Category: Kids Ideas

These kids ideas will help you with birthday parties, activities, photo ideas, and more!

Valentine’s Day is drawing near and we’re feeling the love! Here at Pear Tree, we collectively have, well, many school-age children and we cannot wait to personalize our newest Valentine Classroom Cards for our own little sweethearts. We hope you and yours will adore them too!

  1. Magical Unicorn Valentine
    The unicorn-obsession is holding strong and this mini card is bursting with rainbow love and wishes for a magical day. Bonus points if you have a photo of your child sporting a unicorn-themed outfit to add to the backside!


  1. XOXO Valentine
    Say it simply and sweetly with and little X and O style. The mauve, blush, rose, red and palette on this Valentine Card compliment your mini cupid oh-so-adrorably!


  1. Photo Friend Bookmark Valentine
    Fit for a bookworm, this bookmark Valentine pulls double-duty and will be used long after the 14th! Change the colors and message to suit your Valentine’s style.


  1. Out of This World
    Friends will love this Valentine to infinity and beyond! Spaced-themed, with room for a photo and personalized message, this design will rocket its way into your little one’s heart.


  1. XOXO – Valentine Glowstick Holders
    These are going to be such a hit with classmates! Literally glowing with style, these glow stick holder Valentines feature a photo of your child and pre-cut holes for a glow stick.


  1. Happy Heart Day
    Valentine’s Day is all about love and friendship! Deliver a message the exudes both with this classic little style. You can even update the colors to match the photo for a custom-cutie!


  1. Llama Fun Valentine
    It’s all about llamas, llamas, llamas! Tell their friend they’re a llama-fun with a bright and cheery Valentine card.

Hey, sport fans! If you have a little one that loves all things football, this birthday party theme is going to score a touchdown. It’s easier than you think to pull off a picture-perfect party full of fun details. Are you ready to start planning? Hut, hut, hike! Let’s go!

Kick Off!
Start the celebration in style that leaves no doubt – this party is all about football! This Football Draft Birthday Party Invitation lets guests know they’ve been drafted and better be ready to party and play. A photo of your footballer makes this invite extra cute and all the text can be updated. Get creative with clever wording and update the colors to coordinate with their favorite team.

Add Football Flair
Football birthday party decorations can be as elaborate or simple as you decide to make them. A few simple signs and DIY touches can come together to create an atmosphere that feels custom, but comes together with ease. This personalized tailgate menu is absolutely adorable and affordable! It’s cute enough to be used as room décor after the party too. Create a football-themed buffet table with a few easy finds: cheap artificial grass can be purchased at any home improvement store and makes the cutest tablecloth or runner. Next, hop over to the thrift store and grab a couple football helmets. Spray paint them in your party colors for instant custom décor on the cheap.

Tackle the Cake
Yup, this party calls for a football cake! If you think you need to hire a professional baker to create the cake featured in our inspiration board, think again. Check out this super simple recipe with directions on how to create a football-shaped cake using round cake pans.

Photo Credits:
Food Table: Etsy, Football Shirt: Purple Elephant, Cake: Delish, Waterbreak: evite, Favor Bags: Candi O Designs, Game Face: The Sway

Your baby is growing up and WAY too fast! All you want is to make every birthday special but tweens are at a tricky stage, right? They still want a party, just not a “kids” birthday party! So move over balloons and cartoons—make way for the more sophisticated tween party theme.

  1. Photography

The Invitation: Perfectly Aged Birthday Party Invitation

When you click on this invitation, you’ll notice an entirely different vibe but you can do so much with this invitation! We customized it by changing up the colors and photos plus the wording on the back.

The Tween Scene: A photography birthday party theme hits all the right criteria! A special birthday photo shoot, possibly a selfie station with props at the party. Maybe they’re an aspiring photographer and the party is all about their hobby! However you spin it, this theme is a snap to pull off.


  1. Sleepover

The Invitation: Slumber Party Birthday Party Invitation

Stylish design with a whimsical twist, these slumber party invitations are lit with stars and all the important details guests need to know for a classic sleepover.

The Tween Scene: Tweens are at the perfect age to still appreciate a slumber party but they can play an big role in making it AWESOME. Let them theme the party around something they love. Movie marathon, board games, dinner party or a junior chef-style cook-off!


  1. Art

The Invitation: Colorful Paint Tray Kids Birthday Invitations

Anyone who loves art will love these birthday party invitations. The watercolor palette is classic, colorful and clever. Customize it with your tween’s party details and color guests impressed!

The Tween Scene: A passion for art is something to celebrate! An art party, whether it’s painting signs, glazing pottery or shooting paintballs on canvas, is designed to be interactive and you can bet everyone is going to love every minute of it.


  1. Camping

The Invitation: Let’s Go Camping Birthday Party Invitation

Set the scene for what is sure to be a great adventure with these camping birthday party invitations featuring a modern illustration of camping under the stars.

The Tween Scene: The best part about a camping birthday party is your tween will love being a part of the planning. They can choose their favorite park, the campfire meals/desserts and activities like hiking, canoeing and zip lining. Sounds awesome! Can we be invited?


  1. Softball/Baseball

The Invitation: Run the Bases Birthday Party Invitation

Perfectly themed and customized, your tween is going to love seeing these baseball birthday party invitations personalized with name, number and all the party details on the back.

The Tween Scene: Playing ball may be the one thing they love most in this world, which is an excellent reason to theme an entire birthday around the sport! Take it outdoors and host a game + picnic or take the entire group to a professional or semi-professional game.

A magical birthday party awaits but you have yet to figure out exactly what it looks like. We can help! Take a look at this Birthday Inspo with some unicorn birthday party ideas we absolutely love. Take these ideas and make them your own plus we’ve highlighted a few products you might just want for your kiddo’s celebration.

Up First: Invite

Let all the future party goers know right away what a magical celebration this will be with unicorn birthday party invitations that capture the color and charm of this mythical creature. The Magical Birthday Party Invitation is a great choice for any unicorn birthday party because you get to choose the background color as well as fonts and colors for all the wording. Just imagine how excited your little one will be sending out these personalized unicorn party invites. Not your favorite? Check out all kids birthday party invitations.

Next: Decorations and Favors

Lots of color and lots of shimmer make the unicorn birthday party theme so much fun! We ADORE the dessert table shown here with oversized unicorn balloons and other helium balloons in varying sizes and coordinating colors. Not only do the balloons look amazing (and are very affordable decorations), the dessert presentation is exceptionally adorable with white cake stands in varying heights and a variety of small desserts in coordinating colors. Also, we’re always on board with party favors, and the simple white unicorn stuffed animals are a great idea that doesn’t revolve around the usual sweets and treats.

And Of Course: Dessert

We already covered the amazing dessert table but there are so many different ideas out there for unicorn desserts! The sprinkle filled unicorn cake is a fun idea but we also appreciate the through of not putting all your cookies in one basket, so to speak. Why not create a few different desserts to showcase a variety of designs and also satisfy a variety of tastes, especially with kiddos who can be a little picky about what they like.

BONUS! This little girl. We just. can’t. even. Her vibrantly colored dress with Cinderella poof, satin flowers and matching headpiece with unicorn horn is just a dream come true for her and that very lucky photographer! Check out the many unicorn dress options on Etsy.


Photo Credits: Dessert Table: Momo Party, Cake: Campfire Marshmallows, Tutu Dress: Etsy, Unicorn Favors: Jelly Cat via Kara’s Party Ideas

Can you think of a better way to celebrate Baby’s first year? We can’t! Check out these ideas for throwing a “Wild One” first birthday party in style.

Up First: Invite

When we decided to add first year birthday party invitations awhile back, we could not have guessed how CUTE they were going to be. The Wild One Invitations are right at the top of our all-time favorites list for two reasons: 1. they’re modern and chic while still being darned cute! 2. the “Wild One” theme is just adorable and can really inspire a great party. We also love how this invitation takes the theme in a more natural direction, which is how we styled the birthday party as a whole.

Next: Decorations

Inspired by the black and white invitation (you can change the colors) as well as the arrow design, we went with a black and white color scheme and natural wood accents. The arrow garland is a crafty touch that adds contemporary style. You can find accent banners on Pear Tree that work great for calling attention to specific areas like the dessert table or a guest book table. And because that first year is a wild ride, we love the idea of creating a display of photos that captures the first year.

And Of Course: Dessert

Simple but cute is the name of the game for the dessert we chose to highlight in this birthday party style story. These classic sugar cookies stick with the black and white color scheme and they incorporate the “Wild One” party theme beautifully complete with arrow accents. Imagine these cookies on a perfectly decorated dessert table like the one shown above and you’re well on your way to creating a birthday party [almost] as memorable as the little one you’re celebrating.


Photo Credits: Cookies: JJ’s Sweet Treats, Photo Display: The Chirping Moms via Jordan & Co Blog, Onesie: Sugar Babies, Backdrop: A Cotton Kandi Life

Girls birthday party ideas: Unicorn themed
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Girls birthday party ideas
We couldn’t believe it when we saw our Magic Unicorn Mask Birthday Invitations tagged on Instagram as part of this amazing unicorn party. We contacted the creative mom, Adrea, to see more of her fabulous girls’ birthday party ideas and ask how the party turned out. She told us all about it.

“We first found your gorgeous invitations at Pear Tree Greetings and became very excited about our theme!  My mother ordered Hadley, the adorable unicorn set from The Land of Nod, that quickly became our color inspiration for her birthday party. We made unicorn-shaped sugar cookies and I hand-cut tissue paper tassels to create a tassel balloon and tassel honeycomb tissue balls (honeycomb balls from Shop Sweet Lulu).
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“I gathered so many fabulous ideas from The Alison Show. Alison threw a unicorn fourth birthday party for her daughter, and every detail was perfect. I shamelessly incorporated so many of her ideas for Hadley’s party. 🙂

“Tables that were originally planned for outside dining were moved inside our garage due to a downpour. My sister purchased craft paper to use as tablecloths and wrote each child’s name in gold paint. We then set the table with Shop Sweet Lulu silver star plates and unicorn napkins. Each child received a special glass of Magical Unicorn Dust (glitter), which was a big hit! Unicorn horns were made with cotton candy holders and dipped in glitter.
Girls birthday party ideas
Girls birthday party ideas

Boy's Birthday Party Ideas
This year for my boys’ joint birthday party we went with a shark theme. The boys didn’t really have their hearts set on anything special (okay, my oldest would have done another superhero party like last year, and my youngest would have done something construction related…but I wanted to do something new :)), so we sat down at the computer and browsed through the birthday party invitations on Pear Tree’s site for inspiration. They immediately loved the mask designs and especially the shark theme! And so, the planning began…

Although the Shark Mask Kids Birthday Invitation didn’t require any photos, I still wanted to do a mini photo shoot with the boys so we could have photos displayed on the day of the party. I found the perfect shirts and we were set!
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Once we had our theme, the décor and party items came together pretty quickly. I ordered matching ‘Shark’ table décor and posters, then pulled the red and aqua colors from the invite into the serving pieces wherever I could.
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For my son’s sixth birthday we decided upon a robot theme after seeing the great robot mask birthday party invitations at Pear Tree. My son is a Kindergartner this year, and his classroom theme is all about robots, so he thought it was the perfect birthday party idea for his friends!

My ‘vision’ for this party was to use lots of metallic and shiny materials, combined with the bold colors from the invitation.
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Since I’m a photographer, I always have to incorporate a photo booth into my party decor, which is not only a fun activity for the kids but also ensures that I’ll have some photos to remember the event when it’s over! We made a photo booth backdrop out of tinfoil, (yes, tinfoil!), and covered it in cutout gears that matched the invitation theme. I then added some table décor pieces from the Pear Tree collection. It was definitely shiny and fun!Robot themed kids birthday party ideas from #PearTreeGreetings! #kidsbirthdaypartyideas #kidsideas #robot

We ordered a few extra invitations to use as photo props and attached wooden skewers for holders. I also found a kit at Target to make silly ‘geek’ glasses with mustaches, so we made a few to use as photo props.Robot themed kids birthday party ideas from #PearTreeGreetings! #kidsbirthdaypartyideas #kidsideas #robot Robot themed kids birthday party ideas from #PearTreeGreetings! #kidsbirthdaypartyideas #kidsideas #robot

What better way to celebrate your 5th birthday than with a pizza party with all your friends?! That’s exactly what this little girl did, as she said goodbye to 4 and hello to 5. Read below for all of our pizza-themed kids birthday party ideas. Magnifico!

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Pear Tree’s kids birthday invitation really set the tone for this party. We used the Pizza Party Photo Spinner Kids Birthday Invitations, personalized with four fun photos of the birthday girl.

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Next, it was time to plan our pizza party decorations! We kept it simple, with subtle touches like mustache straws & cupcake toppers, and used the classic pizzeria colors of red, black and white, with green for an accent. The chef’s hat topped it all off (no pun intended). 🙂

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Kids Birthday Party Ideas: Pizza Party!! #peartreegreetings #kidsbirthdayideas #kidsbirthdaypartyideas #pizzabirthday