For all those who’ve struggled with how to write a thank you card, here are a few tips that might make it a little easier. Whether your note is to follow up on a job interview or to thank a party hostess, knowing how to get started will make it that much easier to finish.
- Write it right away. Preferably while the event is fresh in your mind. Nothing is harder than trying to remember details of a conversation, dinner party or event, weeks after it happened. If you write the thank you note quickly, it’ll be easier to come up with specific things to mention, perhaps a funny moment or a thoughtful touch you appreciated. Wedding thank you cards you can take a little longer, but most etiquette books suggest sending them within 2-3 months.
- Specific is better. Anybody can write a generic thank you note, and we’ve all gotten them: “Thanks for the blankety blank. I really appreciate it. Thanks again. Love, Julie.” Much better to mention exactly what you’re thanking this person for, and add something specific about why you liked it. Continue reading
What’s a Sip & See, you ask? It’s a party that the new parents host after the baby is born to introduce him or her to all their friends. Unlike a traditional baby shower, gifts and games are not the main attraction at a Sip & See — instead, it’s all about the baby!
Advantages to a Sip & See
The biggest advantage to a Sip & See is that everyone gets to meet the new baby. But there are plenty of other reasons that you, as new parents, might find this an attractive baby shower idea. At a Sip & See, you get to make all the decisions. You can decide what to serve, whom to invite, when to have it, and whether or not there will be any embarrassing shower games. And you can avoid the awkward, one-by-one opening of gifts that can so easily drag down a baby shower.
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!
Now, 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.
In support of National Aviation Day, which according to the national register of official-holidays-that-aren’t-really-holidays is a “federal observance celebrating the advancement and history of aviation,” we present a few of our favorite airplane designs! Happy Aviation Day!
Airplane Delivery – Fun Notelettes
Whatever your big news may be, it deserves a special delivery. The airplane icon on these fun notelettes soars to deliver the important message. With rounded edges and an aqua striped backside, these greetings are full of color and style!
Paper Airplane – Unique Moving Announcements
Let the news soar – you’ve moved! These unique moving announcements are shaped like paper airplanes, offering a fun and creative way to share your big news that your loved ones are sure to remember. Top it off with your choice of colors from a palette of more than 25 options.
Anticipated Arrival – Thank You Cards
Your gratitude featuring a cute airplane design.
Pear Tree Greetings is excited to announce that we are sending Chelsey, The Paper Mama, to BlogHer 2012! Chelsey is a longtime Pearista and supporter of Pear Tree, loving all things paper and believing in the power of a handwritten note.
Words from Chelsey:
Writing a hand written note means a lot to me. I LOVE to send cards just randomly to tell my friends how awesome they are… to tell my sister I miss her… or to say Happy Chocolate Cupcake Day (This is a REAL national day!). I love receiving hand written notes (*hint *hint ;D). So much better than all those bills I get!
She has contributed her many thoughts and opinions about Pear Tree on her blog, including topics around gift tag stickers, notelettes, thank you cards and more. We are happy for her to represent Pear Tree at BlogHer!
BlogHer conferences bring together thousands of women who blog from around the world to discuss, inspire and connect with each other. This is Chelsey’s second time going and she explains some tips she learned from last year in her post ‘So you’re going to BlogHer?’.
A few weeks ago, I had to bring my car into the shop to get it checked out. Since I had recently moved to town, I asked friends for recommendations and wound up bringing it to a small, locally-owned place in town.
From the beginning, I was pleased with their service. I was able to drop it off in the morning, and one of the employees was kind enough to meet me there before opening and give me a ride to work. Later that day they called to tell me they had found a serious safety issue with the car, completely unrelated to the problems I’d been having. Despite a heavy workload, they were able to get the parts and have them installed the very next day.
When I picked up the car, I found a small package of jelly beans with a handwritten note that said, “Thank you for supporting our locally-owned business.” I had a great feeling about them and knew I’d be going back to them when necessary. Well, that turned out to be sooner than expected. Continue reading
New moms have so many reasons to be thankful, starting with each of the ten little fingers and toes on their new arrivals, and extending to the friends and family who so generously showered them with gifts. When these new moms sit down to write thank you notes, their appreciation is heartfelt.
With several new babies arriving in the Pear Tree family this past year, we wanted to find out what new mom gift ideas they most appreciated during that exciting, but exhausting time in their lives. Here are their favorites: Continue reading
It’s Christmas day and the whole family has gathered at grandma’s house to exchange gifts. All eyes are on your 4-yr. old as she excitedly rips open grandma’s gift. What will it be? More importantly, you worry, how will she react? Will she remember to say thank you?
The holidays are filled with teaching moments for parents and kids alike. In the excitement of opening gifts, it’s easy for kids to forget their manners, but a little preparation beforehand goes a long way toward heading off an embarrassing moment. And our kids thank you card ideas may help smooth things over later, if thing don’t go as you’d planned.
Every family is different, but we think it’s a good idea to set expectations with your kids about opening gifts—especially gifts from extended family members. Kids should know that it’s impolite to rush through opening gifts, that each gift deserves a sincere thank you, and that grandma spent time picking out that gift so her feelings might be hurt if you say you don’t like it. You can’t really control what your child does, but you can plant the seed. And it’s a lot easier to have this talk before the big event, than on Christmas day in front of all the relatives.
One last tip: for gifts that are opened when the giver is not present, remember to have kids thank you notes on hand. There are plenty of kids thank you card ideas available, such as coloring cards, that can turn this task into a fun activity. Hope your Christmas is a merry one!
Keep reading our blog for more kids ideas, and be sure to check out our kids thank you cards and personalized note cards so you can have them on hand when you need them!
If you are lucky enough to have a warm home to go to this Thanksgiving, filled with the mouthwatering smell of roasting turkey and the happy chatter of family and friends, then you have plenty of reasons to be thankful. It’s easy to get swept up in the hubbub of cooking and decorating, not to mention family tensions, and lose sight of what’s most important on this uniquely American holiday.
Who would have thought that pink would turn out to be the most striking fall color? October is breast cancer awareness month, and everywhere you look there are ways to help the cause. You don’t have to run a marathon or walk for days, it can be as simple as picking a date and hosting a dinner party for friends, family, neighbors or co-workers.
First, contact the charity organization of your choice for information about how to donate, how the donations are used, and for any support materials they may have that you can use. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has an entire section of their website devoted to planning pink events, called Passionately Pink for the Cure. It offers lots of fun breast cancer party ideas and downloadable support materials.
With pink as your theme, it’s easy to be creative. We’ve taken a wedding rehearsal dinner invitation and customized it to work perfectly for our pink dinner party. Everyone is invited to make a donation. (Fund-raising professionals suggest $30 per person as a starting point). From there, it’s up to you to decide how pink you want to get. Do you want to simply ask your guests to wear pink? Or to go crazy and dress in costumes? Decorations, table settings and food can be simple pink touches, or over-the-top pink. Either way, a pink party is a great way to make a difference, and have fun while doing it. Don’t forget to follow up with thank you notes for your guests (pink, of course) to let them know how much money you raised for the cause!