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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!

Fill Your Easter Baskets With Cute Chicks & Ducks!

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chickcupcakes 225x300 Fill Your Easter Baskets With Cute Chicks & Ducks!While bunnies are usually the first animal you think of when it comes to Easter – we’re here to make an argument for adorable little chicks and duckings!

You can only eat hard-boiled eggs for so long, which is why these Easter Chick Cupcakes are the perfect sweet to have prepared for your Easter celebration. Desserts don’t get much cuter than these little treats! If you click the link you’ll be directed to the Bird On A Cake Blog where you’ll find the recipe for these Easter treats. 

The cupcakes would make a great Easter Basket stuffer or you could even display them on a pretty platter and use them as a centerpiece for your Easter brunch. Make it a family affair and have your little ones help you prepare and decorate the cupcakes for a nice break from hunting down all those Easter Eggs!

ducks 150x150 Fill Your Easter Baskets With Cute Chicks & Ducks!And if you think the chick cupcakes are cute, wait until you see
PMall’s Personalized Quacking Easter Ducks!

These soft, yellow plush ducks come decked out for spring in an Easter Egg t-shirt design that you can personalize with any name. 

Not only is the little ducking cute – it also quacks! Just squeeze them and you’ll hear the “quacking” noise! The duck measures nine inches high sitting with orange legs and bill, sporting an equally bright spring bow which is usually sold for $24.95 but if you act fast, you can personalize one of these cute ducks for only $19.95 while they’re still on sale! 

Any kid would love to see one of these cuties waiting for them in their basket come Easter morning – personalize one today for each of your little ones so they can treasure them for many Easters to come! We also have the My First Easter Personalized Quacking Easter Ducks which are perfect for the newest addition to the family! Select a duck wearing a pink or blue t-shirt, which features the words “My First Easter” and a cute carrot design and personalize it with the baby’s name to create a sweet gift the little one will love to snuggle with.

Check out our Easter Gifts Store for other personalized Easter Basket stuffers, apparel and more that feature Easter Chicks, Ducks and other festive designs that the whole family will love!

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.

Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentine’s Day!

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cookiebox Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!The only thing better than giving your loved one a personalized gift this Valentine’s Day is giving them a personalized gift with a personalized treat inside of it!

We instantly fell in love with the personalized cookie idea after we caught a glimpse of this photo (at left) on Pinterest - we just can’t believe we never thought of it ourselves! As you can see, the idea is to decorate one large cookie that says “I love you more than …” and have it laying on top of a dozen or so cookies that are each personalized with an example.

There are endless possibilities that you can work with when you’re decorating the cookies for your loved one, but one thing’s for sure – we know the perfect way to send or present them this Valentine’s Day … gifttin 300x300 Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!in our Sealed With A Smooch© Personalized Gift Tin! This adorable tin can be personalized with any 3-line message along with any 1 line of text at the bottom. For $26.95 you can personalize the gift tin so that it is filled with Hershey Kisses, or you can personalize the tin itself for just $19.95.

With the postcard-themed design, this tin is the perfect gift to send to your long-distance love any day of the year. We also love the idea of sending this tin to your boyfriend or husband at work on Valentine’s Day. Women are always having flowers, teddy bears, and other gifts delivered to them at work or at home on Valentine’s Day – and we think it’s about time that there was a non-feminine, romantic gift that was acceptable to send to your man. Men have been publicly expressing their love on this romantic holiday forever and now we have the perfect gift to help you return the favor. While having flowers or teddy bears delivered to his office may embarrass him, receiving delicious cookies in a sweet custom gift tin is sure to be the highlight of his day! We’re sure he’ll not only love the homemade treats, he’ll be proud to show off his wife or girlfriend’s baking skills to all of his coworkers, too!

stainedglass 150x150 Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!If you’re worried about your cookie-decorating skills or if your Valentine prefers chocolate to sugar cookies we also have some other treat ideas to share with you! Thanks to the How To Nest For Less Blog, we found a great recipe for Stained Glass Heart Cookies! These cookies look beautiful and all you have to do is take a heart-shaped cookie cutter to a sugar cookie and fill in the space with pieces of crushed Jolly Rancher candy. After baking you’ll have a delicious and colorful cookie to give to your Valentine! Pinterest Tip: As we were browsing through all of the great Valentine’s Day dessert ideas on Pinterest we saw how some people had used two different colors of Jolly Ranchers to give their cookies a swirl or tie-dye look!

bars2 150x150 Express Your Love With Cookies This Valentines Day!If your loved one is a chocaholic you should check out The Gunny Sack Blog’s recipe for White Chocolate M&M’s Valentine’s Day Cookie Bars. The recipe is super easy because the crust is actually made from a cake mix. The recipe also calls for white chocolate chips and Valentine’s Day M&M’s – we love how the M&Ms turn the bars pink and red! If these bars don’t have enough chocolate for your valentine, we suggest heading over to PMall.com’s Valentine’s Day Gifts Store where you’ll find chocolate fondue sets, candy jars filled with Hershey Kisses and more!

Do you have a special Valentine’s Day treat that would also look great in our personalized gift tin? We’d love to hear it! Post your recipe or thoughts in a comment below or send them to us at social@pmall.com.

 

Side Dishes That Steal The Show Contest Winner Announced!

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apron1 300x300 Side Dishes That Steal The Show Contest Winner Announced!Congratulations to Rhonda J Elfstrand - the winner of PMall.com’s Side Dishes That Steal The Show Recipe Contest!

Rhonda submitted her recipe for the tasty and popular Strawberry Pretzel Salad which turned out to be our favorite!

Here is the winning recipe:

“Mix 2 cups of crushed pretzels, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/2 cup of melted butter and then press into the bottom of 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and allow the crust to cool completely before making the middle and top layers. Then beat 8 ounces of cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until smooth. Fold in 8 ounces of Cool Whip until it is all incorporated. Spread the mixture evenly (beware the loose crumbs of the crust) on the cooled crust. For the top layer sprinkle 6 ounces of stawberry Jello on 2 cups of near boiling water into a large bowl and stir well. Carefully add 10-16 ounces of frozen strawberries and stir until Jello is slightly thickened (the frozen strawberries do a “quick set” of the Jello). Pour the mixture evenly over the middle layer, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed – at least two hours.”

This side dish has always been one of our favorites and we were so thankful that Rhonda shared it with all of us!

For submitting the winning recipe, Rhonda has won the Give Thanks To The Cook Personalized Apron and Potholder!

Thank you to all of our fans who submitted their favorite side dish recipes! Keep checking back here for the latest news and contests from PersonalizationMall.com!

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