Summer Party Ideas: Match Drinks to Invitations

We love the new collection of Genevieve Gorder party invitations at Pear Tree! So when we went looking for fabulous summer party ideas, we started there and found plenty of inspiration. Our party prep also included planning what drinks to serve at our summer soiree. We’ve made it easy for you to plan your own party by pairing our favorite Genevieve invitations with the perfect summer drinks for each occasion. Sound fun? Let’s get started!

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Gold Garden Party Invitations
Perfect pairing: Champagne or Prosecco

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Party Umbrellas Invitations
Perfect pairing: Strawberry Daiquiris

Here’s the recipe:
One 12-oz. bag frozen strawberries
6 oz. light rum
4 oz. lime juice
5 tablespoons sugar
6 fresh strawberry slices, for garnish

In a blender, combine the frozen strawberries, rum, lime juice and sugar. Blend until smooth and divide among 6 highball or hurricane-style glasses. Garnish each glass with a strawberry slice and serve immediately. Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian and foodnetwork.com

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Summer Cookout Party Invitations
Perfect pairing: Sangria
Here’s the recipe:
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New Genevieve Gorder Party Invitations


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.

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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, ulive.com, modemediacorp.com
  • Real Genevieve magazine/app

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

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Splash into Summer Savings!

{ENDED} Happy first day of Summer! We heart Summer and we know you will too with our summer savings! For 3 days only, enjoy a cool 15% off everything in our store! Use the code SUNNY15 and shop now for all the sunny days ahead. Don’t forget about your summer party invitations, bridal shower invitations and kids birthday invitations! Hurry, this summer sale ends Sunday, June 23rd!
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Summer Birthday Party Ideas: Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is one of my all-time favorite kids’ summer birthday party ideas. Kids love it, and if you’re creative it won’t cost you a penny. Using toys and large items you have around the house, you can create an obstacle course in your yard.  Here are some ideas for things to gather.
  • hula hoops
  • laundry baskets
  • rope
  • exercise balls and other balls
  • wading pool
  • Slip’n Slide
  • lawn chairs
  • sprinkler
  • garden hose
  • scrap lumber, such as 2 x 4s
  • ladder
  • burlap sacks
  • pop-up tents or tunnels
  • cones
  • balloons
  • brooms
  • pool noodles
  • baskets with handles
  • buckets
  • bean bag toss games
  • Frisbees
  • wiffle balls & bats
  • tennis rackets
  • bikes
Use your imagination–almost anything can be used for this summer birthday party idea, as long as it’s not sharp. Once you have everything gathered, start thinking about how to put them together to create different kinds of obstacles. You can also incorporate backyard play sets, like swings and slides, if you have them. Make sure there are different kinds of obstacles, some challenging, some silly, and some that will make them slow down, so that different skills are required. The older your kids, the longer the obstacle course should be. Here are some ideas:
  • Set up barriers to climb over, sticks to limbo under, and hoops to jump through
  • Toss balls through hoops, or into baskets or buckets
  • Set up a low balance beam (board) to walk across
  • Roll an exercise ball or hula hoop around a tree
  • Put your head down on a wiffle-ball bat and spin around 3 times
  • Ride tricycles for a distance
  • Jump over (or in and out of) a basket or wading pool
  • Fill up a bucket with a hose and carry it 10 feet without spilling
  • Stomp on balloons to pop them
  • Balance a broom on your hand for 5 seconds
  • Hop on a bike and serpentine around cones or other markers

Once you have the course figured out, there are several ways to run the activity. You can line the kids up and let them run it individually, timing each attempt with a stopwatch and letting them try to do it faster each time. Or you can create teams and have them run it as a relay. If you have enough of the same obstacles and a lot of space, you can also set up two identical courses and race relay teams side by side. But I wouldn’t worry too much about how it’s structured, because it’s not really about who wins. The fun is in watching the crazy things kids will do to complete it. And most kids want to do it more than once, so make sure that’s part of your plan!

Here are some kids birthday invitations that could work for this fun party! Look for more kids birthday party ideas on our blog.

All Strikes -- Pink Birthday InvitationBalloon Craze in Blue -- Unique Kids Birthday InvitationsGame On -- Sports Birthday Invitations

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