Couples Shower Ideas: Waffle Bar

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

When my friend Amanda asked me to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding, I was beyond excited! To make things even better, she let me host a couple’s shower for her and her future husband, and I had so much fun coming up with couples shower ideas!
Couples Bridal Shower Ideas
Like every event that I plan, the invitations set the theme of the party. I decided on Pear Tree Greetings’ Simple Strands bridal shower invitation and was able to alter the colors to match the shower’s color scheme.
Simple Strands bridal shower invitation
The Name in Lights yard sign greeted guests, along with a wooden pallet adorned with Simple Strands bridal shower decorations and pictures of the happy couple. The Simple Strands decorations were used throughout the entire event as accessories in mason jars and labels for drinks. After writing down a few date night ideas for the couple, guests grabbed a drink from the bloody mary and juice bars.
Simple Strands bridal shower decorations
Couples Bridal Shower Ideas
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Princess Party Ideas

When it came time to plan my daughter’s 4th birthday party, I knew that she would love the idea of a princess party. The inspiration for our princess party ideas all started with one of our newest invitation designs, A Princess Like Me Kids Birthday Invitations. This girl’s birthday invitation was great because I could customize the dress, hair, skin and background color on the card to look like my daughter.
Kids Birthday Invitations -- A Princess Like Me
What princess party would be complete without a castle? We knew it was a must-have, so my sister and I worked to collect boxes, stacked and decorated them to create a large castle that was placed on the front porch. We painted the castle white and draped a flag banner across the top, made from paint swatches. The girls entered the castle by walking through our front door!
Princess party ideas
For party activities, the girls made their own princess necklaces out of jewel-colored beads, and played a spin on the classic birthday game, ‘Pin the Lips on the Frog.’
Princess party ideas
The final decorative challenge was to create an ice cream stand. Thanks to my handy brother-in-law, we were able to create one out of a wood pallet, and draped a lace tablecloth over the top to create a canopy. A Princess Like Me Kids Party Decorations were used to create a banner that we hung across the top. We also used them as coasters for the ice cream toppings, which were all color-coordinated to match, of course!
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4th of July Party Ideas: Vintage Celebration

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

Like many Minnesotans, we enjoy spending our weekends up north at our cabin. With the sun shining and the lake in the background, this became the perfect location for my Fourth of July party.

I decided on Pear Tree Greetings’ Sparkle in the Sky 4th of July Party Invitations. Their patriotic red, white and blue color scheme became the inspiration for the décor and many of my 4th of July party ideas.
4th of July Party Invitations -- Sparkle in the Sky
My backdrop consisted of a leftover pallet, which I transformed into an American flag by using spray paint. This is a great craft project in which the kids can be included as well! My nieces helped paint the stars onto the American Flag pallet and had a blast doing it. Our cabin also has many antiques, which I was able to include within the décor. An old lantern, mason jars, Coca-cola glasses and wooden sewing organizer added the vintage touches that were needed.
4th of July Party Ideas
Keeping with the traditional theme, we served “Juicy Lucy” burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon and baked beans. The burgers were placed in individual wooden brown baskets lined with a colorful napkin. Corn on the cob was displayed on a bright white serving tray using leftover skewers, which can be found at any local grocery store.
4th of July Party Ideas
Pear Tree Greetings also provided an exclusive 4th of July printable, which included food tent labels, mini tooth pick flags, cupcake toppers and a party banner. These are the little details that really make a party come together. While it is great to use them for their intended purposes, I decided to utilize them in different ways. Continue reading

DIY 4th of July Pinwheel

I love creating DIY craft ideas and this pinwheel made from Pear Tree Greetings free 4th of July printable is so fun and adds the perfect touch to any party! Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Materials needed:

Step 1: Print off Pear Tree Greetings free 4th of July printable.
Step 1

Step 2: Glue the backsides of two party flags together and allow them to dry.
Step 2

Step 3: Cut out a square from the paper (you don’t need to be precise).
Step 3

Step 4: Using a scissors, cut from each corner towards the center of the square, stopping approximately ¼” from the center.
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Pear Tree Greetings wins LOUIE Award!

As the General Manager for Pear Tree Greetings, I am thrilled to share the news that Pear Tree Greetings has won a 2013 LOUIE Award for our Modern Cheer Photo Christmas Card! A LOUIE Award is to the greeting card world what the Oscars are to the movies. It’s a huge honor.
Pear Tree Greetings wins 2013 LOUIE Award
All of us at Pear Tree are especially proud of our tiny, four-person design team who went up against some of the giants of the industry to take first place in the Announcements & Photo Cards category. I’ve never seen a team work so hard to bring forward the very best in paper engineering, with our unique shapes and modern designs. Our customers inspire our creativity and passion every day and it shows in our products.

Join me in sending a huge congratulations to this amazing team. Please vote for Pear Tree by clicking here and liking the Cheer design. We’d love to hear your comments, too!

Thanks for being our inspiration and our support. We look forward to showing you more award winning designs in the future!

-Stephanie Bottner
General Manager for Pear Tree Greetings

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