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*Visit PersonalizationMall.com’s 12 Days of Christmas Magic Page where you’ll find even more fun ideas for Christmas!*
Christmas Eve is one of the most special days of the year and with it comes an abundance of excitement and anticipation, so much so that the evening seems to fly by and come to an end before you have a chance to revel in the magic.
Well, we’ve come up with some great ideas and new traditions that will not only help make your Christmas Eve more memorable, it will also give you and your family the chance to really “be in the moment” and savor every minute of this special night.
For starters, kick off the night with a new tradition by letting the kids open one present on Christmas Eve – new personalized pajamas! Our Holiday Cheer Embroidered Pajama Sets are the perfect PJs because they can be embroidered with any name in both adult and youth sizes so the entire family can match! The kids will love getting a chance to open a gift early and Mom will be happy because it ensures that the kids will be dressed in cute PJs for Christmas Morning pictures!
Once everyone is nice and cozy in their new personalized PJs, sit down as a family and read the popular Christmas book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg to get everyone in the mood for the adventure you’re about to surprise them with! When you’ve finished the book, announce that it’s time for bed and escort the kids to their rooms.
On each of their beds, hide an Embroidered Snowman Mini Treat Bag under the covers. Choose a boy or girl treat bag design for each of your little ones and have it embroidered with their name.
Have a camera ready because you’ll want to capture all of their giggles and screams as they discover their Christmas Eve surprises!
Inside each of the treat bags, include their favorite candy or snacks and most importantly – their special ticket for the “(Your Name Here) Express” (Click HERE for a free printable of our exclusive Express tickets (at left) that you can personalize with your own family name)!
Explain that they’ve just received a special ticket to go on a magical adventure and have them put on their coats and slippers and head the family car or van with their new treat bag and ticket.
When everyone is lined up, act as Conductor and punch a hole in each of their tickets before they climb into their seats.
Once everyone is buckled in, hand them their Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt List (Click HERE for a free printable of our exclusive Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt List) and a crayon and set out on your Christmas Eve adventure!
Take them on a car ride past all of the best decorated houses in your area so they can find items from their scavenger hunt list.
They can snack on the goodies in their treat bags as they stare out the window in wonder of all the beautiful twinkling lights of the neighborhood.
You can all work together as a family to find everything on the list or make it a friendly competition and suggest that whoever finds all of the items first wins a prize or gets to open the first present on Christmas morning.
Once you’ve finished your magical adventure on the Family Express, it’s time to make your way home. Before sending the kids off to bed, remind them to set out the special Cookies & Milk for Santa Plate and Mug that you can have personalized with their first names or any 3-line message. They’ll love knowing that Santa knows exactly who the cookies are from and they’ll head off to bed excited to wake up and see how many he ate!
Thank you for sharing all your sweet stories with PersonalizationMall.com … don’t forget to share them with your grandparents on Grandparents Day, which is coming up on September 9th.
It wasn’t easy, but we were able to select our 3 contest winners! Congratulations to Ryan Zahara, Maria Mahaffey and Brittany Addison who have been selected as our 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winners!
Ryan has won the 12×18 Photo Sentiments Canvas with the following entry that he wrote about his grandparents, Zeke and Charlotte Clark:
“A grandparent is a special gift. The memories of countless books read, racing Hot Wheels on the carpet for hours, running through the grass with Papa’s dog, baking cookies with Grandma, having sleepovers so Mom and Dad could have a break, drawing lessons from Papa and endless encouragement. Grandparents are like second parents, your second home away from home, with two people that love you just as much as your parents do, with added experience.”
Maria Mahaffey won a Photo Sentiments Table Top Canvas for Josephine and Anthony Pisoni with the following creative entry:
“G-ive me unconditional love
R-est my head on their shoulders to comfort me
A-re there to play with me every day to make sure I’m safe while Mommy and Daddy go to work
N-eed nothing but smiles to make me happy
D-on’t waste a single moment with me because they know nothing is as important as family”
And finally, Brittany Addison is the winner of the Photo Sentiments Coffee Mug thanks to the following entry that she wrote for her Patricia Addison:
“My grandma is grand because she is FUN! Grandma played waitress with us even though we asked for the same sandwich every day (cut into “fishy” shapes). She let us put barrettes in her hair and even went in public with her new ‘do! She played spinning tops and even made up her own games for us. We love her!”
Congratulations to all our winners and thanks again for everyone who entered the contest. Make sure you keep checking back here for new contests and enjoy your Grandparents Day!
Grandparents Day is on September 9th this year and we thought – what better way to celebrate than bragging about how amazing your grandparents are and winning a personalized gift from PMall.com just for them that they’ll treasure forever?!
That’s why we’re having a Grandparents Day Contest and we’re asking our fans … “What Makes Your Grandparent So Grand?”
To enter the contest, send an email with the subject line “Grandparents Day” to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information before the contest ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012:
- Your full name and email address that we can use to contact you if you win
- Your grandparent’s full name
- In 60 words or less, tell us what makes your grandparent so grand!
The PMall.com staff will select the top three most unique entries and determine the first, second and third place winners. We will post the names of the winners here on the A Personal Touch Blog on Wednesday September 5th.
We bet you want to know what you can win, huh!? Well, the first-place winner will win a 16” x 20” Photo Sentiments© Canvas which will be personalized with a picture of the winner and their grandparent and the winning text they submitted so that they can let their grandparent know just how much they mean to them with a special gift!
Second place will win a Photo Sentiments© Table Top Canvas with their own picture and submission and third place will win a Photo Sentiments© Coffee Mug that will be personalized with their picture and submission.
So don’t forget to get your submissions in before the contest ends September 4th! Good luck to everyone and we can’t wait to read all your entries!
The adorable mischievous monkey is capturing the hearts of a whole new generation and PMall.com is here to help you throw the perfect Curious George birthday party that your little ones will love!
Thanks to this incredible theme cake we found on Pinterest and our new line of Curious George® Personalized Gifts, we were inspired to put together this party theme and share some ideas for party accessories, birthday gifts and some cute party tricks to help you plan a successful party!
Whether the party is for your baby who loves watching the Curious George cartoons or for your older child who likes to read the Curious George books – we’ve got great ideas that Curious George fans of all ages will love!
Our Curious George® Personalized Invitations feature the title “Calling All Curious Monkeys” and can be personalized with your child’s age and six lines of text which can include all of the important details including the name, date, time and location of the celebration and any other optional details you choose! These cute cards are sold in sets of 24 and include coordinating crisp, white envelopes for mailing.
Once the special day finally arrives, decorate your home or party location with the Curious George® Personalized Party Banner so you can continue the party theme and let guests know exactly where to go for the party! The banner can be personalized with their age and name and is made from heavy duty vinyl so it can be used whether it’s an indoor or outdoor party!
Outside-of-the-gift-box Party Tip: The banner can also be used as a unique guest book! Leave out a permanent marker and have guests sign their names and leave messages for the Birthday Boy or Girl. It makes a great keepsake that they’ll love looking back at for years to come!
Another great way to keep the party theme alive is to incorporate George’s friend The Man With The Yellow Hat into the place settings like they did in this photo (at right) that we came across on Pinterest.
These place settings are easy to put together, won’t cost you anything extra (since you’ll already need plates and cups for the party) and are perfect for the Curious George theme! After you’ve purchased yellow cups and plates, take the yellow cups and tape or glue a line of black construction paper around the top of the cup. If you’d like, you can even write down each guests name on the black “belt” so they know where their cup is at all times! Flip the cup over and place it in the center of the plate and that’s it – you have the yellow hat!
As for the food, prepare their favorite meal (after all, it is their birthday!), but we also suggest incorporating bananas. This is a great way to stick to the theme while also offering your guests a healthy snack! Either place one banana at each of the place settings or hang a bunch and use as a centerpiece for your table and have guests take them as they please!
When it comes time for your little one to open their birthday presents, make sure you’ve wrapped up one of our Curious George® Gifts, such as a personalized sweatshirt, pillowcase, growth chart, picture frame and much more!
Personalize a Curious George® Poster for each of the kids to take home and hang up in their rooms! You get to choose from 4 different Curious George designs (George riding a bike, playing on his ball, flying a kite or hanging out in his room with toys) and personalize the posters with each of the guests’ names in 1 of 3 sizes! They will have had so much fun at the party and love the personalized touch to their goodie bag so much they won’t want to leave!
And there you have it – the perfect Curious George Birthday Party!
Don’t forget to use proper party etiquette and thank your guests – the Curious George® Personalized Thank You Cards would be perfect! If you have any tips or ideas for throwing a Curious George Birthday Party we’d love to hear them so please be sure to comment below.
The Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest may be the PMall.com Staff’s favorite contest yet!
We received several recipes and we couldn’t believe how unique each of them were and how delicious they sounded – we have enough recipes to keep our taste buds happy for the rest of the summer!
Thank you to all who participated in our contest, we can’t thank you enough for sharing all your recipe secrets. While all of your entries had our mouths watering, there was one particular recipe that stood out from all the rest.
Congratulations to Liga Gorrick for winning our Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest with her recipe for Rhubarb Ice Tea!
Thanks to Liga’s special recipe, she has won her very own Personalized Beverage Server with Stand that she can use to serve her Rhubarb Ice Tea for many summers to come!
Here is Liga’s winning entry for all of you to enjoy:
My name is Liga Gorrick and my favorite drink in a hot summer day isn’t the regular ice tea everybody serves. It’s the amazing Rhubarb ice tea with its freshness and the beautiful pink color. As I grew up there always was plenty of rhubarb in my mom’s garden during summertime. Mom was really good making something yummy out of it. One of my all-time favorites is this rosy ice tea (especially accompanied with rhubarb tart or pie). It tastes like summer and childhood to me. My mother made it just with rhubarb alone, but I’ve been “playing” with the ingredients over the years and have discovered that I like it best with a little bit of ginger or with hibiscus tea.
- 8-10 large rhubarb stalks
- 8-10 cups of water (1 cup for each rhubarb stalk)
- 1 small ginger root (about 2 inches long)
- Honey (sugar, Splenda or any other sweetener)
Wash and clean the rhubarb (do not peel- the peel is what gives that lovely pink color), cut into about 1 inch chunks. Wash, peel and cut the ginger in thin slices. Add the rhubarb and ginger to the water in a large saucepan and bring it to boil, then simmer covered for 15-20 min. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool for a while. Strain the tea; add honey (sugar/Splenda) to the desired sweetness. Chill the tea completely and serve with plenty of ice. I like large pieces of ice that doesn’t dilute the drink so quickly.
For variety you can serve it with a little bit of fresh peppermint, substitute the ginger for a few strips of lemon peel or use rhubarb alone. You can also brew a few bags of hibiscus or green tea in the rhubarb tea while it’s still hot. Hibiscus tea makes it brighter pink or even red. It also gives a stronger, more sour taste. Enjoy!
Right away we knew we loved the recipe, but when we saw how tasty and refreshing the Rhubarb Tea looked in the picture Liga included, we knew we had a winner! Congrats again to Liga and thank you to all who participated in the PMall contest.
Make sure you keep checking back here for more contests and tips and tricks to make your parties and personalized gifts extra special!
Below are some of our other favorite fan entries for you to enjoy. They may not have won the contest but they’ve won a place in our hearts and cookbooks!
Katie Kitterman’s Pineapple iced tea
- 1 quart water
- 7 tea bags
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 tbl sugar
Brew tea, stir in the rest then let it sit (overnight if possible).
Jennifer Jonas’s Ice Tea Recipe
- 3 Family Sized Lipton Tea Bags
- Pot of water
- 1 1/2 cups of Sugar
- 1 Can Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
- Cold water
Place tea bags in pot of boiling water & steep about 10 minutes. Put sugar in gallon tea pitcher. Pour warm tea over sugar & stir to dissolve completely. Pour lemonade concentrate in & top off with cold water. Stir well & refrigerate for delicious sweet tea (makes 1 gallon).
“What I love most about it: This recipe has been shared with me by my mom. We love this Lemonade Sweet Tea on hot summer days here in Texas. It’s very thirst quenching & refreshing (especially when it’s 107 degrees here).”
Juliet V’s Blended Masala Iced Tea
- 6 to 8 tea bags
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups cold water
- 3 pods cardamom
- 1/4” ginger diced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar or 1/4 cup honey (optional)
- Lemon/lime to garnish (optional)
Combine all ingredients except honey or sugar and cold water. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain. Put the cold water into a pitcher. Pour the hot tea over the cold water. You put the cold water in first, because the hot tea could melt the pitcher because it is hot. Add sugar or honey to sweeten it, stirring till dissolves. Put the pitcher into the fridge to cool. You can add slices of lime or lemon to the pitcher to give it a refreshing taste.
“I love this tea because it gives me the essence of different spices and soothing/calming effect, which embodies the full flavor of a tea.”