National Night Out – meet your neighbors

National Night OutAre you planning a National Night Out event in your neighborhood? For 2011, National Night Out is August 2. This event is a great way to get to know your neighbors and connect with those you may want to get to know a little better. Since we’re all about connecting, at Pear Tree, we love events that bring us closer to people.

It’s always a good idea to forge a connection with your neighbors, but why only once a year? There are plenty of other occasions and neighborhood party ideas to get together throughout the year. In my neighborhood, we receive party invitations to events all year round. Some we attend, some we don’t, but there is always something going on.

  • In the spring, one family always hosts an Easter egg hunt for the kids.
  •  We’ve had a “clean up the park” party to which we all bring garbage bags and gloves, and pick up litter in the local park, followed by coffee and donuts or bagels or something simple at someone’s house.
  • Enterprising neighborhood teens have taken it upon themselves to decorate the basement of the nearby church as a haunted house at Halloween and charge admission to raise money for a cause.
  • We’ve gathered in support of a neighbor with cancer, had parties where donations were collected, organized cook-a-thons where we froze dozens of meals and stored them in freezers to drop off later, or held a silent auction to raise money for a family dealing with huge medical bills.
  • We’ve gone to progressive parties (appetizers at one house, main course at another, dessert at another) sometimes to celebrate a completed remodeling project or to show off our gardens and share ideas.
  • Around the holidays, in addition to the usual parties and open houses, we put on a cookie exchange, during which we exchange recipe cards along with cookies.
  • In January or February we gather at the park for an ice skate and hot chocolate.

Getting to know your neighbors is highly rewarding. Not only does it make your neighborhood safer, but also a more enjoyable place to live. It’s as simple as sending out party invitations.

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How often do the kids get to have a summer BBQ party all their own? Celebrations.com took our All Things BBQ party invitations and went all-out creating an All Things BBQ themed party just for kids, featuring kid-friendly BBQ party ideas, from the food to the decorations and fun activities for a hot summer day. The playful graphics set a fun tone and the colors appeal to both boys and girls.
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A make-your own hamburger bar was the main attraction at this outdoor BBQ party. Small barbecue themed bowls were filled with condiments so the kids could build their own burgers. Food portions were kept small for little hands. Serving sliders instead of man-sized burgers was perfect for smaller appetites and allowed the kids to create more than one if they liked. Watermelon slices and corn on the cob were served on skewers for easy grabbing.
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Our Featured Favorite for June is a party invitation to a Welcome Dinner from Leah, a bride-to-be who wanted to welcome family members flying in from out of town for her wedding. Leah says, “We are getting married next March (2012) and decided that we would host a welcome dinner on Friday night for the out-of-town guests and family so they have the opportunity to meet each other before the wedding on Sunday.” We love the idea of a Welcome Dinner, the casualness of the invitation, and the warmth and friendliness it conveys to family and friends who aren’t familiar with each other.

This Glowing Affair – Backyard Party Invitation brings to mind other ideas for welcome dinner. You could throw a party for your son or daughter returning home from college, or a military member home on leave. A proud Grandma & Grandpa could throw a party to welcome a new grandchild into the family. You could get to know your new neighbor with a welcome party. A teacher could organize a potluck dinner in the fall to welcome new families into her classroom. You could have a welcome party for your new puppy and invite the neighbors, who will have no choice but to love your dog. Or have a welcome back party when everyone gets home from their summer vacation to share and compare pictures. There are plenty of reasons to have a welcome dinner—just send an invite!

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We love it when our customers take one of our card designs and use it to create something completely new and different. This month’s Featured Favorite started as a New Year’s Eve resolution card, and our customer, Paula, turned it into a party invitation for the parents of a fourth grade class at an elementary school.

“We, as a class, have a party for the parents every year and it is usually at the beginning of the year,” says Paula. “We use it to catch up from the summer and to meet parents who are new to the school that year.”

We love the idea of having an end-of-the-year party to recap the school year and share summer plans. Or, as Paula’s local school usually does, have a kickoff party for the new school year to begin. It’s a great way to connect and become more involved at your kids’ school.

Planning a party for 40 some people can be daunting, but Paula said she is learning and having fun. “I am not a huge entertainer by nature, so planning a party is a new experience for me,” Paula said. “However; I have to say that the best part so far was discovering Pear Tree Greetings.”

 

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