Kelly & Jay: Custom designed wedding invitations

Kelly and Jay were chosen as the winning couple in our 2012 Dream Wedding Contest. As the winning couple they won $1,500 towards her dream wedding dress and custom designed wedding invitations from Follow their story as they share wedding planning highlights on our blog, Pear Salad.
JK 50-webWe have just received our custom made wedding invitations that were designed and created by Pear Tree Greetings and are so excited to share them with our family and friends!

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas – Spa Themed Girls Birthday Party

Kids birthday party ideas are hard to come up with! For my daughter’s 5th birthday party, I asked her what she would like for a theme. She mentioned that she wanted to be able to get her nails painted, so I thought it would be fun to create a spa themed kids’ birthday party.

The color palette for the party was inspired by the invitation. I chose to use the Multicolor Celebration kids’ birthday invitation from Pear Tree Greetings, because of the bright, bold colors and the fact that I could include pictures of the birthday girl on the invitation.Kids Birthday Invitations -- Multicolor Celebration
After choosing the invitation, I enlisted the help of my party-planning sister to create the decorations. She decided to create a backdrop out of bold colored paper chains, a polka-dot table cover, and mason jars lined with glitter to hold the utensils.
Kids birthday party ideas
For the party, we had three stations, including decorating flip-flops with colorful ribbons, foot soaking with manicures and pedicures, and a make-up station. Each station included signage in a custom frame.
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12 months, 365 days + 8760 hours!

I’m so glad I took photos of our son Alex every month of his first year! It was fun to see him grow. It’s amazing how much they change in a year. When I was on maternity leave I cut out all of the numbers making it a little easier to sew the onsies each month. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these photos but knew I wanted them to stay consistent. Sophie, the giraffe always took a part in the photo, which was given to me at my baby shower!
month photos
When it came time to order 1st birthday invitations I thought it would be fun to use the photos in some way. I love the layout of our booklets and thought it would be a great keepsake for his first birthday party! Since I am one of the designers at Pear Tree Greetings, I had the opportunity to design the perfect invitation for my little man, as well as something I know our customers would love.
photo of card
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Super Bowl Party Ideas: How to Make Football-Shaped Tissue Poms

“Are you ready for some footbaaaall?!” Oh, are we ever. We are so excited to share our new football party ideas with you. This football-shaped tissue pom is the ultimate décor to debut at any Super Bowl party! Watch the ‘How to make a football-shaped tissue pom’ video below and we think you will agree it is the perfect addition to your party. But, the fun doesn’t stop with football party ideas; you can use it for a kid’s birthday party or as decoration in your child’s bedroom. Genius, right? Alright, it’s kick-off time:

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The Christmas Card Challenge by Pear Tree’s General Manager

50 Christmas card challengeFor a greeting card company, November and December are pretty important months to us. Yet the reason we ARE a greeting card company is because each of us think it’s so important to connect with friends and family. As I was coming in to work the other day, I heard a story on NPR, People Answer Stranger’s Christmas Cards. It’s about a gentleman who had sent out 600 Christmas cards and the response he received. Normally, this would be a story about friendship and family ties, but in this case, it was actually a social experiment he was running and the 600 cards were cards sent to complete strangers! His experiment started in 1974 but the responses lasted 15 years!

The story spoke of the Rule of Reciprocation…to me, that feels like too technical a term to put on what is really just common sense – if you get something, you should give back. So I’d like to try my own social experiment and while sending 600 cards seems rather daunting, I’d like to try 50. So I’m going to initiate the 50-Christmas-card-challenge!

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