Family Christmas Ideas: 10 ways to make the most of the season

Make the most of the moment and create new traditions this season. Here are 10 of our favorite family Christmas ideas to help make the most of the holidays.

1.  Lift your spirits by being active. Family Christmas ideas usually involve delicious (but not-always-healthy) treats. Stay active with your entire family by having a classic snowball fight, visiting you local ice rink, or doing a little cross country skiing. You’re kids will love trying something new this season!
Family Christmas Ideas

2.  Send a holiday card (or New Year’s card, if you prefer). Not only will you spread cheer to friends and family, but your kids will love helping you stuff & stamp them!

3.  Put your Christmas cards on display. There’s no better way to decorate your house for the holidays than with your friends and family’s seasonal photos. Check out some of our Christmas card display ideas on Pinterest and have your family help create a unique card display.
Family Christmas Ideas

4.  Find the best Christmas lights ever. Hop in the car and hunt for the best Christmas light display. Your child’s face will light up when you find the most decked-out house in town!

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Mood Board: Black & White

Taking a cue from the black-and-white patterns we love while entertaining, we added a stylish selection of cards and gifts to our Holiday 2015 collection. Mix herringbone, polka dots and stripes with decorative chalkboard. Then showcase the classic colors as you host family and friends this holiday season.

Celebrate the season with patterned twists on this classic two-tone palette.

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No. 1: Be Jolly Holiday Photo Cards, Pear Tree Greetings | No. 2: Le Pavillion Apron, Kate Spade New York | No. 3: Figuier Candle, Diptyque | No. 4: Black Striped Paper Straws, Pear Tree Greetings | No. 5: Black and White Bargello Monogrammed Initials Tray, Jonathan Adler | No. 6: Little Things Wall Art, Pear Tree Greetings | No. 7: Herringbone Custom Paper Placemats with Circle, Red Stamp | No. 8: Xbase Pouf, CB2 | No. 9: Raise a Glass Tidbit Plates, Kate Spade New York

Shop the entire Holiday 2015 card collection here.

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How To Make Snow Globe Christmas Cookies

Snow Globe Christmas cookies
Don’t we all love shaking a snow globe and watching the snow fall? I know I do! This is one of my favorite Christmas cookies and one of the easiest to make! See my favorite sugar cookie recipe below.

Once your cookies are cooled down you can mix up your frosting. I only used white and blue, but if you wanted to add yellow stars or more details on the snowman, you can. I used Wilton’s tips #3 and #10 and if you want to add some sparkle, you can use some sugar sprinkles.

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How To Make Snowflake Christmas Cookies

Snowflake Christmas cookies
Need something quick and easy? These snowflake Christmas cookies are just what you need! They are dainty and adorable, but only require a semi-steady hand! See my favorite sugar cookie recipe below.

These cookies are only about 3 inches in diameter, but you could easily make them any size. Also, no need to color any frosting, a simple white frosting is perfect. All you need is a piping bag and a small circle tip. I used Wilton’s #3.

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How To Make Poinsettia Christmas Cookies

Poinsettia Christmas Cookies
I remember growing up and my mom would always have a Poinsettia plant (or two) in the house at Christmas time. I love going to the floral shops and looking at all of the different shades of Poinsettias, especially the ones that shimmer! So, these Poinsettia Christmas cookies are a little piece of nostalgia for me.

Let’s get right into the tutorial. I start with sugar cookies that are about 4 inches in diameter. (See cookie recipe below.) Once they have cooled down, mix up red, green and yellow frosting using your favorite food coloring. I then used Wilton tips #366 (large leaf tip) and #3 (small circle).

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3 Christmas Party Ideas with Easy Decorations

Choosing your holiday party invitations is the key to setting the right tone for your party, whether you’re looking for formal Christmas party ideas or planning a casual New Year’s get-together. Our new holiday party invitations and matching holiday party decorations give you a range of styles to choose from, depending on your holiday party ideas.

Festive Gold Faux-Foil
Perfect for a formal affair, our Festive Gold Faux Foil Holiday Party Invitations and matching decorations give you a theme that you can dress up to be as elegant as you like! Matching gift tags, napkins, table decor and table cards all tie into the theme and add sparkle wherever they’re used.
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4th of July Party Ideas

It’s like you can you smell the charcoal burning already. The 4th of July will be here before you know it and we wanted to share with you some of our favorite 4th of July party ideas that you could incorporate into this year’s gathering.

Start with a bright and colorful party invitation to set the mood and excitement for your guests. Pear Tree has a variety of party invitations for that work perfect for the 4th of July. And, remember, you can change colors on lots of our invites to be red, white and blue, just look for the color wheel next to the product image.
Here are some of @peartreegreet favorite 4th of July party ideas! #4thofJuly #partyideas #4thofJulyinvitations Here are some of @peartreegreet favorite 4th of July party ideas! #4thofJuly #partyideas #4thofJulyinvitations
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There are lots of festive 4th of July party decoration ideas. These are some of our favorites that are pretty simple for you to do, but add the perfect touch! You can learn more about these ideas by reading: Vintage Celebration and Picnic by the Lake or download our free 4th of July party printables!Here are some of @peartreegreet favorite 4th of July party ideas! #4thofJuly #partyideas #4thofJulyprintable Here are some of @peartreegreet favorite 4th of July party ideas! #4thofJuly #partyideas #4thofJulyprintable Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is Monday and so Pear Tree decided to have a St. Patrick’s Day themed treat day in the office. All the food was delicious and it was fun coming up with the ideas.

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas - Rainbow Bright #peartreegreetingsKelsey made the rainbow fruit tray with a cloud (fruit dip) and a pot of gold coins (Rolos) at the end of it. Colorful, fun and tasty!

St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas #peartreegreetingsOn the left is the always-necessary-at-any-treat-day guacamole from David and on the right is a green salad with bacon bits from Christy. Perfecto.

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Three Awesome Kids Christmas Party Ideas

Looking for kids Christmas party ideas that don’t involve Santa or gifts? Here are three party ideas that will keep little hands busy.

Cookie baking or decorating party
Three Awesome Kids Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas baking is a lot more fun when you have a lot of hands helping. Why not invite your kids’ friends over for a party to help? They can help decorate gingerbread houses or cut-out cookies that you bake ahead of time, such as gingerbread or sugar cookie cut-outs. Or you can have a cookie baking party and let the kids help you make any kind of cookies you like!

Our Gleeful Gingerbread Kids Christmas Party Invitations or our Gingerbread Lane Kids Christmas Party Invitations are the perfect choice for this Christmas party idea!

Before the party begins, have all of your ingredients whether for baking or decorating ready to go, and set up several stations with supplies so the kids each have a place to work. Things may get messy when the kids dig in to help, but that’s half the fun. And, of course, each guest gets to take home a sampling of cookies.

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3 Christmas Party Ideas

We have put together 3 of our most popular Christmas party ideas. These themes can be really fun for both guests and hosts. Let us know which is your favorite or what type of themed party you are hosting this year by commenting below.

1. Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Idea
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Ideas
Use our Particular Pattern Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Invitations to set the stage for this party. Overuse the colors red and green and make sure you have lots of old patterns and fabric throughout the party to reinforce that ugly sweater theme. This is a delightfully tacky party that everyone enjoys. You can even have a contest for people to vote on the ugliest sweater. See more ugly sweater Christmas party ideas on our Pinterest board.
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