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With the holiday season in full swing, Evite revealed its first-ever Holiday Party Trend Report, which features monthly insight on party trends and tips for planning festive, stress-free celebrations. This month’s report highlights two festive, family-oriented holidays, which haven’t landed on the same fourth Thursday of November since 1888 — Thanksgiving, one of Evite’s most popular holidays with more than 2 million invitations sent every year, and Hanukkah. So, this year, while some will celebrate one holiday, others will welcome rare "Thanksgivukkah" festivities.
"The holidays are always a special time of the year, but with this month’s added bonus of two major holidays falling on the same day, there’s even more to celebrate," said Marilyn Oliveira, editorial director for Evite. "We’re constantly looking at major party-planning trends and are thrilled to be able to share our insight, tips, and tricks so our users can have an unforgettable experience with family and friends."
What’s trending: "Friendsgiving" is growing in popularity, becoming an annual tradition celebrated either on or around the Thanksgiving holiday among friends.
Top décor: Incorporating herbs into the décor is a big Thanksgiving trend this year. Wooden boxes or terra cotta planters of rosemary, oregano, and thyme make fresh, fragrant centerpieces, and tie right into a neutral tablescape.
Top recipes: Traditional Thanksgiving desserts like pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie are supplementing the sweeter, year-round pastries including monkey bread, old fashioned oatmeal cookies, and fudge brownies.
For more turkey talk, visit The Daily Meal’s Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving!
What’s trending: In addition to celebrating the dual holiday of Thanksgivukkah this year, the trend for those celebrating Hanukkah is adding a modern spin to tradition. Contemporary Judaica such as unique menorahs made of fused glass or painted metal are edgy but still include all of the aspects required by custom. DIY menorahs are also popular this year, and allow people to put a personal spin on tradition.
Top décor: A trio of décor themes has risen to the top this year: Modern, which features silver and vanilla accents; kid-friendly, which is highlighted by bright colors; and timeless, which features wooden accents and gilded details.
Top recipes: Recipes for Hanukkah are based on the notion of modernizing tradition: For instance, people are serving rosemary-Parmesan challah, sweet potato latkes with cinnamon cream, beer-braised brisket with roasted root vegetables, almond Hanukkah fritters with apricot honey and butternut squash and apple kugel.
To ensure hosts spend more time with family and less time worrying about party details, Evite’s experts have put together the following tips for stress-free Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Thanksgivukkah celebrations:
1. Make a checklist. Write down everything from "check RSVPs" to "set up self-serve bar." Not only does it feel really good to check off to-dos, but it’s the only way to know for sure what still needs to be done. This is especially helpful for those planning to celebrate both holidays so you can make sure all your ducks are in a row before the big party.
2. Enlist help. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are two very family-oriented holidays, so there will likely be extra hands ready to help. If friends or family offer to lend a hand, let them. Delegating a few responsibilities to loved ones — even if it’s with a small detail like picking up ice or putting out flowers — is a huge help. Additionally, if the thought of cleaning your house is too overwhelming, hire someone to clean it before and perhaps even after the party.
3. Keep the menu simple, even if you’re blending the holidays. Make one or two items yourself (everyone has a specialty) and cater or purchase the rest. A host should never be slaving in the kitchen when guests arrive, so prepare dishes that can be easily heated up.
4. Do as much as you can beforehand. Whether it’s decorating, setting the table, or preparing foods that can sit overnight in the fridge, getting things done ahead of time is key. Creating the right ambiance for your party takes time, so tackle décor a couple of days before.
5. Embrace the rarity. The first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving rarely fall on the same day, so if you’re celebrating both holidays, have some fun and make it a big deal. Take special photos, coordinate your serving ware with your Judaica, and cherish both traditions.
For Thanksgiving and Hanukkah invitations you can send online or by mail, visit Evite. And for more party planning tips, décor ideas, and recipes, visit Evite Gatherings today!
These Are the Major Holiday Decorating Trends for 2019
Plus, the color palettes that will be decking everyone's halls.
While traditional decorations and table settings in shades of red and green or silver and gold never go out of style, you can find new ways to share the holiday spirit with your loved ones. That&aposs where seasonal trends come in: This year features an eclectic variety of dຜor and gift-giving ideas that can personalize your own celebrations. The main trend for 2019 is to think outside of the box when it comes to your presents and indoor or outdoor decorations, according to Etsy—they have the inside scoop on the types of items that people are looking for when it comes to the holidays. We spoke with Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy&aposs in-house trend expert (and one of the judges on NBC&aposs Making It), to learn more about the trends that will be bringing holiday cheer to your home in 2019.
1. Data breaches are increasing, and they cost more than ever
The first half of 2019 saw 3,800 publicly disclosed breaches and 4.1 billion records exposed, according to data from Norton. That’s a 54% increase in reported breaches compared to the same time period in 2018.
Those breaches cost companies big — The Ponemon Institute’s Cost of a Data Breach report puts the total cost of a breach at $3.92 million dollars — each lost record represents a cost of $150. The biggest contributor to breach costs? According to Ponemon, it’s loss of consumer trust and it can impact an organization for years a third of the data breach costs studied by Ponemon affected the companies more than one year after the breach itself.
Evite® Reveals Spooktacular Halloween Party Trend Report
LOS ANGELES , Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Halloween season is upon us and Evite (www.evite.com), the leader in digital invitations and social planning since 1998, today revealed its spooktacular Party Trend Report which features other-worldly insight on trends, tips, treats and beverage ideas to help hosts make their party a scream. Halloween events are Evite's second most popular occasion with more than 950K invitations sent across the nation for both the adult and children parties this year. Even more, the Bay Area of California – which includes San Jose , Oakland and San Francisco – topped the list as Evite's most popular party destination, followed by Chicago , San Diego , Houston and Austin .
"This year, the hottest party theme – 'Haunted Fairytale' – creates the perfect combination of enchantment and scare for any Halloween bash," said Jessica Bailey , party stylist at Evite. "There are so many fairytale classics to play off of, and we are thrilled to offer hosts all the ideas and resources they need to throw a creative, but stress-free and unforgettable experience."
Pinterest Reveals the Biggest Trends We'll See in 2021
Here's what to expect in the worlds of fashion, beauty, home, and more.
When it comes to Pinterest, there's no shortage of inspiration, whether you're a beauty enthusiast, an interior design buff, or an amateur chef. The social platform serves up ideas for Zoom-friendly eye makeup looks, decorating pointers for multipurpose spaces now that we're all spending more time at home, and even recipes for creating gourmet-style meals.
But the beauty of the platform also lies in discovery. Sometimes the simple act of browsing Pinterest can lead you to a creative idea or craft project that can bring a bit of joy to your life in an instant. Luckily, there are no signs of this slowing down any time soon, as Pinterest just revealed the top trends we can expect to see in 2021 in the worlds of fashion, beauty, home, food, and yes, travel (when life returns to normal). Scroll down for a snapshot of Pinterest's 2021 trend predictions and read the full report here.
Miss Manners probably has a proper way to handle these sometimes-awkward situations. And she might not agree with my way of thinking, but here goes nothing, as they say.
I think each dinner or party has to be handled individually. At least, this is the way I work. Rather than giving you a set of rules, I’m going to give you examples instead. Christmas dinner and
several other holidays are always held at our home. I’m the only daughter with three boys following me. And sometimes, their wives are not what you would say are handy in the kitchen. Because of
this, it would be my mom and I doing the clean up.
If you don’t want help, don’t start cleaning up
For some reason, moms feel like they should be doing something, if their daughters are working. Since I want to give my mom a break (which is the reason why I have the dinner anyway), I stick
whatever needs to be refrigerated (or else it goes bad) inside the frig and move everyone to the family room for coffee and dessert as soon as I see the main course is finished. Usually, I don’t
even try to convert any of the food into smaller bowls at this time. I open, stuff and close. The table and kitchen mess awaits me after everyone goes home.
I also follow this system when we entertain for business. My reason for doing so is that if I start cleaning the table and dishes, then I will put others on the spot to help. I don’t want to make
anyone feel obligated. (Now, if this would work with my sisters-in-law, I just might. Only kidding.)
When we have a party for friends as a get-together, I usually take it further because my friend Barb will start clearing the table and loading the dishes without me. And yes, I do appreciate the
If we’re having a potluck gathering with say, my husband’s softball team, I’ll package up (wrap tightly with foil and put into a bag) the guests’ dishes with any remaining leftovers for them to
take home. Other than that, I stash whatever has to go in the frig, then leave everything else till later.
But ask for help if you need it!
Now, if your company happens to be the same, holiday after holiday, and they never return invitations, never offer to bring along a dish, and you feel as if you’re being taken advantage of, Sister,
the floor’s all yours. A perfect smile with a polite, “Would you mind handing me that empty bowl?” Once the guest sits down. “Oh, my hands are slippery, could you pass the dishes?” She/he might get
the hint. But, then again, you might have to work your way down to the silverware.
When you’re a guest, always offer to help
Now, as a guest, I do not follow the above advice. I figure, if someone is kind enough to give me a dinner that I get to eat not only hot, but also one I didn’t have to make, then the least I can
do it is help. If the hostess is someone I’m not close to (family or friend) then I scrape the dishes, rinse, and either stack or load in the dishwasher (depending upon the dishes and the
appliance). Usually, I avoid putting anything into the refrigerator or cabinets just for consideration of their privacy. I wouldn’t want to embarrass the hostess if she had stuffed the cupboards to
the brim while trying to clean up before the party. And I’m sure everyone can relate to that.
Do unto others…
Each situation calls for a personal touch. Today, the rules have changed so much, that there aren’t any rules. Except one and it never goes out of style: The rule of common courtesy.
Probably the best advice is to think how you would feel in the opposite position? What results would you like to see or expect? Once you have your answer, act accordingly.
Kick off upcoming parties and social affairs with this 'Evite' Pinata Ice Cream Dessert. Crafted by Evite, a blog devoted to supplying party trips and treats, these secretive and covertly sweet treats are more than meets the eye. At first glance they appear to simply be ice cream cones, but that conclusion is incorrect.
Comprised of sugar cones stuffed with meringues cookies, these Evite Pinata Ice Cream Dessert looks like an unsuspecting vanilla cone. Inside this sugary structure there is an abundance of jelly beans although, almost any candy can be substituted and adapted into this recipe. Those who decide to make this deceptive dessert can customize the candy selection based on the preferences on their older and younger party guests. Everyone can equally enjoy these sweet treats regardless of their age.
74 Inventive Ice Cream Recipes
Staying cool during the height of summer is always a difficult task, but with these inventive ice cream recipes and flavors, fighting the heat has never been easier, or more delicious.
Some of these recipes are meant for the culinary adventurer, while others are meant for those who want to try their hand at making some cute desserts to impress friends and family. For instance, the DIY frozen chocolate bananas are easy to create, but will charm any party guest with their delicious fondu-esque taste. If a more adult recipe is required, whether it's for a Fourth of July barbecue, or even a bachelor/bachelorette party, there are several booze-infused ice cream recipes out there, like the vodka root beer float. This delicious concoction combines all the malt shop nostalgia of a regular float with the grown-up qualities of a spiked drink.
Whether you're looking for a recipe for a casual pool party, a neighborhood barbecue or just to offer to the family, these inventive ice cream flavors are sure to impress and 'wow' anyone who's lucky enough to try them.
‘Friendsgiving’ trend on the rise in the US, especially in large urban centers: ‘It’s replaced the traditional family celebration'
Thanksgiving, traditionally, has been a family-oriented holiday. But Stef W. Kight, in a report for Axios, notes that that the trend known as “Friendsgiving” — that is, Thanksgiving spent with friends rather than family — is on the rise in the United States. And that is especially true in large urban areas.
“The traditional Thanksgiving celebration is changing,” Kight explains. “That reflects broader transformations across America: booming cities and social media, a growing foreign-born population, delayed marriage and family building and young adults relying on ‘urban tribes’ of friends instead of kin.”
According to Google Trends and Evite data, Kight observes, more than half a million people have been invited to a Friendsgiving event in the U.S. in 2019. Google data shows New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and San José, California to be some of the top cities for Friendsgiving, Kight points out — while Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles top the list with Evite.
The term Friendsgiving, according to Merriam-Webster, was coined around 2007.
“Friendsgivings for many are just a pre-party to a still family-centric holiday, but the trend also mirrors shifting lifestyles and demographics in the U.S.,” Kight notes. “Urbanization, delayed marriage and delayed childbearing over the past few decades have reshaped social connections and personal obligations. Many young, single adults move to cities, where they work, make friends, pay off college debt, date on apps and wait longer to settle down.”
Friendsgiving, according to Kight, is a multi-generation trend.
“Friendsgiving is not just for Millennials,” Kight observes. “Some Gen-Xers and Boomers tell Axios they were hosting and attending such gatherings in the '80s and '90s, without the catchy name.”
One Friendsgiving attendee, quoted anonymously, told Axios, “Now that we live so far from family, it’s replaced the traditional family celebration.”
Renkoo Gets Another $6M to Compete with Evite
Evite competitor Renkoo has landed an additional $6 million in funding, led by Maveron Equity Partners, according to a report from VentureBeat. This is the company's second round of funding. I had a rather extensive interview with Joyce Park of Renkoo last year, not too long after the company's first round of funding. You may recall that Renkoo has set out to create a web-based, cross platform (and cross-device) system to help groups plan casual events.
Whether you prefer communications via email, instant messaging or SMS text messages, Renkoo will bridge the gap for all its users, ensuring that everyone stays in the loop, in real-time. This collaborative communication technique for getting together with a group of friends is an obvious next step in the grand scheme of things, even if the concept hasn't quite hit mainstream just yet. Nevertheless, there are several other services out there that will use this technique to help you achieve the same goal, including Planypus, which has also received an undisclosed amount of funding in the past 12 months.
What solidified the event-planning tool's direction for needing a more integrated system for communicating amongst friends was eVite's recently launched mobile tool. Evite's answer to startups like Renkoo not only addressed the need for a multi-device system, but also addressed the trend for using such communication tools for the purpose of planning casual get togethers, branching off in a vertical that Evite hopes will broaden its user base to younger and more mobile demographics.
Whether Renkoo plans to move further into mobile event communications or not remains to be seen, but it's clear that current trends are seeking more integrated ways in which to leverage web-based user-generated services in order to provide hyper-localized, real-time information about events, including recommendations and updates from members of these mobile communities. This direction seems like a natural fit for Renkoo and would broaden its own service for a multi-tiered approach to information-gathering straight to action items.