I’m excited today to partner with Basic Invite to bring you this sponsored post featuring their online christmas cards. Basic Invite offers truly custom stationary, business cards, birth announcements, event invites, holiday cards and a range of other products. I was compensated for this post but I was truly impressed with Basic Invite’s products and my opinions are, as always, my own.
So, 2020 continues to a year like no other. We typically try to grab a family photo a Thanksgiving and send that out as our Christmas card, but our Thanksgiving ended up being just Casey and me watching a virtual Macy’s parade in our PJs. Don’t think anyone wants a photo of that!
It’s not all that uncommon for us to to have to come out with an alternative to the annual family photograph for our Christmas cards. When you’re an empty nester, one or more family members may end up missing from your photo for a variety of reasons. In fact, I’ve already got a post with suggestions for alternatives to the family photo Christmas Card.
But, when the folks at Basic Invite reached out to me asking if I wanted to try out their Christmas Cards this year, I wanted to do a holiday card that to acknowledged the unprecedented year we all just went through. I was able to try out several ideas because Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers to order a printed sample of their actual invitation before they place their final order. I was able to see the paper quality, how each idea will look in real life and make sure the card is perfect.
Here are what the samples looked like when they arrived. I loved how they were packaged, and the 20% coupon was a pleasant surprise!
This picture does not do justice to the paper quality of these cards. These cards are thicker and heavier than most cards I’ve seen.
Check out the ideas I tried out.
Idea #1: Mod Holiday Cards
I turned this into a Family Portrait 2020 style by capturing a screenshot from a family Zoom meeting. I was able to easily change the text as well.
Idea #2: Warm & Fuzzy Holiday Cards
As you can see, here I changed the color to better match the photo I selected. Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card. With over 180 colors to choose from, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it.
Idea #3: Merry Letters Holiday Cards
This is an idea I mentioned in my previous post about alternatives to the family portrait Christmas card – just a picture of the two of you – but with a 2020 twist.
Idea #4: Married & Merry Holiday Cards
I’ve already gotten married so I used this template to announce our move to our new home in Nashville.
I can’t compete with the very cute baby in the default version so I tested an extended family portrait from our Zoom family Easter. This card has a lovely smooth finish that I liked.
I loved all the choices, but decided to go with the card announcing our move to Nashville. I’m not sure all of our friends know about our move so it’s a great way to wish everyone Happy Holidays and let everyone know our new address at the same time.
I’ll be sending out my holiday cards this week and when I do, the process couldn’t be simpler. Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request their friends and family’s addresses. The addresses are stored in the customer’s account and can be selected during the design process. Plus, Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.
As I mentioned earlier, Basic Invite offers so much more than photo cards online. I know when the time comes when we can gather safely once again, I’ll be using their dinner party invites templates to create invitations for the biggest celebration dinner party ever!
If you’re interested in trying Basic Invite, they’re currently offering a 15% discount to Midlife Rambler readers with the code 15FF51.