Are you ready to think about holiday cards?
Probably not, but as a lover of fine paper and an occasional pre-Halloween-listener-of-Christmas-music, I’m never not ready to think about holiday cards. (Insert grimacing emoji face.) And, more to the point, if you are planning to send a card this year, now’s a good time to order.
We haven’t sent out photo-centric holiday cards yet. I don’t know why, but resisting holiday photos has been my final, stubborn holdout before I fully transform into what I perceive to be “middle-aged mom” territory. Why holiday photos have become the arbitrary stage upon which this transition will play out is beyond me. I mean: I have identified myself as “Emory’s mom” on more than one occasion. I have packed Halloween treats with little tags bearing mini’s name on them for music class. I have started wearing a backpack. I have even subscribed to Parenting magazine. (It was free, but still…who am I?! It’s a step away from Cooking Light and Cathy comic strips.) But holiday photos?!?!?
The tides have turned this year, though. As I was planning to order our Christmas cards, I found myself telling Mr. Magpie I think it might be nice to do holiday photos next year — that they are such a nice way to capture our family in a formal way, and that other people are curious anyway. (I love receiving other people’s holiday photos!) To my surprise, Mr. Magpie seemed to acquiesce. And that’s how I knew I was probably a few years behind in this developmental milestone; Mr. Magpie usually grimaces at these kinds of things.
But this year, we’re still busy pretending we’re twenty-somethings, so I had one of my favorite stationers, Carrie & Seash, design a card without a photo enclosure. It looks similar to this (also seen above!), but without the picture! I absolutely love her designs. I also adored this wreath style and this bow style.
A couple of other elegant holiday card picks to consider:
+Sweetly Said Press: Ah, letterpress. The creme de la creme. I love the understated simplicity of this style. And this style from the same brand has convinced me that when we do holiday photos as a family, I want them in black and white.
+Minted: There are always so many great options and ways to customize Minted cards. I love these simple letterpress ones (about as inexpensive as you’ll find letterpress!), these watercolor-effect ones (Rifle Paper-esque!), and this elegant frame one (there’s something so stately about it in cardinal red or forest green).
+Lola Louie Paperie: I love these simple cards with their fun liners! What a great way to make a statement without getting overfussy on the card itself.
+Olive and Star: I bought a lovely set of cards from this brand last year that served as both a moving announcement and holiday offering. I was impressed with the chic designs (and the pricepoint!) Many of their cards are listed as invitations, but can easily be changed into holiday cards with re-wording. This year, I love this painterly wreath style, this nutcracker set (you know me and nutcrackers….), and this winter wreath variation.
+Non-personalized sets: If you just can’t be bothered by custom-ordering and wording and all that jazz — or maybe custom holiday cards are YOUR Custer’s-last-stand before giving into full-on adulthood — there are plenty of chic options. I love all things Rifle paper, including these and these. I also love Kate Spade, especially this set! Meanwhile, these are remind me of Inslee’s alpine skiiers, and these are bold and throwback at the same time.
+Gift card enclosures: I absolutely adore all of the styles from Elizabeth Rose designs (<<especially these). Also love these plaid ones and these wreath ones. Darling! (I bought a melamine tray similar to this style a few years back and love serving holiday cookies on them. Might order a few of these for friend gifts this year!) I’ve also used Preppy Prodigy for loads of things already — book plates, treat tags, and, soon these gift enclosures for mini’s gifts to her little friends. Incidentally, these would be a great gift for a kiddo along with a favorite book or two. Finally, these are precious!
P.S. I bought this jumpsuit last year and LOVED it. It’s forgiving, elegant, and festive. The white would be epic for a bridelette — or for a bold fashionista in winter white! (Imagine it with black suede heels?!) Also love it in the navy.
P.P.S. This is currently in my cart for an event next week.