Giveaway: Food-Themed Note Cards from League Street Press

you are unbeetable

My friend Joy Manning is a thank you note evangelist. In an age where people send their regards electronically (if they send them at all), Joy pulls out a pretty note card, writes a brief but thoughtful message, and then hands it off to the US Postal Service. I have been on the receiving end of Joy’s note writing habit more than once and I’m always delighted to receive a piece of physical mail beyond bills and coupons for Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

League Street Press cards

Last spring, Joy gave a talk at Eat, Write, Retreat about how her note writing habit is integral to her career networking strategy (she’s a freelance food writer, recipe developer, and editor) and how it has often brought more assignments her way. I was there for her talk and I was inspired enough to dig out my dusty stack of thank you notes and write appreciations to people who have helped me over the years.

olive my love

In a move that has delighted many (or, at the very least, me), Joy has launched a line of food-themed note cards in partnership with her friend Sam Bednarek under the name League Street Press. Each card has a fruit or vegetable on the front, along with a punny line. I particularly like the “olive my love” design that you see above. Sam is a graphic designer and art director and she designed the cards and created the art. Joy came up with the lines and developed the recipes that are printed on the back.

no-churn peach ice cream

And let me tell you, these recipes aren’t throwaways. Joy tested and retested these dishes in order to come up delicious things that would be both easy and appealing. I had a chance to taste the No-Churn Peach Ice Cream when it was in development and so I speak from first-hand experience when I say that it’s truly fabulous and is such a good option for those of us who can’t find space in our freezers to chill an ice cream bowl (I am sure that I’m not the only one with this issue).

Best of all, these note cards are perfectly sized to slip right into a recipe box, so your recipient will be able to add it to their recipe collection with tearing or folding your thoughtful note.

League Street Press back

The cards can be bought as singles ($4 a piece) or in boxes of eight ($20 for a box). They are printed on sturdy card stock and both the cards and envelopes are made from 100% recycled paper.

Thanks to Joy and Sam, I have one box of eight note cards to give away to a lucky Food in Jars reader. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share a thank you note story. Did your parents make you write them when you were growing up? Or is it a habit you never quite picked up?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: League Street Press gave me one set of these notecards for photography purposes and are providing a second set for the giveaway. No money has changed hands. I just think they’re cool and so I wanted to share them with you. 

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308 Responses to Giveaway: Food-Themed Note Cards from League Street Press

  1. 101
    Katie T says:

    I received my first grown up thank you card after I joined a local moms club. It caught me off guard to get a cute little square envelope in the mail! It simply said thank you for all the little trinkets I got her for her little baby shower we had(it listed each little thing I got her) it made my whole week and I proudly displayed it on my refrigerator for about a month!!

  2. 102
    Rachelle says:

    I love writing thank you cards in my personal life and I try to do it regularly. That said, I just read an article about how thank you cards can be a good business practice and a light went on. Now I’m planning to send thank you cards related to the veggie farm I manage (so these cards would be perfect!).

  3. 103
    Leslie Taylor says:

    We were required to write thank you notes for all of our Christmas and birthday gifts. I had my sons write them also. Sometimes that was a bit of a battle, especially for my youngest son who’s birthday is only 2 weeks after Christmas! Now as adults both sons write thank you notes, at least to me, and I’m glad they take the time to do it!

  4. 104
    Darla says:

    I love note cards and writing letters and cards. I have always tried to instill in my children a sense of gratitude and have helped them write thanks and say thank you in appreciation of gifts through the years. However, my sister-in-law always comments to my now teenage children they don’t need to do that and their mother makes them do it (!?! how helpful) and my mother-in-law chimes in her agreement on the matter. Unfortunately thank yous and hand written notes will probably be extinct in a matter of years.

  5. 105
    Mary Lynn says:

    Started writing Thank You notes as a young child. (My Mother pushed me). I love the fancy note cards.

  6. 106
    Terry says:

    The rule when growing up and the rule I made my kids follow was that you could not cash the gift check,use the toy or do anything with the gift until the thank you note was written! I still keep to that myself,even though I am almost 60 years old. My kids tend to still send written thank you notes. It’s a dying art – the hand written note, but one that leaves a lasting impression.

  7. 107
    Amy J says:

    I love sending notes of encouragement to friends or students…especially the ones who would not normally get those notes. I would love to have a set of cute note cards to use to send notes!!

  8. 108
    Teresa Brenner says:

    I learned early in life how much people appreciate a hand written thank you. I taught my two boys (forcefully at first) to write thank you notes. Now, at 22 and 19, they always write thank yous. A hand written, well worded thank you note makes such an impression, not only on loved ones, but on casual acquaintances as well. It speaks volumes about your manners and personality, and I think it makes the recipient feel extra special since letters in the mail are all but forgotten in our busy world.

  9. 109
    Mary says:

    I admit, I need to get better at sending cards of all types. There is something so special about receiving a beautiful handwritten card in the mail. I agree, it is a dying art, and I want to improve. These special cards would would be a great start…

  10. 110
    Abigail says:

    I try to write thank you notes, sometimes life gets crazy and I forget. But I always get such a happy feeling when I get a thank you card, that I try my best to get them out on time so others can know how much I appreciated their gifts.

  11. 111
    Loni Mallaber says:

    My secret love of stationary lends itself beautifully to sending thank you notes. The more notes that I send, the more excuses that I have to buy more beautiful note cards. I am a sucker for stationary. These cards are adorable!

  12. 112
    Sam says:

    When I was interviewing for graduate school, I always sent thank you notes to the faculty members who interviewed me. At the time I had a friend who was trying to get a calligraphy etsy shop off the ground, so she made me some beautiful cards that said “Thank you” on the front and even addressed them for me!

  13. 113
    Caitlin Thompson says:

    My parents made me write Thank You notes for Christmas and birthday presents. I still try to write them but I definitely focus on my grandparents. Sadly, my friends don’t usually get Thank You notes. But they do get more frequent random gifts and notes to show my appreciation of them. I love using fun cards for Thank You notes. These are perfect.

  14. 114
    Tammy says:

    I have always written thank you notes, I just love to do so. I haven’t been super vigilant about it in recent years, but I try to always express my gratitude.

    One year for Christmas I sent out my thank you notes the day after Christmas and my grandpa asked me if I’d been snooping under the tree and written my thank you note before Christmas. :)

  15. 115
    Stephanie says:

    I enjoy writing notes by hand; it is one of those simple pleasures in life to sit with a cup of coffee, a favorite pen, and write a short note to someone, whether to say thank you or that I am thinking of someone.

  16. 116
    Pete says:

    We learned how to write “Thank You” notes in school! But, I’ve gotten out of the habit of writing them. That is so unfortunate because it is a wonderful way to acknowledge a kindness.

  17. 117
    lizetteorama says:

    Kudos to Joy! I too send thank you notes for everything and I have been doing it forever. I love to receive thank yous and I have saved all of the great ones my nephew has sent us over the years. Adorable!

    Also – the cards are wonderful. I”m buying them regardless of this contest. :)

  18. 118
    JoAnne says:

    I start each day with a to-do list that always includes a category for Cards/Notes followed by a list of people. I simply cannot enter a store without first checking out their stationary because I am so often running low. What I adore about this love of gifting people with a note, is the gift of passing it along. We adopted a little boy from China and he can often be found at the table crafting a homemade card to someone! These cards are simply stunning!

  19. 119
    Anke says:

    Growing up it was very important in my family to say thank you, but it was done in person or on the phone. When I moved away from my family (from Germany to the US) writing letters and (thank you) cards became the new normal. I always made sure our girls did the same, crafting their own cards and later on writing them.

  20. 120
    Amy says:

    My sister in law is GREAT about thank you notes and when I get one from her, I always feel a bit guilty that I am not a better thank you note writer!

  21. 121
    Megan P. says:

    I’m a big advocate of thank you notes… I sent them for both of my graduations, two showers, our wedding, my daughter’s birthdays, and Christmas presents from older relatives. I get rather steamed when I don’t receive one for wedding or shower gifts.

  22. 122
    Joan Sorensen says:

    Even though I had written thank you notes for many years, I was inspired when I read about our First Lady, Barbara Bush. She made it her practice to write a quick thank you as soon as she arrived home after an event, even if it was late at night. In doing so, she could easily recall the gracious hospitality and warmth of friendship during the dinner, luncheon or party. It was still fresh in her mind and the note arrived promptly in the mail box of the host and hostess. Wouldn’t a quick, thoughtful response be a delightful compliment?

    These beautiful note cards will extend the warm thoughts to long after they are received and each one gives a small gift in return. Thank you for the opportunity to win them.

  23. 123
    Suzann says:

    I always send thank you cards if someone has done something special for me. We had or children send cards to there friends after birthday parties. I’m so surprised how few people do this any more. I have given many wedding gifts and never received a thank you.

  24. 124
    Shannon L. says:

    I’ve always been a thank you note writer; and there are some times that I am better at it than others. I have always made sure my daughters send thank you notes as well. Now that they are old enough to participate fully, I am trying to instill the value of homemade thank you gifts with their cards. A simple jar of preserves or vegetable soup (or knit scarf) says thank you so personally. And it is a great way to spend quality time with my tween and teen daughters!

  25. 125
    Jennifer says:

    I have written thank yous since I was a kid… just the right thing to do!

  26. 126

    My parents made us write thank you notes for every gift and visit. I do the same, and people mention my notes often. My son went to a job fair at his University, and landed a great internship and a job upon graduation. One interviewer told him he was but 1 of 6 young men wearing a suit, and his was the only handwritten thank you for the interview. Proud momma.

  27. 127
    Lynnette says:

    I, too, love giving and receiving thank you notes. It personalizes the sentiment instead of rushing by someone and thanking them briefly in conversation. Upon my leaving a workplace, the staff scheduled a lovely go-away party for me. I was miles away from that workplace within a week, yet I still felt it appropriate and necessary to write thank you notes to the planners of the event and also to those who attended.

  28. 128
    Elizabeth R. says:

    I want to write thank you notes – – most of the time I remember, but I always feel so guilty when I don’t!

  29. 129
    Katrina Montgomery says:

    For the month of November we wanted to have our family focus on showing gratitude to those people who have blessed our lives and teach our children how important it is to express appreciation and love to others. Once a week we each wrote and delivered thankyou notes. No impersonal emails allowed!

  30. 130
    Ellen says:

    I love these note cards! I’m a big believer in the power of “thank you”, especially a written one. I even keep a box of them in my desk at work to send notes to co-workers when they’ve gone out of their way for me. It always brings a smile, and makes them happy they helped.

  31. 131
    Amanda says:

    I love receiving thank you notes, anything hand written that takes time is always appreciated. I have several boxes of notes that I like to drop in the mail for others.

  32. 132
    Judith says:

    I always wrote thank you cards when I was younger, and made my children do the same. With email and texting these days, the art seems to be lost. I think it would be wonderful to bring it back with these cards. They are so nice!

  33. 133
    Jessica D. says:

    We always had to write thank you notes as kids. Even though I’m a big slacker in that department now, my Mom still mails a note to me for every occasion, even though she lives just a mile away!

  34. 134
    Rachel says:

    Absolutely had to write thank you notes growing up and had to make them meaningful, not generic. As a child, I found this really difficult, but now I can do it easily and still write notes all the time. In fact, I have a note in my bag that I have to mail.

  35. 135
    Sara says:

    Love these
    I did grow up writing thank you notes, and over time have fallen in and out of the habit. I was good with showers and wedding thank you, but birthdays, holidays I tend to slide.

  36. 136
    Tina W. says:

    I LOVE sending thank you notes – it gives me an opportunity to use some of the beautiful cards that I can’t seem to keep myself from buying.

  37. 137
    Amy R says:

    Yes! I grew up writing thank you notes and am now working to teach my sons to do the same! These cards are beautiful!

  38. 138
    Joie says:

    I do thank you notes for any gift I receive. I send them for my 2-year old, as well. We trace her hand and she colors a bit on each card. We were made to do them when we were growing up, and I think it’s such an important thing to continue.

  39. 139
    Sharon B says:

    Growing up, my Mom always purchased beautiful thank-you notes for us to use to make sure all gifts were acknowledged. It seemed special to have such pretty cards to write notes and mail–it still makes me feel good to put one in the post!

  40. 140
    Celia says:

    My mother always insisted that my sibling and I write thank you notes. I enjoyed it, and still do!

  41. 141
    Sarah J says:

    I was always good with thank you notes as a kid, and am trying to teach my kids the same. Unfortunately it seems I am one of the few parents who still does so. I’m undecided whether a generic thank you to the whole birthday party handed out at the end counts- especially if the kid had not part in it! Stepping off soap box now.

  42. 142
    Rachel says:

    I love writing thank you notes! My mom instilled the value of a good thank you note in me from a young age, and I watched a nearly-graduated high school senior spend his summer writing thank you notes nicer than I had ever dreamed of. That changed my perspective – no more ‘3 sentence – thank you for the BLANK, I plan to use it for BLANK, glad you could come to my BLANK’ notes for me. Now i write personalized, thoughtful, occasionally funny notes to let people know how much i appreciate their gifts. I’d love to win this set so I can use them and send them to folks. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  43. 143

    I fluctuate between being awesome at thank you notes and terrible. Forced to do them as achild, I still feel guilty when I don’t but I will confess to being a thank you emailer. Which is terrible. I’m better when I have inspiring notecards. So I’m always buying those and postcards whenever I find ones I enjoy.

  44. 144
    Karen Ann says:

    My mother always told us not to embarrass her by neglecting thank you notes. A lovely, hand written note on beautiful stationery always reminds me of her.

  45. 145
    Kate says:

    After sending out all of our wedding thank you notes, I heard back from my parents that one of their friends said it was the best thank you note she had ever received and was saving it to show her daughters what they should look like! I’m half surprised (my notes aren’t anything special!) and half proud. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  46. 146

    I have to admit I’ve never really been one for “Thank You” cards, but that changed last year with my wedding. We kept things small, so every guest and every gift was very special and deserved a hand-written note. My wife and I are hoping to continue to send cards to our friends and family, just because.

  47. 147
    Kate says:

    My parents were always very serious about thank-you notes. I do my best to keep up, but am always worried I’m not sending them fast enough to make them proud!

  48. 148
    Susan says:

    I write thank you notes, postcards, letters…..my mother taught me to write a good thank you note, and people always appreciate them. Lately I’ve been trying to send a postcard a day (I unearthed a box of old postcards and want to use them up). Getting real mail is such a treat.

  49. 149
    anna says:

    Yep, thank you writing was a big part of my growing up… and I still write them as an adult! not everyone does, which is too bad.

  50. 150
    Jody says:

    I have written thank you notes for a good long time,
    there is a 2 fold reason, first, you acknowledge the giver,
    second, writing a note iis like getting the gift a second time

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