Seasonal Greeting Card Tips : Mother’s Day

By heather at 10:52 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Date : Second Sunday in May
Publishers start thinking about designs : November



History :

Each year, the second Sunday in May is celebrated as Mother’s Day, a holiday initiated by Anna M. Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia in 1907 to honor her mother. Ms. Jarvis spent a good part of her life, after the death of her mother, in a crusade to have the date declared a national holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Congressional resolution declaring, “The American mother is the greatest source of the country’s strength and inspiration.”
– Greeting Card Association

Icons :

  • birds nest with eggs
  • butterflies
  • cute animals
  • clothing accessories
  • dresses
  • fashion
  • feminine themes
  • flowers
  • hearts
  • heels
  • mother & baby imagery
  • purses

Crossover Icons : a lot of what you’d use for Easter & Valentine’s can work for Mother’s Day
Colors : soft pastels, pink, mauve, light blues & greens
Fonts : elegant, calligraphic, handwritten
Flowers :

  • Acacia (pink): Grace.
  • Allspice: Compassion.
  • Amaranth: Foppery; Immortality; Pretension; Piety; Unchangeable.
  • Amaryllis: Splendid Beauty; Beautiful but timid; Timid; Proud.
  • Angelica: Inspiration; Magic.
  • Anthriscus (Chervil): Sincerity.
  • Ash: Prudence; Dignity; With me you are safe.
  • Auricula (scarlet): Pride; You are proud.
  • Azalea: Moderation; Forbearance; Temperance; your blush has won me.
  • Bluebottle: Delicacy.
  • Box: I believe in your constancy.
  • CAMELIA, WHITE Loveliness
  • Calla Lily: Beauty .
  • Calycanthus: Benevolence.
  • Camellia: My destiny is in your hands; Gratitude; Admiration; Perfection; Good Luck; Gift to a Man.
  • Camellia (white): Perfected loveliness; Without blemish; Worth .
  • Camellia Japonica: Surpassing excellence.
  • Cattleya: Matronly grace; Mature charms.
  • Centaurea: Delicacy.
  • Cherry Blossom: Spiritual beauty; Good Education
  • Cinquefoil: Maternal affection.
  • Citron: Natural beauty.
  • Cloves: Dignity; Nobility.
  • Dogwood: Forgetfulness; Love undiminished by; Constancy .
  • FREESIA Trust
  • Gilly Flower: Bonds of affection; Lasting beauty; Thou art fair.
  • Iris: Faith; Valor; A Message For Thee; Fleur de lis; Your friendship means so much to me;
  • Faith; Hope; Wisdom; Valor; My compliments; Eloquence; Missive .
  • Jasmine: Grace; Elegance Amiability.
  • Jasmine (yellow): Grace and elegance.
  • Laurus (Bay): Constant; Unchanging.
  • LILY (Calla) Beauty
  • Liverwort: Confidence.
  • Magnolia (swamp): Perseverance .
  • Mallow: Mildness; Gentleness .
  • Milk vetch: Your presence softens my pain; Comfort.
  • Mimosa: Exquisite; Fastidious; Perception .
  • Mint: Strength; Virility; Warmth of feeling; Let us be friends again; Virtue; Purity .
  • Moss: Maternal Love; Charity; Patience; Pray wait; Ennui (boredom).
  • Mulberry (white): Wisdom.
  • Myrtle (wax): Discipline; Instruction.
  • Pear Blossom: Tenderness; Not altogether lovely .
  • Pear: Affection.
  • Pine: Pity; Compassion .
  • Pomegranate Blossom: Grace; Mature elegance; Perfection
  • Queen Anne’s Lace: Steadfast love.
  • Sage: Domestic duties; Sage Cherish.
  • Salvia (Sage): Esteem; Domestic virtue; Long life; Wisdom.
  • Salvia (blue): Wisdom.
  • Saxifrage: Affection; Tenderness.
  • Thyme: Courage; Activity; Grace; Elegance; Domestic virtues; Thriftiness; I am diligent; Liveliness.
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