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Kids birthday invitationsCalle, the birthday girl, had her heart set on a gumball party for about a year– ever since her last birthday, in fact. “After each of her parties she declares what the next party theme is going to be,” says Calle’s mom, Sue. “Usually she never sways, and it stays that way for an entire year.” That excitement is one of the things she loves about her daughter. And coming up with birthday party ideas together makes it more fun.

“I love planning parties, and we always seem to have themes that are not the easiest. Last year she wanted a ski themed party and I ended up having to make the invitations myself. So this year she wanted gumballs. I did a Google search and Pear Tree was one of the only sites to have a gumball machine kids birthday invitations that I could personalize. The price point was spot on as well, for what I wanted to spend.” We like how she added even more personality to the birthday invitations by calling the party, “Calle’s 8th Birthday Blow Out,” with the RSVP on the back, “Will you be popping over?”

It’s obvious that Sue loves to go big on birthday party ideas when you hear what she has planned. “We are giving away mini gumball machines as the favors. I’m making a 3-dimensional gumball machine cake, along with gumball machine cake pops that will be sitting in mason jars filled with gumballs. I also found fabric that has gumballs all over it that I will make into tablecloths. I am still working out the other logistics, but that is where I have gotten thus far.”

We hope everyone (including Mom) has a blast at Calle’s party. Please send us pictures–especially of that cake! We’d love to share them. Keep reading our blog for more kids birthday party ideas, or browse our collection of kids birthday invitations for ideas!

Calling All Superheroes!

We asked our Facebook fans to come up with a name for this awesome new kids birthday invitation and they rocked it! The winning entry is “Calling All Superheroes” by Miranda Morrison de Jreige.

As the winner of our Name This Card Contest, Miranda gets $50 to spend on anything at peartreegreetings.com. She says she is “super” excited! We hope she has a birthday in the family because our kids’ birthday invitations are pretty amazing this year!Calling All Superheroes!

Plan a Classroom Potluck

Kindergarten PotluckSeveral of us, here at Pear Tree, have spent time volunteering at our kids’ schools, whether in the classroom or as a member of our parent teacher organization. One of the most demanding but rewarding jobs is that of the room parent, in charge of organizing volunteers and coming up with classroom party ideas. Having been a room parent for several years in my boys’ classrooms, I learned that the key to having a smooth year is to get the other parents in the classroom committed to helping you early and often.

At our school, one of the best ways to make this happen was to host a beginning-of-the-year potluck. Both parents and kids should be invited–here we’ve shown a kids birthday invitation, re-purposed for a potluck get-together. The potluck can be held at the school or at a parent’s house, inside or outside, even a nearby park, if picnic tables are available and the weather cooperates. All you need are a few tables and chairs, and everyone brings their favorite dish to share (or you can assign them).

Name tags are essential, to help parents and teachers put names to faces. The teacher is always grateful for the opportunity to meet families in a casual setting. As the room parent, this was my chance to enlist helpers for all of the various classroom needs and events planned throughout the year. I typed all the volunteer opportunities on a sign-up sheet, and had it prominently displayed at the potluck. And I always went home with every position filled. A little peer pressure goes a long way, when parents see others helping out. But more importantly, classroom party ideas like this potluck fostered a spirit of camaraderie that carried throughout the school year. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the year and get parents involved, send out the party invitations, bring a sign-up sheet and go, girl!

For more fun kids ideas, keep reading our blog. Or shop now for party invitations that will get your classroom parties off on the right foot.

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