Walk the Plank to a Pirate Party

Whether you’re looking for kids’ pirate party ideas for Halloween or for any time of year, this pirate party from celebrations.com looks like a swashbuckling good time. And it all starts with the unexpected arrival of a pirate mask Halloween party invitation in the mail—talk about building excitement ahead of time! The text on the invitation can be changed to work for either a Halloween party or a birthday party, and the colors are a great starting point for all of your kids pirate party ideas.
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Red and black were used throughout the party, from the food to the decorations, to keep the theme simple and impactful. Each guest had a pirate name skull & crossbones decal to make them feel part of the gang. Gold “treasure” in the form of candy favors and serving trays made fun accents.
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Girl’s ice cream birthday party ideas

There have been a lot of birthday parties lately at Pear Tree! My niece, Taytum, just turned three. My sister-in-law told me that she wanted to have a party and asked me for birthday party ideas, starting with kids birthday invitations from Pear Tree. She wanted an invite that would show a lot of photos, since she loves to take pictures of her daughter. We decided on the Colliding Collage birthday invitations—perfect!
Girl's ice cream birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #icecream #birthdayGirl's ice cream birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #icecream #birthdayNow, you just cannot have a party without going all out like everybody is doing nowadays. We decided that an ice cream party would be a fun and started looking for ice cream party ideas. I volunteered to do the cakes. (I love to bake.) She wanted a butterfly cake, and I wanted to do some fun cakes for the table as well.

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Summer Birthday Party Ideas: Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is one of my all-time favorite kids’ summer birthday party ideas. Kids love it, and if you’re creative it won’t cost you a penny. Using toys and large items you have around the house, you can create an obstacle course in your yard.  Here are some ideas for things to gather.
  • hula hoops
  • laundry baskets
  • rope
  • exercise balls and other balls
  • wading pool
  • Slip’n Slide
  • lawn chairs
  • sprinkler
  • garden hose
  • scrap lumber, such as 2 x 4s
  • ladder
  • burlap sacks
  • pop-up tents or tunnels
  • cones
  • balloons
  • brooms
  • pool noodles
  • baskets with handles
  • buckets
  • bean bag toss games
  • Frisbees
  • wiffle balls & bats
  • tennis rackets
  • bikes
Use your imagination–almost anything can be used for this summer birthday party idea, as long as it’s not sharp. Once you have everything gathered, start thinking about how to put them together to create different kinds of obstacles. You can also incorporate backyard play sets, like swings and slides, if you have them. Make sure there are different kinds of obstacles, some challenging, some silly, and some that will make them slow down, so that different skills are required. The older your kids, the longer the obstacle course should be. Here are some ideas:
  • Set up barriers to climb over, sticks to limbo under, and hoops to jump through
  • Toss balls through hoops, or into baskets or buckets
  • Set up a low balance beam (board) to walk across
  • Roll an exercise ball or hula hoop around a tree
  • Put your head down on a wiffle-ball bat and spin around 3 times
  • Ride tricycles for a distance
  • Jump over (or in and out of) a basket or wading pool
  • Fill up a bucket with a hose and carry it 10 feet without spilling
  • Stomp on balloons to pop them
  • Balance a broom on your hand for 5 seconds
  • Hop on a bike and serpentine around cones or other markers

Once you have the course figured out, there are several ways to run the activity. You can line the kids up and let them run it individually, timing each attempt with a stopwatch and letting them try to do it faster each time. Or you can create teams and have them run it as a relay. If you have enough of the same obstacles and a lot of space, you can also set up two identical courses and race relay teams side by side. But I wouldn’t worry too much about how it’s structured, because it’s not really about who wins. The fun is in watching the crazy things kids will do to complete it. And most kids want to do it more than once, so make sure that’s part of your plan!

Here are some kids birthday invitations that could work for this fun party! Look for more kids birthday party ideas on our blog.

All Strikes -- Pink Birthday InvitationBalloon Craze in Blue -- Unique Kids Birthday InvitationsGame On -- Sports Birthday Invitations

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Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas

Mermaid Birthday Party IdeasMy niece recently turned four, and I was ecstatic to hear that she and my sister-in-law were looking for mermaid birthday party ideas. I had recently seen this Mermaid Birthday post from The Tomkat Studio, and being the mother of two boys, I was drooling over all the girliness.

When I’m involved in a party, it starts with the invitation. Pear Tree has a pool party invitation that tied in perfectly with our mermaid birthday party ideas. Continue reading

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Summer Birthday Party Ideas: Box Fort Nerf Battle

My son is 14 now, and he still talks about his 7th birthday party as his best ever. I have to say it was pretty good–and super easy. First, I went to an appliance store and got 3 empty refrigerator boxes. Then I bought a Nerf gun (the kind that shoots foam darts) for each of the boys attending. If you don’t think Nerf guns are appropriate toys, you’d better stop reading right here! :)

Nerf battle birthday party
Our thanks to letscountblessings.blogspot.com for the great photo of a similar party.

When the party guests arrived, I divided them into 3 teams and gave each team a refrigerator box. Their task was to come up with a team name, and use markers and washable paint to decorate their refrigerator box to match their name. I cut out a door in each box (with fabric hung across the opening so no one could see in) and windows with flaps so they could open and close them. Each team also got matching bandanas to tie around their heads to identify which team they were on. Continue reading

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What’s Hot This Month – July

Here’s a look at the top five items others are buying at Pear Tree Greetings this month!

1. Welcome Baby Boy — Picture Baby Announcements
Baby Announcement

2. Monster Bash — Monster Birthday Invitations
Kids Birthday Party Invitations

3. Welcoming Color Block — Whimsical Baby Shower Invitations
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Super Awesome Kids Birthday Party Themes

It’s easy to pick a birthday party theme and start planning when you have so many fun kids birthday invitations to choose from! If you want decorating, activities and food ideas, check out our other posts on party ideas to go along with these kids birthday party themes.

Superhero Theme Party
                                         Monster Birthday Party
Superhero Theme                             Monster Birthday Party

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Summer Olympics Birthday Party Ideas

Summer is the best time of year to have a kid’s birthday party, don’t you think? My son has an August birthday, and I’ve had tons of fun coming up with summer birthday party ideas for him over the years.

The year he turned 6, the gods were smiling upon us, for the Summer Olympics were being held in Athens that very month. (This August, they’re in London.) I chose sports themed kids birthday invitations, and we held the party at a nearby park where there was plenty of flat, open space for our Olympic ‘events.’ Then it was all about thinking up Olympic birthday party ideas!

Summer Olympics
photos by: thedecoratedcookie.com; familyfun.go.com; cosmopolitanscum.com

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Rainbow First Birthday Party

Ring Around the RibbonBright primary colors are perfect for your baby’s first birthday, and one of the easiest kids birthday party ideas to plan because bright colors are everywhere! Celebrations.com featured a Rainbow 1st Birthday Party inspired by our Ring Around the Ribbon kids birthday invitations, and from the bright outdoor banners to the colorful cake, there was a rainbow of color everywhere you looked.

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Kid’s Monster Birthday Party

Monster Birthday Party InvitationI started thinking about kids’ birthday party ideas shortly after I discovered Pinterest — so, essentially, last Fall. My two sons’ birthdays are relatively close, March 15th and April 10th, so I thought I’d do everyone a favor, myself included, and throw a joint party. I knew our product design team was going to be creating a Monster Birthday Party Invitation and after some initial searches for monster party ideas, the theme was set. One would think that since I had the theme picked out nearly six months in advance, I’d have plenty of time to scrap, craft, create, make, etc., right? When did I actually start? That crazy lady running around on lunch break the day before the party starting to purchase supplies? Yep, that was me. :)
Kid's Monster Birthday Party
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