My Favorite Christmas Cookies: A Decorating Tutorial

Christmas cookies

Christmas is my favorite time of the year and with it comes Christmas cookies! Every year my sisters and I get together for a long weekend and we bake. And bake some more. We get all of our baking done and out of the way and freeze all of our cookies until our family Christmas later that month. And yes, it does take a lot of strength to not eat all of the cookies before Christmas!

I have put together tutorials for three of my ‘go-to’ cookie decorations and am sharing them with all of you. I am also sharing a couple Christmas cookie recipes that you can use to get the perfect cookie. Trust me, your family will not only be impressed, they will be asking you to make them every year. Get the recipe and see how to decorate each of these cookies in a few easy steps.

Snow Globe Cookies
Snowflake Cookies
Poinsettia Cookies

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How To Make Snow Globe Christmas Cookies

Snow Globe Christmas cookies
Don’t we all love shaking a snow globe and watching the snow fall? I know I do! This is one of my favorite Christmas cookies and one of the easiest to make! See my favorite sugar cookie recipe below.

Once your cookies are cooled down you can mix up your frosting. I only used white and blue, but if you wanted to add yellow stars or more details on the snowman, you can. I used Wilton’s tips #3 and #10 and if you want to add some sparkle, you can use some sugar sprinkles.

Tip: Keep it simple and use a circle cookie cutter. Don’t have one handy? Use a glass! Continue reading

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How To Make Poinsettia Christmas Cookies

Poinsettia Christmas Cookies
I remember growing up and my mom would always have a Poinsettia plant (or two) in the house at Christmas time. I love going to the floral shops and looking at all of the different shades of Poinsettias, especially the ones that shimmer! So, these Poinsettia Christmas cookies are a little piece of nostalgia for me.

Let’s get right into the tutorial. I start with sugar cookies that are about 4 inches in diameter. (See cookie recipe below.) Once they have cooled down, mix up red, green and yellow frosting using your favorite food coloring. I then used Wilton tips #366 (large leaf tip) and #3 (small circle).

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3 Christmas Party Ideas with Easy Decorations

Choosing your holiday party invitations is the key to setting the right tone for your party, whether you’re looking for formal Christmas party ideas or planning a casual New Year’s get-together. Our new holiday party invitations and matching holiday party decorations give you a range of styles to choose from, depending on your holiday party ideas.

Festive Gold Faux-Foil
Perfect for a formal affair, our Festive Gold Faux Foil Holiday Party Invitations and matching decorations give you a theme that you can dress up to be as elegant as you like! Matching gift tags, napkins, table decor and table cards all tie into the theme and add sparkle wherever they’re used.
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Kids Birthday Party Ideas: Start Your Engines!

This year nothing was more fitting than a race car birthday party theme for our three year old son, Alex Archer! I was able to create the perfect invite and decorations for his party at Pear Tree, making for a memorable party, once again.

Here are all the printed pieces I used, and I will show you below, in more detail, how I used them at the party to create these fun kids birthday party ideas you can do, too!
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I love how the Race Is On Kids’ Birthday Invitations turned out. The checkered flags and race car details in the design looked perfect with the photo of Alex, and I thought it was really fun to put his stats and the year’s recap on the back of the invite.
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I ordered two sets of the Race Is On Table Décor and it was the perfect amount for all the decorating ideas I had in mind. I used checkerboard-patterned duct tape to hang a set of table décor on the door to greet our guests. I also punched holes in the table décor and strung them up for another decoration!
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Featured Favorite: Farm-Themed Kids Birthday Party Ideas

We found this mom, JoAnna, on Instagram when she tagged us in her post sharing that she was excited for her son’s upcoming 2nd birthday party. We loved the Li’l Farmer Twine Package Kids Birthday Invitation she had picked out and wanted to hear her story and see how the party turned out. I think you will agree with us when you see her fun and crafty kids birthday party ideas! We love it.

“As a crafty mommy and love for all things stationery + paper, this was the best invitation set I could ever imagine,” JoAnna shared.
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“This was a last minute party planning for me and I searched and searched online and no one had exactly what I was looking for until I saw this farmer set. I jumped right on it for editing and got next business day shipping.” JoAnna personalized each of the three pieces in this invitation set and tied it with the twine to send as a nice package to the guests. (Twine is included with this unique three-piece invitation.)
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JoAnna carried out the farm theme by also ordering our matching Li’l Farmer Table Decor Kids Birthday Party Decorations to use as food labels.
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On the day of the party, Li’l Farmer Jaxon had to, of course, dress the part. JoAnna said she got the clothes at Nordstrom and the boots at ChildrenSalon.com. How handsome is he?!
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Halloween party ideas

At Pear Tree Greetings, we love to celebrate Halloween and love to throw parties. Below are Halloween party ideas that focus on Halloween invitations and what delicious Halloween food ideas pair well with that invite. This is a fun way to carry the theme from the invitation to what you serve at your party. Here are 7 of our favorite combinations of invites + spooky foods.

1. My mummy says it all. This combination pairs our Spooky Eyes Halloween invitation with mummy hot dogs. It can be served as an appetizer as the guests arrive. It’s an easy recipe that includes only 3 ingredients: hot dogs, crescent rolls and mustard. Here is the full recipe.
Halloween party ideas

2. Witch’s night out. Witches are a signature theme for Halloween and this Flying Witch Silhouette Halloween invitation pairs perfectly with these witch’s broomstick Halloween treats. All you need are Reese’s Miniatures and pretzel sticks. Simple!
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Couples’ Shower Ideas: I Do BBQ

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

I had asked my sister-in-law if we could throw her and her future husband a couples’ wedding shower. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with couples’ shower ideas, especially a theme. I wanted to try and find a happy medium where the future bride and groom didn’t feel like the party theme was geared more towards one than the other. After talking with her about it, she thought a BBQ theme would be perfect and I couldn’t have agreed more! I used Pear Tree Greetings’ I Do BBQ Bridal Shower Invitations to set the theme.
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As guests walked into the front entrance, they were greeted by pictures of the happy couple, strung with twine, across an old six panel door. This is a great way to incorporate the couple’s engagement photos that are rarely seen by friends and family.
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My Little Ladybug Kids Birthday Party Ideas

When I was thinking about kids’ birthday party ideas for my three year old daughter, Brittan, I knew I wanted something fun and colorful. Once I saw the Little Ladybug Kids Birthday Invitation at Pear Tree Greetings, I knew that this would be the perfect theme!
These ladybug kids birthday party ideas will inspire your next party! #kidsbirthday #peartreegreetings #ladybug #birthdaypartyideas

I started by putting together the color palette for the party (with lots of pink, of course). I used twisted streamers to add a touch of color to the backdrop of the table, and used pieces from the Little Ladybug Table Décor Kids Party Decorations to add color to the backdrop.
These ladybug kids birthday party ideas will inspire your next party! #kidsbirthday #peartreegreetings #ladybug #birthdaypartyideas
These ladybug kids birthday party ideas will inspire your next party! #kidsbirthday #peartreegreetings #ladybug #birthdaypartyideas

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Art-Themed Kids Birthday Party Ideas

When I was looking for kids birthday party ideas for my 5 year old daughter, Kamryn, I knew I needed to have an art-themed birthday party! Kamryn will spend hours drawing and coloring, so it was easy to convince her of the party theme. I started by choosing the Colorful Paint Tray Kids Birthday Party Invitations from Pear Tree Greetings. The invitation fits perfectly with the theme. You can choose a different color for the front and back of the invitation, but I really liked the colors and chose to leave them as shown on the website.Use these kids birthday party ideas to inspire your next party! #kidsbirthday #peartreegreetings #party #art

I wanted a backdrop for the tablescape and decided that a chalkboard would work perfectly. I then used stencils to create words on the board and colored in with chalk.
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