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Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower

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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!

kitchencookies1 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThese 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.

recipe cards 300x300 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThe 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!

recipe box1 300x300 Wedding Gift Guide: Ideas For Throwing a Recipe or Kitchen Themed Bridal ShowerThe 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!

Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentine’s Day!

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cookiebox Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!The only thing better than giving your loved one a personalized gift this Valentine’s Day is giving them a personalized gift with a personalized treat inside of it!

We instantly fell in love with the personalized cookie idea after we caught a glimpse of this photo (at left) on Pinterest - we just can’t believe we never thought of it ourselves! As you can see, the idea is to decorate one large cookie that says “I love you more than …” and have it laying on top of a dozen or so cookies that are each personalized with an example.

There are endless possibilities that you can work with when you’re decorating the cookies for your loved one, but one thing’s for sure – we know the perfect way to send or present them this Valentine’s Day … gifttin 300x300 Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!in our Sealed With A Smooch© Personalized Gift Tin! This adorable tin can be personalized with any 3-line message along with any 1 line of text at the bottom. For $26.95 you can personalize the gift tin so that it is filled with Hershey Kisses, or you can personalize the tin itself for just $19.95.

With the postcard-themed design, this tin is the perfect gift to send to your long-distance love any day of the year. We also love the idea of sending this tin to your boyfriend or husband at work on Valentine’s Day. Women are always having flowers, teddy bears, and other gifts delivered to them at work or at home on Valentine’s Day – and we think it’s about time that there was a non-feminine, romantic gift that was acceptable to send to your man. Men have been publicly expressing their love on this romantic holiday forever and now we have the perfect gift to help you return the favor. While having flowers or teddy bears delivered to his office may embarrass him, receiving delicious cookies in a sweet custom gift tin is sure to be the highlight of his day! We’re sure he’ll not only love the homemade treats, he’ll be proud to show off his wife or girlfriend’s baking skills to all of his coworkers, too!

stainedglass 150x150 Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!If you’re worried about your cookie-decorating skills or if your Valentine prefers chocolate to sugar cookies we also have some other treat ideas to share with you! Thanks to the How To Nest For Less Blog, we found a great recipe for Stained Glass Heart Cookies! These cookies look beautiful and all you have to do is take a heart-shaped cookie cutter to a sugar cookie and fill in the space with pieces of crushed Jolly Rancher candy. After baking you’ll have a delicious and colorful cookie to give to your Valentine! Pinterest Tip: As we were browsing through all of the great Valentine’s Day dessert ideas on Pinterest we saw how some people had used two different colors of Jolly Ranchers to give their cookies a swirl or tie-dye look!

bars2 150x150 Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!If your loved one is a chocaholic you should check out The Gunny Sack Blog’s recipe for White Chocolate M&M’s Valentine’s Day Cookie Bars. The recipe is super easy because the crust is actually made from a cake mix. The recipe also calls for white chocolate chips and Valentine’s Day M&M’s – we love how the M&Ms turn the bars pink and red! If these bars don’t have enough chocolate for your valentine, we suggest heading over to PMall.com’s Valentine’s Day Gifts Store where you’ll find chocolate fondue sets, candy jars filled with Hershey Kisses and more!

Do you have a special Valentine’s Day treat that would also look great in our personalized gift tin? We’d love to hear it! Post your recipe or thoughts in a comment below or send them to us at social@pmall.com.

 

Add Fun & Whimsy To Your Valentine’s Day Gift!

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mugset 300x300 Add Fun & Whimsy To Your Valentines Day Gift!While PersonalizationMall.com’s Valentine’s Day Store has its own Whimsical Gifts Department, we thought we’d pick out a special personalized gift to focus on during the most romantic time of the year.

The We Go Together Like…© Personalized Coffee Mug Set has become more and more popular with our Pinterest followers and with all these adorable phrases and design options, it’s easy to see why!

Have fun deciding how well you go together as a couple when you browse through the 8 exclusive design options that will be featured on each of the mugs.

mugexamples1 Add Fun & Whimsy To Your Valentines Day Gift!Choose from Peanut Butter and Jelly, Milk and Cookies, Macaroni and Cheese, Rock and Roll, Pancakes and Syrup, Bacon and Eggs, the Moon and Stars, or a Burger and Fries! You even get to choose which name will be scripted on the larger and smaller mug!

The two mugs are created to fit together perfectly - just like the two of you! The sculpted heart handles help to complete the romantic design making it the best Valentine’s Day gift idea for Him or Her. It’s a gift that both of you will love and actually get to use – not to mention it’s incredible affordable at only $24.95 for the set!

But you don’t have to take our word for it – check out the Fan Photo Album that we keep on our Facebook Fan Page and you’ll find a photo of the mug set that one of our fans shared with our fans. She personalized the set with the Bacon and Eggs design a while back and her and her fiancé loved the mug set so much that they used it at their wedding (the photo she shared was taken at her wedding and actually shows the mugs right next to the groom’s tie). You can read about how much she loves it by checking out her official photo entry to the Me & My Romantic PMall Gift Photo Contest Page that we have going on right now on our Facebook Page. While you’re there, be sure to enter the contest – everyone who submits an eligible photo will automatically win a valuable coupon code and three lucky winners will be awarded PMall Gift Cards!

Be sure to also enter our Gifts From The Heart Pinterest Sweepstakes for your chance to win big prizes, too! They’re easy to enter and win so be sure to head on over now and take advantage of these fun Valentine’s Day Contests!

If you’re a fan of the cute designs featured on our mug set, you may also be interested in our We Go Together Like…© Personalized Greeting Card or the We Go Together Like…© Personalized Valentine Cards, which are great because instead of picking one design, you get to personalize an entire set that features them all!

We hope you have fun browsing through all the unique and creative gifts in our Whimsical Gifts Department when you’re shopping for your Valentine – and don’t forget to enter our contests after you shop, too!

PMall Fan Shares Her New Christmas Tradition

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blog23 PMall Fan Shares Her New Christmas TraditionRecently one of PMall.com’s fans shared a story on our Facebook Fan Page. Her name is Aprille and her story was so touching we knew that we had to share it will all of the rest of our fans (please continue reading for the link to Aprille’s full blog post below).

Aprille, who is a Military Wife and Mother, has started her own family tradition by creating at least one new PMall.com Personalized Photo Ornament each Christmas.

She remembers her first ornament fondly as it was the first Christmas she spent with her husband.

Then there are the ornaments she personalized with the words “Almost Together” to capture the heartbreaking Christmas that she and her son had to celebrate without their husband and father because he was deployed. 

Last year she decided that her “Almost Together” ornament needed a sequel so she personalized a new ornament that featured a beautiful family photo and the words, “Together Forever” to celebrate the Christmas they shared as a family.

blogphoto3 PMall Fan Shares Her New Christmas TraditionOne evening this year she turned to her son who had been painting at the table and saw that he had put red paint on his nose.

She was thrilled to be able to serendipitously capture that moment and turn that into another ornament that she will always treasure.

We are so thankful to Aprille for sharing her story and the photos of all her ornaments and we are honored that we are able to play a small role in her beautiful new Christmas tradition!

Check out Aprille’s full story, ”Our Christmas Ornament Tradition” from her Beautiful In His Time Blog, by clicking the previous link. When you get to her blog you’ll be able to see photos of all the ornaments she has personalized and you’ll be able to hear the touching story straight from her!

We’d like to say Thank You again to Aprille for sharing her story and if any other PMall fans out there have stories about any of the gifts they’ve personalized from PMall.com we’d love to hear them! Email your stories to social@pmall.com.

From everyone at PMall.com and A Personal Touch - we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating Tips

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Whether you’re having family and friends over for a party or just passing out candy, your front door is sure to be the center of attention this Halloween. That’s why PersonalizationMall.com has put together some great outdoor decorating tips that are fun, festive and sure to impress your guests!

witch 273x300 Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsSince an A Personal Touch blog post wouldn’t be complete without some inspiration from Pinterest we wanted to share this funny photo (at left) that we came across the other day.

We’ve seen “crashed witches” before but we were really impressed (and couldn’t stop laughing) when we saw the “Don’t Text and Fly” warning sign these people hung up on their front porch. We love the originality they added to the decoration and the good message it sends out to trick or treaters of all ages!

But our love of original decorations doesn’t stop there!

PMall.com’s Personalized Halloween Gifts Store has a wide selection of cute and creepy gifts that will help your front door stand out from the rest of the neighborhood this Halloween.

hauntedhouseyardstake Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsThe Haunted House Personalized Yard Stake can be personalized with any 2-line message and is a great way to show everyone where the party’s at!

The best thing about our yard stakes are that the signs are actually magnets so it’s the gift that keeps on giving. You only have to buy the yard stake once then you can check out all of our other Personalized Yard Stake Magnets and personalize a different design to use for each holiday, season, birthday or more!

When your guests spot your yard stake they’ll know they’ve come to the right place and as they head to your door they’ll love being welcomed by Personalized Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins that you can display right on your front porch! jackolanterns Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsThese realistic pumpkins come in a large and small size and can be personalized with any title, first or family name.

You can personalize a large pumpkin with your family name, create a small one for each of your family members or any combination you can come up with! In addition to the jack-o-lantern design, the pumpkins can also be personalized to display “Happy Halloween,” any first or family names, initials and more as you can see in our Halloween Decorations and Accessories Department. Any of the designs that you pick will look great and (unlike real pumpkins) you’ll be able to use them for many years to come!

halloweendoormat Quick & Easy Halloween Decorating TipsThe last tip we wanted to share is one of our customers’ favorite Halloween gifts. Even if you’re not having a big party, you’re sure to have kids and parents running up to your door all night. Our Halloween Character Collection Personalized Doormat is the perfect way to greet them! This popular design lets you turn each of your family members (even grandparents and pets!) into costumed cartoons and is also available to be personalized on several different gifts such as a coffee mug, slate plaque, yard stake, candy bowl and more. Your kids will love seeing themselves as cartoons and your trick or treaters will have something fun to look at while they wait for you to answer the door. If you’re headed to a family or friends’ Halloween party, be sure to keep this or any of our Personalized Halloween Doormats in mind – they make a great hostess gift!

Before we go we wanted to let you know about 2 exciting Halloween Contests that PMall has going on right now!

On our Facebook Fan Page we’re hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Photo Contest where we’re asking our fans to upload a photo of their carved or decorated pumpkin. The 3 photos that earn the most votes from our fans before the contest ends on Tuesday, Oct. 30th will be named the winners and will be awarded a $50, $35 or a $25 PMall.com gift card!

Great news for Pinterest fans! The Ghostess With The Mostess Halloween Pinterest Contest is going on now and it’s really easy to enter! As you can see from the rules on the contest site all you have to do is pin the contest graphic and 3 of your favorite PMall.com Halloween Gifts with the hashtags #PMall and #Halloween in the description before the contest ends on Thursday, Oct. 25th 2012. One winner will be picked at random and will win all 3 gifts he or she pinned!

Good luck to everyone who enters one or both of the contests! Be sure to shop for your Personalized Halloween Decorations & Gifts soon so you can have them in time to greet your trick or treaters and have a Happy Halloween!

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