Kelly & Jay: Custom designed wedding invitations

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.
JK 50-webWe 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!

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas – Spa Themed Girls Birthday Party

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.Kids Birthday Invitations -- Multicolor Celebration
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.
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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.
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Super Bowl Party Ideas: How to Make Football-Shaped Tissue Poms

“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:

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Pear Tree Greetings goes back to school

In honor of everyone who is going back to school this month, Pear Tree Greetings’ team members decided to join in with sharing photos of their school days. Enjoy. Seriously, enjoy. Comments are more than welcome!
Megan
This is Megan on her first day of Kindergarten. Megan is one of our website designers. She suits up in her overalls and turtlenecks each day and goes to work making our site fresh, our emails memorable, our social sites beautiful and oh so much more!

Have a photo of your child going back to school this year? Share it by entering in our Back to School Photo Contest.

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Pear Tree Greetings goes back to school

In honor of everyone who is going back to school this month, Pear Tree Greetings’ team members decided to join in with sharing photos of their school days. Enjoy. Seriously, enjoy. Comments are more than welcome!
Christy
This is Christy on her first day of preschool. Christy is a monthly blogger on Pear Salad and manages all things marketing at Pear Tree. Here is what Christy’s mom said about her first day of preschool, “The choice of tights was YOURS…it was probably my concession to you during our fight to get you to wear the dress ; )

Have a photo of your child going back to school this year? Share it by entering in our Back to School Photo Contest.

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Girl’s ice cream birthday party ideas

There have been a lot of birthday parties lately at Pear Tree! My niece, Taytum, just turned three. My sister-in-law told me that she wanted to have a party and asked me for birthday party ideas, starting with kids birthday invitations from Pear Tree. She wanted an invite that would show a lot of photos, since she loves to take pictures of her daughter. We decided on the Colliding Collage birthday invitations—perfect!
Girl's ice cream birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #icecream #birthdayGirl's ice cream birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #icecream #birthdayNow, you just cannot have a party without going all out like everybody is doing nowadays. We decided that an ice cream party would be a fun and started looking for ice cream party ideas. I volunteered to do the cakes. (I love to bake.) She wanted a butterfly cake, and I wanted to do some fun cakes for the table as well.

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Goal: be more ‘intentional’

This year on my blog, Infarrantly Creative, the word of the year I chose was “intentional.”  I have such a desire to live my life on purpose, to be intentional in my relationships and the things I choose to spend my time on.  I want to keep short accounts with people.  I want people to always know where they stand with me and how much I love and appreciate them.  So this year has been a mission to try to do that.  I have been doing everything from scheduling monthly lunches with my best friend to remembering (and being on time!) birthday gifts and taking that extra minute to make that phone call.

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A customer service story with a notable ending

thank you noteA few weeks ago, I had to bring my car into the shop to get it checked out. Since I had recently moved to town, I asked friends for recommendations and wound up bringing it to a small, locally-owned place in town.

From the beginning, I was pleased with their service. I was able to drop it off in the morning, and one of the employees was kind enough to meet me there before opening and give me a ride to work. Later that day they called to tell me they had found a serious safety issue with the car, completely unrelated to the problems I’d been having. Despite a heavy workload, they were able to get the parts and have them installed the very next day.

When I picked up the car, I found a small package of jelly beans with a handwritten note that said, “Thank you for supporting our locally-owned business.” I had a great feeling about them and knew I’d be going back to them when necessary. Well, that turned out to be sooner than expected. Continue reading

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Summer Reading Activities for Kids

School is out for the summer, but how do you avoid a “summer slump” in reading skills? Here are a few summer reading activities to help kids get ready for learning and reading in the fall:

Make reading a habitSummer reading ideas
– Find ways to talk, read and write everyday.
– Read to your child for 15 minutes or more every day, at different intervals so reading becomes a routine.
– If your child is already a reader, you should still keep reading aloud – it will help with comprehension and vocabulary development.

Make friends with letters
– When you read to your child, point out letters and the sounds they make. Find common letters on a page, or letters that are in your child’s name.
– Point out and talk about letters when you see them on signs, food boxes, buses and other high-visibility places.
– Whenever you’re waiting – at a traffic light, in a restaurant, etc. – play the “alphabet game.” Think of words that start with the same letter or the same sound, then take turns coming up with as many different words or sounds as possible. Continue reading

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Goodbye college, hello Pear Tree

I was hired at Pear Tree Greetings as the Marketing Intern a little over a year ago and have kept myself super busy with being a full-time student, full-time employee, officer of the Marketing Club, and starting my own cupcake business. And now to top it off, a couple weeks ago, I graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato (MSU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing and International Business, and a minor in German.

GermanyWhile attending college, I had the chance to travel abroad where I studied in Germany for six months. I had never been to Europe, I had never left the Midwest, and I had never even been on an airplane! But, I took the leap and got on that plane and flew across the world! I met the most amazing people, learned a lot about the German culture, and traveled to 10 different countries. I now have so many other places I want to go, and friends all over the world that I can visit.

I was also in the Marketing Club at MSU for two years and was elected Director of Finance my senior year. I learned a lot about marketing; we toured fun companies in the Twin Cities area, and even traveled to Chicago and St. Louis for business tours and, of course, sightseeing. Continue reading

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