Watch this! Valentine’s Day Photo Ideas


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
Watch this! Valentine's Day Photo Ideas #peartreegreetings #valentinesdayideas
Watch this! Valentine's Day Photo Ideas #peartreegreetings #valentinesdayideasWe 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

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3 Christmas Craft Ideas

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.
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Three Awesome Kids Christmas Party Ideas

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
Three Awesome Kids Christmas Party Ideas

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.

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Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December!

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.

Decorations
Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
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
Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
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!

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Free holiday garland printable!

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!Christmas Paper Chain Printable

Be sure to get your free free holiday garland printable now!

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Farm Birthday Party Ideas with Printables!

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!
Farm Birthday Party Ideas with Printables!
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.
Farm Birthday Party Ideas with Printables!
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A Simple But Sweet Girl’s Birthday Party

A Simple But Sweet Girl's Birthday Party
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.

Kids Birthday Invitations -- My Very Happy Birthday for Girls
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!

A Simple But Sweet Girl's Birthday Party
A Simple But Sweet Girl's Birthday Party
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Movie Night Birthday Party

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.

Outdoor Movie Party Ideas - Movie Night Birthday PartyOutdoor Movie Party Ideas - Movie Night Birthday Party
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.

Outdoor Movie Party Ideas - Movie Night Birthday Party
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.

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Yee Haw! Cowgirl Birthday Party Ideas

When discussing my niece’s birthday theme with my sister-in-law, we tossed around a few different ideas and browsed through Pear Tree’s collection for inspiration, but it wasn’t until we brought up cowgirl birthday party ideas that it took Ashlyn all of 2 seconds to say “YES!” and off we went, planning her cowgirl themed 5th birthday party!

Our Yee-haw! Western Birthday Invitations in Pink are one of my favorite cowgirl birthday party invitations. (Yes, we have more than one!) I love the typography, the colors, the wood grain pattern, everything. My sister-in-law snapped the perfect photo to use on the card, too, with Ashlyn in her pink cowgirl hat.
Cowgirl Birthday Party ideas
I have to give my sister-in-law lots (maybe all?) of credit on the decor! Guests knew they were at the right party with a pink cowgirl hat hanging on the front door to welcome everyone. Who needs balloons?
Cowgirl Birthday Party ideas
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Top 5 Kids Birthday Party Decoration Ideas

Our new kids party decorations are super versatile to use when planning a birthday party. We put together our top 5 kids birthday party decoration ideas using different versions of our table decor from Pear Tree Greetings! But we’re always coming up with new ways to use them, so don’t be surprised if we have a new ‘Top 5′ every week!

1. Coasters. Spruce up your table and canisters by using the kids party decorations as coasters. A Princess Like Me party decorations worked perfectly to accent these ice cream toppings at this princess birthday party.Kids Party Decorations -- A Princess Like Me

2. Sew it together! For this adventurous birthday party, we used our Searching for Superheroes party decorations and sewed them together. Just start your sewing machine and line up the pieces. Keep stitching in between and soon you’ll have a banner you can hang anywhere you like. The black, yellow and white mural along with the party decorations makes for a fun scene any superhero would love!
Kids Party Decorations -- Searching for Superheroes

3. Cake accessories. For this kids birthday party, One Charming Party used our Crown Me Princess party decorations to spruce up Rosie’s 4th birthday cake. They hot-glued our circle decorations to wooden skewers, and added pink pipe cleaners shaped as hearts for an extra added touch.
Kids Party Decorations -- Crown Me Princess

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