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With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Falling on the Same Day This Year, Experts Offer Trends and Tips for Planning Stress-Free Celebrations
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday season in full swing, Evite (www.evite.com), the leader in digital invitations and social planning since 1998, today 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 over two 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 decor: Incorporating herbs into the decor 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.
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 decor: A trio of decor 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:
With over 32 million registered users, Evite (www.evite.com) is the leading digital invitation and social event planning brand. Evite's free, easy-to-use invitation designs kick off more than 7 million parties and gatherings every year. With 28,000 invitations sent every hour, and party-planning tools that handle hundreds of millions of RSVPs annually, Evite is responsible for more celebrations than any other online brand. Launched in 1998, Evite is headquartered in Los Angeles and is a wholly-owned operating business of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA, LINTB).
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