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Keep the Kids Cool with a “Drive-In” Movie at Home!

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drive in theater1 Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!Now that August is here, the summer heat is starting to take its toll and your kids may be looking for ways to take a break from the sun.

Luckily we just saw this photo (at left) on Pinterest and have great way for you and your family to beat the heat – by having your own “Drive-In Movie” inside your home!

The “Not Just a Housewife” blog came up with the awesome idea to turn cardboard boxes into cars and place them in front of the TV so the kids feel like they’re actually at a drive-in movie theater! It’s a great way to get the kids’ “creative juices” flowing all while escaping the summer sun and spending quality family time together!

As you can see from the blog post (click the “Not Just a Housewife” link above to be directed to the full blog post), all you have to do is take a cardboard box and have the kids decorate it to look like any type of car they’d like! The blog post suggests covering the boxes with colored or patterned duct tape so that the cardboard becomes more durable and lasts for more than one movie, but if you don’t have any colored duct tape on hand, feel free to just let the kids use crayons or markers to decorate the boxes with their own artwork. Don’t forget to attach paper plates for the car’s wheels for an extra cool effect!

Once everyone has created their own cars, place them in a straight line on the ground in front of the TV and decide what movie everyone would like to watch.

Now that you have the movie picked out there’s only one thing left to do – gather up some movie snacks!

blogpopcornbowl1 Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!Movie snacks wouldn’t be complete without popcorn, and with the Old-Fashioned Red Popcorn Bowl Set everyone can have their own bowl to hold onto in each of their “cars.” You can personalize the large bowl with your family name or any message you’d like for just $39.95 and the small bowls can be purchased individually for only $9.95 each. We love the old-fashioned look to the bowl and our Old Fashioned Four Seasoning Popcorn Party Set that you can also purchase for just $12.95. The personalized bowls are high quality so you can feel free to use them for more than popcorn on family movie nights. They can be used for all of your dining and entertaining needs, including using them as salad bowls when you’re hosting a dinner party or to serve other types of snacks when you have company.

cashbox Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!If your kids are a little older, you can also create a learning experience for them by creating a little concession stand in your kitchen.

Have them work on their handwriting and spelling by creating a poster board that shows a menu with the different types of snacks and the cost of each item. Use the My Private Stash Personalized Cash Box as the cash register and have your kids take turns being the concession stand worker.

Whoever plays the concession stand worker takes their siblings’ popcorn, candy and drink orders and using play money, will use the math skills they learned during the school year to figure out how much change they need to give back to each of their customers! You can choose a pink or blue cash box and have it personalized with any 2 lines across the top and your kids can use it for all sorts of future make-believe games or to hold their allowance. The cash boxes usually cost $24.95 but if you act fast, you can personalize them now while they’re on sale for just $18.70!

blogblankets Keep the Kids Cool with a Drive In Movie at Home!Once everyone has their snacks and the concession stand is “closed,” have everyone climb into their cars and tuck each of them in with a Personalized Sweatshirt Blanket so they can be comfy and cozy in their little “cars.” Since they’re in individual cars they probably won’t be able to share a blanket, but with our wide selection of Personalized Blankets you’ll have no problem finding the perfect design for boys and girls of all ages, no matter what their favorite hobbies or interests are. The kids will stay warm and comfortable in their cardboard boxes and the blankets can help prevent any sticky candy from falling onto your carpet (after all it’s a lot easier to throw a blanket in the wash, than it is to try and get a sugary stain out of your family room carpet)! The blankets will be great for the drive-in movie night, but your kids will also be able to use them for years to come, especially when they go on sleepovers, road trips or just when they’re sitting on the couch watching TV or doing their homework.

When everyone is ready, dim the lights and start the movie!

The homemade drive-in movie theater is a win-win for everyone. The kids are happy that they get to cool off and watch a movie and the parents are happy that the kids are using their creativity, math skills (without even realizing it) and spending quality time together. It’s not only a great way to beat the heat, it’s also a great way to make an unforgettable memory that your family will cherish forever!

If you have any ideas on ways to beat the heat this summer, feel free to share them in the comments below and make sure to visit PMall.com’s Back-to-School Store so you can get an early start to tackling those school supply lists!

Our Fans Asked & We Answered: Introducing our Popular New Gift!

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dogpillowblog 300x300 Our Fans Asked & We Answered: Introducing our Popular New Gift!We couldn’t believe all of the buzz that our fans were creating after we introduced our new Definition of My Dog Personalized Pillow to our Facebook and Pinterest Fans a couple weeks ago.

This fun, new pillow has everyone talking! Our fans love that the pillow can be personalized in 1 of 4 colors and that it also comes with your choice of 12 dog graphics and can be personalized to include “definitions” that best describe their dog.

While tons of PMall fans were falling in love with our new design, (which happens to make a great gift for Pet Lovers), a couple of our fans made the same request – they loved the design, but they wanted a cat version!

Well we want you to know that our fans’ suggestions and opinions are very important to us here at PersonalizationMall.com, and we’re here to tell you that your requests have been answered!

catpillow 150x150 Our Fans Asked & We Answered: Introducing our Popular New Gift!We’d like to introduce our TWO new pillow designs: The Definition of My Cat Personalized Pillow and the Definition of Our Family Personalized Pillow!

Both of the new pillows come with the same color options: black, cranberry, navy or sage and can be personalized with your pet cat or family’s name and pronunciation. The cat pillow comes with 12 cute cat graphics to choose from, while the family pillow features 10 new graphics – each one more unique than the last so you’re sure to find a graphic that fits everyone’s personal style or taste!

familypillowblog 150x150 Our Fans Asked & We Answered: Introducing our Popular New Gift!All three pillows are priced at $28.95 and make great gifts for friends or to keep in your own home. It looks as though the “definition” section of the pillow is what our fans are having the most fun with. It seems to be the main reason that everyone is going crazy over these new pillows! Our fans are having a blast coming up with the words or phrases to use in each of their 3 definitions slots.

We’ve seen people use sweet words in their definitions, such as “loyal.” “kind,” or “loving,” while we’ve seen people use more colorful words to describe their family or pet’s strong personality, including definitions like “sassy,” “ankle biter,” or “puuur-fect!”

Everyone seems to be having fun creating their own pillow and we have YOU, the PersonalizationMall.com fans, to thank for it!

So give yourselves a pat on the back – you helped us create one of our most popular new personalized gifts! Thanks again and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

 

Wedding Gift Guide: Gifts for Parents of the Bride & Groom!

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wedding parents for blog 277x300 Wedding Gift Guide: Gifts for Parents of the Bride & Groom!With all of the craziness surrounding wedding planning it’s easy to forget the people who have been there for you since Day 1 – your parents!

You may have gotten caught up in finding gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen but don’t worry, we’re here to offer some great gift ideas for your parents and future in-laws, too! We think it’s a wonderful gesture to present both parents of the bride and groom with a little something special to show your appreciation for their love, support and help with the wedding.

We love the idea of taking a special photo with both sets of parents on the day of the wedding, like the picture we found on Pinterest at left where all three couples share a sweet kiss. If you visit our Pinterest boards at the above link, you’ll see some other great photo ideas we repinned, as well like the idea to take a photo of the bride, her mother and her grandmother together with their wedding rings to show that special bond between mother and daughter (and granddaughter)! Another one of our favorite unique photo ideas was to recreate a wedding photo of the bride and groom’s parents – it’s neat to see and compare them after the wedding!

weddingframeforparents Wedding Gift Guide: Gifts for Parents of the Bride & Groom!Whether it’s a unique photo or just a standard family photo from the wedding, we suggest presenting it to your parents in the “To My Parents” Personalized Wedding Frame (at right). This beautiful frame comes in your choice of 3 colors (tan, sage or blue) and can be personalized for the parents of the bride or groom with any title (To My Parents, Mom, Dad, etc.) and any subtitle (On My Wedding Day, etc) at the top. You can also include any closing sentiment along with the bride and/or groom’s names and wedding date at the bottom for a very special touch. The lovely poem and elegant colors aren’t the only reasons this frame is one of our most popular wedding gifts for parents … it’s because of that added personal touch that makes the gift even more special and meaningful. Both sets of parents will love it and be proud to display it in their homes forever.

handkerchief Wedding Gift Guide: Gifts for Parents of the Bride & Groom!PMall.com’s Parents Gifts Department, which is located in the Wedding & Anniversary Gifts Store also has great gift ideas specifically for the mothers and fathers of the bride and groom. The Tears of Joy “Personalized Wedding Handkerchief (at left) is just one of our personalized handkerchiefs that makes a great gift idea for the mothers of the bride and groom. This handkerchief gives you the option of selecting one of three designs, a rose & hearts, wedding bells or wedding doves, and personalizing it with any name or title at the top, followed by a heartfelt sentiment, and the bride and groom’s names and wedding date underneath. This is just a special gift to give your mother or future mother-in-law the morning of the wedding so they can wipe away their tears of joy throughout the ceremony and reception. They will love that you went out of your way and thought of them on your own wedding day and they’re sure to be truly touched by the sweet gesture!

collarstays Wedding Gift Guide: Gifts for Parents of the Bride & Groom!If you’re looking for a special gift that you can give your father or future father-in-law on the day of your wedding, we suggest personalizing our new “For Dad” Collar Stays Set. The set consists of 6 silver-plated brass collar stays that are presented in a handsome black velvet box. The collar stays can be engraved with 6 different personalized sentiments, heart felt messages and/or names … anything you’d like up to 25 characters each! Men are usually hard to buy for, but these are such a great gift idea because he’ll be able to use them that day with his suit or tux plus he’ll be touched that you created a one-of-a-kind gift just for him – it’s sure to make his day!

If you’re interested in any of these gifts or need some more gift ideas, head over to PMall’s Wedding & Anniversary Gifts Store and check out the Parents Gifts Department. You’ll find a wide selection of great gift ideas, such as personalized keepsakes, photo albums, photo frames, vases and so much more!

We hope we were able to help you cross off something from your to-do list – happy wedding planning!

 

5 Quick & Easy Tips for Throwing a Graduation Party

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gradinvite 5 Quick & Easy Tips for Throwing a Graduation PartyTip 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!

gradgardenflag 150x150 5 Quick & Easy Tips for Throwing a Graduation PartyTip 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.

gradbanner 150x150 5 Quick & Easy Tips for Throwing a Graduation PartyTip 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.

gradcakepops 300x210 5 Quick & Easy Tips for Throwing a Graduation PartyTip 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.

gradframe 150x150 5 Quick & Easy Tips for Throwing a Graduation PartyTip 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!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Green Thumbs

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cake Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsHave you explored PMall.com’s Mother’s Day Gifts Store yet?

You better get to it – Mother’s Day is May 12th!

Our store is filled with perfect gifts for moms with all sorts of hobbies and personality types but today we thought we’d focus on gifts with a specific theme – flowers!

After seeing this unbelievable Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquet (at left) on Pinterest (at first look we thought they were real hydrangeas!), we were inspired to put together some flower and garden themed Mother’s Day gift ideas that any mom with a green thumb (or who just enjoys flowers) will love!

If you’re brave and crafty enough to try and create your own cupcake bouquet for your Mother’s Day dessert, we have the perfect way for you to present your masterpiece – with our Garden Of Love Engraved Flower Pot!

pots 300x250 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsYou can choose from a rich red or purple ceramic pot and have it engraved with any special title or message you’d like, such as “Mom’s Garden Of Love,” on the front surrounded by our precious heart design. On the back of the flower pot you can feature all of her children’s names, each separated by a heart. Celebrate Grandma this Mother’s Day by personalizing this beautiful gift with each of her grandchildren’s names, too! Not only will this flower pot add a personal touch to your cupcake bouquet, it will be a treasured gift that she can actually use to store her favorite flowers and plants. Now when she’s bragging about her kids or grand kids, she can brag about her beautiful flowers, too!

A Personal Touch Tip: Go one step further and add another personal touch by having the kids hand paint the flower pot base with colorful ceramic markers or paints!

vasescollageforblog 300x298 Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsIf your mother loves flowers but doesn’t have the best track record of keeping plants alive, we suggest personalizing one of our beautiful Personalized Vases that you can fill with her favorite fresh cut flowers. The Blooms For Her Personalized Glass Vase (top left vase in photo at left) is a popular design among PMall customers and offers your choice of 7 beautiful verses (or you can write your own) that will be engraved, along with a closing sentiment and all of the children’s names, next to the sweet floral design. Another one of our popular vases is the Photo Sentiments Personalized Vase (bottom left vase in photo at left). This vase is made of fine-quality, chip-resistant stoneware and features a contemporary square design with rounded corners but what people love most about it is that it can be personalized with any photo and 3-line message! Create a vase with the first photo you have of your mother holding you in her arms in the delivery room, or a photo of a memorable vacation or trip. No matter which photo you choose she’s sure to think of you and how much you love her every time she uses her treasured vase.

If your mother has a green thumb and loves to spend her time working outside in her garden, she’s sure to love everything in our Personalized Garden Gifts & Accessories Department.

From an Embroidered Garden Tool Bag & Kneeling Pad to Personalized Garden Flags – we’ve got it all!

stonesthumbnail Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsBut our most popular garden gifts for Mother’s Day are the You Name It Personalized Garden Stones (at left) and the Our Loving Family Engraved Garden Stone (at bottom right).

With the You Name It Garden Stones you can select a large or small stone and have it engraved with any family name or first name in your choice of 6 different font styles. One of our personalization suggestions is to have a large stone engraved with “Mom’s Garden” (or any message you’d like) and then personalize a small stone with each of her children’s names to create a beautiful path around her garden. With the You Name It Garden Stones you have the ability to create any masterpiece you’d like!

mommystonethumbnail Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Green ThumbsThe Our Loving Family Garden Stone is a unique gift that you can have engraved with any 2-line message at the top plus a personalized character and name for each of her children below it! You can choose from all sorts of characters, including adult, youth or baby figures – even pets! Create a character for the whole family and she’ll love displaying this unique piece of art next to her beautiful flowers.

We hope you enjoyed our gift suggestions for green thumbs! We’d love to hear your personalization suggestions for our vases. Did you come up with a sweet poem that you could share with our fans that have writer’s block? We’d love to hear all of your suggestions and feedback – just comment below! And don’t forget to explore all of our Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts - we really do have a gift for moms with all sorts of hobbies and style tastes!

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