Party Tips & Tricks
Tip No. 1. First thing’s first. If you’re throwing a graduation party you need to send out invitations! PMall.com’s Personalized Graduation Gifts Store has an entire Graduation Invitations & Party Accessories Department that’s full of great designs that come in every color you can imagine. The Refined Graduate Personalized Graduation Invitations are one of our favorite designs because you not only get to share the graduate’s senior photo, you also can personalize it with 3 additional photos of your choosing. This gives you the opportunity to use 3 photos of the graduate growing up giving all the guests a cute visual story of their journey to graduation! You can even personalize matching Refined Graduate Thank You Cards so your graduate can thank all of his or her family and friends for their lovely gifts!
Tip No. 2. On the day of the celebration you’ll want to make sure people know where the party is located, which is why you’ll want to personalize the School Spirit Photo Garden Flag and place it proudly on your front lawn! Our all-weather, double-sided flag will be custom personalized with their school name, class rank, year, and any sports or titles with special meanings plus you get to choose 2 colors from 8 different color options, upload any photo and add any 2-line message to appear above the photo for a personalized touch. As an added bonus, this garden flag is removable and can be interchanged with any of our other Personalized Garden Flag Designs. That way you can continue to swap out different garden flags for different holidays, celebrations and upcoming seasons.
Tip No. 3. You’ll find lots of decorations and party favors in our Graduation Party Accessories Department, but our most popular gift is the Class Of Personalized Photo Banner. The banner is a great way to decorate any inside or outside space for the party and it also doubles as a great guest book! Leave out a couple of Sharpie markers and have the graduate’s family and friends sign their names, write a message, or share an inspirational quote on the banner. Your graduate will love having a keepsake with notes from all their loved ones. It will be something they can look back on years from now and treasure forever.
Tip No. 4. It isn’t a real party unless there’s dessert! We came across these Graduation Dessert Pops (at right) on Pinterest and thought they were a great idea right away! Not only do they save you time from passing out and cleaning up a bunch of cake plates, napkins and forks, they’re easier for everyone to eat, too! With high school graduation parties especially, there are bound to be friends and family who will have to attend more than one graduation party the same day as yours. Instead of missing out on cake because they have to leave early for another graduation party, your guests will love being able to take a cake pop with them whenever they need to leave because they can enjoy it on their way to the next party! Plus everyone will love them because they’re just so darn cute! If you like the idea of a portable dessert, you should also check out our Way To Go Grad Personalized Candy Bar Wrappers or our You Picture It Personalized Photo Cupcake Wrappers.
Tip No. 5. Last but not least, you need a gift for the grad! The School Spirit Personalized Photo Frame is our No. 1 best-selling graduation gift and it’s easy to see why. Our exclusive School Spirit design features an artistic splash of any 2 school colors and can be personalized with their school name, class rank, year, and any sports, inside jokes or titles with special meanings! So it’s not only a great gift idea for the grad, it’s also the perfect graduation gift high school seniors can give to their friends who are also graduating. They can personalize it with words the stand for their inside jokes or incredible moments they shared together for the past 4 years.
And there you have it – 5 quick and easy tips for throwing a graduation party! Make sure you check out our Personalized Graduation Gifts Store for all of the above gifts and more. We have great gift ideas for graduates of all ages!
We hope you enjoy your graduation celebrations – give extend a congratulations to the grad on our behalf!
Calling all family and friends of the bride-to-be! We know how stressful it can be to put together the logistics of a bridal shower, not to mention the immense pressure you feel to create a beautiful, special and memorable day that you know the bride will love. But never fear – PMall is here! We’ve put together some great tips so you have everything you need to help you host the perfect bridal shower!
These unbelievable, almost-too-pretty-to-eat Kitchen Cookies from The Adventures of Sugarbelle blog had us instantly inspired to come up with ideas for a kitchen themed bridal shower (we first saw the picture on Pinterest, but you can find the recipe and decorating tips for creating these beauties here). We think these pretty treats would not only add some fun to each table, they’ll also make great favors that each of your guests can take home with them!
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – the first thing you need to do after setting a date and securing a location is work on the bridal shower invitations. But before we talk about creating beautiful bridal shower invitations like this, this or this, we need to go over the focal point of the kitchen themed shower.
The purpose of any bridal shower is to help the bride start off her married life with a kitchen and home full of everything she needs but with our personalized tips and ideas, you’ll also be helping her build a kitchen and home that’s hers.
The From The Kitchen Of… Personalized Recipe Cards, which come in both 3×5 and 4×6 sizes, or any of our other Personalized Recipe Card Designs will help you achieve both of those goals because while they do make a great gift (a gift that she’ll actually use!) all on their own … they will be extra special when you announce that you’ve had the bride’s family and friends fill them out with their favorite recipes!
In order to surprise her with this gift you’ll have to personalize enough cards (they’re sold in sets of 24) so you can include 1 or 2 of them with each of the bridal shower invitations (we also suggest personalizing an extra set of recipe cards that you can leave blank so when you present them to the bride she can add her own favorite recipes to her collection). When you’re creating the invitations, make sure to include a line somewhere on the invite that says “Please fill out the recipe cards and bring them to the shower. Write down 1-2 of your most favorite recipes to help us start the bride’s recipe collection!” Send the invites off and you’re well on your way to creating a one-of-a-kind gift that will be a bridal shower show stopper!
The final part of the gift is to personalize the From The Kitchen Of… Bamboo or Clear Acrylic Recipe Box for the bride. We suggest trying to match the theme of the recipe box to the theme of the recipe cards, however we also offer different designs for you to choose from in our Personalized Recipe Box Department, including a Personalized Recipe Binder that would also work well for this gift. These recipe boxes are excellent additions to anyone’s kitchen – the lids on the bamboo recipe boxes feature a slit that can hold a recipe card upright while you’re cooking and the acrylic recipe box lids not only hold the recipe cards upright, they also protect them from food splatter!
We suggest quietly collecting all of the recipe cards from the guests as they arrive so when the bride opens the recipe box you’ve personalized for her, you can surprise her with all of the recipe cards that her loved ones have filled out. Just think of how special it will be for her to receive secret family recipes, the directions for making her future husband’s favorite meal from his mom, or the recipe to her favorite dessert that her aunt makes and brings to every holiday party. You’re not only setting her up with a good start to a recipe collection, you’re giving her the opportunity to surprise her husband with his favorite dinner from growing up, or to recreate her favorite holiday meals that she’s enjoyed since she was a little girl – there won’t be a dry eye in the place!
Of course we also have a way for you to lighten the mood again – bridal shower games! Now stop groaning (yeah, we heard you!), these aren’t the same ol’ games that you’ve seen done a million times … they’re kitchen-themed and interactive! We loved all of the ideas they offered on this Kitchen Bridal Shower Games post, but especially the Spice Quiz. To set up the game you remove the labels from 10 jars of spices and assign each of them a number. Pass the spices around to each of the tables and ask the guests to guess which spice it is that they’re seeing, smelling, and (if they’re brave) tasting. The person with the most correct guesses wins and the bride can keep all the spices to stock her kitchen!
If you’re looking for bridal shower gifts in addition to the recipe cards and boxes, check out our Personalized Entertaining and Home Gifts Store - especially the Kitchen and Grill Department or head over to the Kitchen, Bar and Home Department in our Personalized Wedding and Anniversary Gifts Store where you’ll find more great bridal shower gift ideas that every bride will love.
If you have any other tips for throwing a kitchen bridal shower please share with us and all of our fans by posting in the comments below!
You can only eat hard-boiled eggs for so long, which is why these Easter Chick Cupcakes are the perfect sweet to have prepared for your Easter celebration. Desserts don’t get much cuter than these little treats! If you click the link you’ll be directed to the Bird On A Cake Blog where you’ll find the recipe for these Easter treats.
The cupcakes would make a great Easter Basket stuffer or you could even display them on a pretty platter and use them as a centerpiece for your Easter brunch. Make it a family affair and have your little ones help you prepare and decorate the cupcakes for a nice break from hunting down all those Easter Eggs!
And if you think the chick cupcakes are cute, wait until you see
PMall’s Personalized Quacking Easter Ducks!
These soft, yellow plush ducks come decked out for spring in an Easter Egg t-shirt design that you can personalize with any name.
Not only is the little ducking cute – it also quacks! Just squeeze them and you’ll hear the “quacking” noise! The duck measures nine inches high sitting with orange legs and bill, sporting an equally bright spring bow which is usually sold for $24.95 but if you act fast, you can personalize one of these cute ducks for only $19.95 while they’re still on sale!
Any kid would love to see one of these cuties waiting for them in their basket come Easter morning – personalize one today for each of your little ones so they can treasure them for many Easters to come! We also have the My First Easter Personalized Quacking Easter Ducks which are perfect for the newest addition to the family! Select a duck wearing a pink or blue t-shirt, which features the words “My First Easter” and a cute carrot design and personalize it with the baby’s name to create a sweet gift the little one will love to snuggle with.
Check out our Easter Gifts Store for other personalized Easter Basket stuffers, apparel and more that feature Easter Chicks, Ducks and other festive designs that the whole family will love!
We want to make sure that you have the most fun as possible when you head to your local St. Patrick’s Day Parade so we have compiled a list of items for you to bring to ensure that you have a blast shaking your shamrocks this March 17th!
These Shamrock Pretzel Bites are the perfect treat for you to bring with you to the parade – they’re festive, fun, affordable, portable and easy to make (click the link for the full recipe)!
All you have to do is place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss on top of each of the pretzels, bake them for 7 minutes at 200 degrees and when they’re finished, pull them out and place 3 green M&M candies on top of the melted chocolate right away. Once it cools, create the shamrocks’ stems by adding a line of green frosting to each of the pretzels and there you have it – the perfect St. Patrick’s Day Parade Snack!
Both adults and kids will love popping these while they watch the bagpipers and Irish dancers go by.
You’ll need something to wash down the Shamrock Pretzel Bites so be sure to bring a cooler of water, pop, beer and/or whatever drinks you’d like. Just make sure to stay in tune with the St. Patrick’s Day theme by wrapping them in the Irish Flag or the Irish Pride Personalized Can & Bottle Wraps. The wraps feature Velcro tabs for easy closing and removal plus rubber lining for a secure and snug fit. You’ll be able to keep your drinks cold, your hands warm and since you can personalize them with any name, hopefully you’ll be able to keep other people’s hands off your drink! Both wrap designs are usually $7.95 each, however if you act fast and take advantage of the St. Patrick’s Day Gifts Sale we have going on now through Sunday, you can personalize them for only $5.55. You can create one for the kids to use for their pop and create one for the adults to wrap around their Guinness for this year’s parade and for many more to come.
If you or some of the other adults prefer to enjoy Irish whisky or stronger spirits on St. Patrick’s Day, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! The Irish Cheer© Personalized Pocket Flask will carry up to 8 fluid ounces of your favorite beverage so you stay warm at the parade and so you can toast your Irish heritage in style! The stainless steel flask is delicately hand etched with any name above the traditional shamrock design on the front for a distinguished Irish look. It even comes with a funnel so you don’t waste a drop! It usually retails for $29.95 but it’s on sale now through Sunday for just $20.95! This is another St. Patrick’s Day accessory that you’ll be able to enjoy year after year. The flask and the can wraps also make a great gift idea for the host or hostess of the after party you go to after the parade.
Depending on what part of the country you’re from, it may be a little chilly on March 17th so you’ll want to make sure you customize your own Irish Pride Personalized Sweatshirt Blanket to keep you and your family warm as you wait for the parade to start. The super soft and comfortable, heathered grey jersey fleece features a simple but bold Irish design that can be personalized with any family or team name. Head over to the parade location early and use the blanket as a space saver to secure your favorite location to watch from – since the blanket displays your name proudly everyone will know which area is “your spot.” This new gift is usually listed at $36.95 but if you order before Sunday, March. 10th you can personalize it for just $25.85!
If you check out PMall’s St. Patrick’s Day Gifts Store, you’re sure to find even more awesome parade party accessories. We recommend personalizing a t-shirt or some kind of clothing, like the popular Irish Pride Personalized Apparel, for everyone in your group (even babies!) so everyone in the parade will be excited to walk by your fun section. Don’t let your dog feel left out – they can show off their Irish pride too with the Lucky Dog© Personalized Dog Bandana!
With all of these awesome parade accessories your group is sure to stand out from the crowd and have the time of their lives. You’ll be having so much fun you’ll want to make sure you remember this fun holiday forever, which you can do with the Let the Shenanigans Begin Personalized Picture Frame. You can personalize this frame (or one of the other Irish frames in The Irish Home Gifts Department), with the name of the parade, the year, your family names or anything else you’d like to include in the 3-line message so you can look back and remember all the fun you had with your family and friends.
Make sure to stay safe while you’re having all that fun this St. Patrick’s Day – and don’t forget to take advantage of our St. Patrick’s Day Gifts Sale before it ends Sunday.
Necco’s famous Sweethearts conversation heart candies are cute, sweet and make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! So perfect in fact, that these nostalgic little candies helped inspire a bunch of the personalized gifts in PMall.com’s Valentine’s Day Gifts Store!
It looks like we weren’t the only ones inspired by the famous candy – check out these adorable Conversation Heart Cheesecakes that we stumbled upon while surfing through the latest pins on Pinterest. These mini cheesecakes look just like the real thing – but we bet they taste way better!
We’re obviously big fans of personalization so we love that making your own conversation heart cheesecakes at home means that you get to personalize them with any message your heart desires! However we love the classic phrases too, such as “Be Mine”, “Kiss Me”, “Call Me”, “Let’s Get Busy”, and “Miss You.” Get your kids involved and have them help you come up with new phrases for the hearts so you can enjoy them together after your Valentine’s Day family dinner. We also think these mini cheesecakes are a more “adult version” of the candy hearts, which makes them the perfect treat to pass out to your coworkers on Valentine’s Day, too!
If your baking skills are lacking but you still want to bring a conversation-heart themed treat to work on Valentine’s Day you’ll love our Conversation Hearts Candy Jar with Hershey’s Kisses®! This exclusive design can be custom personalized on the front with your own special messages creatively etched inside the 5 conversation hearts. You can fill in the hearts with your kids’ names, other nicknames, special dates or any message you can come up with. But the fun doesn’t stop there – this one-of-a-kind glass jar will come filled with irresistible, individually wrapped Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses® – all for just $24.95 (act fast and shop now during our Valentine’s Day Sale and you could personalize this jar for only $18.70!). It will be a great festive decoration to add to your desk and your coworkers will love coming to visit you for a delicious treat.
Don’t forget about your Valentine – we have a unique conversation-heart inspired gift that we know they’ll love! The Conversation Hearts Personalized Puzzle & Tin creatively features your first names custom personalized inside the candy heart design. The 252-piece puzzle comes with a matching tin for storage for just $29.95 (on sale this week for $22.45). You and your valentine will cherish the thoughtful gift and the quality time you get to spend together as you put the puzzle together. You can make it a new Valentine’s Day tradition to enjoy eachother’s company as you work together to complete the puzzle. If you will be spending Valentine’s Day at home with your kids, personalize a Sweet Affections Personalized Puzzle for each of them so quality time with your significant other isn’t disturbed. This smaller puzzle is made up of 72 pieces and features a different conversation heart candy theme. You can personalize the candy heart design with your child’s name and a sweet sentiment at the bottom for just $19.95 (only $14.95 now during our sale).
Once your kids help you create the mini cheesecakes and put together their puzzle they’ll be huge conversation heart candy fans just like you. When you send them off to school on Valentine’s Day make sure you send them with our Candy Hearts Personalized Valentine Cards to pass out to their friends during their classroom party. We’ll custom personalize any 3-line message below the assorted messages which are available in 6 different pastel colors that look just like the real thing!
It will save you and your kids the time and headache from hand signing each of the individual valentines and their friends will love the festive designs. The cards are sold in sets of 24 and start at $24.95 (on sale now through Sunday, Feb. 2nd for only $18.70) but the price is reduced for each additional set you purchase (click the link to see the complete price list).
Do you have any other conversation-heart inspired treats for Valentine’s Day? We’d love to hear them – please be sure to comment below!