Style Spotlight: Creative

The Class of 2016 isn’t afraid to step out of line and get noticed. Here are a few of the creative looks that caught our attention, from dino shades to graduation announcements. It’s graduation season – time to show your style!

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Shop the Trend!
No. 1: Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones Active Collection – Yellow, Target | No. 2: Matte Lipstick – Diva, MAC | No. 3: Spin A Rama Graduation Announcement, Pear Tree Greetings | No. 4: Dream On Dreamer Notebook, Urban Outfitters | No. 5: Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Sneakers, Converse | No. 6: Multistrand Necklace, H&M | No. 7: Rad And Refined Dino Browline Sunglasses, Forever 21 | No. 8: Photos With Class Graduation Announcements, Pear Tree Greetings | No. 9: Magical Thinking Embroidered Eye Pillow, Urban Outfitters

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Hot List: Top Graduation Announcement Ideas

Shop our top graduation announcement ideas if you’re looking for a sure hit! These best-selling graduation announcements and invitations are easy to create, let you show off one or more photos, and can be personalized with your choice of background colors or patterns.

Graduation Hot List: top graduation announcement ideas from Pear Tree

Shop our Top 5 Graduation Announcement ideas:
1. Mixed Font Message It’s all about the photo with these luxury graduation announcements printed on double thick paper. Choose your best shot, then pick the backer and you’re done!
2. Gold Foil Follow The Script Flowing gold foil script announces your class year and grad status on the front, with room for three more photos and your graduation details on the back.
3. Gold Sequin-Look Trifold Strands of gold-colored faux-foil sequins are strung across your photos on these trifold graduation invitations, adding a little faux bling to your event.
4. Rustic Grad A distressed font, editable text, two large photos and your choice of colors let you create graduation announcements with a rustic flair all their own.
5. Favorite Photo These classic graduation invitations feature a full photo on the front and three photos on the back. Rounded corners and your choice of colors make them yours.

Ready to create your own? Choose from our top 5, shown here, or shop the entire collection of graduation announcements and invitations from Pear Tree!

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Graduation Party on a Budget

Throwing a graduation party for your son or daughter doesn’t have to break the bank. With these money-saving ideas you can throw a graduation party on a budget that will make both you and your grad happy. Start by making a list of the basics you’ll need:

  • Location
  • Invitations
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Decorations

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It makes sense that if you’re trying to save money, renting a location is out of the question. But sometimes you can find a hidden gem, such as a neighborhood park or pavilion that can be rented for a low cost. Your back yard or garage is a popular and inexpensive option, and only requires some tidying up. As long as you don’t go overboard on the landscaping or decide to rebuild your garage, this may be your best option. You will need a backup in case of rain, so if the garage is unavailable, you may have to rent a tent or move the party inside.

A joint party for your grad and 2 or 3 friends can also help lower costs. With more than one family to defray costs, you may be able to afford renting a space or have it at one of the houses and share all the costs.

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Graduation invitations on a budget
Graduation invitations come in all shapes and sizes. To save money, keep to the simple two-sided invitations that allow you to share a photo, add your party details and show off a little personality at the same time. Pear Tree’s two-sided graduation invitations like those shown above start at just 92 cents per card. Single-sided photo paper cards start at just 65 cents per card. Continue reading

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Top 5 Graduation Party Ideas for 2016

Spring is in the air! Time to start planning that graduation party. Here are our top 5 graduation party ideas for 2016 to get you started. This year it’s all about shine and sparkle, from foil-stamped invitations to decorative lights on the walls.

photos in lights1. Light up the room. This fun graduation photo display idea lets you hang as many photos as you like, but also adds sparkle to the room with twinkling lights. Create your backdrop by hanging the lights on the wall in any pattern, then attach your photos with mini clothespins from a craft store.

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2. It’s the little things. Cupcake flags, colored straws, personalized stickers – they all add personality and color to your party. Guests will be amazed at how coordinated you are. Of course, it all starts with the graduation invitations. Once you choose those, you can find all of these graduation party decorations to match. Continue reading

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Graduation Party Ideas: Framed In Gold

Graduation Party Ideas: Framed in Gold

A graduation party is one of the most rewarding moments for both the grad and the grad’s family. We’ve framed those moments into a special party, filled with graduation party ideas. From easy-to-personalize graduation party decorations to delicious food ideas, this grad party shares Elisa’s style and favorite memories. Of course the graduation invitations to the party were coordinated to match as well!

Graduation Party Ideas: Framed In Gold

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Graduation Announcements for Girls

Overwhelmed by all the graduation announcements for girls out there? We’ve narrowed it down to these favorites, all of which incorporate the latest trends and color options. Girls are going to want to show off their style, while moms may be more concerned with prices and party planning. We promise, you’ll both love these graduation announcements for girls!

Sparkle & Shine
What’s a party without a little sparkle? These graduation announcements let her shine and set the mood for a party that sparkles in every way.
Gold Sequin-Look Trifold Graduation Announcements Gold Foil Photo Collage Graduation Announcements

Down To Earth
She tells it like it is, and these graduation announcements let her choose from colors and rustic backgrounds to create a casual look that’s all hers.
Color Block Trifold Graduation Announcements Rustic Collage Graduation Announcements

All Girl
If you want something that’s all girl, these two announcements have a feminine appeal that’s hard to beat. Faux-foil frames showcase her favorite photos, while a beautiful gold script adorns the other option.
Three Faux-Foil Frames Graduation Announcements Gold Foil Follow The Script Graduation Announcements

Formal
The foil stamped design on our Silver Foil Diamonds Trifold graduation announcements and the iconic laurel branches featured on our Chalkboard Laurels graduation announcements give these cards a formal look.
Silver Foil Diamonds Trifold Graduation Announcements Chalkboard Laurels With Logo Graduation Announcements

Bold and Bright
You don’t have to stick with your school colors, and shouldn’t if that’s not your style! Go bold with colors and have fun with your party decorations to create a seamless look.
Kraft Ribbon Booklet for Her Graduation Announcements Patchwork Of Photos With Logo Graduation Announcements

Artistic
These graduation announcements have a hand-crafted look that lets her express her creativity. Choose colors and photos to match the mood.
Candid Collage Graduation Announcements Trifold Dots Graduation Announcements

Shop for these and hundreds more graduation announcements for girls at Pear Tree. And read our blog for graduation party ideas and decorating ideas to make your party stand out, too!

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15 Graduation Quotes for the Class of ’15

Graduation Quotes
We thought it was time to freshen up our list of favorite graduation quotes to give the class of 2015 something fresh to say. Feel free to use any or all of these words of wisdom in your graduation announcements, your party decorations, and even in your Valedictorian speech! We are sure the sources won’t mind, especially if you credit them properly for their wisdom.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T. S. Eliot

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” — Robin Williams

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” — Dr. Seuss

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Graduation announcement ideas
As any high school grad will admit, planning your grad party is one of the first tests you will face in your new status as a young adult. From the invitation to the decisions about what to serve, where to have it, who to invite and what activities to include, the planning can put a lot of stress on the grad and her family. Hali, a 2015 grad, took her duties in stride and created her own graduation invitations.

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Sneak Peek! New Graduation Invitation Ideas

Shhh… here’s a sneak peek of some of our new graduation invitation ideas from our 2014 collection. Our LOUIE Award-winning designers have been working hard on our new graduation announcements and invitations to give this year’s class another amazing collection that represents their accomplishments and personalities. Here’s a sneak peek of our top trends in graduation announcements to get you excited!

Vintage. This trend features designs with Polaroid-style borders, color-washed photos, and kraft paper elements from the past that come together in fresh, new ways!

Sneak Peek! New Graduation Invitation Ideas #graduationinvitationideas #graduationannouncements #classof2014 #peartreegreetingsLike the Vintage look? Click here to see more sneaks of graduation invitations in this trend!

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Sneak Peek! Formal Graduation Invitation Ideas

Shhh… we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of our new graduation invitation ideas from our 2014 collection! This year our graduation announcements and invitations focus on the hottest trends of the season. Our formal cards feature real foil that sparkle and shine, just like your graduate!

Gold Foil Stamped Graduate Graduation Announcements
Add some bling to your graduation announcements with a shimmering gold foil stamp in big block letters. We love the 3D look of this gold foil font, something you won’t find just anywhere. Go big or go home with these gold foil-stamped graduation announcements from Pear Tree!
Sneak Peek! Formal Graduation Invitation Ideas #peartreegreetings #graduationannouncements #graduationinvitationideas

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