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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!”
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.
Kids birthday party ideas are hard to come up with! For my daughter’s 5th birthday party, I asked her what she would like for a theme. She mentioned that she wanted to be able to get her nails painted, so I thought it would be fun to create a spa themed kids’ birthday party.
The color palette for the party was inspired by the invitation. I chose to use the Multicolor Celebration kids’ birthday invitation from Pear Tree Greetings, because of the bright, bold colors and the fact that I could include pictures of the birthday girl on the invitation.
After choosing the invitation, I enlisted the help of my party-planning sister to create the decorations. She decided to create a backdrop out of bold colored paper chains, a polka-dot table cover, and mason jars lined with glitter to hold the utensils.
For the party, we had three stations, including decorating flip-flops with colorful ribbons, foot soaking with manicures and pedicures, and a make-up station. Each station included signage in a custom frame.
Kids are always being asked to write a note or draw a picture for someone. It’s part of being a kid. Whenever I’d ask one of my boys to write a thank you card, I’d get the big, melodramatic sigh and the sad-eyes look, and then he’d slowly drag out the crayons and construction paper and say, “Okay, what do I draw?” Not exactly the artistic type.
Every year the US Postal Service processes thousands of letters addressed in block letters to: “Santa Claus, The North Pole.” Each one is carefully written by a hopeful child, and just as carefully delivered by an earnest mail carrier. No one questions whether or not it will get there without a proper address (of course it will) or whether Santa has time to read and process all those requests (of course he does).
Writing a letter to Santa is a beloved tradition for many families, and one we wouldn’t miss. Kids love to send and receive mail, and for parents, it’s an inconspicuous way to find out what’s on their Christmas wish list. Anything goes for stationery, from personalized kids thank you cards to colored paper, and for extra credit, a drawing inside is sure to win Santa over.
Of course, the “what I want for Christmas” list is the most important part of the letter. We as parents are often surprised by what our kids write—sometimes touched by their thoughtfulness, sometimes appalled by their choices, but always grateful for the glimpse inside their little heads and hearts.
Then comes that magical moment when your child drops the letter to Santa in the mailbox (and peeks again to make sure it went all the way down), trusting that sometime soon a jolly man who lives far away will open it and get their special message. And on Christmas morning, when Santa comes through with the perfect gift yet again, we will all know just how he did it.
Keep reading our blog for more fun kids ideas. Or check out our collection of personalized thank you cards for kids. They don’t have to say thank you, and are just perfect for writing a letter to Santa.
It can be difficult to get your kids to write thank you cards for their birthday party gifts, especially when they are too young to write a note. The party is over, half the presents are broken already, and this feels like work to your little one. But you can make it a fun craft project, starting with kids thank you cards that match the theme of his or her party.
If your child is just learning to write, there’s nothing more fun for friends and family to receive than a note that has a few words, or even just his or her name printed on it. They will love to see your child’s first attempts at handwriting. Another option is to have mom write the body of the note, using your child’s voice for fun.
An option for even younger kids is to have them “sign” it with a hand print. This makes for a fun rainy-day painting project. A less messy option is to trace the hand, or have your child draw a picture inside to personalize the note.
Writing thank you cards is good birthday party etiquette, and a good habit to get into when your kids are little. That way it won’t become such a battle when they’re older. Those graduations and weddings will come along sooner than you think!
Our blog is jam-packed with more fun kids birthday party ideas, so keep reading! And if you’re still shopping for kids thank you cards, check out our collection!
My son is blessed with many relatives who love him and his sister dearly but, as in many families, our relatives live all around the world. After writing a letter to his Grandfather one day, he decided to write a note to his cousin in California. The note, written on one of his own personalized note cards, consisted of two sentences about how his cousin has GOT to read “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and some potty talk humor. They are both seven. Enough said.
One of our team members shared a wonderful DIY gift idea for the holidays. Her family flies a long distance, at considerable expense, to spend the holidays with their extended family. She wanted her kids to bring gifts for the family members they visited, but felt the need to scale back because they were spending so much on travel. Her solution? For Christmas this year, her children are giving a handwritten note on personalized note cards to each family member that expresses how meaningful they are to them. The kids will read their notes aloud to each person when they get together to share gifts.
We love this DIY gift idea because it truly comes from the heart, far more thoughtful than anything they could buy in a store. The kids are learning many valuable lessons, not the least of which is how to express their feelings, and the lucky recipients will undoubtedly be touched. Get out the tissues. These handwritten expressions of love will be treasured for years to come.
Pear Tree has both Christmas thank you cards designed just for kids, as well as year-round kids thank you cards. When kids have their very own stationery personalized with their name or an image they love, they will be happy to write these little “gifts.”
My son turns 1 in exactly one month! I can’t believe how fast this first year has gone! As sad as I am that he’s getting so big, I am THRILLED to start thinking about first birthday party ideas! No joke. My husband owns an excavation company so it is no surprise that our party will be ‘construction’ themed.
SO adorable. I’ve already found construction ‘cone’ hats, construction ‘cone’ cups, work zone streamers and found some pretty amazing pictures of construction cakes.
Check out this Hard Hat Required Kids Birthday Invitation along with many, many other adorable kids birthday invitations. Each one comes with matching kids thank you cards and kids address labels, too! Keep reading our blog for more first birthday party ideas.