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!
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
Owls, monsters, princesses – what’s your favorite? If you need a little inspiration for kids’ birthday party themes, our new kids birthday invitations and matching kids party decorations make it easy to create a theme that ties everything together. Once you choose your invitation, you’ll find party decorations, favor tags, thank you notes, address labels and more, all designed to coordinate with your invite!
When it came time to plan my daughter’s 4th birthday party, I knew that she would love the idea of a princess party. The inspiration for our princess party ideas all started with one of our newest invitation designs, A Princess Like Me Kids Birthday Invitations. This girl’s birthday invitation was great because I could customize the dress, hair, skin and background color on the card to look like my daughter.
What princess party would be complete without a castle? We knew it was a must-have, so my sister and I worked to collect boxes, stacked and decorated them to create a large castle that was placed on the front porch. We painted the castle white and draped a flag banner across the top, made from paint swatches. The girls entered the castle by walking through our front door!
For party activities, the girls made their own princess necklaces out of jewel-colored beads, and played a spin on the classic birthday game, ‘Pin the Lips on the Frog.’
The final decorative challenge was to create an ice cream stand. Thanks to my handy brother-in-law, we were able to create one out of a wood pallet, and draped a lace tablecloth over the top to create a canopy. A Princess Like Me Kids Party Decorations were used to create a banner that we hung across the top. We also used them as coasters for the ice cream toppings, which were all color-coordinated to match, of course!
Birthday parties are so much fun, especially when they’re infused with all things superhero! Read below as one of our Pearistas, Sarah from In the Moment with…, throws a mighty 3rd birthday for her son, Carsyn. Enjoy all the superhero party ideas!
From Sarah (see her bio below):
My little Super Hero, Carsyn, turned three on the June 11th, so I had a superhero birthday party for him. It was such a fun party to plan. I had a lot of help from friends, business and Etsy shops. Excited to share them all with you.
I used the Searching for Superheroes Invitations, Thank You Cards, Kids Birthday Favor Tags and the random “Superhero Carsyn” kids party decorations, etc. It’s all from Pear Tree Greetings line called Searching for Superheroes. Continue reading