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! Continue reading →
Every graduation party has its own vibe. And the best way to make the party your own is to start with your grad. What are her interests? How can you use her personality to come up with a party theme? Here are a few easy ways to incorporate your grad’s story into your graduation party ideas. We’ve chosen a girl’s pink and gold glitter theme, but the same ideas and design elements can work for any theme.
What girl doesn’t love a little glitter in her life? We made this party extra sparkly with our Glam Grad Graduation Announcements, and sprinkled gold glitter accents everywhere!
A girly party like this calls for a girly meal. We made adorable chicken salad sandwich triangles and fruit kabobs on skewers. You could also add some fresh veggies displayed neatly. For the beverages we chose lemonade with coordinating pink striped paper straws and edible glitter rims on the milk glasses. To get the glitter rim we dipped the glasses in some vanilla and then dipped them in edible glitter or sugar sprinkles. For the backdrop on this glam table setup we used our Glam Grad Gold Party Decorations and stuck them to the wall in a fun gradient/fading pattern. Continue reading →
Many years ago, I went to a surprise 60th birthday party for one of my favorite colleagues. Her husband put on quite the show. He had videos made of all her friends talking about their favorite memories with Lynn. He had pictures on the walls of her childhood and teenage years, of her kids growing up, of her friends, of her loved ones. She even had 60 roses presented to her by her children. Lynn is an incredibly special person, and I remember saying to myself, right there at her party, that I wanted to make sure my parents had something special for their big day as well.
Both of my parents turned 60 this year, and although I wasn’t able to pull off a huge surprise party, I had a few birthday ideas that made it special. My big idea was to send a card announcing their birthdays to all of their friends and relatives, asking each of them to write back with a favorite memory of my parents.
My dad’s birthday was first, and I chose our Surprise Photo Birthday Invitations for him, mainly because I didn’t have a lot of childhood pictures of him, and this card featured just one photo. Inside, I wrote about his upcoming big day and asked that people use the enclosed card to write to him about their favorite Carl story. I then enclosed one of our Engraved Distinction Note Cards and an envelope complete with address labels, so the recipients just had to fill out the card and pop it in the mail. I was careful to make sure the note card I chose would fit inside the larger birthday card. Continue reading →
I am so excited to share a few photos and ideas from my best friend’s baby shower! I had fun planning the shower with her sister Liz, who flew in from California, and her sister-in-law, Shawna, from southern Minnesota. We thought it would be fun to have the baby shower for both Mom and Dad-to-be, so it turned into a big party for family and friends.
We wanted to involve Lisa and Sam, the parents-to-be, in the planning so to get ideas we asked them to pick out their favorite three baby shower invitations from our collection. Their top three were Alphabet Animals, Personalized Poster or Togetherness. Lisa and Sam are having a girl, but aren’t flooding everything in pink. They provided us with material swatches that are going to be included in the nursery. We thought the Alphabet Animals Baby Shower Invitations would be a perfect match! The invites were sent out in fuchsia colored envelopes, and we used the Alphabet Animals address labels to make them even more festive.
There were extra invites, so I created some paper banners by cutting and sewing flags together. I also made baby advice cards that doubled as a guest book for the party. I used rubber stamps to write out “baby advice” on each card. Liz put together some salt-water-taffy pinwheels, and we attached Alphabet Animals gift tags to them for party favors.Continue reading →
Kelly and Jay were chosen as the winning couple in our 2012 Dream Wedding Contest. As the winning couple they won $1,500 towards her dream wedding dress and custom designed wedding invitations from www.peartreegreetings.com. Follow their story as they share wedding planning highlights on our blog, Pear Salad. We have just received our custom made wedding invitations that were designed and created by Pear Tree Greetings and are so excited to share them with our family and friends!
Kids birthday party ideas are hard to come up with! For my daughter’s 5th birthday party, I asked her what she would like for a theme. She mentioned that she wanted to be able to get her nails painted, so I thought it would be fun to create a spa themed kids’ birthday party.
The color palette for the party was inspired by the invitation. I chose to use the Multicolor Celebration kids’ birthday invitation from Pear Tree Greetings, because of the bright, bold colors and the fact that I could include pictures of the birthday girl on the invitation.
After choosing the invitation, I enlisted the help of my party-planning sister to create the decorations. She decided to create a backdrop out of bold colored paper chains, a polka-dot table cover, and mason jars lined with glitter to hold the utensils.
For the party, we had three stations, including decorating flip-flops with colorful ribbons, foot soaking with manicures and pedicures, and a make-up station. Each station included signage in a custom frame. Continue reading →
I’m so glad I took photos of our son Alex every month of his first year! It was fun to see him grow. It’s amazing how much they change in a year. When I was on maternity leave I cut out all of the numbers making it a little easier to sew the onsies each month. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these photos but knew I wanted them to stay consistent. Sophie, the giraffe always took a part in the photo, which was given to me at my baby shower!
When it came time to order 1st birthday invitations I thought it would be fun to use the photos in some way. I love the layout of our booklets and thought it would be a great keepsake for his first birthday party! Since I am one of the designers at Pear Tree Greetings, I had the opportunity to design the perfect invitation for my little man, as well as something I know our customers would love. Continue reading →
“Are you ready for some footbaaaall?!” Oh, are we ever. We are so excited to share our new football party ideas with you. This football-shaped tissue pom is the ultimate décor to debut at any Super Bowl party! Watch the ‘How to make a football-shaped tissue pom’ video below and we think you will agree it is the perfect addition to your party. But, the fun doesn’t stop with football party ideas; you can use it for a kid’s birthday party or as decoration in your child’s bedroom. Genius, right? Alright, it’s kick-off time:
For a greeting card company, November and December are pretty important months to us. Yet the reason we ARE a greeting card company is because each of us think it’s so important to connect with friends and family. As I was coming in to work the other day, I heard a story on NPR, People Answer Stranger’s Christmas Cards. It’s about a gentleman who had sent out 600 Christmas cards and the response he received. Normally, this would be a story about friendship and family ties, but in this case, it was actually a social experiment he was running and the 600 cards were cards sent to complete strangers! His experiment started in 1974 but the responses lasted 15 years!
The story spoke of the Rule of Reciprocation…to me, that feels like too technical a term to put on what is really just common sense – if you get something, you should give back. So I’d like to try my own social experiment and while sending 600 cards seems rather daunting, I’d like to try 50. So I’m going to initiate the 50-Christmas-card-challenge!
My name is Stephanie, General Manager for Pear Tree (you may have seen me on here before) and I wanted to talk to you today about the personal experience I had with CaringBridge and how it led to a new and exciting partnership.
For me, the experience I had with CaringBridge is still raw. Earlier this year, my young cousins, Stephen and Thomas were in a horrible car accident. Both boys went to the hospital immediately, but one was transported via helicopter. It was extremely serious. Everyone was terrified about the situation and wanted near-constant updates. However, my aunt and uncle were caring for the boys every moment and, understandably, didn’t have enough time to update us on a regular basis.
Living more than a thousand miles away, we felt completely helpless and unable to provide support. Days after the accident, my aunt started a CaringBridge site. That changed everything. She shared with us that Stephen had been diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury. She wrote about his progress in his CaringBridge journal and we were able to immediately share our prayers and well wishes in his guestbook. I remember reading the countless notes from his family and friends, and, despite the miles between us, it felt like we were together. CaringBridge enabled hundreds of prayers and more than 14,000 visitors to show support for my cousin and his family.