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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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Father’s Day is June 16th and thanks to this adorable photo (at let) that we saw on Pinterest, we were inspired to put together some Father’s Day gifts that both Dad and his kids will enjoy!
Dads who are as cool as the guy in this photo deserve amazing Father’s Day gifts so they know just how much they mean to you or your kids.
While PMall’s Father’s Day Gifts Store is full of great gift ideas for Dads with all sorts of hobbies, the photo of the Dad who was brave enough to shop in a cape with his son inspired us to put together a couple of “Daddy & Me” themed Father’s Day gifts that we think you’ll love.
The cute Daddy & Daddy’s Girl Personalized Apparel is one of PMall’s most popular Father’s Day gifts this year and it’s easy to see why – the matching shirts are adorable! Dads always have a soft spot in their hearts for their little girls and now they can show that with these cute matching t-shirts!
This cute design is available in an infant bodysuit, and youth and little girls sizes, as well as adult sizes for Dad so no matter how old is little girl is, he can match her! Just think of all the great photo opportunities these matching outfits come with, and they’re also great because the next time they have a daddy/daughter tea party they can dress for the occasion together!
But little girls aren’t the only ones who get to dress like Dad this Father’s Day, the Big Guy & Little Guy Personalized Clothing was designed for father and sons to join in on the fun, too!
The Big Guy & Little Guy design can be personalized on infant, youth and adult-sized t-shirts, sweatshirts and even hats! Whether “Big Guy” is Dad or Grandpa, you can outfit your inseparable pair in the adorable, personalized and matching shirts with their very own last name!
If Dad and his son or daughters are baseball fans, then they’re sure to love the Big and Lil’ Slugger Personalized Apparel! The Slugger design can be personalized on baseball-style t-shirts or on regular t-shirts or sweatshirts that come in all different colors for you to choose from. Just add their first or last name to the bottom of the design and you have another great Father’s Day gift and photo opportunity!
You can find all of these cute “Daddy & Me” personalized apparel designs and more in the Apparel & More Department of our Father’s Day Gifts Store. We have all types of apparel that he’ll love, including personalized t-shirt designs that include his favorite hobby and personalized neck ties that can feature his kids’ names or photos!
Hurry over to PMall.com’s Father’s Day Gifts Store this week to take advantage of our final Father’s Day Sale! Now through Sunday, June 9th you can save up to 25% off personalized gifts for him! We hope you enjoy exploring our unique personalized Father’s Day gifts as much as we do! Enjoy your Father’s Day!
Now that the new baby is here it’s time to share an adorable photo of him or her with all your family and friends! When it comes time to picking out a photo to use, it may be hard since you think every photo of your new little one is perfect ! We suggest adding a personal touch to your photos, like the hilarious photo we saw on Pinterest (at left), that features a baby in a box of packing peanuts with a book titled “Owner’s Manual, Model: Newborn Baby.” Or you can always go the adorably cute route and sneak a photo of your precious little one taking a nap like a lot of the other photos we’ve pinned.
Have fun with your new baby photos and once you’ve picked our your favorite image, head over to PMall.com’s Baby Gifts Store and check out the Birth Announcements Department where you’ll find a bunch of cute designs that you can personalize with all of your own information. The Polka Dot Love Photo Baby Announcement is one of our most popular designs and can be personalized in blue, green pink or yellow. This design (at left) features any 3 baby photos and the option to add all of your little one’s birth information including his or her’s name, birth date, birth time, height and weight! The pastel colors and cute polka dot theme for these announcements are beautiful and serve as the perfect background to your new baby’s photos.
The Polka Dot Baby Announcement design is also wonderful because it matches the Pretty Polka Dot Personalized Candy Bar Wrappers! This and other candy bar wrappers can be found in the Baby Favors & Party Accessories Department. Instead of passing out those old pink or blue gum cigars, add a personal touch to sharing the good news with all of your family and friends by personalizing these candy bar wrappers with all the birth details. If you have other children, the candy bar wrappers are a great way to help your kids celebrate their new sibling. They’ll be so excited to bring them into their class and school and hand them out to all of their teachers and friends!
So start working on your birth announcement photos and then head over to PMall.com’s Baby Gifts Store where you’ll find everything you need to celebrate your new little boy or girl!
Tip 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!
Tip 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.
Tip 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.
Tip 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.
Tip 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!