From Instagram to Mailbox

Did you know Pear Tree Greetings makes it easy for you to use your Instagram photos on our photo card designs?! It’s true. Our amazing design team works hard to create a collection that is ‘Mobile-friendly’ so you can use photos from your phone or from Instagram and share them right on your card for all to enjoy. We have designed collections for mobile photos in our Graduation Invitations & Announcements, Christmas Cards, Birth Announcements, Valentine’s Day Cards, Kids Birthday Invitations and our Gifts & Decor.
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Valentine’s Day Photo Ideas

We heart Valentine’s Day at Pear Tree. We really do. Over the past couple years we have put together darling videos of how to take great Valentine’s Day photos of your little ones. Our Valentine’s Day photo ideas cover props, printables, and lots of adorable smiles from the kids at Pear Tree. To inspire you this year, we wanted to share with you our best photo ideas that you can turn into Valentine’s Day photo cards and send love to family and friends.

1. Glittery-gold backdrop. For this background, we used two sets of gold metallic curtains, right on top of each other. Inexpensive, and they come in many colors! Add cute heart-shaped sunglasses for an interactive shot.
Valentine's Day Photo Ideas

2. Soft & Sweet. We used a soft, textured rug that can be found at TJMaxx for this valentine to lay on. We added a cut-out heart in bright colors and a bright pink lollipop. The perfect amount of sweetness.
Valentine's Day photo ideas

3. XOXO. This Valentine’s Day photo is one of our top pinned! We used a chalkboard background and colored paper to cut out the letters ‘XOXO’. We strung the letters with a thick, satin ribbon for added softness to the photo.
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Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

We love coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas year after year, and this year we are helping you gather clothing ideas to get the perfect Valentine’s Day photo of your darling kiddos! Our What to Wear for your Family Photos series were such a hit during the holidays we just had to share with you these cute Valentine’s Day ideas. The inspiration for these three outfit ideas came from our Valentine’s Day photo cards.

1. Not-so-valentines-y. For this Valentine’s Day style we used soft pastel colors with hints of gold shimmer in the shoes to create a not-so-valentines-y look. Also, add accessories like hats and mittens to create a warm and cozy photo. Our XOXO Foil Look Valentine’s Day Photo Cards pair nicely with this look!Valentine's Day IdeasYou can get this look here. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas

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!

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What’s Hot This Month – January

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

1. Happy Heart Day Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids
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2. Big Date Save the Date Postcards
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Choosing Valentines – Let the Kids Decide!

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!

The Glitter Girl
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The Superhero
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The Animal Lover
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Free Valentine’s Day Printables!

Free Valentine's Day Printable

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.Free Valentine's Day Printable

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Watch this! Valentine’s Day Photo Ideas


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
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Watch this! Valentine's Day Photo Ideas #peartreegreetings #valentinesdayideasWe 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

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Photography Tips – Kids Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot

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.

Valentine's Day Photo IdeasFor 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!

Valentine's Day Photo IdeasFor this background, we used two sets of gold metallic curtains, right on top of each other. Inexpensive, and they come in many colors!

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!

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Kids Valentine Ideas: Interactive Cards

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?

Valentine Candy Cards -- Stylish Mustache
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!

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