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
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.
If you have a graduate in the house, now is the time to start thinking about graduation party themes! But before you start, be sure to talk to your grad. After all, this is their party and it should reflect their tastes and personality.
First, decide where you’re going to have it (if other than your home). Popular places book early!
Many kids have strong opinions about the types of food they’d like to serve (with your approval, of course) while others would rather leave it up to you. Does your grad like a particular restaurant or take-out? Give them a call and see if they cater. Do you feel up to making the food yourself? Keep it simple or keep it small, unless you have an army of friends to help you. Deciding on a menu can help you come up with graduation party themes that carry through to the decor and graduation invitations.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
Graduation is one of the most significant events in your life. So, of course, you’ll want to share this special event with your family and friends. Take a moment to think about the options you have when it comes to sharing your good news with the most important people in your life. Yes, there are many ways to do it. But don’t worry this graduation etiquette guide will break it down for you.
Graduation Announcements vs Graduation Invitations
What’s the difference? And which one should you order?