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Graduation Announcement Ideas
When our designers are creating graduation invitation ideas, they envision them being chosen by families just like this one, proud of their son and wanting to celebrate his big achievement the same way they got there—as a family.

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Graduation Photo Display Ideas

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With two boys graduating from high school in the past two years, I have been to my share of graduation parties lately. Each party had its own special vibe, by virtue of its host, location, food, guest list or activities. But they all had one thing in common: the all-important graduation photo display. Of course, as a guest, I love looking at photo displays. But when it came time to plan my own kids’ grad parties, this little must-have nearly put me over the edge. I don’t consider myself very craftsy, and I was sure it was going to look horrible. I can’t even cut straight. Besides, most of my kids’ photos were in shoe boxes. Unsorted. Sound familiar?

But you have to start somewhere, so start by gathering photos. It’s easy to make prints of digital photos, but when it comes to those precious baby photos, you may want to make copies rather than risk ruining your originals. This is the perfect time to get digital copies made — then you can do whatever you want with them. (After dreading the task for weeks, it took me about an hour to scan 50-60 photos. Silly me. And I have used them about a million times since then.) If you don’t have a scanner at home, any photo processing store can do this for you.

Once you have the photos, you can start thinking about graduation photo display ideas for your party space. We’ve pulled together a list of ideas, and a Pinterest board with examples. And remember, your grad can help. (Many of the girls in my son’s class completely took charge of this project for their own parties, and that was just fine with their moms!)

Here are my graduation photo display ideas:
1. Collage poster boards. Arrange your photos however you please. Get creative with text, and add color with mats or a colored background. There are no rules or limits, other than the size of your poster board (and you can always make more than one). Tri-fold presentation boards are great because they stand on their own.
2. Printed collage posters. Not into DIY? Pear Tree offers printed custom posters to make your display set up easy. Simply upload your photos and start adding them to the poster design you like best. These posters are printed on durable, tear-resistant polystyrene for indoor and short-term outdoor use.
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Graduation Party Checklist: Make Guest List & Pick Location

Not sure where to start with your graduation planning? Welcome to our graduation party checklist, a series of posts on what you can be doing right up until graduation day!

First on your to-do list: Make a guest list and choose a location! You can’t decide on a location without knowing approximately how much room you need, so the guest list is the first place to start. On the other hand, if you already have a location in mind, or a set budget, these things will dictate how many people you can invite. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your guest list.
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You can control the number of adult guests who attend by sending graduation invitations, but you may never get a firm number on how many of your son’s or daughter’s friends are coming. Word travels fast. When in doubt, it’s better to overestimate than underestimate. One suggestion for keeping the numbers under control is to order mini graduation announcements they can hand out at school.
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Graduation Party Checklist

Planning a graduation party and not sure where to start? We can help! Our graduation party checklist will take you through every step to make sure you don’t forget a thing.
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6 MONTHS TO 6 WEEKS BEFORE PARTY

  • Make your guest list – don’t forget the parents of your grad’s friends, neighbors, coaches, mentors, and extra special teachers.
  • Choose the location – keep in mind that at least half your guests will be teens (and you probably won’t know how many, until they show up).
  • Set a date and time – try to avoid conflicts with close friends’ parties or your grad may be begging to leave his own party.
  • Set the theme – it might be based on a favorite food, school colors, or an activity.
  • Start collecting photos and memorabilia for party decorations – make digital copies of photos so you can use them in lots of ways.
  • Decide on a menu and book caterer if using one – does your senior have a favorite food or restaurant?
  • Order graduation party invitations – just enough for the adults on your list. (Check out our mini graduation announcements for classmates.)
  • Order coordinating thank you cards and address labels, and stock up on stamps.

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Buy More, Save More Grad Sale

Pear Tree Greetings is having a Buy More, Save More Grad Sale! You can save up to $20 off your graduation order – including graduation announcements, graduation address labels, graduation napkins, graduation party decorations, mini graduation announcements and so much more!
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All Star Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation season is here, and with that comes graduation parties! We at Pear Tree love to see all the great graduation party ideas that our customers come up with. You guys are all so creative!

This is an important celebration not only for your grad, but for you as a parent. It’s been a journey for both of you, and that’s absolutely worth celebrating! But throwing a party can be daunting, especially one that will make both kids and adults happy. The best place to start is with your grad. What are his 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 sports theme, but the same design elements can work for any theme.

For many graduates, sports are a very important part of their journey through high school, so it’s a natural idea for a graduation party. We have the perfect All Star Graduation Invitations to honor the athletes in your life. They even allow for a few stats highlighting their (or their team’s) athletic achievements.
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Every graduation party revolves around the food—what great party doesn’t? Considering there might be a lot of hungry athletes in attendance, in addition to other friends and family, you’ll want something easy. Walking tacos are both easy and a favorite with teens. A kitchen or bar area in a basement works well for your serving area, because the sink can double as a beverage center and sets a little more casual tone for the party.
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BBQ Graduation Party Ideas – the BBQ Bash

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Graduation party ideas can come from anywhere, but the best place to start is with your grad. The party theme can revolve around his or her favorite food (such as our BBQ graduation party), an activity (such as our Photo Booth party), their high school or college (such as our Classic party) or something as simple as her favorite colors (such as our Bright Colors party).

Once you choose a theme, it’s time to get creative. It’s fun to come up with ways to tie the food, decorations and graduation invitations into the theme for a party that wows teens and parents alike. We’ve created a Pinterest board to gather ideas for this unique BBQ Bash graduation party. From the invitations to the dessert, everything comes together perfectly.

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Graduation Party Ideas: Location, Location, Location

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It’s not too early to be thinking about graduation party ideas if you have a high school senior in the house. (No doubt it’s been looming in the back of your mind for months!) But now’s the time to make at least two decisions that will make the next few months go that much smoother: 1) How many people are you inviting? 2) Where will you have it?

Deciding how many people to invite is the most important question, because it will determine where you hold the party, how much you spend and what you serve. Will it be just family? Will your grad want to invite just a few friends, or the whole class? Will you be inviting your adult friends?

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Graduation Party Themes

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If you have a graduate in the house, now is the time to start thinking about graduation party themes! But before you start, be sure to talk to your grad. After all, this is their party and it should reflect their tastes and personality.

First, decide where you’re going to have it (if other than your home). Popular places book early!

Many kids have strong opinions about the types of food they’d like to serve (with your approval, of course) while others would rather leave it up to you. Does your grad like a particular restaurant or take-out? Give them a call and see if they cater. Do you feel up to making the food yourself? Keep it simple or keep it small, unless you have an army of friends to help you. Deciding on a menu can help you come up with graduation party themes that carry through to the decor and graduation invitations.

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Graduation Party Ideas: Pear Tree Invitation Featured!

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Our BBQ Graduation Party Invitations were the inspiration for a party theme featured on the party planning website, Celebrations.com. They took our cute, little red BBQ invitations and planned a whole graduation party around them! From the finger-licking food choices to the creative decorations, they used our BBQ theme to pull everything together in a fun and festive way, while keeping things simple for the hostess. Check out the article and photos if you’re looking for crowd-pleasing graduation party ideas.
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