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Make It A Curious George Birthday Party!

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curiousgeorgecake 225x300 Make It A Curious George Birthday Party!Curious George is making a comeback!

The adorable mischievous monkey is capturing the hearts of a whole new generation and PMall.com is here to help you throw the perfect Curious George birthday party that your little ones will love!

Thanks to this incredible theme cake we found on Pinterest and our new line of Curious George® Personalized Gifts, we were inspired to put together this party theme and share some ideas for party accessories, birthday gifts and some cute party tricks to help you plan a successful party!

Whether the party is for your baby who loves watching the Curious George cartoons or for your older child who likes to read the Curious George books – we’ve got great ideas that Curious George fans of all ages will love!

curiousgeorgeinvite 300x300 Make It A Curious George Birthday Party!Before you start working on making a masterpiece cake like this one have to start planning the party and the first think you need to do is send out party invitations!

Our Curious George® Personalized Invitations feature the title “Calling All Curious Monkeys” and can be personalized with your child’s age and six lines of text which can include all of the important details including the name, date, time and location of the celebration and any other optional details you choose! These cute cards are sold in sets of 24 and include coordinating crisp, white envelopes for mailing.

curious george banner 300x300 Make It A Curious George Birthday Party!Once the special day finally arrives, decorate your home or party location with the Curious George® Personalized Party Banner so you can continue the party theme and let guests know exactly where to go for the party! The banner can be personalized with their age and name and is made from heavy duty vinyl so it can be used whether it’s an indoor or outdoor party!

Outside-of-the-gift-box Party Tip: The banner can also be used as a unique guest book! Leave out a permanent marker and have guests sign their names and leave messages for the Birthday Boy or Girl. It makes a great keepsake that they’ll love looking back at for years to come!

curiousgeorgepartyhat 281x300 Make It A Curious George Birthday Party!Another great way to keep the party theme alive is to incorporate George’s friend The Man With The Yellow Hat into the place settings like they did in this photo (at right) that we came across on Pinterest.

These place settings are easy to put together, won’t cost you anything extra (since you’ll already need plates and cups for the party) and are perfect for the Curious George theme! After you’ve purchased yellow cups and plates, take the yellow cups and tape or glue a line of black construction paper around the top of the cup. If you’d like, you can even write down each guests name on the black “belt” so they know where their cup is at all times! Flip the cup over and place it in the center of the plate and that’s it – you have the yellow hat!

As for the food, prepare their favorite meal (after all, it is their birthday!), but we also suggest incorporating bananas. This is a great way to stick to the theme while also offering your guests a healthy snack! Either place one banana at each of the place settings or hang a bunch and use as a centerpiece for your table and have guests take them as they please!

When it comes time for your little one to open their birthday presents, make sure you’ve wrapped up one of our Curious George® Gifts, such as a personalized sweatshirt, pillowcase, growth chart, picture frame and much more!

curious george poster1 300x300 Make It A Curious George Birthday Party!When the party starts to wind down and your guests are starting to leave, don’t let them leave without their goodie bag!

Personalize a Curious George® Poster for each of the kids to take home and hang up in their rooms! You get to choose from 4 different Curious George designs (George riding a bike, playing on his ball, flying a kite or hanging out in his room with toys) and personalize the posters with each of the guests’ names in 1 of 3 sizes! They will have had so much fun at the party and love the personalized touch to their goodie bag so much they won’t want to leave!

And there you have it – the perfect Curious George Birthday Party!

Don’t forget to use proper party etiquette and thank your guests – the Curious George® Personalized Thank You Cards would be perfect! If you have any tips or ideas for throwing a Curious George Birthday Party we’d love to hear them so please be sure to comment below.

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!

 

Tips For Making This Easter Extra Special!

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bunnybait1 Tips For Making This Easter Extra Special!Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its way and A Personal Touch has some great tips to help you throw the best Easter Egg hunt and celebration ever!

Hunting for Easter Eggs takes a lot of energy so PersonalizationMall.com was thrilled to see the recipe for “Bunny Bait” from Brown Paper Packages on Pinterest! (Check out our Pinterest Easter Board Here). This snack mix is perfect to hand out to the kids to munch on while they’re searching for their eggs and it will help hold them over until brunch, especially if they’re used to eating earlier in the day. You can also use the individual snack bags as place settings for the adults at your party or just fill a large bowl for everyone to share as an appetizer!

As you can see by clicking the above link, the “Bunny Bait” recipe consists of Reese’s Pieces Easter Eggs, pretzels, mini marshmallows and honey roasted peanuts, however you can edit the recipe to include any of your other favorite snacks, too.

Don’t forget to leave some ”Bunny Bait” out the night before to make sure the Easter Bunny knows where to leave the baskets … it will add to the magic of Easter Morning for the whole family!

officialhuntershirt 300x300 Tips For Making This Easter Extra Special!When the kids wake up and run downstairs to see if the Easter Bunny has come, make sure they put on the Official Egg Hunter© T-Shirt you personalized for them before they start tearing through all the chocolate and messy candy in their baskets! The adorable design can be personalized with your little one’s name in either pink or blue font and can be printed on youth or infant t-shirts, toddler sweatshirts, infant rompers or a baby bib.

The cute outfits make for a great family photo op and will also help protect their nice Easter clothes from candy and grass stains while they’re searching for eggs.

Once they have their snacks and outfit – they’re ready to hunt!

We know the Easter Bunny usually hides eggs filled with money or candy, but we have a great idea that will add an extra surprise to this year’s eggs … turn the hunt into a search to find the secret message the Easter Bunny left for your kids!

easterpuzzle 300x300 Tips For Making This Easter Extra Special!You start by personalizing our Happy Easter© Puzzle with your children’s names and placing a couple of the puzzle pieces inside each egg (If there is more than 1 child involved in the hunt, we suggest designating a certain color for each child so you can make sure they find all the puzzle pieces that belong to them).

Then watch as their excitement grows with each new piece as they hurry to put the puzzle together and try to uncover the Easter Bunny’s special message!

This new twist can help balance out the competition for kids who sometimes struggle to find eggs but are great at puzzles, and it’s also great for competitive families because they can offer an extra prize to the child who completes their puzzle first.

Kids will love that the Easter Bunny left them a special message and game with their name on it, and moms and dads will love that putting the puzzle together after the crazy egg hunt will help calm down the kids before the family heads out for church or brunch!

We hope you enjoyed our gift ideas and tips to making this Easter extra special!

Along with the cute Kid’s Apparel and puzzles we talked about, PMall.com’s Easter Gifts Store has a wide selection of unique personalized gifts, such as Easter Baskets, festive home decorations, plush bunnies and more, all of which are sure to add a personal touch to your spring celebration! If you hurry over to our store now, you can save up to 30% off all our Easter Gifts before our sale ends Sunday, March 25th.

We hope you have a Hoppy Easter and please feel free to leave your own personal Easter Party tips in the comments below!

Congratulations to our Chili Contest Winner!

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ChiliCompetition 13 300x200 Congratulations to our Chili Contest Winner!PMall.com would like to congratulate Gary Lackey on winning the “My Chili is the Best Because …” Recipe Contest!

Gary submitted the following entry:

“My Chili is the best because … it was the recipe my dad always used. I have memories of making chili with my dad. We would join him in putting in more chili powder when our mom wasn’t looking. It is still something we treasure and laugh about to this day.”

It’s beautiful memorable moments like this that we strive to create with our unique personalized gifts – we always feel honored when our customers share their stories with us!

For winning the contest, Gary has won his very own personalized You Name It© Bamboo Cutting Board!

Thank you to Gary and to all the A Personal Touch readers who sent in their answers – we had a blast reading all your touching and funny entries!

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