4th of July Party Ideas: Vintage Celebration

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

Like many Minnesotans, we enjoy spending our weekends up north at our cabin. With the sun shining and the lake in the background, this became the perfect location for my Fourth of July party.

I decided on Pear Tree Greetings’ Sparkle in the Sky 4th of July Party Invitations. Their patriotic red, white and blue color scheme became the inspiration for the décor and many of my 4th of July party ideas.
4th of July Party Invitations -- Sparkle in the Sky
My backdrop consisted of a leftover pallet, which I transformed into an American flag by using spray paint. This is a great craft project in which the kids can be included as well! My nieces helped paint the stars onto the American Flag pallet and had a blast doing it. Our cabin also has many antiques, which I was able to include within the décor. An old lantern, mason jars, Coca-cola glasses and wooden sewing organizer added the vintage touches that were needed.
4th of July Party Ideas
Keeping with the traditional theme, we served “Juicy Lucy” burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon and baked beans. The burgers were placed in individual wooden brown baskets lined with a colorful napkin. Corn on the cob was displayed on a bright white serving tray using leftover skewers, which can be found at any local grocery store.
4th of July Party Ideas
Pear Tree Greetings also provided an exclusive 4th of July printable, which included food tent labels, mini tooth pick flags, cupcake toppers and a party banner. These are the little details that really make a party come together. While it is great to use them for their intended purposes, I decided to utilize them in different ways. Continue reading

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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Rainbow Breakfast Surprise Party by See Vanessa Craft

Who doesn’t love a surprise birthday party?! How about one in the morning? Read below for fun breakfast party ideas as one of our Pearistas, See Vanessa Craft, throws her friend a surprise breakfast birthday!

From Vanessa (her bio below):
I recently hosted a surprise birthday party, rainbow style, for my dear friend Nicole of Petal Wishes. There are those people in the world that are just so giving and happily (and tirelessly) do so much for everyone else, without looking for any sort of payback or recognition. They are the people you can count on for just about anything and they usually offer before you even have to ask. Nicole is definitely one of those rare friends and I’m so grateful to have her in my life and my family’s life. Nicole, like me, loves a good party (check out the cowgirl party she planned) and I thought a surprise party would be the perfect opportunity to show her how appreciated she is by all of her friends. I think it worked because she was teary eyed the entire time, causing this hormonal pregnant lady to be teary eyed the entire time as well!

The entire party was inspired by Pear Tree Greeting’s Color Stream Retro Party Invitations. How adorable are these modern invitations?! They’d work for just about any type of party – birthday party, baby shower, bbq, etc. I love how easy it is to modify colors and wording on the Pear Tree Greetings site to create the perfect invite! I took the rainbow theme of the invitation and ran with it. Lauren Haddox Design created the rest of the rainbow party printables used throughout the party (isn’t she amazing?!).

I had guests arrive 30 minutes early and gave Nicole’s hubby the task of keeping her at home until she was scheduled to arrive. Not an easy task when the birthday girl was texting me that morning asking me if I needed her to arrive early to help set up for what I told her was a party for my blog. She was slightly early, despite her hubby’s efforts to delay her, but it all worked out and we pulled off the surprise. Guests enjoyed breakfast foods, a cereal bar and were entertained by a photo booth. The littlest guests colored rainbow coloring pages and played with bubbles at this outdoor party.

The main centerpiece of this morning party was the cereal bar. I filled big glass containers with everyone’s favorite cereals, including Lucky Charms and Fruit Loops to match the rainbow theme. I included strawberry, mini marshmallow, chocolate chip, banana, and raisin mix ins for guests to add to their cereal. Shamrock Farms so kindly sent their on-the-go mmmmilk jugs for guests to enjoy. I also used Shamrock Farms milk for the little donut shooters I passed around the party, which were a huge hit! Who can say no to cute little donuts and milk in shot glasses?! We also had full sized donuts, fruit, mini chocolate chip muffins, a coffee station and OJ on the menu.

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30th Birthday Bash – Beer Tasting Party Ideas

Guest post by Molly Suedbeck from Suburban Events (Read her bio below.)

My husband was turning 30 years old and I wanted to do something a little different than our annual BBQ with friends and family. One of Jeff’s hobbies is brewing his own beer, so I came up with the idea of a beer tasting party! Guests were mailed The Big 3-0 Birthday Party Invitations (sample shown below) and were asked to bring a 6-pack of chilled specialty beer within particular categories that the birthday boy prefers.
30th Birthday Party Invitations -- The Big 3-0
Beer Tasting Party Ideas
The menu consisted of your standard and yummy bar food. Most of my best beer tasting party ideas involved creative ways to display it. I used brown kraft bags to hold the soft pretzel bites, and mini clothespins to close the bags and add some detail. Another great tip is to use small chalk board signs to indicate different dips or food. I’ve found that guests love this because they don’t have to ask you what everything is. Using an apothecary jar, I filled up peanuts and added a pop of color with the bright red popcorn boxes. The best thing you can do when planning a party is utilize all the space you have available (including the drawers)! Of course the table wouldn’t be complete without a great sign and a beer growler filled with wheat stalks.
Beer Tasting Party Ideas
Beer Tasting Party Ideas
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Theme Party Ideas: Movie Night!

Everyone loves a movie night, but this Movie Party Theme by celebrations.com shows you how to make a party out of it. With cable, satellite and Netflix available to practically everyone, it almost doesn’t matter what movie you choose. The fun part is re-creating the theater experience in home, from the ticket (invitation) to the movie-theater treats!
Movie Night Invitations -- Admit One
These movie night theme party ideas all start with a ticket. Pear Tree’s Admit One Movie Night Party Invitations with their clipped corners and striped backs are vintage-movie-theater perfect! They even have matching address labels. From there, it’s really all about serving the right nostalgic movie-theater treats.
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