As you and the grad shop for graduation announcements or party invitations, here are a few helpful things you can do (at the same time) to pre-plan for the party.

Favorite Photos

Most grads these days want photo announcements or invitations to showcase those amazing senior photos they’ve had taken, and for good reason! As you’re choosing photos for the announcements, be sure to flag the photos your grad definitely wants displayed at the party. Create a folder on your device and start dragging those prized photos in there so when it comes time to print photos or order decorations, you’ve got grad-approved photos on hand!


The Decorations

You may not have the party location quite worked out yet or maybe you need to put some thought into table placement so you might not feel ready to order decorations. However, there are some decorations that will make a big visual impact and you’re guaranteed to find a great spot for them. A few of our favorites are Bunting Banners and Table Decorations. Since you’re already working with photos for the announcements, you might as well add some photo decorations to the order!


Party Supplies

Start scouting out sales early. We have sales going on rather often so you can score pretty much whatever you want for cheaper prices. The nice thing about party supplies is that it doesn’t matter how early you buy them, they’ll just hang out until you’re ready to use them. A huge customer favorite here at Pear Tree is Party Napkins. Personalized napkins are always a big hit with the guest of honor and all the guests.



We suggest always having one or two signs to help direct your party guests. Yard signs are great for indicating where the party is and they can be helpful for indicating things like where to park. Whether you make your own signs or order custom yard signs, we recommend thinking about the party signage early. That way you have plenty of time to make the signs if you’re going a DIY route or to get them ordered if you’re getting custom signs. Ordering them with your announcements is great timing.