Top 3 Maid of Honor Tips: It’s the Forethought that Counts

Top 3 Maid of Honor Tips: It’s the Forethought that Counts
As anybody who has been through it could attest, being a maid of honor is a singularly unique experience. There’s this moment—you know, when the bride-to-be pops the question—when the full reality comes seeping in as you process it and everything it means. When my sister asked me, tears immediately filled my eyes as I realized what she really was asking: be my rock. From that moment on, I made a promise to her and myself to make the process as smooth as possible. No sweat, right? For anyone else who might find herself in the same situation and on the verge of a full-on freak-out (don’t worry!), here are a few wedding tips I put together based on my experience.

Not So Lonely At the Top
My first piece of advice? Take advantage of extra available help. Don’t be shy. At the very least, it may help you relax and be confident. There is nothing that says you have to go this alone. After I accepted my duties as maid of honor and realized just how big of a deal it really was, I looked for help. One of my co-workers was recently married, so I turned to her for advice on what she expected from her right-hand woman, issues or concerns that arose during the entire process, and for her favorite gift resources. Also, in this wonderfully technological society we live in, you can utilize the internet for just about everything. There are numerous wedding help sites, apps, and communities online that can answer any question you may have in minutes. Don’t be afraid to utilize any sort of support community you may have — the more the merrier.

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Kelsey & Andy: Will you be my Bridesmaid?

After my fiancé and I got engaged I couldn’t wait to ask my best girlfriends to share in my excitement and be a part of our special day. All eight of the girls in my wedding have been incredible friends to me, and we’ve remained close despite the fact that I live several states away from all of them.

Because I couldn’t ask my friends to be my bridesmaids in person, I wanted to send them something very personal instead. I decided to create care packages for the girls and incorporate some little bridesmaid gifts and fun wedding details to get them excited.

Will you be my Bridesmaid?
My fiancé and I really love to travel together and explore new places, and the beginning of our relationship was long-distance so we decided a vintage, travel-themed wedding would be perfect for us. We already use vintage suitcases as decorations in our living room that will work well as wedding décor, so I thought sending mini suitcases with my invitation and a few fun bridesmaid gifts inside would be perfect. I found a mini suitcase set in pink and aqua, which happened to be two of our wedding colors, and were small enough to be easily mailed.

Will you be my Bridesmaid?
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A Simple But Sweet Girl’s Birthday Party

A Simple But Sweet Girl's Birthday Party
Kids’ birthday parties don’t need to be an elaborate celebration. While I love throwing huge events, keeping things simple and easy is sometimes the way to go, especially when they are little and can sometimes be overwhelmed by a big party. When my niece turned two years old, a small family birthday party was the perfect plan.

Kids Birthday Invitations -- My Very Happy Birthday for Girls
We wanted it to be cute and look tied together, but didn’t really have a theme to work with. My sister and I turned to Pear Tree Greetings for girl birthday party ideas. We loved the bright colors and characters on the My Very Happy Birthday for Girls Birthday Invitations. Easy enough, we then had something to base our party around!

A Simple But Sweet Girl's Birthday Party
A Simple But Sweet Girl's Birthday Party
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Couples Shower Ideas: Waffle Bar

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

When my friend Amanda asked me to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding, I was beyond excited! To make things even better, she let me host a couple’s shower for her and her future husband, and I had so much fun coming up with couples shower ideas!
Couples Bridal Shower Ideas
Like every event that I plan, the invitations set the theme of the party. I decided on Pear Tree Greetings’ Simple Strands bridal shower invitation and was able to alter the colors to match the shower’s color scheme.
Simple Strands bridal shower invitation
The Name in Lights yard sign greeted guests, along with a wooden pallet adorned with Simple Strands bridal shower decorations and pictures of the happy couple. The Simple Strands decorations were used throughout the entire event as accessories in mason jars and labels for drinks. After writing down a few date night ideas for the couple, guests grabbed a drink from the bloody mary and juice bars.
Simple Strands bridal shower decorations
Couples Bridal Shower Ideas
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Princess Party Ideas

When it came time to plan my daughter’s 4th birthday party, I knew that she would love the idea of a princess party. The inspiration for our princess party ideas all started with one of our newest invitation designs, A Princess Like Me Kids Birthday Invitations. This girl’s birthday invitation was great because I could customize the dress, hair, skin and background color on the card to look like my daughter.
Kids Birthday Invitations -- A Princess Like Me
What princess party would be complete without a castle? We knew it was a must-have, so my sister and I worked to collect boxes, stacked and decorated them to create a large castle that was placed on the front porch. We painted the castle white and draped a flag banner across the top, made from paint swatches. The girls entered the castle by walking through our front door!
Princess party ideas
For party activities, the girls made their own princess necklaces out of jewel-colored beads, and played a spin on the classic birthday game, ‘Pin the Lips on the Frog.’
Princess party ideas
The final decorative challenge was to create an ice cream stand. Thanks to my handy brother-in-law, we were able to create one out of a wood pallet, and draped a lace tablecloth over the top to create a canopy. A Princess Like Me Kids Party Decorations were used to create a banner that we hung across the top. We also used them as coasters for the ice cream toppings, which were all color-coordinated to match, of course!
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4th of July Party Ideas: Vintage Celebration

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

Like many Minnesotans, we enjoy spending our weekends up north at our cabin. With the sun shining and the lake in the background, this became the perfect location for my Fourth of July party.

I decided on Pear Tree Greetings’ Sparkle in the Sky 4th of July Party Invitations. Their patriotic red, white and blue color scheme became the inspiration for the décor and many of my 4th of July party ideas.
4th of July Party Invitations -- Sparkle in the Sky
My backdrop consisted of a leftover pallet, which I transformed into an American flag by using spray paint. This is a great craft project in which the kids can be included as well! My nieces helped paint the stars onto the American Flag pallet and had a blast doing it. Our cabin also has many antiques, which I was able to include within the décor. An old lantern, mason jars, Coca-cola glasses and wooden sewing organizer added the vintage touches that were needed.
4th of July Party Ideas
Keeping with the traditional theme, we served “Juicy Lucy” burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon and baked beans. The burgers were placed in individual wooden brown baskets lined with a colorful napkin. Corn on the cob was displayed on a bright white serving tray using leftover skewers, which can be found at any local grocery store.
4th of July Party Ideas
Pear Tree Greetings also provided an exclusive 4th of July printable, which included food tent labels, mini tooth pick flags, cupcake toppers and a party banner. These are the little details that really make a party come together. While it is great to use them for their intended purposes, I decided to utilize them in different ways. Continue reading

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DIY 4th of July Pinwheel

I love creating DIY craft ideas and this pinwheel made from Pear Tree Greetings free 4th of July printable is so fun and adds the perfect touch to any party! Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Materials needed:

Step 1: Print off Pear Tree Greetings free 4th of July printable.
Step 1

Step 2: Glue the backsides of two party flags together and allow them to dry.
Step 2

Step 3: Cut out a square from the paper (you don’t need to be precise).
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Step 4: Using a scissors, cut from each corner towards the center of the square, stopping approximately ¼” from the center.
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Pear Tree Greetings wins LOUIE Award!

As the General Manager for Pear Tree Greetings, I am thrilled to share the news that Pear Tree Greetings has won a 2013 LOUIE Award for our Modern Cheer Photo Christmas Card! A LOUIE Award is to the greeting card world what the Oscars are to the movies. It’s a huge honor.
Pear Tree Greetings wins 2013 LOUIE Award
All of us at Pear Tree are especially proud of our tiny, four-person design team who went up against some of the giants of the industry to take first place in the Announcements & Photo Cards category. I’ve never seen a team work so hard to bring forward the very best in paper engineering, with our unique shapes and modern designs. Our customers inspire our creativity and passion every day and it shows in our products.

Join me in sending a huge congratulations to this amazing team. Please vote for Pear Tree by clicking here and liking the Cheer design. We’d love to hear your comments, too!

Thanks for being our inspiration and our support. We look forward to showing you more award winning designs in the future!

-Stephanie Bottner
General Manager for Pear Tree Greetings

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30th Birthday Bash – Beer Tasting Party Ideas

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

My husband was turning 30 years old and I wanted to do something a little different than our annual BBQ with friends and family. One of Jeff’s hobbies is brewing his own beer, so I came up with the idea of a beer tasting party! Guests were mailed The Big 3-0 Birthday Party Invitations (sample shown below) and were asked to bring a 6-pack of chilled specialty beer within particular categories that the birthday boy prefers.
30th Birthday Party Invitations -- The Big 3-0
Beer Tasting Party Ideas
The menu consisted of your standard and yummy bar food. Most of my best beer tasting party ideas involved creative ways to display it. I used brown kraft bags to hold the soft pretzel bites, and mini clothespins to close the bags and add some detail. Another great tip is to use small chalk board signs to indicate different dips or food. I’ve found that guests love this because they don’t have to ask you what everything is. Using an apothecary jar, I filled up peanuts and added a pop of color with the bright red popcorn boxes. The best thing you can do when planning a party is utilize all the space you have available (including the drawers)! Of course the table wouldn’t be complete without a great sign and a beer growler filled with wheat stalks.
Beer Tasting Party Ideas
Beer party ideas
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Sending Love Any Time of the Year

While Valentine’s Day may be the usual day to send a love note, I had a different idea this year. I decided to send some love to my family and closest friends by tucking photo strips of my son and his ever-changing faces and poses into a note (I chose Long Distance Love from Pear Tree Greetings). My family and friends enjoyed the randomness of receiving a love note in April, so I wanted to share the idea with you. Below are the steps I did to send some love!
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