Here’s an innovative idea for your next “Girls Night In” – who says you have to go out on the town to have a little fun. The Persona Gift Pail can take a simple party or shower to whole new level! Just pick a theme such as movie stars, funny ladies, or sports figures and then you can create the entire theme and decor around the characters. If you are hosting a bridal or baby shower, guests can compete for the most beautiful bride and bridesmaids or the cutest baby.

Be sure to have enough Persona Pails on hand so you can divide up into groups of 3-5 people. Then, ask guests to bring a fashion accessory such as scarves, earrings or hats that they no longer need or wear (maybe even from a different decade:)!  

Designate a “boutique” area and equip it with the following:

  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Buttons
  • Earrings
  • Ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Fine tip markers
  • Glue Dots TM
  • Miscellaneous crafting supplies
  • Pen and paper for each group

Next, encourage everyone to “browse” the boutique and allow enough time to brainstorm. Ask each group to create a themed character, a name and make the Persona Pail come alive! Start a timer (30-35 minutes) and see what happens – creativity at its best!!

After the “styling” is complete, ask each group to select a spokesperson in order to introduce their Persona to the party – watch how the laugher unfolds! Present prizes based on who generates the most laughter and applause.

 Have fun!

Even though we all get caught up in our busy routines, it’s SO important to get together with friends to unwind, laugh and catch up with what’s going on in each other’s lives.  Whether you decide to do a Girls Night Out or a Girls Night In, remember, we all need a little R & R!

This week, Melinda had a blast decorating a glamorous “Girls Night Out” pail (using the Green Persona Pail), complete with a jeweled head band that you can make yourself. Below, you’ll find instructions and a supply list for this fun and easy craft. Use the pail as a centerpiece or take it with you for your night out on the town!

Here’s what you’ll need:

–  Green rhinestone small /med sized stickers

–  Tacky glue

–  Paint brush

–  Persona Printables “Girls Night Out” (download)

–  Photo paper (glossy)

–  Glue dots

–  Head band or ribbon

Print (on glossy paper) and cut out the “Girls Night Out” Persona Printable.  Brush glue over graphic.  Once it’s dry, apply rhinestone stickers.  Attach to head band using glue dots.

Proud Grandmother Lyn Breaux met with a wonderful group of friends in Port Arthur, Texas and they all enjoyed an impromptu Persona Party! The ladies created a Persona Pail which was later given to Jeanne on the occasion of her birthday and upcoming retirement. They named the pail, “Just Right Jeanne” which was very appropriate since she’s thrilled about retiring and everything is going “Just Right.” The gift was a huge hit . . . Happy Birthday Jeanne!

My goal in creating the Persona Gift Pail was to make people laugh, smile and to lift their spirits. Some of my favorite Personas like Low Rider Luke and Diva Deidra definitely lift my spirits when times get tough. A defining moment happened during a recent trip to Texas. “Granny Carol,” who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, broke out in laughter and a big smile when she saw the fun pails and it just warmed my heart. I hope Persona Pails can help other people the same way they have helped me.

Be Happy!


An often overlooked holiday, Grandparents Day will be celebrated this year on September 12.  Remember, a simple card or call can really make a grandparent’s day complete! We asked Melinda’s talented mother-in-law, JoAnn Tomasello, to put a few words down on paper and we are thrilled to post these two wonderful poems. Feel free to write the poem in your card this year and we’ve included them on two bookmarks that you can print:  Persona Printables – Grandparents



As another option, create a personalized Persona Pail and fill with cookies, bookmark and a few of their favorite things. Kids LOVE to create the Persona Pail and they can even draw a picture or sign their name on the back!

Everytime we used to visit my grandparents growing up, Grandma Gieselman would bring out NUMEROUS Tupperware containers filled with every type of cookie imagineable…chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodles and one of my favorites–oatmeal! Several years ago, her five daughters (my mother and aunts) decided that we needed to capture not only the unique flavors of our family but also our heritage with a beautiful cookbook called, “Seasoned with Love” (Thank you Lois (mom), Ruth, Mary, Angie & Phyllis!) I refer to it often and the recipe below originally came from my Grandfather’s mother, Lydia Gieselman. Four generations later, I am proud to share it and hope you like it!  — Pam

If your family loves to cook or eat, think about creating your own family cookbook with recipe contributions from young & old alike. You will be glad you did!

Grandparent’s Day is just around the corner on September 12. This week, we’re thrilled to honor the BEST of the BEST . . . Grandmas & Grandpas! We start with our Persona Spotlight on Grandma Grace and a special quote from Marcy DeMaree, “Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.”

If it’s made from scratch, by hand or with love, you know it’s a gift from Grandma GraceNothing pleases her more than sharing her baking skills, playing games or crafting with her adorable grandchildren. A mini photo album and chocolate chip cookies (made by little hands) make perfect gifts for Grammy.

TIP: If you’re giving Grace to your favorite grandma, have the grandkids write an extra special message on the back of the pail using permanent marker.

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