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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!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Tips Your Kids Will Love!

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It’s almost time to shake your shamrocks!

smores3photopic1 St. Patricks Day Celebration Tips Your Kids Will Love!St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and whether you’re Irish or not, you and your kids will love our ideas for how to celebrate this fun holiday!

Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday this year, we thought it would be fun to spend the day together making festive treats for your kids to bring in to school the next day.

We think these Leprechaun Hat S’mores that we saw on Pinterest are the perfect dessert to help you and your family celebrate the holiday (click the link to be directed to the Hostess With The Mostess Blog for the recipe). 

We love how they’re whimsical and bite-sized – perfect for the kiddies. And since they’re so easy to make, you can turn it into a family project that even the little ones can help with.

There’s nothing like spending quality time together with your family on a holiday … especially when the outcome includes delicious desserts!

kidsstpatricksdayshirt 300x300 St. Patricks Day Celebration Tips Your Kids Will Love!Once the holiday arrives that Monday, make sure that your children are wearing the Shamrock Initial For Her or For Him Personalized Clothes when you send them to school with their treats.

They’ll have the biggest smiles on their faces when they see that you customized the fun shamrock design on a t-shirt, sweatshirt or baby bib with their name and they’ll have a blast showing off their St. Patrick’s Day gear to all their friends!

Have them wear their new gear to the St. Patrick’s Day parade for a great photo opportunity, as well! While this design is our most popular, you can also check out the Lil’ Shamrock Gifts Department in our St. Patrick’s Day Gifts Store to see all of the adorable design options that we offer (we even have apparel for your dog!).

st patricks day doormat 150x150 St. Patricks Day Celebration Tips Your Kids Will Love!The leprechaun love doesn’t stop there – our Leprechaun Personalized Doormat is sure to also add to the fun this St. Patrick’s Day thanks to the warm welcome it offers. This cartoon-like design can be personalized with any 2 lines, however our favorite suggestion is to use your family name with “Top Of The Morning!” personalized right on top! No matter which personalization you decide on you’re sure to spread cheer to all your family and friends – they’ll love it so much they may even do a little jig!

For those of you who are Irish (or even if you’re not Irish) and want to proudly display your heritage on St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the entire year, you may be interested in our Irish Home Gifts Department. Browse through all of our slate plaques, picture frames, garden flags, barware, afghans, stationary gifts and more that feature an array of different Irish design themes. We have plenty of options so you’re sure to find a design that fits in well with your existing home-decorating style!

We hope you have fun preparing your home and children for fun this St. Patrick’s Day! If you have any other St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipes that you’d like to share, feel free to comment below or email us at social@pmall.com.

Now’s The Time To Start Your Photo Calendar!

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This time of year feels like the calm just before the storm … it’s that little bit of time before the hectic Christmas shopping season begins. That’s why we wanted to remind you that now is a great time to start searching for, planning and taking pictures for the photo calendars you’ll be creating as Christmas gifts this year.

blogcalendar 300x300 Nows The Time To Start Your Photo Calendar!PMall.com’s Personalized Calendar Department is full of great design options for you to choose from so you can find the theme that best suits your personal taste.

Check out the Seasons Change Photo Wall Calendar (at left), which is always a customer favorite or take a look at our other photo calendars, including our newest design, the Picture Perfect Photo Wall Calendar.

Once you’ve selected your favorite calendar design it’s time to start uploading your photos! We always think the calendars turn out best when the theme of the photos compliments the month it will be shown with and since our calendars require at least 12 photos (some designs let you personalize each month with more than 1 photo), it may take some time to find the pictures that will fit perfectly with each month.

That’s why we thought we’d give you a heads up so you could start planning out your calendar now before the crazy Christmas season begins!

If you’re unsure of which photos to use for your calendar, take a look at the following photos we thought we’d share to help you get inspired:

 

A shot of the kids in their red, white and blue outfits watching the 4th of July parade would be the perfect photo for July:

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Goofy faces can make the cutest photos. This silly photo of the kids on their first day of school is great to use for August or September:

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It’s not too late to take a photo of your kids playing in the leaves, which would work well for October or November:

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Find the photo you took of the kids making a snowman or snow angels from last winter and pair it with January:

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We hope we’ve been able to inspire you to create your own personalized photo calendar now while you have time before the Christmas rush! If you have any photo ideas for certain months please share them in the comment section!

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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