July 7, 2014
by Sara

Western wedding ideas, cards and all.

western wedding save the date card

FYI: Half of Photo Card Cafe’ is based in Fort Worth, Texas. What a great city. When I think Fort Worth fun, I immediately think rodeo. Not just the once-a-year rodeo, but the every-week rodeo – the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. (You can go to the rodeo EVERY WEEK here in FW. So cool.)

In honor of my great city and all of the western-ness it is, we’re sharing our popular “Country Western Wedding Ideas” Pinterest board. From creative country wedding flowers, to western and rustic wedding venues, this board has everything. My faves are these:

Every country wedding needs a burlap table runner. From Hot Cocoa Design on Etsy.

burlap table runner western wedding idea



Or this pewter plate place setting. So simple. Love the tiny succulent! From The Bride’s Cafe’. (We should be cafe’ friends with these people.)

country table setting rustic idea



A cake, on a barrel! So cute. These photographs are fantastic as well – great shot ideas. From Southern Weddings, photos by Melissa Schollaert.

southern wedding barrel decor



And, bridesmaids with boots. We have a friend who recently used this color scheme and boots with her daughters in the wedding. It. Was. Precious. From Green Wedding Shoes, photos by Ashley Maxwell.

cowboy wedding bridesmaids boots



Or, this color scheme. LOVE. From Vermont Vows.

western wedding ideas color scheme



But it doesn’t stop here. Visit our Pinterest page with country western wedding ideas and go nuts. Love from Fort Worth!

Country Wester Wedding Ideas - Photo Card Cafe' on Pinterest



Find more western wedding inspired save the dates, Christmas cards or thank you notes at Photo Card Cafe’!

western wedding invitations getting hitched black mint save the date

June 22, 2014
by Sara



June 21st, the official first day of summer, has finally arrived. …Although here in Texas, it feels like summer started about three months ago.
We’re looking forward to a fun summer with the kids out of school, vacation days approaching, and pounds and pounds of sunblock and lemonade heading our way.

What do you and your family like to do in the summer? Though it’s always a lively time of year, sometimes coming up with new summer activities and keeping kids entertained throughout the day can be a challenge. If you’re finding yourself in an idea rut, here are six fun items to put on your to-do list.

Summer 2014 Bucket List:

1. Make campfire cones with the kids—Messy, but worth it!

2. Go for a walk or hike—Getting outside gives your kids an outlet to expend their energy, and walking in the morning or evening will help you beat the heat. Here is a list of fun ways to keep your kids entertained during a hike. Nature is beautiful—enjoy it!

3. Run an old-fashioned lemonade stand for a good cause—Linda Incardine says, “Neighborhood lemonade stands are a great way to teach kids about being responsible, earn money for what they want, social interaction, and more. It is also a great way to do a service project. Have them raise money for a need in your community.”

4. Have a craft day—These glowing jars are a fun daytime craft to enjoy at night!

5. Let your little artists create with homemade sidewalk chalk paint—Here’s the recipe.

From Mama Miss.

From Mama Miss.

6. Make colored ice cubes for some melted fun in the heat—Instructions here.





June 9, 2014
by Sara
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5 Father’s Day gift ideas


Men are the hardest to shop for. It’s a fact. Husbands, sons, fathers, grandfathers—their interests seem to be all over the board. Us girls? We’re easy. Is it chocolate? Great. Can it be classified as “jewelry”? Perfect. Does it contain an abhorrent percentage of carbs? You’re golden. But men just aren’t that simple.

So what can you give the men in your life this Father’s Day? As much as they hate to admit it, guys appreciate the sentimental gestures too, and photos are a great way to show them you care. Here are five great photo gift ideas for dads:

1. Wallet-sized Photos—Keep it simple. Men carry wallets, and they love showing off their family to friends (or even complete strangers).

2. Then-and-Now Photo—Nothing’s better than the gift of laughter!

3. Car Visor Frame—This tasteful, practical gift is great for dads who commute to work.

4. Photo Carabiner—For camping or keychains, this little gift is great for any dad!

From Snapins.

From Snapins.

5. Personalized Photo Card Café Card—Give the gift of a sweet memory. Add your own message and customize a magnetic Father’s Day photo card for Dad!


May 8, 2014
by Sara
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Mother’s Day brunch – make it easy (and fun) for the moms in your life.


My mouth is seriously watering after looking through all of these Mother’s Day brunch recipe ideas. If I wasn’t trying to lose the baby weight, I’d run into the kitchen and whip up some muffins and a nice frittata right this second. Guess I’ll have to wait for the magical brunch waiting for me on Saturday after my 5K (hint hint, babe).

Muffins always catch my eye. I wish I was awesome enough at time management to pre-make these types of quick breads and have them ready to pop into the oven in the mornings before school. A blueberry muffin is always a good bet. These are from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. (That’s actually my middle name!)

blueberry muffin recipe

Or, lemon poppy seed muffins. Try them as mini muffins, if you want to exponentially increase your caloric intake without even knowing it. From Kitchen Meets Girl.


I’m a big sucker for anything that says “The Best _______ Ever!” right on the photo. It’s RIGHT ON THE PHOTO, so it must be the best. Seriously though, these are really good. I tend to be a pumpkin bread/muffin connoisseur, and I endorse these. Definitely add the butter or oil – makes them much more dense. These are from Carina at Today’s Mama.


On to Martha Stewart. Can’t doubt this woman. These egg nests with bacon look pretty darn simple and super yummy, but all of these recipes are great.

egg bacon cups

Okay, so the kids may not love this one, but it’s guaranteed mom will (insert runny eggs on top – you could omit this step). A ham, asparagus and cheese strata. Make it ahead, great ingredients, win. From Better Homes & Gardens.

asparagus and ham strata

Easiest, kid-pleaser recipe right here: French toast casserole. This recipe is a lot like my own (add Grand Marnier maybe, for kicks) and it’s ah-MAH-zing. From Ezra Pound Cake.


Finally, no homemade, buttermilk biscuit recipe is better than Alton Brown’s. Period. Once you try it, you won’t go back to the canned biscuit, ever. Found his recipe (and step-by-step on Redbook.) Use your best sausage gravy here, folks.

Alton Brown's buttermilk biscuits

Hope this helps. Happy Mother’s Day to you and yo mama!

April 30, 2014
by Sara
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Graduation announcements – need ideas?


May has only just begun. It’s not too late to get those graduation invitations and announcements ordered! We might know of a real shnazzy place to get some good ones.

Like this classic. Enough room to showcase a great photo, and all of the event info at the bottom. A timeless look.



Talk about a best seller! This card is loved by all. Feminine, lots of photos, and trendy chevron. It’s all about 2014!



A NEW one. Simple colors on the card allows for an interesting photo. This one happens to be one sale this week. Hint, hint.gray-grad-announcement-three-photo


Have a large photo and want to show off the whole thing? PLUS, embarrass your daughter with a baby picture to boot? This one’s perfect. Lots of customers LOVE this card.grad-announcement-baby-photo-19191


Chalkboard is all the rage. Try this invite for a simple, trendy look.chalkboard-grad-invitation-21362


And finally, a customer best seller and fave. This simple, blue graduation announcement comes in many other colors, and can work for just about anyone. blue-senior-graduation-announcements


Ned more ideas? Check out Photo Card Cafe’ for a ton of fabulous photo graduation announcements. Have a question or comment? Shoot us an email!

April 24, 2014
by Sara
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Can we talk about our NEW WEBSITE? Thanks.


After a sad but quick goodbye to our old site, we at Photo Card Cafe’ have launched a new, cleaner, easier, all-around awesomer site for your ordering pleasure! Everything is even prettier and simpler now for you guys. AND, our photo editing tool gives you tons of new options. You can now add mustaches to your photos. Epic.

photo editing tool photo card cafe


Photo Card Cafe' home page

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Share it with your friends, and order today! This new site is for YOU!

April 7, 2014
by Sara
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Our graduation gift ideas – stuff they’ll keep.


I’m always looking for a great idea for a graduation gift. If you’re like me, I like to give gifts that will last WAY past graduation, and on into career-hood. I received some great graduation presents back in 199-something and still use them. Like …

I know I’ve posted about graduation gifts before, here, but some of these deserve to be repeated. This awesome diamond necklace. I received a necklace from my Memaw when I graduated, and I wear it almost every week. Nothing huge or expensive, but thoughtful and pretty. Like this one from maldemer on Etsy.

diamond necklace on Etsy


And again, who doesn’t love a super cute suitcase? This vintage, little suitcase is perfect for the occasional college weekend beach trip. From VintageandFlair on Etsy. suitcase


Another gift that goes a long way is anything with their school colors or logo. This pillow from lovecalifornia on Etsy is so great, and these personalized tote bags from One Stop Fan Shop are perfect.texas pillow on Etsy - grad gifts


tcu bags - one stop fan shop

A funky alternative to the normal class ring. Your kids will think you’re cool. This is from thebeadgirl on Etsy.

thebeadgirl on Etsy - class ring

And lastly, something I LOVE. A journal with a gorgeous cover. Who wouldn’t use this forever, in a million different ways? I love these from Rogue Journals.leather bound journal Rogue Journals

Good luck, and congrats to your grad!

February 26, 2014
by Sara
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The best graduation announcement deserves the best graduation photo pose.

It’s that time again! To you 2014 grads – congrats, it’s well deserved. Graduation photos are a rite of passage for the American graduate, so we’ve drummed up a few suggestions for your photographer, or, if you’re doing your own graduation photos. Either way, we love these ideas.

Like this one from thorphoto. Such a classic, fun idea. If you can sneak into your school, and you still have chalkboards.chalkboard senior graduation photo

I can’t find the source of this, but I love the idea. Everyone has some type of preschool or kindergarten graduation photo in their mom’s arsenal. Super cute.

graduation photo with kindergarten grad photo

I wish I’d have done this one with my parents. It would have been a classic. From Flickr.

parents grad jumping for joy photo

Or this. I like the “I’m done” idea. Or a hashtag. Now’s the time to be trendy to remember what life was like in 2014. From Wenderful.

I'm done senior grad photo

Finally, this, from Stacie Christensen Photography. For the football/sports lover.

football graduation photo idea

Check out our Pinterest grad page for tons of graduation ideas for seniors. Yay 2014!

(Or, these cards … Our faves!)