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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Organizing and Digitizing Old Photos for Graduation

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There’s nothing like your child’s senior year of high school to separate the crafty moms from the techies, and the organized from the disorganized. Every time you turn around someone’s asking you for photos — baby photos, sports photos, senior photos, life-size posters made out of your kid’s photos. Aaaack! It’s a total nightmare if you don’t have scrapbooks and photo albums, let alone digital copies. Here’s how to organize your photos and create digital copies you can use for the graduation party and beyond.

Step 1: Editing Your Photos
If you already have all your kids’ baby photos displayed in scrapbooks or photo albums, you may skip to Step 2. But if your photos are stored in shoe boxes and drawers, like mine were, you’ll need a way to organize them. Don’t worry. This isn’t as bad as it sounds. I did it in just a few hours!

  1. Purchase or create a large photo organizer/storage box. Google it. The best ones hold over a thousand photos and have dividers or index tabs inside for organizational purposes. Avoid the ones with snap-close divider boxes inside—a simple card-like filing system is easier to work with.  Continue reading

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Is There Really a Graduate in My Home?

Graduation ChecklistI know what you’re thinking. You’re too young to have a high school graduate! Well, it’s a good thing you feel young because graduation year is an incredibly busy and stressful time—and not just for your graduate. If your Senior is filling out college applications, you are already feeling the stress. And after those are done the graduation party planning begins. For those who are anxious to get started, here’s a graduation checklist of things you can do right now.

1. Start scanning photos. You may already have been asked for photos for Senior Night programs, Yearbook pages, etc. It gets worse. Photo requests from the senior class party decorating committee, graduation announcements, graduation party invitations, your own graduation party ideas like slide shows or photo displays–the list goes on. The more photos you have in digital format, the easier they are to distribute and copy. If you have a scanner/photo printer (and these days they’re giving them away) takes about 30 seconds to scan a photo and save it to your PC or Mac. It took me about an hour to scan all of my favorite photos of my son (not counting the time it took to find and organize them all—see future post on this). Just make sure you scan them as high resolution photos (300 dpi or higher).

Don’t have a scanner? Pull all your favorite photos from your photo albums (or shoeboxes, or wherever you have them) and bring them to any photo processing place. They will put them on a CD for you, which you can then download onto your PC or Mac. This is very inexpensive. Have them print a set of photo copies while you’re at it, so you don’t have to ruin your originals for the upcoming projects.

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High School Graduation – License to Remodel?

Laura, a longtime fan of Pear Tree Greetings, shares her experiences with us as she
prepares for her oldest child to graduate from high school.

As I look out my kitchen window at the pile of stones, dirt, wheel barrels and workers in my backyard, I can’t help but think that high school graduations prompt more than the “pomp and circumstance” found in the graduation ceremony! Looking around my neighborhood where there are a fair share of upcoming graduation parties, I see that the occasion also brings about home remodeling projects ranging from additions to furniture purchases to backyard updates.

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