This holiday, Edible Arrangements has outdone itself by creating its largest Edible® fruit display yet–the Edible® Grand Collection, each containing more than 450 pieces of fruit decorating a base, standing at three feet by two feet and fit for a crowd. There are nine large fruit arrangements within the Edible® Grand Collection. Each arrangement contains enough for 150+ individuals and can be purchased plain or chocolate-dipped, offering party planners a mix of options. Options include the following:

The Majestic Love features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple hearts with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Magnificently Radiant features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple stars with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Field of Daisies features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh daisy-shaped pineapples with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

At parties–such as the many that are held this time of year–guests are drawn to a bright, beautiful centerpiece,” said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. “The Edible® Grand Collection features an awe-inspiring, show-stopping presentation for special events or any occasion that calls for something truly spectacular!

PANDORA Jewelry’s New Disney-Themed Collection Celebrates Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse turn on the charm this season, as part of PANDORA Jewelry‘s new Disney-themed collection. The original assortment of hand-finished jewelry, released in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, includes charms inspired by the iconic silhouettes, patterns and colors of Disney’s most iconic couple. Sterling silver Mickey and Minnie icon dangles accented with black and red enamel celebrate Disney’s classic designs. Wear the charms on your favorite PANDORA bracelet, or style the charms as pendants on necklace chains of varying lengths to celebrate your love of Disney.

Disney’s eternal sweethearts are celebrated on a sterling silver “Minnie and Mickey Kiss” heart-shaped charm featuring red and black enamel designs, with engraved Walt Disney script expressing “Believe in Magic.” The Mickey and Minnie double-heart sterling silver dangle with six bezel-set black crystals and red enamel commemorates the pair’s courtship, which has been going strong since they first debuted together onscreen in 1928.

Mickey and Minnie sparkle on sterling silver clips encrusted with clear and red cubic zirconia. A sterling silver clear pave charm with intricate cutouts and a spacer set with 24 clear crystals are inspired by Mickey’s instantly recognizable silhouette. The charms add whimsical style to PANDORA‘s layered leather bracelets, sterling silver bangles or multi-strand color cords.

The initial launch of PANDORA‘s co-branded Disney jewelry collection includes 25 charms, which are currently sold at PANDORA concept stores throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean. Sterling silver pieces from the new collection start at $35. To discover the Disney jewelry collection from PANDORA, visit PANDORA.net.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Stand Mixer Gifts From KitchenAid

With new juicer and food processor attachments, stylish ceramic bowls and three new colors, the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer offers endless culinary possibilities and makes for a great gift this holiday season.  Further details about the products listed below can be found at www.kitchenaid.com/stand-mixers.

Stand Mixer Attachments
These new attachments mimic the performance and capabilities of the brand’s countertop appliances, while taking up a fraction of the space. The new juicer and sauce attachment features a 2-in-1 feed tube capable of accommodating a variety of fruits and vegetables. A stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, and then processes them at a low speed. The attachment includes a low pulp, high pulp and sauce screen. Suggested retail price for the juicer and sauce attachment is $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The new food processor attachment for the stand mixer features the brand’s exclusive ExactSlice(TM) System, which adjusts slice thickness using an external lever. A 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube eliminates the need for extensive food prep beforehand. The base model comes with a reversible shredding, julienne and slicing discs, while the premium model includes a new commercial-style dicing kit. The base and premium food processor attachments are available for $179.99 and $249.99, respectively.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

As with all KitchenAid® stand mixer attachments, these new attachments fit into the multi-purpose hub of all stand mixer models and are powered by the stand mixer motor.

Ceramic Bowls
New colorful ceramic bowls for the brand’s 5-quart stand mixers offer cooks a new way to personalize their stand mixers. These bowls – available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate – feature a convenient pouring spout and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls carry a suggested retail price of $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

New Colors
KitchenAid is debuting three new colors for the brand’s iconic stand mixer. Sea Glass adds a playful touch to any neutral kitchen space with its captivating hue and luminous glossy finish. The Sea Glass Artisan® Design Series stand mixer is currently available for $459.99.  The Artisan® Series Bordeaux stand mixer offers a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous, and adds a rich, luxurious touch to the countertop. It is available at a suggested retail price of $429.99. Lavender is a soothing shade of pastel purple that brings a soft, fresh element to any kitchen space, pairing especially well with white or stainless steel appliances. The Lavender stand mixer is available for $429.99.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.  Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit KitchenAid.com.

* Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Postal Service Launches ‘Magical’ Mailbox Holiday Experience

Capitalizing on advancements in smartphone technology, the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new mobile marketing campaign that has transformed its approximately 156,271 blue mail collection boxes across the country into a holiday mobile experience using augmented reality (AR) technology.

“Whether you’re walking down a busy city street or a main street in a small town, you can find one of our iconic blue boxes all across the country,” said Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing and sales officer for the Postal Service.  “Instead of just dropping off mail, smartphone users can use our USPS AR app to transform these boxes into a unique and interactive experience during the holidays.”

Starting today through the end of the year, smartphone users can experience the magical mailbox, by simply downloading the “USPS AR” app and using it to scan a nearby blue mail collection box.  The innovative use of augmented reality will feature fun activations like flashing holiday lights or dancing animated penguins, followed by prompts to order free shipping boxes or stamps.

The Postal Service has been promoting augmented reality as a way for marketers to add a digital component to direct mail campaigns to generate a greater return on investment.

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“Mobile technology is enhancing physical mail in some pretty remarkable ways,” said Manabe. “Augmented reality, QR codes, and one-click buying technology are changing the way consumers interact with major brands. That’s why the Postal Service has launched a multi-channel advertising campaign this holiday to reach consumers of all ages.”

As the nation counts down to the holidays, the Postal Service will be adding new features every few days so customers will have a different experience when they use the app to scan the blue collection boxes.

To promote this new mobile experience along with key holiday shipping and mailing dates, the Postal Service has sent a direct mail piece to every U.S. household this week.  The direct mail piece includes instructions on how to download and use the “USPS AR” app to experience the magic.

This mailer is one part of a holiday advertising campaign by the Postal Service ranging from direct mail to television and print advertisements, to social media and digital promotion.

“Our holiday marketing effort will be built around the idea that the Postal Service has been planning all year for this season and we are prepared to deliver the holidays for America,” said Manabe. “Our advertising goal is to attract new consumer and business customers and provide assurance for our customers that they can depend on our affordable and reliable service to deliver their mail and packages during this season.”

Download the USPS AR app  at Google Play or iTunes App Store

Mario Testino Unveiled as The Fifth Macallan Master of Photography

The luxury spirit, The Macallan, has revealed Mario Testino as its fifth Master of Photography. For the very first time in its award-winning series, The Macallan brings to life its foundation stones, The Six Pillars, through the eyes of one of the world’s most prolific portrait and fashion photographer. The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition allows him interpret The Six Pillars through the characterization of six individual personalities in his distinct, inimitable and luxurious style. (See the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nftd-OF11VM)

The Macallan Masters of Photography Limited Edition Pack - Mario Testino Edition (PRNewsFoto/The Macallan)

The Macallan Masters of Photography Limited Edition Pack – Mario Testino Edition (PRNewsFoto/The Macallan)

The Macallan Masters of Photography series features exclusive collaborations, conjoining the art of whisky making with the artist’s interpretation of the world of The Macallan. Previous editions were authored by iconic photographers Elliott Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson.

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.  The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship.

As one of the world’s truly great whiskies, we seek to collaborate with the best photographers in the world. Not just those who have the technical ability, but something more,” remarks Ken Grier, Director of Malts for The Macallan. “The Macallan Masters of Photography is about the personal touch, we work with photographers with whom we have a shared passion to create beautiful collectables. Mario’s emotional engagement coupled with the level of his creative involvement, heralds an evolution of the role of the Master in the Masters of Photography series, one which has brought about an exciting visual celebration of our fundamental Six Pillars. Not only is he a historically important giant in contemporary photography, his elegance, charm and gentlemanly approach to creating this ultimate party has made him both a joy and an inspiration to work with.”

The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition is The Macallan’s most inspired to date, with the whisky bringing together six different casks to showcase the ultimate complexity. Each of these six perfect whiskies is the definitive representation of one of the Six Pillars: the Spiritual Home, Curiously Small Stills, Finest Cut, Exceptional Oak Casks, Natural Color and Peerless Spirit. Each pillow has its  own definitive character, flavor and aroma which when brought together; thus creating what many consider to be the perfect single malt with unparalleled depth, darkness and diversity. Each edition comprises a different Mario Testino print capturing The Six Pillars, an exclusive photo-archival booklet featuring a total of 20 images, shot by Testino during the process, one bottle of the single malt whisky and six miniatures from each of the selected six casks.

Renowned for his mastery of composition – the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture – and for creating a reflective and intense connection with his sitters, be it celebrities or royalty,Mario Testino has now turned his lens to The Macallan. The Master Whisky Maker personally selected these six unique casks from over 200,000 maturing at The Macallan distillery to craft this limited edition expression.  He has achieved this through adding layer upon layer of character and flavor, reflecting the approach taken to the photography itself.   Shot in Beijing, in a former palace near the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square, the photographs showcase the vibrancy and luxury of The Macallan world, infused with subtle eclecticism and cultural allusions.

Presenting the first ever Masters of Photography design collaboration, each of the 1,000 Mario Testino Editions for sale globally (available worldwide starting at $3500)– of which there are four different variations, each featuring one of the four iconic shots taken by Mario – are presented in a beautiful, high gloss, black lacquered presentation box, designed together with Mario Testino. Inspired by the subtle elegance and rich Asian cultural heritage of traditional lacquered boxes, each presentation box is individually numbered and features a secret hidden compartment.

Whisky was the choice of drink in my country during the years I was growing up. When I was approached by The Macallan to take part in the Masters of Photography Series I decided to capture the moment when people get together to celebrate, in the atmosphere of a whisky environment – a whisky club!” says Mario Testino.

Born in Lima, Peru, Testino moved to London in 1976 where he made his home and began his career. His vision has made him a much sought-after creative partner in the fashion and beauty industries.  His work has been featured in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair and he has contributed to the success of many leading fashion and beauty houses through advertising campaigns, from Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana, to Chanel and Lancome.

As a portrait photographer Mario Testino works with the actors and celebrities of the moment, as well as receiving royal commissions from HRH The Prince of Wales, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, HRH Prince Harry, (the late) Diana, Princess of Wales (including the iconic portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales for her Vanity Fair cover story in 1997)Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan and intimate shots of original supermodel Kate Moss spanning several decades.

The recipient of many awards, Testino has received the Medalha Tiradentes from the state of Rio de Janeiro, in 2010 the Grand Cross Order of Merit, his country’s highest honor and in 2013, the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to photography and charity. In 2012 Testino established MATE, Asociacion Mario Testino in Lima, Peru. MATE is a not-for-profit cultural organization that promotes and celebrates the arts of Peru and permanently hosts his own work. He has also published twelve books, including MaRio de Janeiro Testino, Kate Moss by Mario Testino, Private View and In Your Face.

New for 2014 is the The Six Pillars Tour (The Macallan Visitor Centre, The Macallan Distilleries LtdEaster Elchies, Craigellachie, AB38 9RX, Scotland. Tour duration: approx. 1 hour 45 minutes. Price per person – £15). Much like their curiously small stills, the small tour groups are limited to just 10 people to ensure a luxurious, personal experience. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will explain how we create The Macallan‘s rich spirit in a working still house and introduce you to the ‘Six Pillars’.  You will learn how the company’s unparalleled investment in the finest casks contributes to the natural colors, aromas and flavors that set The Macallan apart. After a thorough immersion into the world of The Macallan, you will experience a nosing and tasting of four The Macallan whiskies as well as their very foundation, their wonderfully rich new make spirit.

Lands’ End Launches Holiday “#MonogramMonday” Campaign Searching for Monogram Matches

At Lands’ End, monogramming costs just $6 per monogram and $10 on most luggage, towel, and sheet sets. Most items can accommodate a monogram of up to 10 characters on one line. (Some items, like baby blankets, can accommodate a monogram of up to 15 characters on up to 3 lines.) To celebrate the company’s busiest monogramming season, today Lands’ End has launched #MonogramMonday, a fun campaign searching for individuals with initials to match monograms posted on Lands’ End’s social platforms.

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Each Monday at 8:00 a.m. (CST) from December 1December 22, 2014, Lands’ End will post a photo or video of a three-lettered monogram on Twitter (@LandsEndPR & @LandsEnd), Facebook (www.facebook.com/landsend) and Instagram (@LandsEnd_PR & @LandsEnd). The lucky-named individuals whose personal initials match the posted monogram in any order can enter at www.landsend.com/monogrammonday within 24 hours.  All entries matching the monogram will be collected and one winner will be chosen at random to win a $1,000 Lands’ End gift card each week.

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During the holiday season, November and December, the monogramming department will go through 3,600 spools of thread – the equivalent of 10,800 miles of thread. The company offers 30 different thread colors to help create a truly personalized look with a monogram, with Parchment being the most popular thread color during the holiday season due to the high volume of Christmas stockings monogrammed. Customers can choose from a single initial, three initials or a word, and then select from a variety of font styles for each choice, with “Mom” and “Dad” being the most popular monograms.

Monogramming at Lands’ End is our specialty and we love to see how creative our customers and employees can be with thread colors, phrases and words that help to uniquely personalize everything from cashmere sweaters, down vests, canvas totes and fleece throws to even slippers and socks,” said Steve Rado, SVP, chief marketing officer, Lands’ End. “We thought we’d join in the fun this season by offering a fun, engaging campaign focusing on monogramming.  So, check with us each Monday from December 1 through December 22 to see if your initials match.”

Count Down to Christmas with New Care Bears™ Advent Calendar

Make this holiday season a beary merry adventure with your cuddly friends, the Care Bears. The brand new Care Bears Advent Calendar is a magical interactive calendar you can download to your desktop or iPad, and each day brings festive fun!  Follow your favorite Care Bears through a jolly experience filled with games, activities, videos and more to build the holiday excitement as you explore the dazzling sights of Care-a-Lot at Christmas time.

Count Down to Christmas with Brand-New Care Bears(TM) Advent Calendar! This interactive digital calendar is available for PC, Mac and iPad and brings sharing and caring to holiday anticipation. (PRNewsFoto/American Greetings Corporation)

Count Down to Christmas with Brand-New Care Bears(TM) Advent Calendar! This interactive digital calendar is available for PC, Mac and iPad and brings sharing and caring to holiday anticipation. (PRNewsFoto/American Greetings Corporation)

First introduced by American Greetings in 1982 through consumer products, greeting cards, and later an animated CGI television show, Care Bears has become one of the world’s most popular and endearing children’s properties. Today, fans of all ages are falling in love with these huggable bears who help kids have fun while sharing and caring.

Each day, click on the stars to reveal another special Care Bears surprise and check out all of the wondrous Christmas activities. Whether you’re helping trim the tree in the center of Care-a-Lot, making your own snowflakes or creating joyful scenes with interactive coloring pages – there’s something for everyone. We even saved the best for last – on Christmas Day, a full-length Care Bears holiday video will be unlocked!  For only $2.99 per download, this video adds an extra value to gifting a Care Bears Advent Calendar. It’s easy to order and send extra copies to friends and family, so everyone can count down to Christmas together!

The joyful and generous spirit of the holiday season and excitement of anticipating Christmas are a perfect fit for the sharing and caring message that’s synonymous with Care Bears,” said Derek Roberto, vice president of new media at AG Properties. “The interactive experience of exploring Care-a-Lot at Christmas is sure to make the season merry and bright with sights and sounds that will delight fans of all ages.