A Sweet Spectrum of Color by Candybar Couture on “Thanksgivukka”!

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A Sweet Spectrum of Color by Candybar Couture on “Thanksgivukka”!

No Comments 26 June 2013

 

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I LOVE featuring the table setting talents of other women- especially if we can connect with ladies that are all the way on  the West Coast.

Thank you Marj for sharing your Candy Bar Couture skills with other Jewish Hostesses! 

My tastebuds are craving a huge turquoise gum ball as I post these pics. Not sure if I can quench that craving with the sugar-free stick of gum that’s squished in my jacket pocket… 

Enjoy the eye candy featured below!

“Hi Marlene,
The first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year- November 28th. This is a very rare alignment of the Jewish and secular calendars and will not happen again for another 78,000 years or so. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have been merged a the holiday is being called Thanksgivukkah. I thought it would be a great challenge to come up with a dessert bar that incorporates both holidays. It was actually quite fun to mix pumpkins, dreidels, menorahs and gelt all together! I hope you will like this unlikely combination and feature it in your blog!”
Marjaneh Etebar
The design, candy and sweet styling was done by me: Marjaneh Etebar, Candybar Couture  WEBSITE: www.candybarcouture.com FACEBOOK: www.Facebook.com/candybarcouture90210
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/candybarcouture
The sugar cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, and “menurkey”  were from Sweet E’s Mini Bake Shop     WEBSITE: www.SweetesBakeshop.com
The printables were from Sweet Lex  ETSY STORE: www.etsy.com/shop/sweetlex

 

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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

8 Comments 20 June 2013

 

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I call this “Rosh Hashanah” Honey Chicken, but of course you can use recipe all year round. I devised my own version of this recipe after hunting online for a roasted holiday chicken marinade. Make sure you continually baste and brush with the honey at the end of roasting. You don’t want leathery dry chicken on Rosh Hashanah!

The overnight marinade is also essential for the great flavor boost. I made it last week and I knew it was good when my son’s teenage friend kept forking more chicken pieces over into his plate. I heard him say , “This is great chicken” as he was gobbling it up.

Teens don’t lie! (at least not about food…)

Enjoy and Happy New Year! Marlene

Ingredients for Rosh Hashanah Roasted Honey Chicken:

3 chickens cut into 10 pieces each, or you can order 3 packs of chicken legs and thighs separated.(I always order my chicken pieces without the skin.)

Make a paste and marinate overnight:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil (if you buy chicken without the skin, then use more olive oil so it doesn’t dry out.)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary – finely chopped
  • 3 tsp. lemon juice
  • 8 cloves garlic – finely chopped
Glaze:
3/4 cup honey melted in a pot over low flame.
Directions:

1. Rinse chicken and remove excess fat. PAT DRY so that the marinade sticks.

2. Combine paste ingredients, put on kitchen gloves and rub onto all chicken pieces in a large bowl.

3. Slice about 3 large onions and place on the bottom go the roaster. Drizzle safflower oil over the bottom of the roaster.

4.Place chicken pieces on top of onions .Marinate overnight.

5. Cover and cook for one hour at 350. Remember to baste continually.

6. Melt  3/4 cup of honey in a pot and brush  every 15-20 minutes till pieces of chicken slides off the bone and top is brown.

7. Leftover chicken is even better deboned, warmed up, and served the next day for lunch.



 

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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

7 Comments 20 June 2013

 

Thank you Mikhayla Bibi for submitting these gorgeous bridal shower pics! Now I’m officially ready to get into the summer wave of entertaining. Not only can we use this Alice in Wonderland theme as bridal inspiration, but of course we can juice up some ideas for serving blue sky desserts and breezy beverages. Note the mason jars for lemonade with the easy to make labels attached with twine, the scooped out mouth watering watermelon, mini lattice apple pies, pops of colorful seating, and more! Enjoy! xoxo

“Hi Marlene,

The theme for the bridal shower was Alice in Wonderland. Set up both inside and outside, the inside table was covered in green grass tablecloth filled with Alice toys, flowers, decks of cards, fun desserts, and a “falling” cake by Keren Greenberg.
As each guest walked into the party, a Polaroid photo was taken of them and hung up on a string crisscrossing over the main table.
Outside, a long white table and a red chair from Artistic Frame. The white table was covered in bright colored platters filled with both food and desserts by Mikhayla Bibi.
Detail had been particularly implemented by Chantelle Bibi who has experience as a set designer and Lauren Bibi, the graphic artist known for her work with Ldecor Design; the watermelon teacup, the Alice in wonderland decks of cards, the pink lemonade in mason jars each tied with their own “Drink Me!” cards, the clock tables, and more.
And it didn’t hurt that, Thank Gd, that it was a beautiful day as we sat in “Aryana’s Wonderland”
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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

4 Comments 19 June 2013

 

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Dear Hostesses,

In case you haven’t heard, the new code word for the next huge family get together is “Thanksgivukkah”. This year, in a rare alignment of calendars, Hanukka and Thanksgiving fall on November 28, 2013. Astronomers say that we won’t see this occurrence again till the year 79,811 so  I decided  to make a big deal out of this menorah/pumpkin  shidduch (or buzzrah  as they say in Arabic) by re-creating  a Syrian Jewish Hanukka table with a twist  of Thanksgiving thrown in.  Some may say that this American/Jewish holiday connection is pure coincidence, but I’m thinking that there is a greater cosmic connection that’s just waiting to be blogged about.

As Jews in America,  we are very grateful to be able to celebrate our holidays publicly without fear of being persecuted. Just the fact that we can honor the mitzvah of lighting the menorah at the front window to shout out the 8 day miracle of Hanukka is reason enough to bring out our finest china and table decor to honor our peaceful place in Jewish history. For that reason alone, we should all proudly acknowledge and celebrate Thanksgiving.   As a Sephardic Jew living in America I now understand that we are a minority of Jews residing within a minority of the larger Ashkenazi Jewish population. When our community first arrived on these shores in the 1900′s, they were quickly swept up in the wave of fellow immigrants that had also fled for a better life in the U.S.A.. Fast forward one hundred years,  the Syrian Jewish culture readily absorbed many delicious flavors from their surrounding American and Ashkenazi Jewish neighbors while still retaining the pride of their homeland. It’s no wonder I received this email from Rina Kassab who wrote,

“Hi Marlene, in Syria we had no idea what Sufganiyot is! We made Atayef with Ricotta (lebeh) and Walnuts (joz). My Atayef are ready to freeze fresh for Hanukka!
Hope u like!”

I then decided to skip the Sufganiyot and  create a Syrian style Hanukka table sweetened with a tray of sweet chopped nut filled Atayef and drizzled with shirah- a thick rose water syrup freshly made by Rina. Rina told me that on Hanukka in Syria, the Jewish women prepared 8 small glass cups that were filled with half water/half oil and then inserted a handmade wick within each one. (Whaaaat? No Jonathan Adler Menorot?)

And guess what? In Syrian, NO GIFTS were given on HANUKKA!  Gift giving was reserved for Purim!  I wonder if the Ashkenaz Jews had the tradition of eight surprise filled nights way back in the old country. Comment below if anyone you know has the answer! (Hmmm…. why do I suspect that gift giving during December in our great U.S of A evolved into a fabricated American marketing spending scheme…)

I also added in an extra candle that is lit every year by Syrian Jews whose ancestors fled Spain during the expulsion by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492. Expelled on Tisha B’Av over 500 years ago, several Jewish families wandered for months until they stumbled upon the Syrian community of Aleppo, Syria some months later on  Hanukka eve. So grateful were this group of exiles to finally find a homeland that they lit an extra candle to commemorate this miracle. To this day many Syrian Jewish families still light an extra candle on Hanukka, some knowing the story of their wandering ancestors, and some just  following this custom by tradition without really understanding why the extra candle is illuminated.

Enjoy my “Thanksgivukkah” table! Flowers and pumpkin menorah designed by Marzan Flowers.

Photos by the talented Morris Gindi of morrisgindiphotography. Call Morris for weddings and special events! Product and architectural shoots. Check out his website HERE and Instagram feed HERE.

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Modern Silver Hanukka Menorah by Parci Parla in Brooklyn. Call Sherri at ((347) 587-5179 for pricing.

Orange roses  by Marzan Flowers (917)406-6259.

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Note the extra candle lit! (Want to know why? Read it above)

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Dreidels filled with a scooped out and silver sprayed pumpkin by Marzan Flowers. Silver tray by Christofle.

Personalized napkins by ipersonalize.(Call or text Joy  718-490-7063 for more options)

 

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Custom Hanukka Straws by personalize. Call or text Joy (718)490-7063 for all of your tabletop personalizationClick here for more personalization ideas!

Blue trimmed linen napkin and blue and white Ikat tablecloth by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

Custom Hanukka Place cards  with exotic blue feathers by Karens Invitations. Call Karen at (718) 339-1929

Thanksgiving Rooster Cupcake Topper by Kitchen Caboodles. Call Helen at (917)691-4599

 

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Although I was really doing great on my diet, I didn’t even flinch when the photo shoot was over and I was able to eat an entire Atayef without a drop of guilt. My grandmother used to make these sweet crunchy treasures and each bite was worth every single calorie. Thanks Rina!!!

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This fantastic silver sprayed pumpkin  menorah was designed and hand crafted by Yuval and Ina Marzan of Marzan Flowers.

Call them for your festive events, holiday tables and hostess gift arrangements at (917)406-6259.

Love this IKAT blue and white table topper by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

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Delicious Hanukka cake  with Pumkins on top(!!!) designed by Rachel Benun of Flour Power. Call Rachel for your next special event! (917)881-2428

Lucite cake knife by Parci Parla (347)587-5179

 

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Gorgeous multi layered wrapped gift cake by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

Wine Decanter by Pampaloni

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Cake detail by  by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

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Hope u enjoyed! XoXo

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

1 Comment 08 June 2013

We are really lucky to have  this  Hanukka table setting from the famous Doris Dwek, an acclaimed party and event planner in the NYC area.

Doris, thank you so much  for all of your hard work and attention to every detail of your hanukkah holiday table decor!

Doris can  help you design a gorgeous one of a kind event invitation,  or if you want to create an impressive children’s party, bar mitzvah, or any type of memorable themed event!
(732)-687-1534

p.s.  Thank you Grace Dabah for the gorgeous photography!

“Hi Marlene,

For this Hanukka display, I applied  gold paint  mixed with gold glitter  to wood branches as a centerpiece. I also dipped dreidels into the gold paint and  tied them on to trees with pretty ribbon for the Hanukkah centerpiece . Gold sparkly  initials attached to mirrored squares were used  as elegant place cards.

Organza ribbon and chocolate coins were assembled and used as a napkin ring. I used inexpensive fabric from Joanne fabrics to make a cloth runner .

The artificial silk flowers look  are from Paris and can be purchased from  Surrey lane stores in Brooklyn and Deal N.J.
The glass goblets can also be purchased at Surrey Lane also. Happy Hanukka to all of the Jewish Hostesses out there!

Doris Dwek”

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