Announcing our Graduation Contest Winners!

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.

Dylan 1st place winnerOur 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.

 

 

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BBQ Graduation Party Ideas – the BBQ Bash

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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.

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Top 5 Trends in Graduation Announcements

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.

Photo is hero

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.Smells like school spirit

 

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.

Think ouside the square

Be bold
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.Be bold

 

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!

Classic is king

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.

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Kindergarten Graduation Ideas

grade school graduateYour 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!

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Top 10 Graduation Quotes

Graduation QuotesOne 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.
~Dr. Seuss
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!

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Graduation Party Ideas: Pear Tree Invitation Featured!

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Our BBQ Graduation Party Invitations were the inspiration for a party theme featured on the party planning website, Celebrations.com. They took our cute, little red BBQ invitations and planned a whole graduation party around them! From the finger-licking food choices to the creative decorations, they used our BBQ theme to pull everything together in a fun and festive way, while keeping things simple for the hostess. Check out the article and photos if you’re looking for crowd-pleasing graduation party ideas.
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Graduation Invitation Ideas: It’s All About the Grad

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If you have a high school or college senior in the family, you are probably starting to make graduation plans, notifying relatives and extended family of the big event, perhaps planning an open house or graduation party. It’s a little early to start cooking and cleaning, but you can start thinking about graduation party invitation ideas.

The main thing to keep in mind is that this event is not about you–it is all about the graduate. (Most teenagers won’t hesitate to remind you of this.) Everything from the graduation invitations to the food, decorations and entertainment should reflect your grad’s taste and style. Fortunately, there are plenty of graduation party invitation ideas that let your grad’s personality shine.
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Choosing a design you both agree upon is a good start. Browse through all the options and mark the ones you both like. Is your grad’s style sporty or sophisticated? Fun or formal? Straight-laced or party child? There will be some you like, some your grad likes, and, hopefully, at least one that you both love.

Does your grad have a favorite color? It is perfectly okay to use it. And not just on the invitations—think napkins, centerpieces, tablecloths, you name it. You can also use the grad’s high school colors to give your invitation and your party a little punch.

Photographs are a great way to convey your grad’s accomplishments. Most graduation invitation ideas prominently feature the student’s senior yearbook picture. But many allow you to incorporate additional photos such as a baby picture, or photos that show involvement in sports, music, or other activities. This gives you another chance to add some personality to the invitation.

Text on your graduation invitations should include:
Graduate’s name
Name of high school or college
Graduating class (optional)
Date, time and location of the ceremony and/or party
Post-school plans (optional)

Once you’ve agreed upon the design and have set a firm date for the event, you are ready to order your graduation invitations. Don’t forget coordinating graduation thank you notes. And we highly recommend graduation address labels, which will make getting them in the mail that much easier when things get really busy. You’ll find lots more graduation invitation ideas and tips on our blog, if you need them. We wish you and your graduate the best!
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Is There Really a Graduate in My Home?

Graduation ChecklistI know what you’re thinking. You’re too young to have a high school graduate! Well, it’s a good thing you feel young because graduation year is an incredibly busy and stressful time—and not just for your graduate. If your Senior is filling out college applications, you are already feeling the stress. And after those are done the graduation party planning begins. For those who are anxious to get started, here’s a graduation checklist of things you can do right now.

1. Start scanning photos. You may already have been asked for photos for Senior Night programs, Yearbook pages, etc. It gets worse. Photo requests from the senior class party decorating committee, graduation announcements, graduation party invitations, your own graduation party ideas like slide shows or photo displays–the list goes on. The more photos you have in digital format, the easier they are to distribute and copy. If you have a scanner/photo printer (and these days they’re giving them away) takes about 30 seconds to scan a photo and save it to your PC or Mac. It took me about an hour to scan all of my favorite photos of my son (not counting the time it took to find and organize them all—see future post on this). Just make sure you scan them as high resolution photos (300 dpi or higher).

Don’t have a scanner? Pull all your favorite photos from your photo albums (or shoeboxes, or wherever you have them) and bring them to any photo processing place. They will put them on a CD for you, which you can then download onto your PC or Mac. This is very inexpensive. Have them print a set of photo copies while you’re at it, so you don’t have to ruin your originals for the upcoming projects.

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Do’s-and-Don’ts of Graduation Invitations and Announcements

Photo Thank You Card Horizontal -- Striped SuccessDon’t forget to send Graduation Thank You cards!

We see a lot of mistakes and get a lot of questions about graduation announcement etiquette, such as what to include, wording, how many to order, etc. Here’s a list of Do’s-and-Don’ts that may help.

Do – Make an invite list and go over it with your graduate.

Don’t – Order 100 graduation party invites for 100 people. Remember you only need one for each couple, family, etc.

Do – Match both the graduation announcements and invites to the style of your grad and the graduation party theme.

Don’t – Limit yourself to looking at only a few formal options for invites. Graduation invitations are easy to personalize with photos and color choices.

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Graduation Invitations: Honor Roll

Honor Roll - The best graduation announcements and invites.

Shopping for graduation invitations? Not sure which one is best for you or your grad? We’re here to help! We’ve selected our top-notch cards to give you great graduation invitation ideas. You know the feeling of making the Honor Roll – the spotlight shines on your hard work, leaving you excited and proud. That’s exactly how we feel about these cards.

“You Pick Color” Cards: It’s all about what’s right for you. These graduation announcements let you pick from over 70 different colors. Whether it’s school colors, college colors, or your grad’s favorite color since they were two. You decide! Just look for the [you pick color] icon when browsing.
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Stylish Savings: Being economical doesn’t mean you have to compromise on design. We’ve made it easier to save a few dollars on your invites, but still be just as stylish. For example, use our graduation postcards and skip the cost of an envelope (plus save on postage). Or use our unique profile cards which are perfect to bring to school and hand out to friends. See our most affordable graduation invitations.
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