Christmas Cards for Instagram Photos

Did you know we have Christmas cards specifically designed for small photos like Instagram and mobile phone photos? Well, we do! And they are some of our freshest card designs.

These mobile photo friendly Christmas cards let you use lots of little photos to show all the things you’ve been up to this year, or the many sides of your fabulous personality, or perhaps all the tricks your dog can do! You don’t have to choose just one photo to represent your whole year. Here are some Christmas cards that work great with Instagram photos.
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Halloween Invitations -- Chalk Art
Of all of our new Halloween invitation ideas, this one is our favorite. We love the look of the chalkboard art, and the simple two-sided design. We asked Shauna, creator of this Chalk Art Halloween invitation, why she chose it and to tell us a little bit about her party.

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Christmas Cards

To help you choose a card from our amazing collection of photo Christmas card ideas, we asked our team to pick their favorites and tell you why. Let us know whose idea you like best!

Christy, The Photographer
Photo Christmas Cards -- Colorful Kaleidoscope Photo Book
The INSTANT I saw this card, I fell in love. The colors, the shapes, the sparkle & gold. Loved.It.All. Geometric shapes are very popular right now and the element of gold sealed the deal. It also has 24 photos, which could be a little intimidating, but with a hobby of photography and an addiction to getting my boys’ photos taken, I am not short on photos. Yes, you heard right, I have boys, and I am choosing a card full of purples, pinks and gold. They’ll get over it.

David, The Wise Dad
Photo Christmas Cards -- Foil Photo Spinner In Red
My favorite Christmas card this year is the Foil Photo Spinner. It’s truly unique. How many cards are you going to get that are interactive? The out-of-the-envelope wow factor is very high. Pretty sure it’ll knock the proverbial socks off my friends and family. I don’t have my photos for the card yet, but because this card keeps the photos separate, I don’t have to worry about making them look good next to each other. I have the flexibility to use whatever photos I like.

Megan, The New Homeowner
Photo Christmas Cards -- Tri Photo Stand-Up Frame
I like the picture frame cards because they’re clever. I haven’t seen the idea anywhere else. I love the idea that my card could survive the recycling bin come January. (It would certainly stick around all year at my house!) And there’s the feeling of engaging with the people you’re sending it to. I imagine them folding the kickstand into place, turning the card back around and feeling a little spark of delight as they place it on their mantle.

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More Christmas Card Photo Ideas

We’ve chosen some of our favorite new Christmas cards to illustrate how clothing choices and the use of photo filters in your Christmas card photos can dramatically change the way your cards look. (Of course, starting with one of our awesome Christmas card designs doesn’t hurt!)

If you already have your card picked out, be sure to show it to your photographer because, aside from letting him or her know the style of photo you like, it can inspire location, posing, propping or lighting ideas. Knowing whether you may want to try black and white or a photo filter is important, too. Here are some Christmas card photo ideas from our new collection we wanted to share.

Make your colors count
Merry Merry Picture Frame Christmas Cards
Twinkle Lights Photo Book -- Christmas Cards
The red sweater, green pants and scarf on the little boy in our Merry Merry Picture Frame Christmas Cards absolutely make the photo, especially with the white snow, dog, and relatively colorless background to make the colors really pop. Similarly, the bright colors of the shirts on the kids in our Twinkle Lights Photo Book Christmas Cards match the card’s bright color palette. If you want a bright card, wearing bright clothes is one way to achieve that!

Let your card wear the colors
Joy Full Christmas Cards Sparkly Wishes Christmas CardsTall Tale Photo Christmas Cards Vintage Treescape Circle Photo Christmas Cards
Another way to emphasize bright colors is use black and white photos, and frame them in a colorful card to let the holiday message stand out. To make sure your photo looks great in black and white, wear darker colors than your skin tone so faces are highlighted. And if you are starting with a color photo and adding a black and white filter, try adding the contrast & sharpen filters or the vibrance filter to intensify the lights and darks in the photo. Four examples shown, clockwise from top left: Joy Full, Sparkly Wishes, Vintage Treescape Circle and Tall Tale Christmas Cards.

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Bridal Shower Ideas: Recipe for Love

One of our favorite bridal shower ideas is the recipe theme, where guests bring their favorite recipes, along with gifts for the kitchen, to help out the new cooks. The handwritten recipes give the shower a personal touch and are a lasting gift the couple will treasure.

Celebrations.com planned a recipe shower using our Ingredients for Love recipe bridal shower invitations as inspiration. The simple one-sided invitation comes with a matching recipe card that has a place for your recipe on one side and a cute gingham pattern on the back, where you can also put the bride’s name and shower date as a memento. The gingham pattern led to a retro theme that tied all of their bridal shower ideas together.
Recipe Bridal Shower Invitations -- Ingredients for Love
Colorful flowers in classic aluminum cans set the tone for the retro table décor, along with canisters of kitchen utensils—a budget friendly idea you can create from your own supply! (Alternatively, you can purchase them, and give them to the bride as a gift when the party’s over.) The classic grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch fare took on a chic party feel when they cut them into mini bites. They kept the mini-food theme going with sliders and mini desserts, too.
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New Birthday Party Themes Are A Hoot!

Owls, monsters, princesses – what’s your favorite? If you need a little inspiration for kids’ birthday party themes, our new kids birthday invitations and matching kids party decorations make it easy to create a theme that ties everything together. Once you choose your invitation, you’ll find party decorations, favor tags, thank you notes, address labels and more, all designed to coordinate with your invite!

Owl themes
Kids Birthday Invitations -- Feathered FriendKids Birthday Invitations -- Pink Party Owl

Superhero themes
Kids Birthday Invitations -- Searching for SuperheroesSuperhero Photo Birthday Invitations -- Calling All Superheroes!

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Summer Party Ideas: Party Food

Deciding what’s on the menu is probably the most important part of planning a summer party, but it’s also a big part of the fun. Sometimes your food choice determines the entire theme of your party and sometimes it plays a side role, but it’s always the key to a good time! Whether you’re looking for simple grilling ideas or are out to impress, your party food should include plenty of cool refreshments, in keeping with the season. Here are some of our favorite summer party ideas for outdoor parties, from grilling ideas to fun finger foods.
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Birth Announcement Ideas and Matching Stationery

Have you seen our birth announcement ideas lately? You might say it’s growing every day! We didn’t want you to miss some of the cutest items on our website, so here’s a peak at some of our favorites.
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Everybody loves to receive birth announcements, don’t they? It’s so fun to see the new addition to the family, and try to determine which parent the baby resembles. Our birth announcement ideas are filled with photo options and on-trend design elements from traditional to whimsical to modern. Some have ribbons, or unusual shapes—we even have some that stand up like a picture frame! Our adoption announcements are every bit as adorable, and let you tell the story in your own way.
Photo Baby Announcements -- Baby BookPicture Baby Announcements -- Welcome Baby Girl
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Personalized Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

We’re excited to introduce some of our newest products, personalized gift ideas for everyone in the family! From personalized notepads to kids’ placemats, you can create your own gift, and make it personal by adding their name and, in some cases, photos and color choices!
Custom Notepads -- Scrapbook Page Personalized Kids Placemats -- Let's Play!
We’ve taken some of our favorite card designs and turned them into personalized notepads that friends and relatives will love to use for just about anything, from grocery lists to writing letters back to you! Kids will love our kid-friendly designs, grads can take them to college to write home, and your friends will love our grown-up designs. Some notepads are a handy scratch-pad size (4 1/4″ W x 5 1/2″ H) and some are a bigger 5 5/16″ W x 8 1/4″ H size, which is perfect to use as stationery.
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Graduation Party Ideas: Garage Party

My nephew, Kevin, graduated from high school this year, and I had lots of fun helping out with the decorations at his graduation party. Given that his future plans are to become an auto mechanic, it was perfectly fitting that the party was going to be held in the family garage!
Graduation Party Ideas
Outside, we set up a yard sign and lawn games to welcome the neighbors. Inside the garage, the challenge was to make the large space feel welcoming and to keep the focus on our graduate. The school colors of blue and gold were the easiest way to tie the decorations together, but we incorporated photos of Kevin—baby photos, sports and vacation photos, and of course, his senior photo—wherever we could to make our graduation party ideas more personal.
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The tables were covered in blue and gold, and scattered with Pear Tree’s personalized Chevron Celebration Graduation Confetti. Pots of blue and white flowers wrapped in blue and gold tissue decorated the tables. We also personalized lots of our Congrats Photo Table Decor with photos, colors and messages of congratulations, and poked of few of them into each centerpiece using wire photo picks.
Graduation Party Ideas
Graduation Party Ideas
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