Valentine’s Day is less than one month away and with that comes shelves full of heart-shaped candy and bulk Valentine’s Day cards. Pear Tree Greetings wants to share our top 10 kids valentine ideas to give you new valentine card ideas + non-candy treat ideas for February 14th. (Each of the gifts below were purchased from Target and all were affordable to give to a classroom.)
1. Coloring Cards + Markers
We offer adorable coloring cards for your child to hand out to friends personalized with his or her name. And, what perfect gift goes better with these than heart-shaped markers?! (Markers sold as pack of two in dollar section at Target)
2. Photo Booth Valentines + Play-Doh
These colorful photo booth Kids Valentine’s Day Cards are great for handing out to friends at school. Pair it with bright and fun Play-Doh and it makes a wonderful valentine for classmates to enjoy! (Play-Doh sold in toy aisle; 15 colors for $4.99)
3. Whooo’s Your Valentine + Whooo’ing Owls
Whooo’s Your Valentine is such an adorable card, but what makes it even cuter is adding a little owl as a gift. These DIY owls are a fun, mess-free craft idea the kids will love! They add another personalized touch to this year’s valentine. (Sold as 5-pack at Target for $5.)
Pear Tree Greetings has another oh-so adorable free Valentine’s Day printable for you! Included in the printable is: bunting, toppers and dangles that are perfect to decorate the home, office or classroom. See how we used it in a photo shoot for this year’s Valentine’s Day cards! It’s fun for both parents and kids to put together. Get your free Valentine’s Day printable here.
We invited a bunch of kids to Pear Tree for a photo shoot, and created this video so we could show you some fun photography tips for Valentine’s Day that you can recreate at home. We had the kids dress in Valentine’s Day colors of pink and red, then created three different white backdrops that would make them stand out. Then we put the photos in our favorite new Valentine’s Day cards to see how they’d look!
V-Day Banner Wall
We chose a blank white wall and draped a simple banner across the top, made from our free Valentine’s Day printable. Set a chair or fluffy rug in front of it for kids to sit on and you’ve got yourself a set for the photo shoot. Props like heart-shaped suckers are sure to bring smiles. Continue reading
Looking for Christmas craft ideas? We put together our three favorite ideas that you can do with the kids, with your friends or by yourself. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Holiday garland printable: This is a fun and free way to get the kids involved creating a fun garland to hang on the tree, the mantel, along the banister, hallway doors, wherever you can find will work. Get your printable template here.
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.
There’s not much time left before Christmas to do a lot of things, so here’s our whirlwind holiday checklist for these last few weeks.
Time to get the tree, decorate it, and dust off all the Christmas decorations. Turn on the Christmas music and this job is a lot more fun. Get this free holiday garland printable!
Send out those Christmas Cards
Kids can help with stamps and address labels. Make it a family project. See note about Christmas music above.
Display your cards
One inexpensive decorating idea is to display the Christmas cards you receive. They make a colorful holiday display whether you put them on your fridge, mantel, or create a unique place to show them off. Check out our Pinterest board for some fun ideas!
Pear Tree Greetings is happy to introduce its free holiday garland printable! Creating this colorful paper chain is a fun DIY Christmas project to do with your kids and it’s FREE!
Be sure to get your free free holiday garland printable now!
Michelle, a Pear Tree Product Designer, threw this birthday party for her son, Alex, complete with custom birthday invitations and farm party printables so you can re-create the look!
A farm theme was an obvious choice for Alex’s 2nd birthday. We live on a small hobby farm, and Alex is the best helper when it comes to feeding the chickens or collecting the eggs. He loves to play with his toy tractors, ride his pedal tractor, and is always singing Old McDonald.
We held his party at a local park, Sibley Farm, with our closest friends and family. The children enjoyed playing on the farm playground, looking at the farm animals and taking hayrides around the park, pulled by Grandpa Tom’s tractor!
Once we picked our party theme, designing the invite and coming up with farm birthday party ideas was fun! I used our newest format, 3 separate cards tied together with baker’s twine, to design these Li’l Farmer Tied With Twine Kids Birthday Cards. The top card becomes a keepsake card for the guest of honor. It has a little red barn on the front and on the reverse side is an area for the guests to share their favorite Alex moment and bring to the party. The second card is a photo magnet for guests to keep, and the third holds all the party details. This invite worked perfectly, since I could fit all the party information on one card and have fun with the other two! I used colored envelopes and matching address labels to make them fun to open.
Kids’ birthday parties don’t need to be an elaborate celebration. While I love throwing huge events, keeping things simple and easy is sometimes the way to go, especially when they are little and can sometimes be overwhelmed by a big party. When my niece turned two years old, a small family birthday party was the perfect plan.
We wanted it to be cute and look tied together, but didn’t really have a theme to work with. My sister and I turned to Pear Tree Greetings for girl birthday party ideas. We loved the bright colors and characters on the My Very Happy Birthday for Girls Birthday Invitations. Easy enough, we then had something to base our party around!
My good friend Marni enlisted my help for her daughter’s 5th birthday party. As the mom of two boys, it was so much fun to be involved in the planning of a GIRL party! Since her birthday is in the summer we wanted to find something fun to do outdoors, and we landed on doing an outdoor movie night. Her daughter loves movies, especially at movie theaters, so we wanted to bring that experience to their backyard.
We found the perfect invitation, Glowing Affair Photo Trifold Party Invitations, which gave us the flexibility to change colors, fonts and text so we could make it fit our theme. We changed the main text to read, “IT’S SHOWTIME!” For the photo we had a little mini photo session with the perfect prop, popcorn. Pretty sure Gwyneth had a great time, and it really helped set the stage for the party! Turns out the invitations inspired a lot of our outdoor movie party ideas, including the decorations, colors and activities.
Even before choosing the invitation we knew we wanted lanterns and lights hanging around the yard. Pinterest had LOTS of ideas for this, some not so realistic, but we threw some up here and there, and it definitely added a little element of ‘party’ to the backyard.