Celebrate the season with perfectly imperfect Christmas Cards! These #HolidayOuttakes will instantly put a smile on your face and make you laugh out loud!
Fa la la la la! It’s our favorite time of the year! One filled with hot cocoa, crisp weather, gift giving and yummy treats. And of course, lots of holiday party ideas!
Happy Holidays! You know what that means? It’s time to adorn the tree, decorate the house, hang up the lights, shop for gifts, order your Christmas cards and feed 20 guests for Christmas dinner. Eeek! We’ve put our heads together and found 6 easy holiday sweets & snacks that will make your to-do list a little easier.
Rudolph’s Rice Krispie Treats
Simply dip pre-made or homemade Rice Krispie bars in melted chocolate. We used chocolate flavored candy melts in red and cocoa colors. Just melt them in a small bowl and start dipping! To finish them off, add sprinkles or peppermint candies to give your treats a more festive look. This treat is one of the easiest holiday food ideas for kids (or Rudolph) because they’re easy to grab.
Forget perfect family photos. Celebrate the holiday with perfectly imperfect Christmas Cards! Here are just a few of our #HolidayOuttakes that will instantly put a smile on your face.
As you pack up the Christmas ornaments and put away stockings and garland, think about how much fun it would be to have a keepsake from Christmas 2014 to hang for Christmas 2015. Our two-sided metal ornaments make fabulous mementos to commemorate a special year.
Whether you are newlyweds or new parents, grandparents or the proud parents of a high school grad, you most likely took a few photos over the holidays to remember it by. New babies, kids, pets and family photos all would make a fun ornament to hang next year. It’s a fun gift idea for newlyweds or new babies, too! Pear Tree makes personalized ornaments easy to order, and you’ll have them in just a few days to pack and keep for next year.
Here’s one of the things I love about working at Pear Tree: I know what every single one of us is doing for Christmas.
As a customer I’ve always loved the boutique shopping experience. Don’t get me wrong—I wouldn’t be able to function without Target and Trader Joe’s to keep us provisioned, and if there wasn’t a Home Depot nearby, our house would still be quite the fixer-upper.
But boutique shopping is different, as anyone who’s browsed our site or bought a wedding dress or splurged on that expensive baby crib (Hey, safety and comfort matter!) knows. The employee walking through the kids’ section at Target while I’m Christmas shopping may be friendly, but he’s got the contents of an entire store to memorize and dozens of customers to help. How’s he supposed to know what my particular four year old might like? How can I expect him to listen for ten (or even two) minutes to a description of my son and the toys he likes playing with?
Boutiques are great because we do have the time, or, at any rate, are committed to making the time. For us, whether or not our customers are satisfied is the central question. Regardless of whether the site is effective and easy to use (it is) or whether or not we get the product to our customers on time (trust me, we will), if they’re not satisfied with what we give them, we’ve failed. And we take that seriously.
Real cards created by real people like you!
These proud grandparents had a lot to share, and their Christmas card shows it. So many beautiful grandkids! And they managed to get them all together in one great photo, which we know isn’t easy to do. Kudos to them, both for the photos and for finding the perfect card to show them off. Janice, the industrious grandmother, explains how they managed to get everybody together.
“We scheduled a photographer to meet us during a family reunion in Park City, Utah. She photographed us in two nearby locations, first, using an old barn as a backdrop and second, in a horse pasture with the mountains as a backdrop. The hardest part has been keeping the photos “under wraps” until the Christmas cards were mailed, so it’s exciting to finally be able to unveil our wonderful family pictures.
We know the holidays are a busy time of year with baking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, cooking… and the list goes on. Sending your Christmas cards can get lost on the long list of to-dos, but we know you still think it is important to send a greeting to your loved ones. We wanted to help by sharing wording ideas that we think could be fun to put on your card, even if it is late. And don’t forget to have fun with your photos, too! Below are 10 holiday card wording ideas plus 10 cards with editable text for you to write whatever you wish! Continue reading
‘Tis the season for your mailbox to be filled with beautiful Christmas cards from loved ones – it truly is our favorite time of the year! With all these beautiful cards, we love coming up with ideas for displaying your Christmas cards to add to the holiday decor in your home. Here are 3 ideas for displaying Christmas cards in your home.
1. DIY Inspired created this idea using chicken wire and clothes pins. She uses an old frame, chicken wire, and some cute ornaments as added decor. The bigger the frame, the more cards you can fit! Visit her blog for the full tutorial.
The Holidays are now bearing down on us with all the speed of a jetliner. My husband recently scaled back his Christmas cookie projections, which in years past have been pretty ambitious. This year he’s going with what he considers to be the three essentials: chocolate chip (from the Fannie Farmer cookbook), Spice Cookies (the recipe for which, if the family lore is to be believed, dates back more than three centuries on his mother’s side), and linzer cookies (clipped from a magazine 30 years ago).
The recipes are easy to reference, as they’ve been framed and occupy a place of relative prominence in our dining room. They were glued decades ago onto a sheet of typing paper (you can still see the watermark on the back if you take the time to remove the page from its frame), along with a recipe for biscotti and another for smoking bishop. Smoking bishop, or just “Bishop” or “The Bish” if you’re talking to Andrew or his brother, is a traditional holiday punch. Their recipe is (again according to the family lore) the same one prepared in the household of Charles Dickens.
It’s an acquired taste.
The frame is part of a set. Next to it is its fraternal twin, which completes the list of his favorite family dishes. The recipes for crumb pie and spaghetti and meatballs were both typed on a typewriter, and not a particularly pricey one from the looks of them. The latter is stained with drops of ancient tomato sauce. I like to wonder whether his Italian great-grandmother prepared the recipe for her husband (a mason) and their four children every few weeks, or whether it’s something his mom picked up decades ago from a friend or magazine and threw into the family cookbook.