Because you’re one of Pear Tree’s closest friends, we want to share this exclusive sneak peek behind the curtain of our design process. How does our team produce beautiful, innovative cards each and every year? We want to show you!
Our designers find inspiration in everyday moments and things, working hard to bring their visions to your hands. Creating a new format is always a challenge, but you’re only limited by your creativity. This process can take months of testing folds, cuts, and paper weights. By the time a holiday design concept for the year is finalized, the new card format will be a finished blank slate ready for artwork.Continue reading →
The traditional is new again with the runway’s take on stripes, plaids, and lattice textures. These lines are anything but boring, with their varied thickness, direction, shape, and energy. They are an accessible trend that seamlessly blends in with the season’s holiday imagery.
This year features a modern twist on the classical pattern, pairing clean lines with bold designs. Stripes are a long-standing staple both in fashion and in decor. The novelty is in how different designers give it their signature touch. In this season, it is all about direction.
Cool as an arctic breeze and sparkling like a fresh snowfall, this trend puts other colors on ice. As a bright accent, it plays nicely with grays and neutrals. That’s why it’s everywhere, including our favorite real foil Christmas cards. Winter glam may give you goosebumps, but it’s a trend for all seasons.
Shop the Trend!
No.1: Mermaid Sequin Reversible Throw Pillow, Wayfair | No.2: Floral Foil Edge Christmas Cards, Pear Tree | No. 3: Pacific Coast Lamp, Macy’s | No. 4: Illume Votive Holder in Indica Lavender, Macy’s | No. 5: Glitzy Rocks Sterling Silver Blue Topaz and CZ Stud Earrings, Overstock | No. 6: Starry Starry Night Nail Color, Macy’s | No. 7: Solid Cashmere Throw, Williams Sonoma | No. 8: Blue Tricolor Christmas Cards, Pear Tree | No. 9: Cobalt Stemware, Libbey
Winter is the ideal time to embrace cool, crisp colors that perfectly complement the briskness of the air around us. Soft blues — like the sky on a snowy afternoon — are traditional and lend a seasonal feel. This year, the fashion world brings us these familiar shades with a sharper edge. These blues are anything but basic.
These shades, which pair effortlessly with the season’s usual bold colors, are straight from the runway. Though icy like the land Santa himself calls home, these moody blues are also comforting, classic, and totally appropriate for the frightful weather outside. These thoughtful shades will make you rethink what it means to have a blue Christmas.
We hope you will find this palette as contemplative, comforting, and striking as we do. These five shades of blue are the hallmarks of our holiday collection, finding their way into many of our Christmas cards this year.
The holidays can be a very difficult time of year for those of us who have lost someone we love. When we’re surrounded by smiling faces in advertisements and calls for good cheer, an already hard experience can feel devastating.
But there are some moving ways to make our departed loved ones a part of our Christmas celebrations. An article from the Chicago Tribune offers 10 ideas for honoring those we’ve lost during the holiday season, including:
Hang a special ornament on the holiday tree to commemorate your loved one. This ornament can be something from the past which holds sentimental value or it can be a new ornament which best represents your loved one’s life.
Cook your loved one’s favorite dish and serve it during the holiday dinner.
During dinner, take turns sharing favorite memories and telling stories about your loved one. Reminiscence can be therapeutic.
Donate to your loved one’s favorite charity in lieu of a holiday gift.
Let’s be honest. As fun and joyful as the holidays can be, they are also a very busy and sometimes stressful time of year. Expectations are so high that things sometimes don’t go according to plan. And being surrounded by family means there is ample opportunity for embarrassment in front of your nearest and dearest.
Have you ever done anything foolish in front of your loved ones? These women sure have! Below are five funny stories about mishaps and a little mayhem at Christmas time.
You’re not a regular grandma, you’re a cool grandma, from your adventurous spirit to your fearless sense of style. No one will ever catch you with your knitting in a rocking chair. And going to bed at 8:30? Not a chance!
You may not be a cookie-baking grandmother, but your energy and zest for life are what your family adores about you. Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, and those digits aren’t slowing you down!
This Christmas, take time to honor and celebrate with all the various people who make up your family. From the bunco gals to the bridge club, your village is not bound by blood. It is composed of the many people around you who make you feel strong, capable, and — above all — loved.
From the sandy beaches of San Diego to the vineyards of Mendocino, California is one of the most geographically diverse states in the union. One thing the north to the south has in common is sunny Decembers. Californians know that Christmas is a great time of year to make a sandcastle rather than a snowman.
While Christmas by the beach may sound strange to most Americans, Best Coasters aren’t fazed a lick. As the song goes:
Holiday fun, good cheer It’s Christmas time again In California
Show off your home state pride with trifold (or four-fold!) Christmas cards featuring your beachy keen photos. Pear Tree has just the Christmas card ideas you need to share that California love. All our templates are easy to customize, impeccably designed, and priced to fit your budget.
Christmas is such an exciting time of year to welcome a new addition to the family. The season is already full of magic and family togetherness, and adding a new little bundle is the perfect present. (It doesn’t hurt that winter is undoubtedly the most comfortable time to rock a nine-month belly.)
At Pear Tree, we are inspired by all the fun ways different cultures around the world celebrate the arrival of new babies. One of our favorites is the Netherlands — the Dutch know how to announce a new arrival! My sister, my best friend of almost 20 years is Dutch and we met while she was studying abroad in the United States. She recently had a baby boy and I had the wonderful opportunity to go meet my nephew!
Dutch families love to send Geboortekaartje, or birth cards, to let everyone know how their family is growing. I love, love, love this tradition and do it in my own house as well. It’s just a way to bring out the happiness and joy, but it doesn’t require a mantel!
For winter babies, Christmas cards are a great way to announce the birth of a new family member. Pear Tree offers a fun array of Christmas card ideas to help you spread the good news! Our beautiful Christmas birth announcements have room for all the details you want everyone to know, just like the traditional Dutch cards.
Christmas style is about so much more than holly red and pine green. This year, the fashion world is showing us sophisticated ways to bring the runway into our own homes with elegant colors and textures.
Colors and shades from the natural world are key this year. Soft lilac greys, warm neutrals, and seasonal reds and greens are everywhere, including here at Pear Tree. These colors are both traditional and evocative, familiar and a little daring.
Natural colors are far from boring. They are grounding, calming, and ethereal. In the case of bold reds and greens, they are also invigorating and full of the warmth we strive to capture every year at Christmas.