This past summer, the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center hosted a fund raising event at the home of Charles and Ariella Ben Dayan in Deal, New Jersey. Ten teams of Jewish hostesses took on a different Jewish table setting theme that resulted a fierce competition. Though it was an extremely tough decision, Muriel Hidary and Barbara Franco were the table setting winners of the day.
During the festival of Sukkot ,its hard enough to get someone to put up your Sukkah decorations, but imagine how hard it is to build a Sukkah from scratch just for a charity event, for hundreds of women to check out- and then take it all down after 24 hours!! What a feat!!
When I sat down with Barbara and Muriel (a great team- I must say!!!) to discuss the mini- sukkah that they whipped up , they casually described how easy it was to:
- Create a faux chandelier by buying 2 bunches of branches and somehow figuring out how to suspend a bird’s nest from Michael’s Crafts with candles balanced atop the birds nest ring!
- Buy burlap, beautifully drape it as a table cloth using stick pins from Michael’s crafts in New Jersey.
- Sew a beautiful beige linen fabric onto the backs of folding chairs, and THEN wrap each chair with a darker beige gauze and tie together with a mini wreath- also from Michael’s.(how stunning???)
- Find real looking greens that resembled the green leaves that are found on the lulav- Hadass and Aravah.
- Tie fishnet that adorned the back columns of the Sukkah.- (from A.C. Moore.)
- Sew fabric for back curtains- Lana fabrics in Brooklyn, N.Y.
More Gorgeous Details:
- Vietri dishes and Kim Seybert napkin rings were borrowed from “Aimee”.
- Each place setting had a name printed within a $1.99 garden daisy picture frame bought from Michael’s Crafts.
- The etrog box is antique and is inscribed with the owner’s initials.
- The centerpiece is a cylinder vase filled with lemons (etrogs weren’t available in August!)
- Artificial succulents- from A.C Moore
I’m sure you found some inspiration here!! Happy Holidays!!!!