Classic Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation party ideas
Planning a grad party can be an overwhelming task, but our graduation party ideas will help you get inspired in no time! This classic-themed graduation party features plenty of unique ways to make your graduation party fun & memorable.

To get this party started we chose our most popular graduation announcements ever, Favorite Photo. This simple announcement showcases a classic mixed-font greeting over a full photo. It also has room for four photos and all your party details on the back. You can even edit the black background color to your liking.
Graduation party ideas

We wanted to create a space where guest could enjoy snacks while looking at photos of the graduate throughout the years. We used black as the main color and accented with gold and added a few pops of orange from the grad’s fall photos.
Graduation party ideas

The highlight of the table setup is the Snapshots Custom Poster, which we used as a backdrop. This poster features 15 photos, which allows plenty of space to feature baby photos right up through senior year. It’s an easy alternative the typical collage photo boards. As a bonus, it is tear-resistant and can be used indoors or outdoors.
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1st birthday party ideas
Happy 1st birthday to Aidan! Mom, Mary Beth, shared these photos of her son’s 1st birthday with us on Instagram, and we just had to hear her story and see her 1st birthday party ideas. On her blog, Living the Simple Life, she talks about Aidan’s birthday party and shares how special this birthday is to her and her family: “This party was bittersweet in more ways than one for me.  He is my last baby, so it’s the last first birthday party that I’ll host, but more importantly I never got to throw my first born son a party to celebrate this milestone.  After my first born passed away at 2 and a half months old, life gets put into a different perspective.  Each milestone with all of my children has been HUGE.  It was no different for my Little Man.  To be blessed to have a son again, to know that this is my last baby, to be able to see him reach each milestone, to have each month pass and still have him here in my arms…it has been nothing short of AMAZING!” We are so honored she chose to use Pear Tree for this special day.

We love seeing the way our kids birthday invitations can inspire a whole birthday party theme. Mary Beth used our Photo Booth Session First Birthday Invitations and created a photo-booth-themed party that focused on Aidan turning one. “One of my fave things about the invitation was being able to use pics of him from his whole first year and not have to be forced to only highlight one. We were celebrating all 12 months, 365 days, and 8760 hours of our Little Man, Aidan!”
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Mary Beth continued the photo booth theme by creating two backdrops. She used CaravanShoppe to get the digital versions of the artwork and printed it off at her local Staples. The large print of these cameras are perfect for this photo booth theme. She also personalized matching Photo Booth Session kids party decorations and strung them across the backdrop with twine and mini clothespins. She added white balloons with cupcakes, wooden letters and the birthday invitation to the mantel. It makes it such a nice focal point in the living room.
1st birthday party ideas
1st birthday party ideas
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Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas for Girls

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Birthday party ideas for girls seem to get more difficult to come up with each year. My daughter and I talked through a few different ideas and finally landed on a unicorn themed party. She loves anything pink and glittery, so we thought this would be the perfect theme to incorporate many shades of pink and several different accent colors.

Magic Unicorn Kids Birthday Invitations
For the invitations, I decided to use Pear Tree Greetings’ Magic Unicorn Mask Kids Birthday Invitations because they were super unique and fun for the kids to open.  I decided to keep the colors of pink and purple to go with the color theme of the party.

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
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Top 10 Super Bowl Food Ideas

The big game is just days away and whether you watch for the match-up of the New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks or for the highly entertaining commercials or half-time show, one thing always holds true, there will be food and there will be lots of it!! If you’re struggling to find ideas on what to bring to your party, we have you covered. We are sharing with you our top 10 crowd-pleasing Super Bowl food ideas that will make you a hit at your party.

1. Pizza roll-ups. These are perfect finger foods for adults and children to enjoy! Get the recipe here.
Super Bowl food ideas

2. Football field chip dip. Create a stadium of deliciousness! It’s even outlined in sandwiches. YUM! Get the full idea here.
Super Bowl food ideas

3. Pretzel bites. Always a crowd-pleaser: cheese & baked bread. Get the recipe here.
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4. Jalepeno poppers. Jalepenos, cream cheese and cheddar cheese wrapped in bacon – delish! Get the recipe here.
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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
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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.

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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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