If you have a high school senior in the house, you are probably juggling college decisions, summer job searches, party planning, prom, a growing case of senior-itis and thousands of other things. We’re here to help you check one thing off your list: the graduation announcements. The good news is they’re fun and easy to do. If you have a senior portrait, or some other photos you’d like to include, you are halfway done! The other big part is deciding on your graduation announcement wording.
Graduation announcements and invitations come in all shapes and sizes, and the difference between an announcement and an invitation is all in the wording. These days, the terms are used interchangeably, and usually the wording can be customized to your needs. Before you can decide on the graduation announcement wording, you’ll have to answer a few questions:
Every graduation party has its own vibe. And the best way to make the party your own is to start with your grad. What are her interests? How can you use her personality to come up with a party theme? Here are a few easy ways to incorporate your grad’s story into your graduation party ideas. We’ve chosen a girl’s pink and gold glitter theme, but the same ideas and design elements can work for any theme.
What girl doesn’t love a little glitter in her life? We made this party extra sparkly with our Glam Grad Graduation Announcements, and sprinkled gold glitter accents everywhere!
A girly party like this calls for a girly meal. We made adorable chicken salad sandwich triangles and fruit kabobs on skewers. You could also add some fresh veggies displayed neatly. For the beverages we chose lemonade with coordinating pink striped paper straws and edible glitter rims on the milk glasses. To get the glitter rim we dipped the glasses in some vanilla and then dipped them in edible glitter or sugar sprinkles. For the backdrop on this glam table setup we used our Glam Grad Gold Party Decorations and stuck them to the wall in a fun gradient/fading pattern.
Wait till you see some of the new graduation announcement ideas and party ideas we have for 2013! We make it so easy to plan a party, you’ll wish you had a graduation to celebrate every year! Many graduation products are available now, but watch for all of our new products to arrive online by the first week of March.
New: Graduation Announcements
Fabulous new designs—and lots more graduation announcement ideas coming soon!
Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry for our “If I’d Only Known” grad contest. We loved reading the inspirational advice that is great for everyone to live by, not only grads. We also thoroughly enjoyed seeing the photos of parents from their high school days. A panel of Pear Tree judges chose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the top 10 most voted and the results are…
Our first place, grand prize winner is … ‘Be Open’ by Pamela.
The idea of graduating from high school and setting off for college can be filled with conflicting emotions. All at once you’re sad to be leaving friends while excited at the prospect of meeting new ones. Nervous about leaving home and yet thrilled to be striking out without Mom or Dad monitoring your every move. And even though you can never really return to the same role of “dependent child,” you don’t have to have it all figured out just yet. In fact, I would advise you to not even declare a major until you have to.
Move forward with an open mind and a heart filled with exploration. Never again in your life will your slate be as clean as it is today. Take a dance class even if you can’t climb stairs without tripping. Talk to strangers. Ask questions in class. Volunteer for an organization you’ve never heard of. Take up a cause. Keep a journal even if you feel you don’t have time. Consider an overseas study.
More than anything else, have fun! You have the rest of your life to be a serious adult. Discover who you’re meant to be without being untrue to whom you’ve already become. Continue reading
Win a $1,000 scholarship for your graduating senior!
Congratulations to the Class of 2012 on reaching this important milestone–and to all you parents out there, for raising such great kids! Just when you think your work is done, here’s one more way to help your grad–especially if you’re looking for college scholarships.
Enter our “If I’d Only Known” Grad Contest and you could win a $1,000 in cash for your grad, or a $100 or $50 gift toward Pear Tree graduation invitations and announcements.
Mom and Dad, here’s what we’d like you to do. Not that long ago you were a high school graduate yourself–full of dreams, excited and scared, happy and sad all at the same time. You’ve learned a lot since then, and we’d like to find out just how much. Tell us something you wish you had known on your graduation day. What advice do you have for today’s grads (if they’d only listen)?
To enter, submit a photo from your high school years along with your advice for today’s grads at http://gradcontest.peartreegreetings.com. Then get friends and family to vote for your entry! Winners will be chosen from the top ten vote-getting entries. Entries will be accepted until May 6, 2012, so get started now!
It’s time to announce the winners of our grad contest! But first, a big thanks to everyone who entered. We were inspired by your stories, and moved by your obvious pride in your grad’s talents, strengths and accomplishments.
Our first place winner is Brenda, a single mom whose son Dylan impressed us with his maturity, self-discipline, and dedication to friends, family, sports, volunteering, and hard work. He has been a big part of his community, volunteering and coaching all while being on the dean’s list. Read his full story here.
Congratulations to Brenda and Dylan! They will receive $100 toward graduation announcements, thank you notes, or anything else they need at Pear Tree Greetings.
Graduation party ideas can come from anywhere, but the best place to start is with your grad. The party theme can revolve around his or her favorite food (such as our BBQ graduation party), an activity (such as our Photo Booth party), their high school or college (such as our Classic party) or something as simple as her favorite colors (such as our Bright Colors party).
Once you choose a theme, it’s time to get creative. It’s fun to come up with ways to tie the food, decorations and graduation invitations into the theme for a party that wows teens and parents alike. We’ve created a Pinterest board to gather ideas for this unique BBQ Bash graduation party. From the invitations to the dessert, everything comes together perfectly.
Is it any surprise that today’s grads aren’t settling for the studio portraits and formal graduation announcements that marked their parents’ graduations? Today’s grads are enjoying the freedom that digital photography and online customization offer, and are looking for graduation card ideas that let them stand out from the rest of the class.
Here are the top five trends in graduation announcements and graduation invitations for the Class of 2012.
Photo is hero
Today’s grads are investing in senior portrait sessions that take them on location, involve props, and dramatize their style. Whether they choose one great photo or use multiple shots, the photos reveal their personalities in a big way.
Smells like school spirit
One way to add personality is with color, and with the many color choices available on today’s graduation invitations it’s easy to show your school spirit by incorporating high school or college colors.
Think outside the square
Teens who want their graduation invitations to stand out can choose from many formats that set them apart. Unique folds, die-cut shapes and layered pieces accomplish this with style.
Bold stripes are everywhere this year, in fashion, pop culture, home décor–even graduation announcements! If you want to make a bold statement, show your stripes.
Classic is king
Clean-cut designs, muted colors and traditional patterns are making a comeback. Don’t be afraid to make a quiet statement with a classic look–it’s chic to be preppy!
Have you chosen your graduation announcements yet? Keep these trends in mind and you can’t go wrong! And be sure to read all the other graduation invitation ideas on our blog.
Your child does not have to be a high school graduate to make you a proud parent. There are many milestones along the way that call for a celebration. And sometimes the little ones are the most fun.
Why not send an announcement to family and friends saying your child took his first steps, or knows her ABC’s, or how to write his name? Sharing these moments with loved ones makes everyone feel a part of the family. At the end of the year, you can take advantage of kindergarten graduation ideas, including graduation announcements and graduation invitations, to share the achievement with friends and relatives. And you can purchase them in small quantities, which makes it easy and affordable to share as many of these precious moments as you like with the ones you love.
Rather than sending that annual photo, send your long-distance relatives a cute card announcing the kindergarten graduation ceremony—featuring a photo of your grad, of course. Or you can include a photo of his or her favorite finger painting. Either way, that card will make a wonderful keepsake to mark the occasion.
Be sure to check out Pear Tree’s selection of graduation announcements for inspiration. And don’t miss all the other graduation invitation ideas on our blog!
One way to make your graduation announcements unique is to use a memorable quote to convey the message. A quote can sum up what you and your graduate have gone through during the last 18 years. It can be a good way to share the personal lessons he or she may have learned, to express the growth they have achieved, or to express their goals, hopes and dreams for the future. Here is a list of the top 10 graduation quotes for this year’s grads, to fill them with encouragement as they embark on a new journey.
10. The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. ~Aristotle
9. You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. ~Tom Brokaw
8. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
7. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
6. I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known. ~Author Unknown
5. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~E.E. Cummings
4. Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference. ~Arie Pencovici
3. You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
2. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
1. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be sure to look at our graduation announcements and graduation invitations for inspiration and other graduation quotes that help tell your story. And there are plenty more graduation invitation ideas to read on our blog. Best of luck in your future endeavors from all of us at Pear Tree Greetings!