation speech, graduation toast, graduation announcement cards, and more. These are some of the best graduation quotes:

*I believe in the principle that I can make a difference in this world. It may be ever so small, but it will count for the greater good.
-Gordon B. Hinckley

best quotes for graduation

From She Makes a Home – one of the best graduation quotes or for anything you try to do in your life.

*Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
-Henry David Thoreau

*Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
-Albert Schweitzer

*If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
-Milton Berle

*In the game of life, when the final buzzer sounds, the only stat you carry with you is the number of assists you made. So help other people put some points on the board.
-Mayor Mike Bloomberg

*It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
-E.E. Cummings

the best quotes for graduation speech

This is a saying that I try to tell my kids all of the time, because it’s so true – good or bad. Make people feel good! Post by Dump a Day best quotes.

*Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
-Roger Babson

*Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
-Henry Ford

*Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
-Napoleon Hill

*Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
-Les Brown

*Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.
-Patch Adams

*The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm.
-Fred Dehner

More of the best graduation quotes…

*Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill

those who seek the Lord quote

And this. For sure. One of my faves. This post by Best Life Mistake has some great ones.

*I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
-Maya Angelou

*The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail, but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever.
-Louis L’Amour

*The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
-Ralph W. Sockman

*The important thing is not to stop questioning.
-Albert Einstein

*Those who seek the Lord shall not lack anything good.
-Psalm 34.10

graduation quote thank you note

Unique college graduation thank you note that uses your photo and you can customize it with the best graduation quote

*The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
-Arnold Palmer

*Your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. This would be a most opportune time to ask for money.
-Gary Bolding

*You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.
-Irene C. Kassorla

*You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
-Dr. Seuss

*You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
-John Wooden

*The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

*Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
-Steve Jobs

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I love that last quote from Steve Jobs. And, speaking of Mr. Jobs, this speech sticks in my head from a while back, and is still helpful and relevant in anyone’s life. These ideas are great for a speech, a letter for your graduate, or custom graduation thank yous. Posted by How To Make My Blog.

steve jobs quotes for life

 

March 2, 2015
by Sara
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Graduation invitation time! Check out what’s new.

 

Graduation 2015. Woo-hoo! We’re ready here at Photo Card Cafe’ to get a move on with our latest photo grad invitations and graduation announcement cards. We’ve posted a few times on our blog about graduation (here –> for taking your own senior pictures and here –> for what to wear to graduation) so we thought we’d share some new gift ideas for your fave graduate this year.

I love this freshman survival kit. Can be a low cost option for a gift, and you can fill it up as much or as little as you want. This one is from Alex Fahey.

freshman survival kit

And this pretty compass necklace. I love it. From DivineJewelrybyMary on Etsy.

compass graduation necklace graduation

I think this is super cool, and I want one for myself right now. A One Line a Day memory book that allows your graduate to write one line each day for five years so you can look back and reflect on different times of your life. SUCH a great idea.

one line a day journal on amazon

I still have some of my purple girls tool set that I got for my 1997 graduation from a friend. What a great idea, and not something that many people think to give a girl. You never know what type of apartment collage you’ll have to hang! This one is on Amazon.pink tool set graduation

 

I love this idea – you can make your own! An emergency kit idea from The 36th Avenue – they say it’s for teachers and younger students, but you can change a few items here and there for your high school grad. I especially love the Target card.

emergency kit gift idea graduation

And this – what every parent wants. This is from PearlieGirl on Etsy.

graduation keychain

 

And, there’s always more! Check us on Pinterest at our graduation board. We have tons of other graduation gift ideas as well, so visit us!

Photo Card Cafe’ has some awesome, new photo graduation cards for 2015 that you definitely need to take a look at.

girl graduation announcement

high school graduation photo announcements

photo grad announcement portrait

And don’t forget your graduation thank you notes!

graduation thank you notes