A Letter to My Son: 10 Things I Want to Say

A letter to my son
My son is away at college, and based on our last phone call it sounds like he needs a little cheering up. My happy-go-lucky boy is facing the pressure of challenging classes and a grueling sports schedule. I know there’s not much I can do to help, but I still feel compelled to try. It’s time for a letter to my son and here are 10 things I will say:

  1. What I’m about to say is important. See? It’s so important that I actually wrote it on paper instead of putting it in a text message. No matter what else this letter says, it says someone cares.
  2. This, too, shall pass. When you are feeling lonely or ugly or scared or embarrassed or frustrated, try to see yourself as I see you: friendly, beautiful, brave, humble and persevering. Then give it a day or two. Things will be looking up. I’m sure of it.
  3. You are not the only one who’s having a bad day. Talk to people — your roommates, a teacher, your advisor, or the person sitting next to you on the bus. You may share a laugh. You may get some good advice. You will probably find your troubles are nothing compared to theirs.   Continue reading

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3 Tips on What to Wear for Senior Pictures

Figuring out what to wear for senior pictures and getting ready for your photo session can be exciting for some high school seniors, and nerve-wracking for others. Here are a few tips on what to wear for senior pictures to make the day go a little smoother.  We would also love to hear from you on any tips you have to share!

1. Wear clothes that reflect your style. You may be tempted to go out and buy lots of new clothes and get a makeover, but now is not the time to create a whole new identity. Your friends know and love you for who you are, and your senior pictures should reflect your style and the person you are right now. Your senior yearbook will be treasured by everyone in your class for years to come. Gone are the days when guys had to wear suits, but if that’s your style then go for it. The key is to be comfortable with your look, and your photos will look great as a result.
Use these senior photo tips to help you in preparing for your senior pictures #graduation #senioryear #phototips
Use these senior photo tips to help you in preparing for your senior pictures #graduation #senioryear #phototips

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Senior Photo Ideas

If you or your teen is heading into their senior year of high school, that means it’s time to take those senior photos! Senior year is an exciting time, marked with milestones from college applications to prom, and all culminating in the graduation! Senior photos will be used for many things this year, from the class yearbook to your graduation invitations, so we thought you might like some inspiration for senior photo ideas that represent the grad’s personality and help you capture all the excitement of this momentous year.

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Graduation Party Ideas from a recent Featured Favorite

It all started when, Kristin, the mom of a grad sent a message that left us teary eyed, “I just received my order and I have sat at my desk crying for 10 minutes because my daughter’s graduation invitations are so beautiful and perfect.” With that comment we just had to know more about her daughter and what kind of party she was planning so we reached out to see if she would like to be one of our Featured Favorites. She gladly accepted and we featured her daughter’s graduation announcement along with her story. After talking further with Kristin, we asked if she would share photos from her daughter’s graduation party, and again she gladly accepted :). Kristin sent us the graduation party photos saying, “It was a HUGE success and the talk of the town!” We are excited to share her graduation party ideas with you!

Morgan had a joint graduation party with her two friends. They took photos of the three girls and chose to use our Trifold Dots Graduation Invitation. They coordinated the colors in the invitation to match their clothing. What beautiful seniors!These seniors had a joint graduation party! Read about their unique graduation party ideas! #peartreegreetings #graduationpartyideas #graduationparty

Each grad had their own table, set up with her personal accomplishments and photos. We loved the light-up initials!
These seniors had a joint graduation party! Read about their unique graduation party ideas! #peartreegreetings #graduationpartyideas #graduationparty These seniors had a joint graduation party! Read about their unique graduation party ideas! #peartreegreetings #graduationpartyideas #graduationparty

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Top Pins from Pear Tree Greetings

Wondering what’s hot on Pinterest from Pear Tree Greetings? Take a peek below to see our top pinned products and ideas!

1. Graduation Party Idea: Get decorations that match your invitation to carry the theme throughout your party. This idea is from our Kraft & Shine Graduation Party and has been a hit with our fans!
See the top pins from @peartreegreet from May! #graduationpartyideas #peartreegreetings #toppins

2. Kids Birthday Party Idea: This idea is from One Charming Party where she used our kids party decorations as a cake topper. So cute!
See the top pins from @peartreegreet from May! #kidsbirthdaypartyideas #peartreegreetings #caketoppers

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Graduation Party Ideas featured on Twin Cities Live!

Pear Tree Greetings’ graduation party ideas were featured on Twin Cities Live, Thursday, May 8th! Stephanie Bottner, General Manager for Pear Tree, shared our latest products and ideas focusing on our graduation announcements and graduation party decorations.

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Featured Favorite

Real cards created by real people like you!

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When we first heard from this grad’s mom, she was in tears. “I just received my order and I have sat at my desk crying for 10 minutes because my daughter’s graduation invitations are so beautiful and perfect. I am a paper products snob and there is no way I could be any happier.” We get a lot of compliments from customers, but we don’t hear that one very often! So we contacted her to find out more.

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Graduation Party Ideas from Celebrations At Home blog

Chris from CelebrationsAtHomeBlog.com threw a graduation party using Pear Tree Greetings graduation invitations and graduation party decorations. Get inspired and see how you can tie your graduation party together with these ideas. Be sure to read her full party post on her blog.

In this party, Chris will show you graduation party ideas from table top decor to favors to dessert table and more! She used Pear Tree Greetings Painted Year Gold Foil Graduation Invitations to set the theme and tone for the party. She also used Painted Year Table Decor with Painted Year Comment Cards and Table Cards. And to thank the guests for attending and the gift, she used Painted Year Gold Foil Graduation Thank You Cards.

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Featured Favorite

Real cards created by real people like you!

Graduation Announcement Ideas from a real graduate herself, Katie! #peartreegreetings #graduationinvitations #graduation
Can you tell what this grad’s favorite color is? We love the way her bright pink jacket stands out against the snowy background, and how she used the color as an accent throughout our Favorite Photo Vertical Invitation. “My graduation invite was inspired by the color pink, as it is my favorite color, and it is my grad party’s theme,” says Katie. “I just wanted something fun to preview the party for my friends and family.”

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What to wear to your graduation party

Your graduation party is right around the corner! And you’re probably thinking, ‘What do I wear to my grad party?!’ Opting for a dress is pretty safe, especially when it is in one of the summer’s top trends: lace, floral and pastels. Here are some of my favorites that include skater dresses, maxi dresses and fit and flare dresses.

Lace:
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  1. Paneled Lace Dress
  2. Eyelet Lace Dress
  3. Lace Skater Dress

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