Brandon is one of our ah-mazing designers at Pear Tree and enjoys creating kids’ cards that are engaging and unique. Some of his favorite categories to design for are Halloween Invitations, Kids Birthday Invitations and Kids Valentine’s Day Cards. Brandon is still very young at heart and likes to teach kids how to use their imaginations to create illustrations.So, this year Brandon made it his personal goal to hold a class and create some activities for kids around drawing. He settled on drawing different kinds of monsters. He began by finding a location to host the class and then started developing posters, flyer handouts, a newspaper ad and website artwork to announce the class. Brandon and Michelle, another amazing Pear Tree designer, went around schools to hand out the flyers to teachers and hang the posters at local activity centers. Brandon put in a lot of hard work organizing and preparing the activities for kids. Continue reading
My best friend, Angie, is as obsessed about planning good parties as I am, so it’s a no brainer that we team up when considering kids birthday party ideas. Angie knows to plan well in advance. We even did a little mini photo shoot with her daughter, Kate, so she’d have the perfect photo on her birthday party invitation. I’ll let Angie herself tell you all of her girl birthday party ideas and planning this adorable Pinkalicious birthday party—she did a fabulous job!
The colorful ribbon winding its way down our Ring Around the Ribbon modern kids birthday invitations set the stage for one very colorful rainbow birthday party at celebrations.com. All the birthday party ideas tied into the rainbow color scheme, right down to the rainbow ice cream cake and assortment of colored fruit drinks. Continue reading
There have been a lot of birthday parties lately at Pear Tree! My niece, Taytum, just turned three. My sister-in-law told me that she wanted to have a party and asked me for birthday party ideas, starting with kids birthday invitations from Pear Tree. She wanted an invite that would show a lot of photos, since she loves to take pictures of her daughter. We decided on the Colliding Collage birthday invitations—perfect!
Now, you just cannot have a party without going all out like everybody is doing nowadays. We decided that an ice cream party would be a fun and started looking for ice cream party ideas. I volunteered to do the cakes. (I love to bake.) She wanted a butterfly cake, and I wanted to do some fun cakes for the table as well. Continue reading
An obstacle course is one of my all-time favorite kids’ summer birthday party ideas. Kids love it, and if you’re creative it won’t cost you a penny. Using toys and large items you have around the house, you can create an obstacle course in your yard. Here are some ideas for things to gather.
- hula hoops
- laundry baskets
- exercise balls and other balls
- wading pool
- Slip’n Slide
- lawn chairs
- garden hose
- scrap lumber, such as 2 x 4s
- burlap sacks
- pop-up tents or tunnels
- pool noodles
- baskets with handles
- bean bag toss games
- wiffle balls & bats
- tennis rackets
Use your imagination–almost anything can be used for this summer birthday party idea, as long as it’s not sharp. Once you have everything gathered, start thinking about how to put them together to create different kinds of obstacles. You can also incorporate backyard play sets, like swings and slides, if you have them. Make sure there are different kinds of obstacles, some challenging, some silly, and some that will make them slow down, so that different skills are required. The older your kids, the longer the obstacle course should be. Here are some ideas:
- Set up barriers to climb over, sticks to limbo under, and hoops to jump through
- Toss balls through hoops, or into baskets or buckets
- Set up a low balance beam (board) to walk across
- Roll an exercise ball or hula hoop around a tree
- Put your head down on a wiffle-ball bat and spin around 3 times
- Ride tricycles for a distance
- Jump over (or in and out of) a basket or wading pool
- Fill up a bucket with a hose and carry it 10 feet without spilling
- Stomp on balloons to pop them
- Balance a broom on your hand for 5 seconds
- Hop on a bike and serpentine around cones or other markers
Once you have the course figured out, there are several ways to run the activity. You can line the kids up and let them run it individually, timing each attempt with a stopwatch and letting them try to do it faster each time. Or you can create teams and have them run it as a relay. If you have enough of the same obstacles and a lot of space, you can also set up two identical courses and race relay teams side by side. But I wouldn’t worry too much about how it’s structured, because it’s not really about who wins. The fun is in watching the crazy things kids will do to complete it. And most kids want to do it more than once, so make sure that’s part of your plan!
Here are some kids birthday invitations that could work for this fun party! Look for more kids birthday party ideas on our blog.