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How to Fold your Linen Napkins for the Holidays

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How to Fold your Linen Napkins for the Holidays

4 Comments 02 May 2011

Its time to take out those crisp linen napkins that have been hiding all winter!

Capture the spirit of  springtime by folding napkins with the Lotus fold.

Use small bowls or votives to float a  flower in the center of each flower fold:

For a huge selection of votives and candles in all shapes and colors click Here.

Enjoy your Shavuot, and let the kids help with the napkin folding!





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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

2 Comments 03 April 2011


In a nutshell, a swanee is a Syrian Jewish custom in which the bride receives gives from her fiance and future mother in law prior to the wedding. These gifts range from beautiful soaps and lingerie to fine crystal and jewelry! In recent times, brides started to do the same for their future husbands. The men’s gifts can be anything from a watch and cufflinks to a kiddush cup and other beautiful Judaica.  They’re usually beautifully displayed on a table and exchanged in front of close friends and family!
I don’t know about you, but I would never want to receive a beautiful gift in 99¢ wrapping paper. I believe that the  presentation is just as important as what’s inside the box!  The hours of meticulously picking out, wrapping, and displaying each gift was more difficult than it looks, but it was well worth it!
For my husband’s swanee, I wanted to create a beautiful display table that also matched his personality.
So I used the following wrapping papers and color scheme:
Navy Suede - classic, handsome, masculin
Orange Textured Pebbles- bold, unique
Tuscan floral print- interesting, fun
I added rustic wood crates, pretty bows, and an organza navy stripe linen. And there you have it! A beautiful swanee display table.

Lillian Antar Shomer
Event Design & Planning



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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon

2 Comments 30 January 2011

by Nina Dweck

Here’s an easy way to take gift wrapping to the next level when topped with a glamorous ribbon. Get creative - mix and match ribbons to coordinate with your event, or choose your recipients favorite color. Have fun by embellishing your bow with rhinestones, pom poms or even feathers!

Shown in the picture is a Sephardic bridal “Swanee“, in which the groom’s parents send over gifts for the Jewish bride.  Gifts usually include candlesticks for Shabbat, a tray, perfumes, and a purse with money enclosed for the bride to attend the mikveh. This swanee is “closed”, meaning that the gifts are wrapped and will be opened during a private time for the bride and her close friends and relatives.

For this project, you’ll need a  glue gun, scissors, and ribbon in your desired width and color. Keep in mind that a larger gift will look better with a wider ribbon, while a smaller one will look fine with a thinner one. It is very important that you use wire edged ribbon to make the bow. It will look stiffer and prettier. I buy my ribbon from Cosco- they sell beautiful wide wired edge ribbons in varying colors, and are very inexpensive. They especially have a wide selection around holiday time so stock up for future projects!

Not in the mood to go buy ribbon? Watch the video above and learn how to make a bow out of recycled wrapping paper or any paper that you have laying around the house. Its a great eco-friendly wrapping idea!

  1. Step one: lie your box or gift on a flat surface. Glue a piece of ribbon horizontally and then cross another piece of ribbon over vertically. Take care to place the vertical ribbon under the horizontal one to hide the seams for a more perfect finish. Use your hot glue gun to stick the pieces together.

2. Step two: Cut a long piece of ribbon for the bow. The longer the piece, the larger the bow will be.

3. Step three: Take one end of the ribbon and fold about an inch in, gluing to creating a small circle. You can place your index finger in the circle to make a rounder piece.

4. Step four: Fold another circle in, this one a bit larger than the first. Glue this one under to the left of the first small circle. Follow this step and make another circle on the right.

5. Step five: Continue, each set becoming larger than the last. Keep on going until you have the desired bow size. When your done, fold the edge of the remaining ribbon and cut on an angle across the closed side. This will create two triangle edges for a beautiful, professional finish.

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Make a Splash!

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Make a Splash!

1 Comment 08 August 2010

With the heat wave we had so far this summer, chances are you’ve been lounging out by the pool more than ever! Having guests by the pool is fun and keeping the pool area organized could make entertaining (and clean up time) a splash.

It’s important to keep the pool area safe by keeping flip flops, towels and pool toys off the floor. Here’s some ideas on how to organize your outdoor/ pool area to create an inviting space for your family and guests to enjoy all summer long.  Dive in!

Hanging Float Rack

Outdoor Towel Holder

Whale Hooks for Hanging Outdoor Items

Towel Valet with Rolling Wicker Hamper

Plastic Tubs for Flip Flops and Pool Toys

Rolling Oversized Bin

For help getting organized, please  email Marie Torgeman  at  mtorgueman@yahoo.com

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Dining Room Tablescapes

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Dining Room Tablescapes

No Comments 07 April 2010

A lot of people ask me how they should set up their dining table when they aren’t using it. Runners, candle sticks, flowers?

There are a lot of different ways to stage a dining room table. The arrangement should depend on the look of your room, but also on how often you use your table. If you use it every night for dinner, it would be very irritating to have a lot of different things to remove every night!

This is the dining room of designer Kelly Wearstler. They must not eat here often!

The eye needs something to look at when it comes into a room. That means layering objects of varying heights, textures and styles somewhere in the room. Even if you have a modern or minimalist home, layering is a must to create interest.

All these objects dont need to be on your dining table. You can leave the table bare, or simply styled and create a table scape on your sideboard.

Sometimes one chic vase or sculpture is enough to carry the whole room.

Create a grouping of vases or objects. You dont even have to put flowers in those.

A tray  helps to unify objects that dont seem to be related. It makes them look neat and intentional as opposed to a pile of stuff that you just left somewhere. A tray with tea service, candle sticks, glasses, vases or a stack of dishes will look chic in the center of a table or on a sideboard.


Some other things to consider:

1. Books

2. Potted plants

3. Use what you have!  Your serving platters, cake stands and cloches could look great when artfully arranged.

And remember to change it up and experiment!

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