How to Send Ecards and Online Invitations at Punchbowl

Use the app for free, or the website during a trial

Punchbowl is an ecard website that lets you send customized digital greeting cards that arrive tucked in a virtual envelope with a postage stamp. Virtual invitations are also available to help you plan a party.

This site has ecards for birthdays, holidays, announcements, and any other reason you'd want to send someone a card. If you use the mobile app, you can send ecards and invitations for free; computer users can send free cards only during the trial period.

Punchbowl's desktop website is free only during the trial. Depending on the membership plan you choose, you'll be able to send up to 500 cards or invite up to 500 guests to a party before you have to pay, but the trial only lasts a few days. See these free ecard sites for some alternatives.

How to Get Free Punchbowl Ecards

This method gives you access to more ecards than you can get through the mobile app, but you have to sign up for the trial:

  1. Visit Punchbowl's Ecards and choose the category of ecard you'd like to send.

    There are cards for almost every holiday, birthday cards for every age and gender, announcements, and greeting cards for occasions like graduations and weddings, and ecards to express just about every feeling.

  2. Select one from the list, and then choose Personalize design to get started.

    Punchbowl birthday fox ecard
  3. The next page asks if you want to include a digital gift card. Select No thanks, continue to skip it, or Yes, include a gift card.

  4. Choose Edit Message if you want to change the text on the front of the card. This is where you can add all your own personal touches like a unique font type and color.

    When finished, choose Done and then Continue to move on to the inside.

    Punchbowl ecard editing tools
  5. Edit the inside message, if you wish, and then select Done and Continue once more.

    Punchbowl ecard inside message
  6. You'll see this screen if you selected the gift card option earlier. Choose the company and the amount (anything from $10 to $500), and then press Continue.

    There are several options here, including Amazon, The Home Depot, GAP, Panera Bread, Sephora, Wayfair, and others.

    Punchbowl gift card screen for ecards
  7. The final ecard editing you can do involves the virtual envelope. Change the liner design, the rubber stamp font type, and the postage, and then press Save and continue.

    Punchbowl ecard envelope editing tools
  8. If you're not already signed in to your Punchbowl account, you're asked to do so now. There's a free trial for new members, otherwise you must choose one of their payment plans to send the ecard.

  9. Enter the name and email/phone of the person you're sending the ecard to, and then press Add to submit their details. Use the Add List tab to add multiple recipients.

    If you don't know their information or you're adding several people at once, use the Import contacts option to grab the recipients from your email account or a CSV file.

    Punchbowl recipients list for ecard
  10. Select Continue when you're done adding people.

  11. To send the ecard for free, choose Decide later when asked about removing ads. Or, select Yes, join now to pay for your account and remove ads from the card.

    Punchbowl digital card remove ads option
  12. Confirm the ecard design and recipient list, and then press Send now.

    Punchbowl free ecard send page
  13. Select one of the subscription options to start your trial and send the ecard for free.

    Punchbowl membership options

    The trial lasts three days and renews automatically, but you can cancel at any time before it's over to avoid being charged. Every plan bills on a yearly basis.

  14. Select Send now again, now that you're using the trial. You'll instantly see a message and get an email that reads Your Digital Card has been sent!.

How to Use Punchbowl Invitations

In addition to ecards, Punchbowl also has an excellent party planning section on their website. You can send online invitations for birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, and other get-togethers. There are also "save the dates" to pick from.

Customizing an invitation is similar to how ecards work, but since this is an event, you can fill out a title, date and time, host details like their phone number and address, and any other party details that your guests need to know. The invitation can also be personalized with different text, colors, and more, just a regular ecard.

Punchbowl invitation example

You can even manage your RSVPs right there at Punchbowl. Decide whether the guest list is public, let each person bring 1-10 additional people, have automatic reminders sent to the recipients who are coming, allow guests to message you, and include potluck details.

Invitations aren't included in the ecard membership or the trial. To send free invitations, you can sign up for a 7-day trial by choosing the Platinum, Premium, or Plus plan. Each are slightly different, letting you have different guest list sizes, poll your guests, add co-hosts, and remove ads.

Punchbowl Mobile App

The app for iOS and for Android is much different from the desktop site because it shows all the free ecards and invitations that you can send right there from your phone or tablet. You can even get push notifications when your guests RSVP.

Punchbowl's free ecards from the Android app

Instead of entering your payment information and using Punchbowl only during a trial, you can sign up from the app to send cards and invitations without paying a dime. Just avoid the items marked as Extra to use only the free cards.