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Jewish Hostess of the Week! Stacy Ayash’s Party For a Baby Girl

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! Stacy Ayash’s Party For a Baby Girl

No Comments 22 March 2011

Meet Stacy Ayash- A very talented interior decorator who also finds time to whip up the most beautiful parties. Visit her gorgeous brand new interior decorating shop on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Hope you are inspired to spiff up your own gourmet table!  Marlene.

p.s. I’m looking for the next hostess of the week…

please send in your hostess ideas and pictures.

Anyone who entertains knows that its not always so easy but we always want to make it look that way.
After years of having guests over for holidays, and special occasions, I definitely know that my parties come together a lot easier these days. My biggest challenge is always creating something new and exciting for my guests.
The most recent party in my home was a collaborative effort. My mother in law wanted to celebrate the birth of her new grand daughter . I set up the flowers and the table decor,  and my mom cooked  the food.
Now you must know that the last party I did in my home I covered my entire table with grass and had very tall vases with orchids dripping out of the sides. So I knew I had to come up with something that would at least compare to last time.
The only difference was that now I had about 2 days to prepare, so I really needed to really put my thinking cap on. Here’s what I came up with………

I had my local mirror guy use my table pads as a template to cut the mirror and also cut some mirrored squares to serve the mazza (Syrian appetizers) on. All of the other serving pieces are the platinum Annie Glass mixed with Michael Aram platters. To add height and dimension, I used glass cube vases to prop up the serving platters. I poured pink jelly beans into the glass cubes to add the sweet softness to the table- after all the party was in honor of a baby girl.

The only thing missing was a spectacular centerpiece to really make the table pop, and the pink amarillo lillies really did the trick!

Interior Designs by Stacy Ayash

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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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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

No Comments 01 May 2010

April showers bring May flowers, and there is no better place for those flowers than on your Mother’s Day brunch table. 

Wild bouquets of Peonies, Lilac, Hydrangeas and Hyacynth will have your table smelling as good as it looks!

Vintage floral porcelain is sweet and romantic.

Add natural textures, like this DIY Jute Carafe and horn flatware to soften the look white dishes.

Repurpose vases, layer bowls and vases to create original floral arrangements.

Some of my favorite pieces for pulling together this romantic, eclectic look are:

1. Water Hyacinth Place Mats

2. Victorian Tumbler, Set of 6







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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

No Comments 25 April 2010

A couple of years ago, I did this project with my two little sisters for my first apartment. I hung it above a chinese console that I painted lime green!

I love that its easy enough for a kid to make, plus it helps kids learn about mixing and juxtaposing interesting colors… and I think it turned out pretty cool!

I used 1 large canvas, 2 different widths of painter’s tape and acrylic paints… It took about an hour and a half and my sisters LOVED making it! I wanted it to be really bright and colorful, but you could limit your color palate and create something a little more sophisticated.

Happy DIY!



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Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

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Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

1 Comment 31 March 2010


Dear Hostesses,

Since I love seeking out fun items for gifts giving, I decided to share my fun finds with all of you.

Each one of these items are treasures that I would personally enjoy gifting, and I hope you will too!

Order this week so we can personalize in time for the holidays!

MarleneHappy Hanukka Gifts under $100.

Silk Painted Challah Cover

Hanukkah Kosher Gourmet Chocolate

Monogrammed Crystal Paperweights

Monogram Lucite Trays

Kiddush Cup with Turquoise Artistic Detailed Base

Monogrammed Crystal Coasters

Happy Holiday!


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Custom Mosaic Gifts!

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Custom Mosaic Gifts!

2 Comments 25 March 2010

My friend Hannah is one of the most talented girls I know! She makes bows for all of our daughters, bakes Challah every week and she has one really phenomenal talent that I just HAD to share with you all: She creates gorgeous mosaic gifts! It started as a hobby when we were kids: we all took art classes together. One summer we did mosaics instead of painting. I stuck with the painting and haven’t made a cent! She stuck with the Mosaics and has turned it into a career!

She makes everything from Shabbat trays, monogramed backgammon sets, picture frames, even a menorah!

Her pieces are so beautiful:


I really cant believe how good she is! The trays, the backgammon sets! Monogrammed! I die.

I am ordering a monogramed backgammon set for my living room stat. I already have an adorable picture frame with my baby’s name that Hannah gave me as a baby gift!

Her prices range from $30 for a small picture frame to Shabbat trays at $175, Monogramed trays start at $225.

Email her at mailto:mosaicsbyhannah@gmail.com to order.

Happy Passover! I bet Hannah makes one killer Matzah tray!!!

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Gorgeous Cloth Napkins for the Holidays

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Gorgeous Cloth Napkins for the Holidays

2 Comments 24 March 2010

If you are using glass plates on Passover, your table is going to be needing something exciting to give it some life.

My delightful (haha) husband insists on cloth napkins EVERY NIGHT. And by now I am even starting to like them! They are definitely a must for company.

I am really loving the looks of these colorful printed cloth napkins… I think these are perfect for a holiday breakfast or lunch. They scream “Spring is Here”!!!

1. Crate & Barrel Butterfly Print Napkin $4.95


2. Crate & Barrel Marimekko ® Lepo Napkin $6.95


3. Pottery Barn Spring Sparrow Napkins & Place Mats, Set Of 6 $48.00

4. Horchow’s 12 Hemstitched Linen Dinner Napkins, Monogrammed $77.90


5. Kelly Wearstler for Sferra $125.00


6. Kelly Wearstler for Sferra $125.00


For more ideas on how to make your house and life extra awesome, visit my blog Sketch 42.

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Glass Dishes – A Passover Round Up

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Glass Dishes – A Passover Round Up

2 Comments 21 March 2010

This is my first Passover that I will actually have to kosher my own kitchen. So I am on the prowl for some beautiful glass dishes that I can use year round for meat and milk, as well as for the holiday.

Here is a round up of my favorite glass dinner sets from across the web…

1. Crate & Barrel Mallorca Dinnerware

These are more textured than your average glass dish, but still very casual. At this price, these are great for every day dinnertime with your kids.

Cost: $3.95 - $4.95

2. Crate & Barrel Orion Dinnerware

Cost: $6.95 - $7.95

These have a rumpled recycled look. Very cool with linen and woven wood chargers.

3. Horchow’s Vetro Dinnerware

A super elegant set. These dishes are Fancy, with a capital F.

Cost: $281.00 - $352.00

4. Target’s La Rochere Bee Glass Collection

Cute and country.

Cost: $31.49 - $134.99

5. Libbey Tempo Square Dinnerware Collection

Go for a crisp look with a square dish.

Cost: $29.74 - $31.49

6. Colin Cowie 12–pc. Gold–Trimmed Textured Glass Dinnerware Set

Cost is: $149.99

For the price, these are really a score. A gold rimmed dish is timeless.


7. VivaTerra Serene Sol Recycled Glass Dinnerware

Cost is: $39.00 - $198.00

Go for an eco-chic look with this recycled glass set.

8. Amazon’s Classica Glass Dishes

Patterned glass plates have the elegance of your grandmother’s crystal, at a fraction of the cost.

Cost: $27.00 for 20 piece set

9. Dishes by Riverside Designs from Terrestera

Cost: $26.00

Green glass evokes memories of sea-glass… Casual but graceful.

10. Belmont Clear Beaded Plate

This is a classic, cant go wrong glass dish. The beaded edge adds detail, but this plate is no fuss, no muss.

Cost: $92.00 for 4

Happy Passover!

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