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Have A Wild Purim Party With the Mamiyes!

12 Comments 15 January 2013

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Enjoy this re-post from 2012….

 

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Dear Hostesses, I know that your are all thinking that I am the one responsible for this magnificent jungle themed table, but no, I must admit- all of the credit goes to my official partner in crime, my sister in law A……Mamiye. About two weeks ago, she graciously invited my family over for a Purim Party Seudah, and thrilled to be let off the hook, I quickly accepted.

A….. always puts extra effort into her Purim Party theme and  literally involves every member of her family into the fun of the holiday. One year she came to my door dressed as the wicked witch, with themed mishloach manot in hand, and each kid (plus my brother in law) was in tow as another member of the Wizard of Oz family. (I was told  that if I posted the pictures, I would be excommunicated). Another fun year she made us all dress up in 80’s garb and I had a great time exhuming my old favorite lime neon green shoulder padded short jacket (the matching mini-mini skirt wouldn’t zip), and I blew off the dust from my beloved 3 inch hanging gem encrusted  gold costume earrings (why I still have all that stuff, I do not know). I PUFFED up my hair, and tried to replicate my  Stagelight blue eyeshadow (who remembers Blue Roses sticky lip gloss?). ( If this era applies to you,  click here and reminisce with fads from the 80’s). Anyways, Allegra treated us all to a whole 80’s experience that Purim holiday, including an entire homage to Rick Springfield and his music. (ahem).

 Fast forward to Purim 2012- Knowing that we would have to spotlight this holiday table on The Jewish Hostess, we quickly began to brainstorm.  An adventurous sarfari theme came to mind and we got to work. Digging into both of  our  storage closets, we dug up anything and everything that was wood, orange, green, exotic, and bright. Within three minutes my niece was at my door ready to pick up my tropical finds.

A….. went to work on the computer and in her own words “‎​Got the bandana’napkins’ and the hanging balls and animal print bags from Oriental Trading. Dirt cheap. Got the ‘bambu’ disposable plates from Paper goods. All the rest is yours and my stuff dug up from the archives!”

A….. spent the next two days singlehandedly setting up her table, and  so excited with how it was coming out, she called me at midnight to come check it out. 

Twenty years ago A….. and I used to dream of running to Bergdorfs, but now all we were thinking of was when we could find a minute to run to the flower market for some brights  that would polish off the table. We finally got there yesterday, parked illegally and within 10 minutes we had acquired a bunch of beautiful vines, leaves, and exotics, plus, of course, a parking ticket.

I ran to the fruit store (this was the one day of the year that Ouri’s didn’t have baby bananas!) and I grabbed some mangoes, kiwis, oranges, and pineapple, brought it to her house dumped them into our wood bowls, and within three minutes we were ready for photographer Gary Zindel to snap some photos.

Check it out A……’s Purim party efforts below and enjoy! Happy Purim! Marlene

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  1. Hi there!
    I just wanted to pop over and let you know that I’ve shared this post in an inspiration board for a Rainforest Jungle themed party on my blog.

    Here is the direct link to the post if you want to check it out:
    http://uniquepasticheevents.com/2013/07/17/rainforest-jungle-themed-fundraiser-inspiration/

    Thanks for sharing this post! I may have never found what I was looking for :)

  2. Jamie Geller says:

    you know what I love this table and I love animal prints (especially shoes!!!) and i like most that it’s not so matchy matchy so there is alot of leeway in terms of expression and prints.

  3. I was thinking last night that I need new napkin rings… I like those wood ones.

  4. What a beautiful tablescape! It makes me feel like I’m in a safari!

  5. Malia K. says:

    Love all the details! What was in the MM bags?

  6. Chavi says:

    I love this tablescape for it’s playfulness, and for the fact that so many of the items can be reused in other table designs! Yomim Tovim can cost so much, I think it’s great to make every purchase count.

  7. Rebecca says:

    The most fun tablescape I’ve ever seen! I love everything about this, especially the paper goods and the FRUIT!

  8. Fashion-isha says:

    Wow this is truly amazing! I noticed every detail!!
    xo
    Sharon

  9. Linda D. says:

    This is so great! Love the MM bags with the animal print too. Happy Purim!


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