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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

10 Comments 27 March 2013

Karen Tawil is one of the most creative and talented people I know. Years ago, Karen volunteered for a Sephardic Bikur Holim bake sale that we were working on.  In one day, she ran down to the flower district and bought tons of  bonsai plants, flowers, and all sorts of containers and ribbon, and created about 50 of the coolest Shabbat arrangements for sale. Needless to say, we were all sold out within hours, and it greatly helped us add to the profits and enjoyment of the day!

I must also add that Karen and her husband Neil own  Bright Eyes, the BEST place to shop for designer sunglasses in the Tri-State area. Bright Eyes is Located at 508 Kings Hwy # 1, Brooklyn, NY 11223-1917

Call Karen or Neil for more info:(718) 382-8722 ‎

Thanks for sharing your breathtaking holiday table settings with us, Karen!  You make it look so easy!!!

p.s. To all of my Jewish Hostesses! keep sending in your holiday photos to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com! use the @!!


“Hi Marlene,

I love the reaction of my guests when they come into our home and they get excited with all they see. I feel like the table setting makes the meal memorable even if its a meal as simple as bbq. For shavuot lunch it was just the four of us. I used a woven leather placemat from Pottery Barn with a silver charger ,the dishes are limoge and the flatware is lucite. I used stargazer and blue hydrangeas…….

For dinner table decor, I used a silver liner with a shimmer white overlay. Everything else was simple. As it was the holiday of Shavuot,  I just wanted it to be about the flowers. I put six vases across the table filled with roses, lisianthus,philanopsis,calla lillies and peonies. In front of each place setting, I put a single orchid in medicine tubes. The napkin rings were made out of silver leather from the fabric store sealed with a hot glue gun. Simple and elegant!!! Karen Tawil”

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Personalized Lingerie Shopping with Jamie Kurland


Personalized Lingerie Shopping with Jamie Kurland

2 Comments 02 January 2011

Mother’s Day Special Only!

Run over to Jamie today for

15% off already discounted prices!!!

If you are looking for a lingerie makeover, a gorgeous bridal trousseau, or if you need some mother’s day gifts (for yourself!) then Jamie Kurland is your one-stop shop. Jamie has been is business for over 15 years, her business originating in Manhattan. Now in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York, Jamie offers a personalized service in a  private setting for all Jewish brides and married women. Jamie works by appointment to assure her undivided attention. A major plus to shopping by Jamie is her FREE alteration service. (I know that at 5′ 0 I could sure use that!)

Jamie has a loyal following of Jewish women that keep coming back season after season.

Some of the brands that Jamie carries are:

Phillip Broess, Eberjey, Wendy Glez, Mary Green, Myla,

and Only Hearts.

CLICK HERE to email Jamie for an appointment.





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Party by the Pool

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Party by the Pool

No Comments 29 June 2010

Hot summer days and cool summer nights lure us  to entertain poolside. Even your teeniest guests can’t break these gorgeous yet sturdy dishes and serving pieces. Your guests will never believe that they are melamine!

Use them for barbecues, lazy day picnics, and parties on the beach.

They are so well priced- you can buy a set for dairy, AND meat and you still wont break the bank.

Treat yourself !!!

1-Bamboo Inspired Drinkware

2- Winchester Mandala

3- Rainbow Acrylics

4-Polka Dot Fun

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Coolest Modern Judaica

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Coolest Modern Judaica

2 Comments 08 June 2010

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. “- Aristotle

The simplicity of these designs will enhance your home, but more importantly, refine the mitzvot of Hanukah, havdalah, mezuzah, tefillin and kiddush.

For the  Jewish dad who appreciates fine design.

Check out these extra special Judaica pieces designed by Jewish artists. Though some of these items may be pricey, you will never tire of these timeless creations.

1- The ever changing menorah -A signed and numbered limited edition of 199 pieces by Yaakov Greenvurcel.  The Ever-Changing Hanukah Menorah is a dynamic sculpture, that one can rearrange in virtually endless configurations. Separate units of the Menorah can be used for Shabbat and for other occasions.It was awarded the first prize by the Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem, 1980.

2-http://www.jerusalem-art.org/Embroidery by Adina Gat Artist-

These Tefillin bags, Challah covers, Chuppahs etc. are all hand embroidered to perfection. My brother in law had a koracha made up with Adina and it is absolutely magnificent. Contact Adina for more photos and custom orders.

3Modern Award Winning Havdalah Set by Silversmith DesignerSrulovitch Sari .Born and raised in Jerusalem. Graduated with distinction from  the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (BFA), and the Royal College of Art, London (MA). Her works of art have received many prizes and awards. Contact the artist for more info.

4-Sterling Silver and Gold Mezuzah Case $325

5-Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup by Piet Coen $585 for Jewish Museum members. Regular price $650.

6-Set of Kiddush Cups by Yaacov Greenvurcel- magnificent and modern sterling siver  kiddush cups. Contact the artist for prices.

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Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts: Under $75

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Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts: Under $75

1 Comment 30 April 2010

We love handmade gifts for Mother’s Day, even if they aren’t your hands!!!

We collected our favorite’s from among Etsy’s best Mother’s day gifts, both handmade and vintage. Folded Porclain, English Hobnail, Sterling spikes, Amethyst, an English Toast rack(I use mine for mail!)and even lavender sachets…all for well under a $100 dollars.

These gifts are a cheap and cheerful twist on a handmade Mother’s Day Gift. 

1. Folded Porcelain Vase $65

2. Sterling spikes scattered on a delicate chain $25

3.English Hobnail Milkglass $70

4.Toast Rack – English Silver Plated $75

5. Silverplate Leaf $45

6. Set of 4 Black and White Damask II Tile Coasters $10

7.Acorn Sachets — Lavender Filled $9.75/set of 5

8.Amethyst Jeweled Lucite Box $55

9. Amethyst Briolette- Lariat Necklace $24

10. 5 Brass Candle Sticks $25

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Spring Centerpieces

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Spring Centerpieces

1 Comment 04 April 2010

With Spring finally in full bloom, it’s time to take advantage of springs flowers to create floral centerpieces of all shapes and sizes that will take your breath away.

Some tips on creating a gorgeous arrangement:

1. Your arrangement doesn’t have to be big. Small arrangements in multiples is a sweet and sophisticated look. Its also easier to serve with these small arrangements because the hight of a large arrangement wont block anyone’s view!

2. All the florists use scotch tape to make a grid over the top of the vase to help hold up the flowers. This allows you to arrange large bouquets more easily because the flowers will stay where you put them!

3. Arrangements that are all one color or flower are easy to put together and look very chic.

4. Forgo the flowers! Leaves and greenery can make for a gorgeous arrangement. They can be arranged to be very large and dramatic.

5. Look for vases in strange places… Your vase doesn’t have to be a vase! You can use colorful glasses, pretty teacups, and even little bowls to arrange your flowers. Your guests wont think that you didnt have vases, but rather, how creative you are!

6. Forgo the roses… While roses are always gorgeous, they are a little expected. Instead try Lavender, Hyacinth, Cherry Blossoms or Peonies.

As always, have fun! Get your kids involved by letting them help, and you are sure to create something magical!

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