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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!

We Have A Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest Winner!

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SummerPartea Blog v1 300x300 We Have A Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest Winner!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:

Hello,

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.

tea contest winners photo 300x200 We Have A Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest Winner!All you need is:

  • 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!

Best regards,

Liga

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).

“It’s delish!”

 

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.”

Share Your Recipe For The Perfect Summer ParTEA & Win!

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There’s nothing better than a nice, refreshing sip of chilled ice tea on a hot summer’s day!

SummerPartea Blog v1 Share Your Recipe For The Perfect Summer ParTEA & Win!But after that heat wave we just had, we’re in need of a fun new tea recipe to help us get through the rest of the summer!

Whether it’s a concoction of tea and lots of other ingredients or regular tea with a new twist you’ve added to help spice it up, share your favorite tea recipe and you could win PMall.com’s Summer ParTEA Recipe Contest and take home your very own Personalized Beverage Server with Stand so you can serve and enjoy your delicious tea in personalized style at your next party!

To enter the contest, send an email with the subject line “Summer ParTEA Contest” to social@pmall.com before the contest ends on August 1st, 2012 with the following information:

1. Your full name and email address where we can contact you if you’ve been selected as the winner.

2. Your favorite Ice Tea Recipe and what you love most about it.

And it’s as easy as that!

The PMall Staff will read the entries and select their favorite recipe and the winner will be announced here on the A Personal Touch Blog on August 2nd.

So start trying out new tasty combinations or pull out your recipe book and find that trusty recipe you’ve loved for years – just make sure you do it before the contest ends!

We can’t wait to read all your entries – our mouths are watering just thinking about it!

Good Luck!

 

Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!

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With PMall’s Christmas in July Sale going on this week I was looking through all of the beautiful Personalized Christmas Ornaments and started to realize just how special some of these ornaments can be!

There are a few unique PMall designs that are extra special because they help you capture a specific moment in time so in the future you’ll be able to use the ornaments to remember some of your favorite Christmas moments!

wishlist 300x300 Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!The My Wish List© Personalized Ornament, which you can personalize with any name, year and 4 items, can act like a mini scrapbook that helps you preserve some of your favorite holiday memories without all the mess! In the future you’ll look back and be thankful that you personalized the My Wish List design for each of your children year after year, because you’ll be able to reminisce about what toys and gifts they loved most each Christmas while they were growing up!

This adorable ornament can help you look back and remember some of their funniest and sweetest memories like when your son was going through his superhero phase and only wanted Spider-Man action figures and clothes (by the way, if your son is going through that phase now, you should check out our brand new line of Personalized Spider-Man Gifts!), or when your daughter asked Santa for a little brother or sister.

The ornament is usually only $12.95 but thanks to the Christmas in July Sale it’s marked down to just $10.35 from now through Sunday! Start your new tradition now and you’ll love having the opportunity to share all the fun stories with your kids when they’re older (especially when your daughter is older and fighting with her new younger sibling you can pull out the ornament and remind her that this is what wanted! icon wink Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks! )

familyornament1 Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!PMall’s exclusive designs not only help you capture your kids’ precious moments, but your whole family’s favorite moments, too! With the Our Family© Engraved Message Ornament you can create your own mini scrapbook that can display an entire year’s worth of family events. You can have this elegant glass ornament laser engraved with up to 9 lines of personalization – those 9 lines can include your family’s name, address or your favorite family highlights of the past year, such as your vacation spots, activities, inside jokes and anything else you can think of! This beautiful ornament is usually $14.95 but is currently 70% off and can be personalized for only $4.48! Now that’s a deal you can’t pass up! Just think you’ll be able to start a new tradition where every year when you’re decorating the tree, you’ll be able to look back as a family and remember each year’s fun vacations and important accomplishments and help decide as a family what you’d like to include on the following year’s ornament!

But you don’t need to have kids to create one of these “scrapbook ornaments.”

coupleornament 150x150 Personalized Ornaments Are The New Scrapbooks!The Our Life Together© Personalized Couple’s Ornament is the perfect way for newlyweds to remember the details of their wedding while also starting their own ornament collection as a married couple! The stunning glass ornament is usually $14.95 but is on sale for only $4.48 until Sunday and can be engraved with the couple’s names and up to 9 lines of personalization. If you’re personalizing it as a wedding keepsake you can include the ceremony’s location, date, the first song you danced to, the flowers you used and more.

However, I think this design is a perfect way to celebrate your anniversary year after year – after all, who says you have to save this beautiful gifts for Christmas!? Each year you can personalize it with all your firsts (vacation, purchasing a home, adopting a pet, etc.), triumphs (promotions at work, buying a new car, getting pregnant) and struggles that you went through and overcame together (losing a job or loved one) so you can look back and be proud of what you have made it through together as a team.

Whether it’s for your anniversary, your kids or your entire family, you are sure to find the perfect PMall Personalized Christmas Ornament for you! So put down the glue stick, close the scrapbooks and stow the memory boxes … forget about all of the fuss and head over to PMall to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake before the Christmas in July Sale ends Sunday, July 8th!

It may only take you a couple minutes to create your gorgeous personalized ornament, but you’re sure to enjoy your little time capsule for many years to come!

 

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