Giveaway: Food-Themed Note Cards from League Street Press

February 17, 2014(updated on October 3, 2018)

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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  • I don’t remember to send thank you notes but I’m all about birthday cards in the mail.
    I did get a thank you card at work once. I helped a patron, it’s a library, with something I no longer remember and a week or so later she left a thank you card for me at the front desk. I still have it because it has such pretty flowers on the front.

  • I like to write and send thank you cards these days – because I think the receiver appreciates it twice as much because it is hand written.

  • as children my brothers and i were always told to write thank you notes after receiving something (anything!). i maintained the habit and now my girls do the same. handwritten notes delight and surprise people nowadays and i relishreceivin them. i ws asked to be a judge at my girls’ elementry school’s science fair one year. about a week after the fair, i received a thank you note with a coloured picture of me judging this young man’s project. that was six years ago and i still have the picture hanging on the fridge!

  • I love thank you cards. As a teacher, I like to have them on hand and I’m always writing little notes to stick in the mail with my 5yr old daughter! These cards look like such fun – who wouldn’t like the bonus of a new recipe to try!

  • I enjoy writing thank you cards – it’s so important to express gratitude, and a handwritten note is such a direct, personal way to do it. These cards are perfect since they express one of my favorite hobbies, too!

  • I love giving and receiving thank you cards. They are so much more personal than email messages. Plus, isn’t it fun to get something besides bills in the mail???

  • I love writing thank you notes. I was taught to do so at a young age and it is something that has stuck with me. I also enjoy writing “just because” notes, but not nearly as much as I enjoy receiving them. 🙂

  • I am embarrassingly bad at sending thank you notes. I love getting them – and I want to do the same for others, I am just so undisciplined about actually writing them. When I do, though, I always put them in the mail. So much more fun to receive that way!

  • I am religious about writing thank you notes because these days people receive so few personal letters that it pleases me to think of them being surprised by a thank you card.

  • I was raised to send cards, write letters and send thank you notes. We lived far from any family and in the days before cell phones we could not afford to call “long distance” so writing was the main form of communication. There is nothing like receiving a hand written note. I started making my own cards with photos that I have taken which I like to call “frameable art”. Now if for some reason I do not send a hand written card that I have made my friends give me a hard time and are disappointed. I love the recipe on the back of these cards they are truly an inspiration as cooking and canning are an important part of my life. I recently put together a cookbook of my Mom’s best recipes paired with old family photos and gave it to her before she passed and even in her difficult illness she in fact sent a thank you message.

  • Raised in 1950’s North Carolina, my mother taught my brothers and me to write crayon thank-you notes before any of us were old enough to began school. It’s been a life-long habit. Now that I’m 70, I’ve started using my collection of post-cards as my thank-you stationery. I’ve gotten very pleasant responses when the recipient opens the envelope to find two or three cards (sequentially numbered, of course) with my note or letter. It seems to brighten everyone’s day!

  • I keep all the thank you cards given to me from the college students with whom I work displayed in my office. Although a simple gesture, it makes me feel very appreciated, especially on the rough days.

  • My parents always had us write thank you notes as a kid. Now I still like to write them and mail them out, especially to my grandma as I know she really enjoys getting a cute little card with a note from me (and if she sends a gift of money she likes to hear about the bargain shopping I did to maximize her gift!).

  • never had to write notes as a kid. gifts and thank yous were always given in person – frequently with a baked good or some wild flowers from the yard in place of a card. long distance phone calls were considered quite special when i was a kid so those were acceptable for thank yous in the rare instance of distance being an issue. i do occasionally write them now but i still prefer thanking people in person whenever possible. actually, i have one to write that i’ve been putting off for a bit too long. guess i know what i’m doing tonight.

  • Those are beautiful cards, and I love the puns! The only regular thank you notes I wrote were for the buyers for my 4-H animals. They usually weren’t the best or most personal, but I like to think I got better at it as I got older.

  • I love receiving correspondence in the mail, so I always make a point to send thank you notes. Its a simple gesture that really says a lot.

  • I was taught to always bring a small gift when I visit or attend an event, and ALWAYS send a thank you note. I enjoy collecting cards to send. I do also send email thank you’s, but really enjoy surprising someone with a real paper note

  • My close friend NEVER forgets the power of a thank you card or note and is very speedy in sending.
    They mean a lot when you receive, the special message she writes inside. I too save them all. These cards are the types she sends. She puts me to shame, as while I do send, I am always late! 🙁

  • I remember writing thank you notes after Christmas, but it was without joy. As an adult, when I am moved to write a thank you, it comes from the heart. I love receiving hand written notes as well. It feels truly special in this day of e-cards.

  • As a teacher, I can tell you that many students don’t have enough thank you card stories and I try to first teach and then encourage thank you card writing.

  • I learned to write thank you notes as a child for Christmas and birthday presents. I still try to send them and cherish the ones I receive. Getting a physical card in the mail is very special these days.

  • I’ve begun making my own thank you cards, and have sent quite a few out this year already. It’s a great (and inexpensive) way to get your creative juices flowing. And let’s be honest, everyone loves receiving something in the mail!

  • Thank you cards are a nostalgic thing, I think. I make my kids write them for Christmas gifts – it’s a chore, but we still do it. I’m also a big advocate of slipping a hand-written thank-you note into my teaching colleagues’ mailboxes. I have a stash that I’ve received over the years, and there’s nothing better on a bad day than diving into those. These are gorgeous, and I have a few people in my life who appreciate a hand-written card, and would love these. (yippee for Canada – U.S. giveaways)

  • My son is very well trained in writing thank you notes — doesn’t have to be reminded! I think it is because I always bought him a box of his own special cards. One year it was dinosaurs! Another was teddy bears.

  • I was always taught to write thank you notes. It is so rare these days, I have even gone to friends houses and seen my notes hung up on the fridge!

  • These are so cute – and certainly suit my personality and combine my love of our local food table with my love of puns! Growing up, I never really had to write thank-you cards, something I regret, because it’s such a joy to get a hand-written note in the mail, especially today with the ephemeral nature of communication.

  • Those are adorable! I always wrote thank you notes and I continue to love to write them. The electronic age makes everything so convenient, so it is nice to keep putting pen to paper on occasion.

  • My parents made me write them and I haaaaated it. My mom wasn’t much better, though…we are a family of procrastinators. 🙂

  • I have a friend who writes thank you notes for every gift he’s given. It’s enough to encourage me to make things (like jars of lemon curd) so he’ll write me a note. -djs

  • I know that note sending and writing are becoming a thing of the past. What a treat to receive a note in the mail. I have special notes that I’ve received and save. When I happen to come across them, it brings much joy! I love these note cards and would be thrilled to win them. Thanks!!

  • When I was younger, it seemed like my Mom made me send a Thank You card to anyone and everyone who ever gave me anything! To this day, writing Thank You cards when I receive gifts from others is still something that I always do and enjoy doing to show my appreciation. I’m so glad my Mom taught me appreciation at a young age and that it stuck with me.

  • I brought a neighborhood friend a few quarts of leftover cream from a case I had bought at work. When I arrived, she was freaking out because her cat was in the hospital. I listened and hugged and left the cream with her. A few days later, there was a thank-you card in my mailbox. She was happy to have the distraction of an ingredient to use (and the cat was going to be fine). It was a nice surprise.

  • I love writing notes to family and friends. I picked up the thank you card habit as an adult. There is no better way to express one’s feelings.

  • My family is huge on thank you notes. Preferably hand written and mailed. But email, text, or verbal thank you’s are also nice to receive! I think the important thing is to make the giver feel appreciated! 🙂

  • My parents (who are really, really awesome) didn’t consistently make us write TYNs. Just for big events. I was very much still a letter writer when email was starting up, but became more electronic over time. This last year or two, I’ve gotten much more into TYNs as part of an effort to be a little more intentional in maintaining my relationships.
    I love all of the artists making beautiful cards for us to make each others’ days with.

  • I’m sure my parents made us write the occasional thank you, but I don’t think it was instilled in me well enough because I had difficulty with it post-baby shower! I think I managed to mail most of them though!

  • My mom always made me write a thank you note every time I received a gift or was touched by someone in some way. To this day, I send snail mail to friends and family and keep a pack of cards in my handbag, along with stamps, just in case! These particular cards are adorable – thanks for sharing her work!

  • I only had to write formal notes on really special occasions (confirmation, graduation, etc.), and even today I never quite seem to get around to writing them, even when I want to. (I can’t even imagine the mess my toddler’s head exploding would make if she saw my cards collection.) So I wish I’d been made to write them more as a kid and will, I hope, encourage my kids to do it. We’re away from family, so that somehow seems like it should make a difference.

  • I love thank you cards, there a great way to make someones day. Recently I sent a not to my Aunt, just thanking her for a memory I had of her teaching my sister and I how to bake.

  • I really disliked writing thank you notes as a kid, and now one of the biggest banes of my existence is getting my kids to write thank you notes. Hand written notes are a dying breed, but I’d be happy to write a note on these! They are awesome.

  • I do love thank you notes! I’m not as disciplined as I ought to be about writing them, but I really try to! And receiving a handwritten thank you note is always such a treat.

  • I always sent them as a child…I never really taught my own kids to send them.
    We found that a phone call to say thank you always worked better for us. My family seemed to enjoy talking to their grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins one on one to say their thank you.
    Now they just send emails or texts…sigh…….

  • My sister and I were always required to write personal thank you notes for every gift we received, and it was always handwritten and either mailed or hand delivered. We didn’t like it then, but now it’s habit and feels odd if we don’t follow up with the sender of a gift. She’s teaching her children to do the same now too!

  • I still write thank-you notes – not to everyone but I think a handwritten note is so much more meaningful at times and is worth the postage. I don’t remember ever being sat down and forced to write notes but I’m sure I started doing it because of my parents. I love to find unique notepaper or cards, it makes it even more special!

  • Yes, I was taught that a hand-written “thank-you” was a must. The habit is in me for life. I really enjoy getting a thank-you card myself…it says effort, thoughtfulness like nothing else.

  • I write Thank You notes. However, I wish I would do more. My mother is a great example for this. I just honestly never picked it up from her as much as she does. I would probably keep some for myself and share with my mother if I win. Thanks for the chance.

  • My favourite thank-you card memory is from a couple of years ago. I went on a crafting kick, and hand-made some Christmas-themed notecards from a beautiful, thick cardstock, and gold embossing powder. It sounds like a pain, but once you have an embossing gun (I never thought I would be the type of person to own an embossing gun, but there you go) it’s surprisingly easy. And once you put in all that work, are you really going to forget to write the thank-you notes?

  • My parents forced that habit onto me, and I am grateful. Now I try to find creative ways for my little ones to participate in their thank you notes until they are old enough to write them.

  • A friend inspired me to start sending thank you notes. These are super cute and would be sure to brighten any recipients day.

  • I am trying to pick up the habit of writing thank you notes, part of an overall personal charge to practice gratitude. In college, one of my roommates would often leave notes & cards, more so of encouragement than gratitude, but they sure made me feel appreciated, inspired, and loved. I hope to be able to do the same for others. After all, of all the things to be thankful for, friends are on the top of the/my list.

  • We always followed the rule that if we could thank the person face to face when we got the gift, a thank you card wasn’t necessary. But now I write thank you cards for anything and everything! I love sending cards in the mail. I like to repurpose the cards I receive too as artwork or in scrapbooking, so this is a perfect way to find a new use for the cards!

  • The most amazing feeling is when students from K-8 cooking classes that I’ve taught share unexpected than you cards with me. They remind me of the power of a simple thank you card.

  • I write thank you cards to my older relatives, who seem to appreciate it much more than my generation! I always try to stock up on cute, unique notecards, these are beautiful!

  • I either write and post them right away, or they languish unwritten and unsent. Trying to be in the first category more often!

  • One of my distant aunts continued to send a little Christmas cash into my college years. I always wrote a note in thanks, but we had barely seen one another since my childhood, and the “thank you for the gift” seemed inadequate to convey how much I appreciated just being remembered. I started writing a long, rambling letter — sometimes preempting Christmas, sometimes so late it had a Valentine’s Day theme — and I told her stories and funny anecdotes about what I’d been up to. We didn’t become penpals, but I heard through the family grapevine that she told everyone about them.

  • I do try to remember to send thank you cards – I know how an unexpected, mailed, and handwritten thank you card brightens up my day. I know it does the same for others as well.

  • I always had to write a thank you note within the first 24 to 48 hours after receiving a gift. When I used to complain about having to write them, my mother would remind me that she had to write her thank you notes before she could use her presents as a child. I still enjoy sending and receiving cards in the mail.

  • My mom insisted on thank you notes, but I’m ashamed to admit that they didn’t really stick. Maybe pretty new note cards would help?

  • If there is one time in a person’s life when thank you notes are mandatory, it is for wedding presents. My mother still remembers, on occasion, the times when the bride/groom did not write one (three, for the record). Mind you, the offspring of two of these unions are in college. The third marriage only lasted six months, so that story becomes more dramatic every time it is told: Expensive gift! No thank you note! Only one lousy glass of wine, with meager “finger food” at the reception! Your father and I almost starved!

  • I grew up writing thank you notes. I made my kids do it when they were younger but they’ve lost the habit. I’m encouraging them to resume by announcing that if I don’t get a thank you for any given event (birthday, Christmas, etc) the following gift will reflect the omission of thanks.

  • I have no recollection of writing thank you notes as a child. As an adult I have a collection of postcards and note cards and I send notes to people at random just to say hello or to thank someone for a gift or an act of kindness. I have two friends who always send thank you notes after having dinner at our house, so I am a regular recipient of their thanks.

    One of my two most continuous card recipients is my stepdaughter whose comment after moving into an apartment after college was that all she got in the mail were bills. She now regularly gets postcards, note cards or mini care packages in the mail. I get thank you messages from her for not forgetting her!

  • Hand-written notes take the cake! (food-themed pun intended.) I love getting the unexpected card or thank you note in the mail!

  • I did have to write thank-you’s to people when I got a gift as a child and have continued the process to my adult years.

  • The last thank you note I wrote was to the local doctor in the small town where I am from. I worked in his office for quite some time and I had such a wonderful experience there. He is an older gentleman that rarely approached a computer, so the hand written message meant so much more to him.

  • Some years ago, after being laid off from a job I loved I landed(finally) an interview with a great company-me and 200 other people! The interviewer was so kind and gracious, I was really moved to write her a thank-you note. Long story short-I got the job. The interviewer later told me I was the only candidate who wrote a note! I’m a believer.

  • My mom made me write thank-you notes. I make my kids write thank-you notes the way my mom taught me:

    1) a paragraph that thanks the giver for the gift, and says something nice about the gift: I love the color… I’ll use it on my camping trip, I’ll put the money toward my savings for a new bike.
    2) a paragraph that is chatty and fun and has nothing to do with the gift. You want the note to be a friendly letter and not just a duty. More than one of these paragraphs is a loving gesture.
    3) reiteration of your appreciation for the gift.

    Little kids can draw pictures. Younger kids can write sentences instead of paragraphs. Kids should be writing lovely paragraphs at least by 6th grade.

  • I think that I picked up the habit myself. I definitely make my son send them!
    I love a beautiful set of thank yous.
    Thank you!

  • I still write thank you and greeting cards…I love sending mail (even if I don’t like the cost of stamps!).

  • I had to write them as a kid, and loved to get them to !!! My Aunt Mill was the best at writing thank you cards and I tried to copy her style !!!

  • My mom used to make me write thank you notes-but I have continued this. I love to send a note because people truly appreciate it. Also-as a thank you note writer-I notice when I don’t get a thank you! And I am less likely to continue giving gifts when I don’t get a thank you.

  • I wrote them as a kid. Every. Single. Gift. But now, since I don’t receive many gifts, I have fallen out of the habit. Would love to start it up again with these cards.

  • I grew up being forced to write them but the habit actually stuck. I am not perfect at it but I do try to send handwritten thank you notes as often as possible. The cards are awesome because they’re punny 🙂 !!!!

  • I still handwrite thank you notes and have tried to instill it in my children. I read a story that Princess Diana of Wales always wrote a thank you note when she came home from her evening/dinner/ party out… so that way the evening was fresh in her mind and addressed it before she went to bed. I thought that was amazingly organized and I have yet to ever do that.

  • My parents made us write them for Christmas and birthdays–and I’m ashamed to say that I’m not very good at them any more. Aspirations to do better, though!

  • I enjoy writing thank you notes. It takes so little time and energy to write a few sentences, and everyone is happy to feel appreciated. Just a couple of sentences can make someone feel a lot better!

  • I used to be diligent about writing thank you notes but I have to admit I have slacked off in recent years. My MIL used to be such a nag about it that I started to avoid doing them altogether – she never got on my DH about writing thank you notes, only me. I really do need to get back in the habit of writing these.

  • I’m terrible at sending thank you notes. But I have no problem collecting and storing a huge collection of stationery. I love pretty paper.

  • My mother always made us write thank you notes and she likes to tell a story about the time my grandmother (a grammar school teacher) sent back my thank you notes with corrections done in red pen. I was upset, humiliated, and hurt, and am convinced this is why I have had a life-long dislike of written correspondence. 🙂 A few years ago, when my son was in kindergarten, she commented on the number of mistakes in his thank you note and said she might have to do what my grandmother did. I could feel myself getting upset at the thought and told her that if she did such a thing, I would never again have my children write a thank you note to her.

    So perhaps that wasn’t the cheeriest of thank you note stories, but it’s one that stuck with me.

    Christine K

  • My Aunt Doris sends the most lovely thank you notes without fail. They are written with a thoughtful thank you, an update on happenings at home, and kind inquiries. When I send her jars of jam, I am certain I will receive a note from her within a short time.

  • i wrote thank you cards and letters from a young age. it was the right thing to do. i carried that tradition to my children. i enjoy getting letters and could write more often. has is become a lost art? imho, it’s the small personal touches that really matter! knowing someone has taken the time to write means so much to me. it’s then next best thing to a face to face conversation!

  • I never was told to write thank you cards as a child – my mom just didn’t do that. It is, however, something I want to be a habit for my children. My oldest daughter is in Kindergarten and I am starting to make her write thank you notes. She’s a big fan of arts-and-crafts, so it is not a chore, but a fun activity. I hope it stays that way!

  • I just got the sweetest thank you note from a friend of mine whom we had over for dinner- of all things! so sweet.

  • I love hand written notes, and keep a supply of neat cards to use for the purpose. It’s nice to surprise people with a note when it’s least expected.

  • I just sent a thank you to my sister for a dinner she had for my brother and I. Getting a thank you or any other card in the mail is still so special.

  • My parents would have me and my brothers write thank-you notes for everything growing up. We hated it, but whenever I get a thank-you note now, I feel grateful that they taught us to do it. Nowadays it feels special to receive a handwritten note.

  • My mom always made me write thank you letters but as I grew older I not only continued writing thank you notes (not always in a timely fashion but completed, regardless) but I send more mail than most anyone I know. I believe letter writing is a lost art form that I have been trying to revive for a number of years now through handmade cards with accompanying personalized notes. It’s always great to hear you’ve made someone’s day by simply taking the time to send them snail mail in a day and age where everything revolves around immediacy and the handwritten note, which can take days to receive, becomes something sentimental and special.