Dorm Room Ideas For College Students

College students everywhere are getting ready to head off to school and looking for dorm room ideas that will make them feel at home in their new space. Even if they’re not into decorating, students are happier when their rooms feel warm and welcoming. And while there’s not much you can do to dress up cement block walls and linoleum floors, here are some of our favorite ways to personalize a dorm room.

A cozy rug. There’s nothing worse than a cold floor on a winter morning. A plush area rug is an inexpensive way to add warmth and is one dorm room idea you don’t want to be without.
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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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5 More Graduation Party Ideas

Fans have been loving our Top 5 Graduation Party Ideas post over the past couple months so we wanted to share 5 more graduation party ideas with you! These party ideas will feature some new ideas from our classic graduation party, sequin-look graduation party and more. We hope you will be inspired and find ways to create a memorable graduation party!

1. Gallery wall. Create a gallery wall of favorite moments with friends and family using our custom posters, wall art and 4×6 photos you can print at a local store. We added some fun washi tape to make this area sparkle!
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2. Golden touches. This idea is from our Pearista, See Vanessa Craft. She used our gold sequins graduation invitation and sprinkled gold sequins throughout the party. The gold numbers, cake pops and treat boxes are fabulous and add the perfect amount of shine to the party.
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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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Graduation Food Ideas

What matters the most to your grad at their graduation party? We’ll bet the answer is food. It’s the topic friends like to talk about because it’s what gets everyone excited about their graduation party. We wanted to share with you 5 graduation food ideas that are quick and easy to accomplish and will be a hit with your grad’s friends and family!

1. Tacos. At the All Star Graduation Party, we made a taco bar for guests to enjoy. It was pretty simple – all we had to do was cook the meat (a lot of meat) and have the rest of the toppings on hand. Just be sure to refill the serving dishes so your guests don’t think they missed out on your meal!
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2. Sandwiches. Another simple graduation food idea is to make sandwiches for your guests like we did at the Glam Graduation Party. You could have guests make their own or have the sandwiches pre-made from them to grab and go to keep the line moving. This may require extra hands to make sandwiches ahead of time, but is less work on party day. Ideas for sandwiches: turkey, ham, roast beef, turkey supreme, tuna, meatball.
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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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Graduation Photo Display Ideas: Affordable Custom Posters

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For my oldest son’s graduation party, I spent a ton of time researching graduation photo display ideas, gathering photo prints and pasting them onto display boards. When my second son graduated, I went with a slide show. When my third son graduates next year, I’ll be ordering one of these amazing custom posters from Pear Tree.

You can never have too many photos of your baby at his or her graduation party, and these custom poster templates make it super easy to create the requisite photo display. When you consider how much photo prints cost, and how much time a DIY display takes, this is SO worth it. And oh my goodness, they all look so much better than anything I could make!

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15 Graduation Quotes for the Class of ’15

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We thought it was time to freshen up our list of favorite graduation quotes to give the class of 2015 something fresh to say. Feel free to use any or all of these words of wisdom in your graduation announcements, your party decorations, and even in your Valedictorian speech! We are sure the sources won’t mind, especially if you credit them properly for their wisdom.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T. S. Eliot

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” — Dr. Seuss

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Graduation Party Ideas

Pear Tree Greetings has lots of ways for you to personalize your graduation party. Scroll through our slides below to see what you can create, from graduation announcements to graduation party decorations, to make your party a hit with family and friends! *Bonus* look below for pinnable images.
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