Family Photo Ideas Capture Summer Fun

Don’t forget to snap photos wherever you go this summer, because family photo ideas can happen anywhere and everywhere. You just have to be ready for them! Summer vacations, t-ball games, family picnics and days at the beach will all be a distant memory come November when it’s time to create your Christmas cards. We guarantee you’ll be happy to have lots of sunny pictures to choose from!

Vacation photos let you share important highlights of your year with friends and family. And what’s nice about family vacations is that you’re all together, all day long. So it doesn’t take much planning to take a family photo.
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Summer activities often mean everyone doing their own thing. Whether you’re into swimming or baseball, picnics or trips to the beach, take lots of photos—both individual shots as well as group photos. These bright and sunny keepsakes will be a lifesaver when it’s time to create your holiday cards.
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Graduations, birthdays, weddings and family reunions are also great opportunities for family photos.
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Once the holiday season rolls around, you’ll be glad you captured lots of family photos over the summer. Browse our blog for more family photo ideas, and you’ll have plenty of time to get your Christmas cards done this year!

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Moving Tips from Pear Tree

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We asked three Pear Tree employees who’ve recently moved for their best moving tips. As usual, they were full of great ideas, and in agreement about several. Here are their moving tips:

From Andrea, Pear Tree’s brand strategist:

  • Label the boxes. This seems obvious, but I also labeled where I wanted the box to be put in the new house, like “Kids’ Puzzles—Bonus Room” or “Towels—Master Bath.”
  • We staged our move by packing boxes ahead of time and storing them in the garage, so that on moving day, we were just moving things from garage to truck, which cut down on the mess in the house leading up to moving day, and made the move go faster.
  • Separate the items you will need most immediate and box those separately. For example, I had a box of our toothbrushes, some clean bedding, a change of clothes and PJs for everybody for the first day in our new house. That way we didn’t have to sift through boxes, etc. trying to find things that first day.
  • Plan ahead on transferring utilities, scheduling internet and TV, etc.
  • Get out and meet your neighbors. If you see them outside, be proactive and introduce yourselves. They’re a wealth of resources. Our lawn mower broke and the grass at our new house was super long. I met the next-door neighbor and he mentioned the guy at the end of the street did lawn service. With one quick call he was mowing our lawn before I knew it!

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New Kids’ Party Decorations

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You’re going to love all the new kids party decorations we’ve added to our kids birthday collection! From tiny cupcake flags to large yard signs, these party decorations all tie together to make your birthday party theme come to life.

It all starts with the kids’ birthday invitations, and there are some sweet new ones including a Sweet Shoppe theme, and Cake & Ice Cream party, perfect for summer. Mad Scientist and Circus Colors are two more new themes you’ll love.
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Party Ideas: Custom Posters for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Memorials

There are milestones in every person’s life that should be celebrated. Graduations, anniversaries and big birthdays (such as 1, 40, 50, 60, 90!) are all occasions for gathering, celebrating and reminiscing. If you’re planning such a party, you know how important the reminiscing part is, and how old photos can help tell the story of who and what you’re celebrating.

Photo displays have always been a popular party idea for these types of events, but they are very labor intensive. On the other hand, our custom posters can be created online in minutes, and present a very affordable alternative. Think about creating a custom poster next time you’re planning party ideas for one of these milestone events.

Anniversary
Everyone loves to look at photos of the couple at an anniversary party, especially wedding and courtship photos – even baby photos. Create a poster that tells the story of their relationship to display at the party. Easy and affordable!
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Birthday (1st or 80th!)
Showcase photos of the birthday boy or girl by displaying a custom poster at the birthday party. It’s a lost easier than creating a photo display by hand, and the guest of honor can keep the poster.
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How To Write Graduation Thank You Cards

It’s graduation season, and that means grads all over the country are having parties, receiving congratulations and good-luck-wishes from loved ones, and opening gifts. Learning how to write graduation thank you cards is next on the list.

Let’s start with ordering them. It’s a nice touch when your thank you cards match your graduation announcements or invitations. Pear Tree’s graduation collection includes thank you cards to match most announcements, and they can be personalized the same way. For example, if you choose a certain color for your announcement, you can choose the same color for your thank you cards.
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Graduation Announcements for Girls

Overwhelmed by all the graduation announcements for girls out there? We’ve narrowed it down to these favorites, all of which incorporate the latest trends and color options. Girls are going to want to show off their style, while moms may be more concerned with prices and party planning. We promise, you’ll both love these graduation announcements for girls!

Sparkle & Shine
What’s a party without a little sparkle? These graduation announcements let her shine and set the mood for a party that sparkles in every way.
Gold Sequin-Look Trifold Graduation Announcements Gold Foil Photo Collage Graduation Announcements

Down To Earth
She tells it like it is, and these graduation announcements let her choose from colors and rustic backgrounds to create a casual look that’s all hers.
Color Block Trifold Graduation Announcements Rustic Collage Graduation Announcements

All Girl
If you want something that’s all girl, these two announcements have a feminine appeal that’s hard to beat. Faux-foil frames showcase her favorite photos, while a beautiful gold script adorns the other option.
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Formal
The foil stamped design on our Silver Foil Diamonds Trifold graduation announcements and the iconic laurel branches featured on our Chalkboard Laurels graduation announcements give these cards a formal look.
Silver Foil Diamonds Trifold Graduation Announcements Chalkboard Laurels With Logo Graduation Announcements

Bold and Bright
You don’t have to stick with your school colors, and shouldn’t if that’s not your style! Go bold with colors and have fun with your party decorations to create a seamless look.
Kraft Ribbon Booklet for Her Graduation Announcements Patchwork Of Photos With Logo Graduation Announcements

Artistic
These graduation announcements have a hand-crafted look that lets her express her creativity. Choose colors and photos to match the mood.
Candid Collage Graduation Announcements Trifold Dots Graduation Announcements

Shop for these and hundreds more graduation announcements for girls at Pear Tree. And read our blog for graduation party ideas and decorating ideas to make your party stand out, too!

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Save the Date Ideas: New Foil-Stamped Cards

Wait till you see our shiny new save the date ideas! These foil-stamped save the date cards make the most of your beautiful engagement photos, dressing them up with foil fonts, foil confetti, foil hearts and foil ampersands for looks you’ll only find at Pear Tree. You can even choose from four different foil colors and styles: gold, silver, copper or glitter gold.

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Me You Foil Save the Date Cards Foil Ampersand Vertical Save The Date Cards
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Graduation Announcements for Boys

Graduation announcements for boys come in all shapes and sizes, just like boys! The style you choose depends as much on your son’s personality and interests as it does your budget and graduation decorating ideas. Since it can be a little overwhelming to choose from all the options, we’ve pulled together this list of graduation announcements for boys. It is sure to include the perfect fit, whether your son is formal or casual, athletic or artistic, bold or understated.

Classic
These graduation announcements feature traditional fonts and artistic elements that keep them simple and classic, while still offering Mom plenty of photo ops.
Favorite Photo Horizontal Graduation Announcements Hes Invited Graduation Announcements

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Last Chance Photo Ideas for Graduates

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You’ve spent what seems like forever at this school, and in a few weeks it’s all going to be over. The cramming for tests, the band practices, the football games, the dance and math and debate competitions. It has been a whirlwind four years and you have lots of memories to take with you on the next leg of your journey. Or do you? Have you remembered to take pictures of those good times so that you’ll have something to look back on later? It’s not too late to snap a photo of your favorite things to keep for posterity. Everybody’s list will be different, but here here is our checklist of the basics.  Continue reading

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5 Unique Graduation Gift Ideas

It can be tough coming up with graduation gift ideas that an 18-year old will love, especially for those of us who are a long way from 18. But it’s not impossible, especially if you start with something you already know they love, such as a favorite photo, a favorite memory or event. You can create a gift they’ll love by turning those memories into personalized gifts. Here are 5 of our favorite graduation gift ideas from Pear Tree!

Custom Phone Cases
Give them a custom phone case and they can bring their favorite photos with them, wherever they go. For iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones.
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