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Our latest project: Forging New Family Traditions

Today we launched our newest guide, The Non-Traditionalist's Guide to Forging New Family Traditions. The Guide is 100% free and is chock full of funny, poignant, and delightful stories of crazy family traditions told to us by you—members of the Everybody's Invited community.

We hope you'll get as much of a kick out of the stories in the Guide as we do. They proved to us that family traditions don't need to be boring, staid, or even particularly dignified. They just have to bring people together, provide something to look forward to, and create vivid memories.

Please check out the Guide and share it with someone you think will love it.


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Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast in Bed

Set the mood for a Cupid’s Arrow-themed breakfast in bed with a gold-dipped feather garland.

Set the mood for a Cupid’s Arrow-themed breakfast in bed with a gold-dipped feather garland.

As if pierced by Cupid’s golden arrow, your Valentine will feel completely love-struck with a surprise bow and arrow-themed breakfast in bed.

What you’ll need:

tray

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plate for pancakes

And some beautiful arrows for decoration

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On the Menu:

Keep it sweet and simple with strawberry pancakes and heart-shaped strawberry slices.

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Give:

Capture your significant other’s heart with a lovely little gift, like this golden arrow necklace (Etsy.com has tons) or golden arrow tie clip.

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And maybe if you’re feeling super thematic and romantic, you could get little matching arrow tattoos.

See more inspiration for a Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast in Bed on our Pinterest board.

Do you have any romantic Valentine’s Day plans? If you’re having a hard time thinking of something extra special, Chris is amazing at helping people craft the perfect moment. Let us know if you need a little help!

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Theme Party Inspiration: New Year’s Day Brunch

Art print by Amanda Catherine Designs on Etsy.com.

Art print by Amanda Catherine Designs on Etsy.com.

How will you ring in the New Year? We’re starting 2014 off right: with friends and food!

Describer the Vibe:

The New Year’s Day Brunch we’re dreaming of is subtly sparkly, with mostly white and silver, and some gold. It’s intimate and welcoming, with our closest friends conversing around a beautifully decorated dining table.

Decor:

This white and silver table setting is perfect: simple, modern, and crisp.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? We don’t know. But we like this sparkly silver banner.

Time keeps on tickin’ into the future. Clocks (like the little silver one above and the gold one below) and simple white candles look gorgeous on a food buffet, coffee bar, mimosa bar, or on the dining table.

What’s brunch without mimosas? We love the idea of a mimosa bar with different types of juices to choose from – orange, mango, and grapefruit (our favorite).

Sparkly stir sticks are a must.

Menu:

Guests likely stayed up late the night before. Let’s make sure they’re good and caffeinated with this cute cup of joe.

These glittery goodies are almost too pretty to eat, but that’s not stopping us.

We’re pretty sure grilled cheese is the ultimate hangover food. Soak up the champagne from the night before with this Brie and Blueberry Waffle Grilled Cheese. Serve with seasonal spiced fruit and mini breakfast casseroles.

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Attire:

Just say “yes” to casual sequins.

For more ideas, see our New Year’s Day Brunch board on Pinterest (where you’ll also find all of the above images and their links).

Happy (almost) New Year from Everybody’s Invited! 

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Creative, low-budget, DIY gift wrapping

photo found on decoist.com

photo found on decoist.com

Once you’ve finished your holiday gift shopping, the real work begins! Presenting a beautiful or uniquely wrapped gift is satisfying in a way that reindeer wrapping paper and those ubiquitous little stick-on bows just isn’t!

Here’s some low-cost, mostly DIY, creative inspiration! (Check out our Holiday Gift Wrap Pinterest board for more.)

Ribbon ExplosionMake use of all of your old ribbon scraps and create something one-of-a-kind and festive.

found on boakart.com

found on boakart.com

Light It Up!Oh Joy! had the brilliant idea of wrapping gifts with mini-LED light strings.

from Oh Joy!

from Oh Joy!

Cameo AppearanceWe love the idea of using old cameos or brooches as ribbon centerpieces.

seen on sortrature.com

seen on sortrature.com

Searching for the Perfect GiftMake your own version of this multi-purpose word search wrapping paper and circle the appropriate message.

found on decoist.com

found on decoist.com

Cheerful Washi WrapUse grocery bags and washi tape to create your own masterpieces.

found on elizabeth doo-dah!

found on elizabeth doo-dah!

You’re a Star!The tutorial is in Danish, but the pictures make it pretty clear how to make this cute fabric star.

found on Sofie Legarth

found on Sofie Legarth

Meta DIYYou provide the crayons, the space, and the instruction, but let your gift recipient do the DIY part.

found on misswebbie.gr

found on misswebbie.gr

There are many more ideas on our Holiday Gift Wrap Pinterest Board!

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s time to get your holiday gift shopping on! While we don’t believe gifting is a necessary part of the holidays (spending time with or sending love to all your people is the important part!), it can be fun to spoil people with a little storebought (or internet-bought) holiday cheer. If you need some inspiration, check out our list of Everybody’s Invited-approved holiday gifts—each one is radder than the last.

Ready, set, put a bow on it!

For people who play with their food: These 3D dinosaur cookie cutters create the most impressive cookies around, and offer a new spin on the popular Paleo diet.  ($12)

Roar!

Roar!

For accident prone literary types: Getting a boo boo can hurt your pride. Fortunately, these Jane Austen bandages can help you keep your sparkling wit intact. ($5)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, is still in need of a good bandaid.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, is still in need of a good bandaid.

For the most whimsical person on your list: This art print will make dolphin fans, frequent travelers, and people with imaginations smile. ($19)

Wheeeee!

Wheeeee!

For crafty couples: What duo wouldn’t want a set of cute custom paper dolls?  (Since she’s got a backlog of orders, consider making your own.) ($35, or kinda free if you make your own.)

Oh, the twee!

Oh, the twee!

For creative kids: Can you imagine how cool it would be to have your childhood drawings turned into real, 3-dimensional, plush toys? Child’s Own Studio can make that happen for a kid in your life. Also check out the “Softiemaker Showcase” for other companies that do the same. (between $90 and $140)

An amazing likeness!

An amazing likeness!

For circus enthusiasts: This book about the circus looks like high-flying fun. ($47)

Step right up!

Step right up!

For those with wanderlust: This travel scratch map lets you scratch off the gold layer to reveal all of your amazing destinations underneath. So motivating! ($17)

The fun of travel meets the fun of lottery tickets!

The fun of travel meets the fun of lottery tickets!

For Star Wars fans with a sweet tooth: These Han Solo in Carbonite Truffles look ridiculously good. Choose between Nutella, peanut butter, or marshmallow cream filling. ($9 for a 3-pack)

“I love you, truffles.” “We know.”

“I love you, truffles.” “We know.”

For those who like to savor: I’m  going to pick up a copy of Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life by Karen Karbo for myself (!) because I’m all about savoring during the holiday season. ($19)

When Julia talks, I listen.

When Julia talks, I listen.

For those who can’t get enough of Back to the Future: We can’t recommend this game highly enough for a game-loving BttF fan. ($20)

BttF is always a good idea.

BttF is always a good idea.


BttF is always a good idea.

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