It’s like you can you smell the charcoal burning already. The 4th of July will be here before you know it and we wanted to share with you some of our favorite 4th of July party ideas that you could incorporate into this year’s gathering.
Start with a bright and colorful party invitation to set the mood and excitement for your guests. Pear Tree has a variety of party invitations for that work perfect for the 4th of July. And, remember, you can change colors on lots of our invites to be red, white and blue, just look for the color wheel next to the product image.
There are lots of festive 4th of July party decoration ideas. These are some of our favorites that are pretty simple for you to do, but add the perfect touch! You can learn more about these ideas by reading: Vintage Celebration and Picnic by the Lake or download our free 4th of July party printables! Continue reading
St. Patrick’s Day is Monday and so Pear Tree decided to have a St. Patrick’s Day themed treat day in the office. All the food was delicious and it was fun coming up with the ideas.
Kelsey made the rainbow fruit tray with a cloud (fruit dip) and a pot of gold coins (Rolos) at the end of it. Colorful, fun and tasty!
On the left is the always-necessary-at-any-treat-day guacamole from David and on the right is a green salad with bacon bits from Christy. Perfecto.
Looking for kids Christmas party ideas that don’t involve Santa or gifts? Here are three party ideas that will keep little hands busy.
Cookie baking or decorating party
Christmas baking is a lot more fun when you have a lot of hands helping. Why not invite your kids’ friends over for a party to help? They can help decorate gingerbread houses or cut-out cookies that you bake ahead of time, such as gingerbread or sugar cookie cut-outs. Or you can have a cookie baking party and let the kids help you make any kind of cookies you like!
Our Gleeful Gingerbread Kids Christmas Party Invitations or our Gingerbread Lane Kids Christmas Party Invitations are the perfect choice for this Christmas party idea!
Before the party begins, have all of your ingredients whether for baking or decorating ready to go, and set up several stations with supplies so the kids each have a place to work. Things may get messy when the kids dig in to help, but that’s half the fun. And, of course, each guest gets to take home a sampling of cookies.
We have put together 3 of our most popular Christmas party ideas. These themes can be really fun for both guests and hosts. Let us know which is your favorite or what type of themed party you are hosting this year by commenting below.
1. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Idea
Use our Particular Pattern Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Invitations to set the stage for this party. Overuse the colors red and green and make sure you have lots of old patterns and fabric throughout the party to reinforce that ugly sweater theme. This is a delightfully tacky party that everyone enjoys. You can even have a contest for people to vote on the ugliest sweater. See more ugly sweater Christmas party ideas on our Pinterest board.
Images by: ohmy-creative.com; celebrations.com
We are excited to share that we have a new Pear Tree team member, Kelsey! She will be working with our amazing product design team, Angela, Michelle and Brandon. To welcome her to the team today, we had a Christmas-themed treat day. We put our creativity to the test and made some of the cutest holiday treats. Enjoy our Christmas party food ideas!
Left: Christy’s wreath-shaped pigs and a blanket; Middle: Michelle’s shrimp skewers; Right: Tyler’s Christmas plant roll-ups
Have you seen our Christmas mini note cards? These cute little Christmas-themed folded note cards are about the same size as a business card (2-1/2 x 3-1/2”) and can be used in lots of ways during the holidays, from gift tags, to Christmas gift ideas to writing notes to Santa.
They’re not big enough to mail, but just big enough to tuck in a gift or stocking. And at just $13.28 for a set of 12, they also make a perfect gift. Here are 6 ways to use our Christmas mini note cards!
Gift sets for hostesses or teachers
Mini note card sets make thoughtful Christmas gift ideas for your child’s teacher or the hostess of a holiday party. Everybody can use a set!
Decorative holders for prepaid gift cards
Tuck a prepaid gift card for your favorite store or restaurant inside a mini note card, to give your gift a more personal holiday feel.
Looking for uniquely personal holiday gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide! Our new personalized children’s books make great gifts for new babies and kids. For the grown-ups on your list, personalized note cards or note card sets are thoughtful ideas for friends, teachers and hostess gifts. Our Holiday Gift Guide includes:
Personalized Children’s Books
Most of us put far more thought into planning a party than we do into choosing the invitation. But holiday party invitation wording is important. It lets your guests know what to expect, how to dress, and what, if anything, to bring. Is it a formal dinner or a kid-friendly sledding party? Your invitation sets the stage and communicates all the details.
First, the details. Have you ever sent out party invitations and realized, too late, that you forgot to request a response? Or got your own address wrong? It happens all the time here at Pear Tree! Here’s a checklist of 9 things not to forget (and to double check before sending).
We know that planning a Christmas party can be stressful, but we have some helpful tips from SheKnows.com on how to ease your mind.
1. Send your Christmas party invitations out early, at least a month in advance. The holidays get busy and it’s better to have your party on everyone’s calendar as soon as you start the planning.
2. Create a budget. Nobody likes a surprise when checking out at the grocery store. A little planning will go a long way.
3. If you are preparing the food, create a menu and timeline for when you need to shop, prepare and cook everything so you can be 100% ready. Prepare as much as you can in the days leading up to the party.
Our new favorite resource for creative ideas is Pinterest.com. Whether you’re planning a holiday party, a wedding or a kitchen renovation, it makes browsing the Internet for ideas much easier and a lot more fun.
Instead of bookmarking, or worse, printing the ideas you love, you can ‘pin’ them to virtual bulletin boards on Pinterest.com. You can organize ideas by event, style, theme, or project, quickly go back to the source pages for recipes or how-tos, and even share all your ideas with friends. This makes it super easy to plan a party!
To show you how fun it is, we created a Pinboard to help us plan a holiday party using our Sketched Pinecones Holiday Party Invitations for inspiration. First we logged in to our Pinterest account and searched for “pinecone holiday décor” to find decorating ideas other people might have pinned. We re-pinned any images we liked, adding them to our Pinecone Party Pinboard.
Adding the “Pin It” tool to our toolbar allowed us to widen our search beyond Pinterest.com and pin images wherever we found them, crediting our sources and linking back to the details as we went. Quickly the theme began to come together, incorporating the cool aqua color, white feathers and pinecones in different ways. We found lots of DIY decorating ideas we loved, then searched for winter party food and beverage ideas, and pinned those, too.
Now that we have our party all planned, we can share the link with friends. If you have an account, you can follow our Pinboards at pinterest.com/peartreegrtngs and make comments, as well as create your own boards. If you like it, pin it. It’s that easy!