Pear Tree Greetings wanted to put our creativity to the test by coming up with Valentine’s Day treat ideas to share with you. Our day in the office was filled with pinks, reds and whites; a perfect valentine theme. Below are the tasty + simple ideas we came up with: red hot butter-cream macarons, swirly cookies, divinity, heart-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crescent rolls, brownies, almond-bark dipped Oreos, cracker dip, pink cookies, graham cracker with strawberry yogurt, cupcakes and macaroni with a cheese heart. We’d love to see your Valentine’s Day treat ideas by commenting below!
Kids don’t often get to have much input into Mom’s purchases, but for the valentines they hand out at school, they love to make the decision. Kids feel that their valentines say a lot about them, and we agree. It’s all about matching your child’s personality and the things they love to the right card. We’ve grouped these kids’ valentine card ideas so all you have to do is match the kids to the cards!
Pear Tree Greetings has another oh-so adorable free Valentine’s Day printable for you! Included in the printable is: bunting, toppers and dangles that are perfect to decorate the home, office or classroom. See how we used it in a photo shoot for this year’s Valentine’s Day cards! It’s fun for both parents and kids to put together. Get your free Valentine’s Day printable here.
We invited a bunch of kids to Pear Tree for a photo shoot, and created this video so we could show you some fun photography tips for Valentine’s Day that you can recreate at home. We had the kids dress in Valentine’s Day colors of pink and red, then created three different white backdrops that would make them stand out. Then we put the photos in our favorite new Valentine’s Day cards to see how they’d look!
V-Day Banner Wall
We chose a blank white wall and draped a simple banner across the top, made from our free Valentine’s Day printable. Set a chair or fluffy rug in front of it for kids to sit on and you’ve got yourself a set for the photo shoot. Props like heart-shaped suckers are sure to bring smiles. Continue reading
I love sending Valentine’s Day cards. And I love taking photos. So, we decided to have an office Valentine’s Day photo shoot with our own kids. Fun day in the office, right? Then, we decided it’d be fun to make a video to share the results with you—not just our cute Valentine’s Day photos, but also a few photography tips on achieving some of those big smiles we all love. For added fun, we threw in some behind-the-scenes video footage because, as a photographer, I always wonder what the real ‘set’ looks like! So check out the video and the tips below to make your Valentine’s Day cards sparkle.
Now here are some photography tips and ideas to help you achieve the actual photos you saw in the video.
For our main background, we painted a 4×4 section of plywood with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint wasn’t entirely necessary since we didn’t write on it, we just liked the black background against our garland. And speaking of the garland, you can get it as a free printable! It’s easy to cut out and a fun activity to do with your kids.
Photography Tip: Try placing something on your head and asking the child to blow it off. Just about anything works. I used a paper heart. It should either be something the child will physically be able to blow off, or that with a slight tilt of your head, they’ll think they did! Also setting the child on a box or a crate typically keeps them in one spot, long enough at least for a few quick photos!
Photography Tip: Giving kids a prop like sunglasses allows them to interact and play with something, which keeps them occupied long enough for photos. And even the motions of taking off the glasses can be really cute!
It’s not just a valentine. It’s a puppet! It’s a plane! It’s a lollipop holder! Handing out valentines at school is a lot more fun when your valentine does something nobody else’s does. We had just one thought in mind when designing Pear Tree’s Valentine’s Day collection this year—what would kids love to get their hands on?
A card that holds a treat seems to solve two problems at once: whether to hand out a card or a treat, and how to attach your card to the candy if you want to hand out both. Our Love and Lips Kids Valentine’s Day Cards and Stylish Mustache Kids Valentine’s Day Cards have a little hole punched through them, so kids can insert a lollipop. The cards are personalized with their name, so there’s no need to sign each one. Perfect for parents, too!
Kids love Valentine’s Day, and not just because it may involve candy. It’s the one time of year they get to send a secret message to their friends. The message–whether it’s true love or best friends forever–is what it’s all about.
Coming up with cute ways to decorate their valentines and the bags or boxes they use to collect them at school, is all a part of the fun. After you’ve chosen the perfect kids Valentine’s Day cards, check out our valentine stickers to match (or not). Kids can have fun sticking them on folders and notebooks, or to decorate valentines and V-day projects at school. They’re also fun for giving away. In fact, stickers rank pretty high on Mom’s list of Valentine’s Day ideas for kids, because they’re a treat without being a sweet. Don’t get stuck without them!
Real cards created by real people like you!
We love looking at the cards our customers create, seeing the ways you put your personal stamp on our designs and make them your own. So we decided it would be fun to feature a few each month as inspiration for all of us.
This month, love was definitely in the air. Valentine’s Day cards were very popular, and many of you seemed to agree with us that personalized Valentine’s Day card ideas are better at getting to the heart of the matter. This Sweetheart Photo Valentine’s Day Card is one of our favorites because it does just that, with style and personality. The unique heart-shaped design and the gorgeous photo of this card combine to create the perfect valentine message to family and friends. We would feel very special and loved if we got one of these beautiful cards in the mail. And that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about—making someone else feel loved.
We asked our team members to tell us which of our Valentine’s Day card ideas for kids they liked best, and here are the top three picks:
1. Ninja Action in Blue Kids Valentine’s Day Cards
Tyler, Project Manager, says: I like the Ninja Action in Blue Kids Valentine’s Day Cards because ninjas are awesome. What kid wouldn’t want ninja valentine cards?! Seriously.
Liwanag, President of Pear Tree, says: Ninja cards for sure! They are funny and the kind of card a boy can get excited about sending.