Send out movie night invitations for a cinematic birthday.

Throw your little girl a movie star birthday party

Many young children develop the optimistic view that they’ll one day be famous. Watching all of her favorite movie stars walk the red carpets at premiers and the Oscars could drive her to take acting lessons or dress in dramatic outfits. Whether your daughter is starring in school plays, or just starring in your life, she deserves the fame and recognition a movie-star birthday party will give her. Here are some ways to host a bash perfect for your budding celebrity.

Play acting
Discuss your daughter’s favorite films and movie stars with her. Try and take inspiration from these famous faces and films for the party. It is best to organize the activities with her best-loved stars and films in mind so they will be all the more enjoyable. Lay out a list of the characters from these movies and use this list to play a game of charades. This way, the kids can get a chance to do a little acting.

Also, set aside costume details like sunglasses, feather boas or top hats at the party entrance that each guests can use for a dress up event, like walking down the red carpet. Don’t forget to play your child’s favorite film later in the evening.

Set design
When it comes to the decorations, look no further than these ideas. The essentials for creating that Hollywood look include a red carpet, which can be made with actual red carpet or even a red gymnastics mat. If neither of these are available, try using red yoga mats. Along the sides of the red carpet, you should set up a mock red velvet rope. You can make a rope with a velvet effect out of crepe paper. Hang this from the ceiling with string, or attach it to nearby walls. Add another great decoration by hanging a red paper fringe from the doorways to the party room for a classy entranceway.

Every girl is famous
If you are a do-it-yourself mom, go ahead and build your own walk of stars. The simple format is to take squares of construction paper, any color, and glue another piece in the shape of a star on top. On each star, write the names of every guest, and have the stars laminated. These stars will be party favors at the end of the night.

Don’t forget your concession stand. Every movie theater has one, and your home can too. Design your dessert table as the concession stand, and give each guest coupons with which they can pay for treats. Keep the treats movie-oriented. Oreo’s look similar to movie reels, popcorn is always acceptable, and your cake might feature the Hollywood sign.

Gather the stars
When it comes to birthday invitations, Pear Tree Greetings has the perfect option, the Admit One Movie Night Invitations. These cards tell the guests that your party night will include a movie showing. Instead of putting a movie title here, write that the feature will be your daughter’s birthday party. Don’t forget to include her age. These cards will make sure that your child and all her friends know that she is the star of the show.

Welcome your new baby into the world with these clever sonogram photo ideas.

Great uses for your baby’s sonogram picture

When you and your partner conceive, there are multiple doctors you must visit. Getting a sonogram is one of the most important and meaningful appointments you will make. Without being able to see your child for nine months, the sonogram can offer you a new way to get close to your little one. The pictures you have when you leave the office are really the first image you’ll have of your child. Preserve that important first look so you can enjoy it for years to come. These inventive crafts and photo ideas will give you the opportunity to bask in the beauty of your unborn child:

Framing
Purchasing special frames is one clever way to display the sonogram in your household. For instance you can get a frame that features a pregnant woman with a clear space for the sonogram picture in her belly. This will not only be a great way to honor your child, but to remind yourself of how connected the two of you were for so long.

If you are hoping to integrate the picture into your baby’s room, choose a frame with multiple picture windows. Place alongside the sonogram photo a shot of you and your partner and a picture of the newborn. If you want to be a little more ingenious with your design, put a photograph of each parent from their childhood (just after birth is best) and place that on either side of the sonogram. You can change out these pictures as your child ages, so that your image ages alongside your baby’s.

For the dads who are away
If you or your spouse happen to be away serving in the military, have a special set of dog tags made that feature the sonogram. These will allow the service member to keep their child close at all times, even while they are away.

Birth announcements
Not all parents can keep their excitement in until the day their child is born. It is not uncommon that some of these parents want to send birth announcements, before the delivery. This is no issue and can be a great way to get the extended family ready for a new member. Choose announcements that have a space for you to put a picture of the sonogram. Avoid writing a name on the card if you and your partner have not made a final decision. The Pear Tree Greetings Lasting Introduction horizontal magnet is a great send off. The magnets will make it easy for family to display the image of your future child.

If you do happen to wait until your baby is born to send out birth announcements, be sure to choose stationery that offers the space for more than one photo. The Pear Tree Greetings Girl Snapshots Five Panel has enough photo space for you to put  a few pictures of your newborn and the sonogram. Including both of these photos will allow your card to not only be an announcement, but tell a story as well.

Host a fantastic animal-themed baby shower!

5 baby shower invites that bring out the child’s animal side

When your friends have a little one on the way, things are bound to change, but you can help them prepare. For the baby shower, celebrate this new vibrancy in their lives by taking a walk on the wild side. Decorate and design the baby shower to represent how cute and cuddly their baby will soon be with a fuzzy animal theme. These clever baby shower invitations are designed with the animal loving parents in mind. Choose an animal that you feel represents their baby to be, and make it king of the shower party.

Little duckling
For a baby due out in April showers, it is more than appropriate to decorate the party room with ducklings and umbrellas. You want the baby to enjoy those wet and blustery days of spring, and who better to set an example than a baby duckling? The Pear Tree Greetings’ Baby Duckling baby shower invitations are ideal. These invites come in the shape of a little duckling, and will introduce your party theme with a splash.

Night owl
All parents know that when their baby arrives there will be many nights without sleep. It takes time for children to acclimate to our sleep patterns, so celebrate the future little night owl with Pear Tree’s adorable Whimsical Hoot Owl baby shower invitations. These invites also say the parents have a future little Einstein on your hands. Let all the family and friends know of your excitement with a baby shower filled with little owls.

Monkey business
All kids enjoy the opportunity to act a little wild, and what better way to welcome a new family addition than with a monkey family embrace? Pear Tree’s Loving Family Embrace baby shower invites bring out the caring side of life. Proof that having a baby is more about the cuddles than the spilled milk.

Laughing giraffe
You don’t have to come from a tall family to love the giraffe. This tall and peaceful jungle creature can represent an adorable leaf-eating future that is in store. Pear Tree’s Spotted Giraffe baby shower invitations are a wonderfully cute mailing to send to the guests. Keep to this animal theme by sitting a stuffed giraffe at the party entrance with balloons tied around its neck.

Jurassic call
If the parents think their child is out of this world, why not celebrate his or her future birth with a dinosaur themed party? The parents may have a future paleontologist on the way, so surround him or her with signs of a past world. Pear Tree’s Dinosaur Dreams in Yellow invites are a great way to let the guests in on the party theme.