Category: Party Ideas

These party ideas will inspire you to throw a memorable birthday! We have ideas for party invitations, decorations, desserts, activities and more!

She said “yes!” and is about to say “I do” – this is such a super special time for the bride-to-be in your life. Certainly, you want to throw her a bridal shower that reflects just how much she means to you. Creating a themed bridal shower for your girly-girl is a sweet way to show your love and is just so much fun too!

A Gorgeous Gown

The theme for this bridal shower is Girly Glam! Embrace all things feminine and set the tone for a beautiful celebration with our new Bridal Gown invitation. Not only is this cutie adorably pink and super sweet, but it can be customized just for your celebration. The gold details are real foil, meaning your guests will be invited with sparkle right from the start! There’s even room on the backside for registry details.

Think Pink

Paint your bridal shower location in a palette of monochromatic pink to create a cohesive look – it’s easier than it sounds and can be pulled off on a small budget too.

  • Linens & Dinnerware: Use standard cream table linens to dress your tables then add pale pink runners made out of simple cuts of chiffon fabric (no sewing skills needed!). Add simple disposable tableware in various shades of pink to complete the look.
  • Table Décor: Add fresh flowers in shade of blush, cream and peach. Your local farmer’s market or grocery is the best place to find affordable blooms. Even the menu can get in on the pink action.
  • The Menu: Strawberries and pink macrons will satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth and pull double-duty as décor.
  • Dress Code: Ask the guests, and guest of honor, to wear pink! Everyone will love participating and it’ll make for the cutest group photos.

The Golden Details

Put the “glam” in your girly glam themed shower by sprinkling glittering all around. Add gold votive holders to up the romance factor. We also love the gold champagne with gold sugar rims featured in our inspiration board. If you find yourself asking, “should I add some gold?” to a particular detail, the answer is always yes!


Photo Credits:  Champagne: Krista Marie Photograhy via Every Last Detail , Dessert: Kinosi Photography via Inspired By This , Bride: Mariel Hannah PHOTOGRAPHY via Style Me Pretty, Centerpiece: Elisabeth Carol Photography via Southern Weddings

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

If there was ever a day to throw a go-all-out party, it’s New Year’s Eve! Break out the confetti and put the champagne on ice. This Pop, Fizz, Clink New Year’s party look is going to set the tone for one glam and crazy-fun bash.

Invite: Think Pop!
Welcome the New Year in a sea of bold, glam color and simple, modern style. This new Pop Fizz Clink New Year Party Invitation let’s you invite to the biggest party of the year in a snap.  Simply update with all your details and we’ll print and ship before you can countdown from 10!

Decorate: Think Fizz!
Up next: the décor. Weave the glam and modern vibe from your invitation into your party setting with these simple tips. First, keep your palette white, black and gold. Cover your serving and dining surfaces in black or white fabric or tablecloths then scatter contrasting confetti everywhere! Don’t fret about the mess, that’s what vacuums are for, right? Make a run to the thrift store and pick up candleholders and spray paint them gold. They’ll look ultra-luxe and add so much to the setting, but are such an affordable DIY. Finally, order black latex balloons and decorate them with a gold metallic pen. Polka-dots, typography detail and even the year in fun bold lettering will look so fun and totally custom.

Serve: Think Clink!
New Year’s Eve is all about the bubbly, so be sure to have plenty of champagne and drinkware on hand. Keep your food menu simple and focus on dessert. Chocolate truffles, rock candy and gold-wrapped candies are sure to be a hit. These sparkling mini parfaits can be made ahead of time and fit right in with the party theme and color palette!

Happy New Year, everyone!


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The holidays deserve to be celebrated and this gorgeous party theme lets you do it in sparkling style! This Jingle and Mingle Holiday Party shows you just how simple it is to achieve an ultra-chic Christmas party look.

Invite: In Style
A perfect soirée starts with the invitation and we’re huge fans of this new Let’s Jingle Holiday Party Invitation. Forget traditional red and green; this glam palette combines snow white with glitzy gold to create a look that will set the tone for your snazzy celebration. The “Jingle and Mingle” and whimsical star artwork is printed faux gold foil, giving you the look of popular foil-stamping for a way lower price. Pro tip: Order this beauty in our Signature Shimmer paper stock to amp up the glam-factor.

Decorate: Simply
We love a party that’s decorated to a tee but seriously, who has time for that during the holiday season?! The key to this look is so simple to execute and budget-friendly – lighting! First, turn down the lights and turn on twinkling Christmas string lights for a soft glow that sets the mood. Then, scatter white candles in various sizes all about. Our favorite way to pull off this look on a shoestring budget is to hit up the thrift store. Gather up candle holders in various metallic hues and mix and match for an eclectic look you can re-use year after year.

Serve: Scrumptiously
No one likes to be in the kitchen during their own party which is why we love the idea of keeping things simple with holiday drinks and desserts. First, start with an easy but impressive gold Christmas cocktail. This vanilla champagne cocktail is so simple your guests can mix them on their own. The rock candy garnish is perfect for a winter party and a great conversation starter. For desserts, keep it light and white with frosted sugar cookies, white chocolate tiramisu and pecan meltaways.

Not sure an elegant gold and white holiday party is the look for you? Be sure to check out our post on a Plaid Themed Christmas Party to see a holiday celebration that’s based on festive dress code! Happy holiday party season, all!

Photo Credits: Party People: INSPIRED BY THIS, Cocktails: Valerie Busque via STYLE ME PRETTY, Candles: KELLEY NAN GRACIOUS LIVING, Cookies: LARK & LINEN

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 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.

Graduation Party Ideas from Pear Tree

Summer’s hottest invitation has arrived! You’re invited to see the new Genevieve Gorder Party Invitations Collection, only at Pear Tree. Designed by Genevieve Gorder, one of America’s most popular designers and television personalities, this exclusive collection of party invitations is filled with light-hearted sophistication and a wide range of design styles for invitations they can’t refuse.



The collection will inspire all kinds of celebrations, from casual pool parties to elegant dinners under the stars. One thing is clear: it’s not a party unless you’re sending Genevieve Gorder party invitations.

Where have you seen her?

  • HGTV’s Genevieve’s Renovation, White House Christmas, Design Star, Dear Genevieve and, of course, Trading Spaces
  • Rachael Ray, The TODAY Show, CNN
  • The Design Network,,
  • Real Genevieve magazine/app

Watch for more collections from Genevieve Gorder, coming soon to Pear Tree. Get to know more about her style at

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4th of July food ideas
4th of July food ideas
We did it again. We had another 4th of July treat day in the office to put our co-workers’ cooking, baking and creativity skills to the test! (Click to see ideas from 2014 and 2013 treat days.) And, we must say, we are pretty excited to share these new 4th of July food ideas with you. They are simple to make, and you can bring them to your upcoming gathering to impress your friends and family.

We started the party with drinks to cool everyone down, using an idea we saw in the Hy-Vee magazine. We put raspberries and blueberries into ice cube trays and froze them overnight. We had sparkling water for our refreshment, but you could easily use lemonade or a favorite flavor of juice. We poured the drinks in mason jars and added our Red Striped Paper Straws for the patriotic touch.
4th of July food ideas drinks

For a main course meal we served a classic favorite, pulled pork sandwiches. For added fun, we personalized our Dots & Chevrons Cupcake Flags with red, white and blue and added a Happy 4th of July message.
4th of July food ideas pulled pork

Then, we made two pasta sides. One in the shape of the American flag and one using the patriotic colors of red, white and blue. The first pasta salad had one layer of bow tie noodles, and then used mini pepperonis for the red in the flag and cut up mozzarella cheese in cubes for the white in the flag. Black olives became the star portion and the whole salad was dressed with Italian dressing. It was delish!
4th of July food ideas pasta salad

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).
Girls birthday party ideas
Girls birthday party ideasGirls birthday party ideas

“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