We had a blast throwing this fun picnic for our team members and families! There is no better way to spend time with your favorite people than outside on a beautiful day. A trendy striped straw was the inspiration for the Sip Something Cool party invitation as well as the inspiration for our picnic ideas. We used fun and bright colors to make a balloon backdrop for our candy bar (a big hit with the Pear Tree kids) and a fabric backdrop for our photo booth (a big hit with the Pear Tree grownups, as you can see!)
The usual picnic fare of burgers, chips and salads satisfied kids and adults, but the kids especially loved the dessert/candy bar where they could fill a small favor bag with their favorite candies for dessert.
One of our favorite and most popular baby shower invitations is Wild Arrival From The Jungle, so we decided to throw a baby shower to show you all the different safari baby shower ideas we could come up with using the jungle animal theme. We held the party in an atrium of our building, which was filled with lush plants and perfect for a jungle theme.
We did a little hunting and found this fantastic green dresser at our local thrift store. It fit in so well in our little jungle we decided to use it as our dessert table and decorated it with a burlap table runner down the middle. We used a mixture of lanterns and tissue poms hanging above it to make it our focal point, along with garland made from our Jungle Table Decor.
At Pear Tree I’m known as the team “cake lady,” and working here while running a baking business in my free time certainly has its advantages. I hear what the birthday party themes are before anyone else, I can look at pictures of cakes for hours, and I even get to write blog posts about cakes! Cakes (and cupcakes) are my thing. (The team has a love/hate relationship with me, though, because I bring in extra cupcakes all the time.) I decided that a blog post on kids birthday cake ideas would give me an excuse to bake, and help you with inspiration for your child’s upcoming birthday party!
1. Monster Theme
In case you haven’t noticed, monster parties are all the rage right now! Personally, these are probably my favorite cakes to make. It really doesn’t get much cuter than this. They are easier to make than you think. Just use Tip #234 to cover the cake, making the “fur” longer or shorter, depending on the type of monster you want to create. Choose from our monster kids birthday invitations to match the cake.
Left: Pear Salad; Right: Pear Salad
2. Barbie and Princess Theme
Barbie cakes have forever been a hit with little girls. I remember having them for my own birthday parties. Bake the cake in an oven-proof bowl and place it upside down on plate to frost. Cut a hole to set the Barbie in, so that the cake forms the skirt of her dress. For the princess castle cake use ice cream cones to create the towers and candy to decorate! We have an assortment of princess kids birthday invitations for whichever cake you choose.
Left: Frosted; Right: Parenting.com
Friends, family and fireworks are the best parts of 4th of July party! We love throwing parties and thought it would be fun to have a picnic for our team to share all of our 4th of July ideas with you. Now you can have a patriotic party that is just as great!
We chose some of our favorite products to help set the mood for our red, white and blue theme, and created some new party decorations (which you can download here) to add some flair to this party. It all starts with an invite, so we chose our Stamped Fonts Party Invitations and changed the colors to red and blue. (Check out our party invitations collection for more 4th of July ideas.) We also repurposed our I Do Stripes Wedding Favor Tags into some fun tags for our milk bottles, which we filled with festive red and blue beverages.
Like most of our team parties, this one was pot-luck style. In order to get all of the essentials needed at a 4th of July party we asked each team member to bring a few specific items, using their creativity, of course! As you can see, they did pretty well! All the essentials made it: hot dogs, deviled eggs, baked beans, macaroni salad, fruit and some other fun things! We held our picnic at a nearby lake, and dressed our table with a red tablecloth and our free printable banner. The beautiful scenery became our backdrop and the weather could not have been better for a picnic!
I grew up in rural small town Minnesota where there isn’t a strong Jewish presence. Almost everyone knows what Christmas is and what the New Year brings. But every year, when I see Rosh Hashanah on the calendar, I wonder what is Rosh Hashanah all about. What does it mean? What is being celebrated? What are the traditions associated with it?
When I started at Pear Tree, a little over a year ago, they were just kicking off their Jewish Holiday collections, which included Rosh Hashanah Cards, Hanukkah Cards and even Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Invitations. I was instantly intrigued. I wanted to learn all about these events and what they meant to the Jewish religion. Since I had a desire to learn about the traditions of Rosh Hashanah, I thought maybe our customers would be interested as well. That’s why I offered to write this post, and share what I learned!
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is celebrated in Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The holiday lasts for two days. In 2012 it falls on September 16 until September 18. The tradition around the holiday teaches that God decides who will live and die. During this time individuals examine their lives and repent for any wrongs they have committed during the year. Even though the tradition is around life and death, Rosh Hashanah is filled with hope for the New Year. Continue reading