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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.

Holiday parties are some of the best parties of the year! And everyone loves a great holiday party theme, especially when it’s as simple as A Holiday Plaid Party. Easy, fun and affordable—all you need are the right invites and ideas. Lucky for you, we’ve got both!

holiday plaid party ideas

Up First: Invite
Let everyone know there is definitely a dress code for this holiday party and it’s PLAID! The Plaid Party Holiday Invitations tell friends and family exactly what they need to wear not to mention they’ll be super excited to get some legit party invitations in the mail. These invites come with the classic black and red plaid shown but you can customize the wording to note that any and all colors of plaid are welcome. We’ve got lots of holiday party invitations, so if plaid isn’t your top choice then be sure to check out some others.

Next: Activities
A holiday party needs at least one fun activity to keep people energized and mingling. Does drinking count? Yes, probably. So does eating for that matter but we like to get creative here at Pear Tree. Try setting up a selfie station somewhere in your home with a fun backdrop and maybe even a few props. You could do some cookie decorating with ready-made cookies. You could set up a fondue bar for some light eating. You could also set out voting jars for best plaid ensemble. We bet you can think of a great prize for the winner!

Finally: Drinks!
Somehow drinks and plaid just go together, right? We thought so! We love the idea of getting some custom wine bottle labels and dressing up your wine selection like shown. Or get out the crock-pot and prep some hot drinks perfect for the frightfully cold weather that’s sure to come. Grab a mulling spices packet from your local grocery store and place that in a crockpot of cider, which you can jazz up with your spirit of choice. You can also place mulling spices in a crock-pot (or use the stove) of red wine for mulled wine. Simply delish and very festive.

Photo Credits: Ladies in Red Hats: via Crowley Party, Cookies: Sweet Sugarbelle, The Country Chic Cottage, Wine Labels: Etsy



Woodland-themed baby showers are sweet, whimsical and filled with possibilities! Who doesn’t love furry little forest creatures and nature-inspired details? We’ve gathered a few of our favorite ideas to show you in this Woodland Inspiration Board.

Up First: Invite
Start the celebration with an invitation as sweet as your shower theme! Take your time shopping baby shower invitations to find just the right style for the mommy-to-be and your party. Our favorite for a Woodland Baby Shower is the Fox Fun Baby Shower Invitation. The fox and baby illustration is simply the CUTEST and the crest brings a trendy element of greenery. Plus, you can use both sides of this invitation — shower details on the front and registry info on the back.

Next: Decorations
Incorporating some woodgrain details is kind of a given, right? Simple touches like the woodgrain drink tags and bottle labels are perfect for adding color and cuteness. The wood cutting board shown is a great example of repurposing some kitchen items for the party. We also loved the idea of bringing some forest friends into the mix. You could do this with adorable cutouts like shown or gather stuffed animals for decoration. You can buy new, borrow from people or purchase used at thrift stores.

And Finally: Food for Foraging!
We really liked the idea of tying food into the woodland baby shower theme with some clever sayings or quotes. The tin pales shown with writing in chalk are perfect for setting food out so guests can graze. The fox cupcakes shown would be fairly simple to make and it’s always fun to carry a design element from the invitation into the actual shower.

Photo Credits
Diaper Cake: Etsy; Cupcakes: Wilton, Drinks: Krown Kreations, Snacks: The DIY Lighthouse

The graduation party is just around the corner and even though you have grand ideas of recreating every Pinterest project you’ve ever posted, chances are time is not going to be your friend. Pear Tree has easy and stylish graduation decorations perfect for the last-minute planner. Take a look through these grad-tastic looks and grab the decorations you think will fit your party.

Keeping it Simple
Lose all the colors, skip the bling and go with a classic black and white theme to honor your graduate. A black and white guest book photo print is ultra stylish and a pop of gold foil here and there will keep party guests guessing. Grab some graduation party napkins to give the space a personalized touch and make sure to hang a pennant banner or two for impact. All are super easy options, and you can feel confident they’ll look fantastic!

Easy Grad Décor: Keeping it Simple

School Pride
A spotlight on school colors will create a fun and festive atmosphere for your grad’s party. We like the idea of a photo pennant banner and a guest book photo print to highlight the grad and get party guests involved. Napkins and cupcake flags in school colors will jazz up the food and dessert tables. See how effortless paying attention to the details can be? A quick order through Pear Tree and you’re done!

Easy Grad Décor: School Pride

Sparkle and Shine
Some graduates were born to shine! The shimmering gold foil in this black and white color scheme will give them a show-stopping party look. A black and white striped pennant banner with your grad’s photo becomes a sharp introduction, and a simple guest book photo print in black with gold foil type looks amazing when signed by classmates. Place pops of gold wherever you like with graduation napkins and cupcake flags for a little something special.Easy Grad Décor: Sparkle and Shine

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Keeping it Simple: Vintage Year Guest Book Print, Striped Success Cupcake Flags, Striped Success Grad Banner, Gold Foil Stamped Year Luncheon Napkins

Some graduates aren’t interested in giant celebrations or elaborate invitations. Keep it simple with announcements that reflect the grad and his/her accomplishment without going overboard with design or color. The best part is that simple graduation announcements and party invitations are very affordable. The grad’s minimalist style might just save Mom and Dad a little money!

Grad Inspo: Minimalist

Color Block Graduation Announcements – Check out these custom trifold graduation announcements which make it easy to create a look that’s all your own.

Kraft Collage Graduation Announcements – These custom photo announcements become a true keepsake with room for ten photos, graduation details, a kraft paper background and faux foil accents.

Love that photo! Graduation Announcements – Have a great horizontal photo that you love? That’s all you need to create these ultra easy graduation announcements!

Photo Paper Lineup Graduation Announcements – Take your three best shots and line them up across the top of these photo paper graduation announcements for a look friends and family will treasure.

Graduation celebrates both honored traditions as well as new beginnings, which is why gold is the perfect foil color for graduates who want their graduation announcements to be a mix of both.Trending: GOLD

Gold foil is a real knockout! Foil graduation announcements are a great option for standing out in a crowd and sharing your unique sense of style. Check out these star designs from Pear Tree and see what fits your grad the best.

Follow the Script Graduation Announcements – Multiple photos with flowing gold foil script announces your class year and grad status in style.

Diamonds Graduation Announcements – Gold foil-stamped diamonds give these photo graduation announcements and invitations a dramatic look befitting your big news.

My Big Year Graduation Announcements – These announcements are filled with special touches, starting with the sparkling gold foil year stamped on the front!

Favorite Photo Graduation Announcements – Let your personality shine! These grad announcements feature a glimmering gold stamp on the front announcing your status as an official graduate.

A competitive spirit and pure ambition have made the graduate a force to be reckoned with in school and on the playing field. Pretty soon that force will be taking on the world but first, a celebration of the time and effort they’ve put in to get to this moment.

Varsity-themed graduation announcements honor the student and the athlete. A variety of designs means the graduate can choose the style that fits his/her personality best and shows pride in the sport they love.

Photo Lineup Graduation Announcements – three snapshots of the grad lined up above the graduation details on a solid colored background. Simple, stylish, perfect.

Patchwork of Photos Graduation Announcements– one or two photos just isn’t enough to show the graduate’s pride. A collage of photos? Now that’s how you make a statement.

Future on the Line Graduation Announcements – Show your individuality and your love for the game with this banner-style announcement featuring four photos and your customization.

Stand out from the bold school colors we all associate with graduation and choose something a little brighter and much more charming!

Grad Inspo: Pastels

Pastel graduation announcements are incredibly pretty and gaining in popularity. Imagine your favorite graduation photos framed in pink, blue or purple. Add a touch of design to the equation and you’ve got a great answer to your burning question: do I have to do what everybody else is doing?

Gold Sequins Graduation Announcements – Strands of gold colored faux-foil sequins are strung across your photos on these custom announcements, adding a little faux bling to your event.

Color Block Graduation Announcements – Creating a custom look that’s all your own is easy with one big photo on the front and eight smaller photos on the back, plus plenty of personalized text and colors.

Diamonds Graduation Announcements – Gold foil-stamped diamonds give these announcements a dramatic look befitting your big news.

Shop all graduation announcements at Pear Tree to find the perfect style for any graduate. You’ll multi-photo layouts, real foil designs, unique folds and so much more.

A little prep work can go a long way! Shop for your grad party ahead of time and pick out graduation party decorations you think will make a big impact. Wondering what kinds of decorations will make an impact? Photo decorations and personalized decorations, for sure. Here are our Top 4 Picks, perfect for any grad:

Style Your Grad Party in Just One Hour

Graduation Bunting Banners – Bunting banners are awesome for jazzing up any space. They’re super light and easy to hang, plus they’re available with or without photos. Oh, and don’t just stop at one banner. Pick out a few different messages like the graduation year with photos and a “congrats” banner. You can hang them anywhere like one at the entrance and one at the dessert table.

Graduation Party Napkins – Personalized napkins are that clever little surprise that nobody expects but everybody loves! The best part is, they’re actually a very affordable way to make a big style statement. Not interested in personalized napkins? No problem. Choose party napkins that match the school colors and feature shimmering foil lettering for an even better price. Take a look and see what fits your grad’s style best.

Graduation Table Decorations – Decorating the tables can be tricky. You don’t want to go over the top but you certainly can’t leave them plain either. Custom table decorations from Pear Tree will add an interesting element to your party tables while staying perfectly tasteful. All you have to do is find the perfect colors, add the right photos, some personalization and your job is pretty much done.

Graduation Party Cupcake Flags – Dessert deserves a little love and attention, too. Cupcake flags are super easy to personalize. Add them to tooth picks and place them in your cupcakes, attach them to straws for serving with beverages or display them in whatever creative way you can think of because these are the details that get noticed!

Shopping online is your best bet for finding great photo decorations and personalized items that will look great at the party. Shop Pear Tree for high-quality, super stylish items you and the graduate will be excited to display. Of course, shopping online means you get to do it on your own time—chances are you don’t have a lot of time to spare these days.

You want classic but you also want a little bit of personal style. We are LOVING photo graduation announcements with the classic look of laurel branches personalized with your choice of fonts and font layouts. You can get that fun and funky look you want with your wording while giving a nod to tradition! Not to mention you can choose an announcement that features your favorite graduation photo or several of your favorites. Shop the collection and find the perfect fit.

Grad Inspo: Classic

Announcements Shown: Rest on Your Laurels Announcement, Hand Lettered Announcement, Chalkboard Laurels Announcement