Something seems so simple yet when it comes to actually ordering your cards you may be stuck. We're here to help with the traditional ways to list your family's names.
When it comes to first names "and" inserted between two names implies marriage. Also, when listing a couple's first names the female always comes first. If you were to include their last name the husband would always stand next to his family's last name. (The same goes for a couple's monogram—the wife on the left, husband on the right, and last name initial in the middle.) So, you would write "Eleanor and Joe" or "Eleanor and Joe Carter." Or, if the female kept her maiden name, "Eleanor Scott and Joe Carter." If you have children you have a couple of different ways you could go. You can keep the first line the same and on the line below list each of your children's first names separated by a comma with an "and" before the last child. The children would be listed oldest to youngest. Or you may prefer to list the whole family on one line. In this case you can include your last name after the last child.
You may like to sign your card with your last name but it can be tricky to know how to make your name plural. In most cases you will simply add an s on the end. You would never have an apostrophe before the s because this makes the name possessive, not plural. If your name ends in an s, x, z, ch or sh you would add an es on the end. For example, "The Thomases," "The Coxes," or "The Birches." If you simply do not like the way your name looks you could always opt for "The Birch Family."
Of course, it's ultimately up to you how you would like to list your name. You may just like the way "Joe and Eleanor" sounds. You may not want to include your last name at all. You know your recipients, your dear friends and family, so make it personal!