About Shelly

Shelly recently graduated from college and even more recently accepted a full-time position as a Marketing Coordinator at Pear Tree. But she’s not exactly new to the team, having spent the prior year here as our marketing intern and Jill-of-all-trades. Shelly loves fashion, has tons of style, and as a result, was naturally drawn to Pear Tree’s unique designs. She is also an amazing baker, and it wouldn’t be a Pear Tree meeting without Shelly’s cupcakes!

4th of July Ideas: Picnic by the Lake

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.
Vintage Birthday Invitations -- Stamped Fonts
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!
4th of July Ideas: Picnic by the Lake 4th of July Ideas: Picnic by the Lake
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What is Rosh Hashanah

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!

Unique Cut - Rosh Hashanah CardsRepeating Star of David - Rosh Hashanah Cards

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

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