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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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Which Tu Bishvat Table Is Your Favorite? (re-post from contest Jan. 2012)

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Which Tu Bishvat Table Is Your Favorite? (re-post from contest Jan. 2012)

16 Comments 28 December 2012

Thank you to the wonderful Jewish Hostesses that sent in their Tu Bishvat tables to share!

I promised this  fabulous Decorating with Flowers Coffee Table Book to the most unique centerpiece but I need my Jewish Hostess readers help in deciding!

Please comment below with your favorite! Marlene 


1-Tu Bishvat fruit and flowers centerpiece, colorful placemats, gorgeous flowers by Marcy Sued.


2-  A modern Tu Bishvat by Leila Akkad:

 3- A cascading floral and Tu Bishvat fruit centerpiece by Esther Sassoon:


4- A stunning floral punch of tropical flowers and Tu Bishvat fruits by Joyce Silverman:

5-A mediterranean Tubishvat dinner by Hana Itzhaki of   lakosherkitchen.com :


Announcing the winner- Joyce Silverman with most votes!! 


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Top Notch Style and Glamour Table Top Display at the KJ Sisterhood Charity Event Ladies Luncheon

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Top Notch Style and Glamour Table Top Display at the KJ Sisterhood Charity Event Ladies Luncheon

1 Comment 08 August 2012

Thank you Shirley Serure for sharing these enchanting photos of this super chic table setting charity event!  As we are about to begin planning our Rosh Hashanah dinner table designs, we can all imbue  a touch of flair into our own holidays by being inspired by this showcase of floral runners and centerpieces, posh napkin rings, chic spins on linen napkin folds and edgy table top color combos- all designed by the best and the brightest architects, florists, and event planners in the field.
Enjoy-  Marlene
 Dear Marlene,
Last month, I had the pleasure and honor of
photographing Kehilath Jeshurun Sisterhood (Ramaz’s shul) Annual Spring Luncheon Dining by Design Event. It was an
unbelievable and exclusive event where top notch designers, architects, party planners 
and florists were hand selected and invited to design magnificent and unique tables for charity. Each designer’s table had a theme and the items on the table were donated for the event. It was amazing! 

I think the tables are all so unique and are full of ideas and inspirations (especially for summer entertaining and simchas). 
Below is the list of the talented individuals who helped make the event such a success:
  • Jennifer Agus of Agus Interiors
  • Diane Amante of X-Quisite Flowers & Events, inc
  • Jonathan Baron of Baron Design Inc
  • Anthony Baratta of Anthony Baratta, LLC
  • Doina Bryskin of Judaica Classics
  • Marc Charbonnet of Meca Productions
  • Andrew Charles of AHC Events
  • Matthew Kollins of Atlas Flowers
  • Emma Mahfar of E.M.A.
  • Scott Salvator of Scott Salvator Inc.
  • Yaira Singer of Yaira Singer Architecture and Design
  • Sara Weisblum of SWP Events
  • Stefan Event Decor and Floral Design
  • Shirley Serure Photography: ShirleySerure.comFacebookPinterest

 Above: Atlas Floral Decorators – Mirror Image – www.atlasfloral.com

 Above: Atlas Floral Decorators – Mirror Image – www.atlasfloral.com

Above:Emma Alliance Mahfar of E.M.A – Modern Romance

Above: Emma Alliance Mahfar of E.M.A – Modern Romance

Above: Singer Architecture 7 Design – Chic Adventure – www.yairasinger.com

Above: Singer Architecture 7 Design – Chic Adventure – www.yairasinger.com

Above: Agus Interiors- American Fusion www.agusinteriors.com



Marc Charbonet, MECA Productions- Natural New York- www.mecaproductions.com

Marc Charbonet, MECA Productions- Natural New York- www.mecaproductions.com

AHC Events www.ahcevents.com – Empress Spring 

above: AHC Events www.ahcevents.com – Empress Spring 

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Fantasy Mother’s Day Party Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, NJ

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Fantasy Mother’s Day Party Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, NJ

No Comments 27 April 2012

If you need some ideas for your mother’s day party, then look no further! Frances Betesh, Freda Chehebar, Jennifer Jemal and Candice Bailey at the Table Set Go Event in Deal, New Jersey used their better-than-Martha- Stewart-talents to raise some funds for the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center this past summer. Rose petals, a gift wrapped trinket, and a mother’s day poem are some of the feminine details that  pulled this bright and blooming Mother’s Day table decor together. A modern sterling vase with classic roses add the final touch!  Of course we can use so many of these details and ideas to incorporate into our own tables for a bridal shower, wedding, and even a family dinner. Napkin rings and placemats by Kim Seybert. Gorgeous job, girls! Check out more table settings at Table Set Go HERE.

photos by Victor Gindi.


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Baby Jacqueline Mosseri’s Detailed Pink and White Themed Birthday Party

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Baby Jacqueline Mosseri’s Detailed Pink and White Themed Birthday Party

4 Comments 12 March 2012

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Thank you to the Mosseri ladies for sharing your gorgeous “Pretty in Pink” birthday party for your very special granddaughter. You really didn’t miss a single detail, and the  happiness and effort that you put into this table really shines through! I love how the pink and white theme was played up using flowers, your chocolate dipped strawberries, and even the Syrian rosewater pudding “suttlage” was dyed pink!!  Marlene
P.S. Every day or so I will be posting more dessert bar pics so that we can pick the winner of the Amy Atlas Sweet Designs book. You still have time to email your pics to my photos@thejewishhostess.com.

“As soon as my granddaughter Jacqueline was born, I knew I wanted to see her name in flowers. Once she was old enough to laugh and smile we knew that she was ready for her party. We planned Jacqueline’s party with a girly and feminine theme in mind. Everything was pink and white, including the tablecloths, flowers and the outfits of many guests. The party was a success because so many people helped including Shirley Barnathan who designed the flowers which fit the pink motif perfectly. Also Fortune Farca designed and created the cake which matched the pink with white polka dot napkins. Jacqueline’s party was exactly how we, my daughters and I, planned it to be.” Jacqueline Mosseri
WIn a Free Keurig or $150. cash! Click HERE to find out HOW easy it is to WIN!
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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

2 Comments 27 December 2011

Enjoy this re-post from our creative Jewish Hostess Lillian Shomer! Don’t let Tu B’ishvat get swept by the wayside. This meaningful Jewish holiday celebrates the continual re-birth of the miraculous trees, flowers and exotic fruits  that we tend to take for granted. Add some Tu Bishvat fruit ‘n florals to your holiday week! Marlene M.
P.S.Tu Bishvat, The 15 0f Shevat 2013 begins in the evening of

Friday, January 25

and ends in the evening of

Saturday, January 26
We’re getting rid of your traditional bowl of fruit and flower arrangement this holiday. Actually, we’re combining them!
Yes, It’s hard to believe that Tu b’shvat is just around the corner in this bone chilling weather. The holiday of new blooms and fruit is probably more applicable in Israel rather than New York. But, we can always pretend, right? The answer is yes. So I decided to bring this holiday to our tables in a rather unusual way. I came up with something modern, easy to do, and best of all, affordable!
Floral spheres are a great way to update your Tu b’shvat table. To incorporate the holiday we used some of the 7 species in our arrangements and color coordinated them with the flowers. (i.e., pomegranates with red flowers, grapes with purple flowers). I always find that if you use one type of flower in an arrangement it just has a more expensive feel to it. I don’t suggest mixing too many kinds of flowers, but if you’re planning on doing so, try to stay in the same color family.
What you will need:
  • A vase – I got these gorgeous mirror vases in the flower market in New York. It was the great deal at only $6.00 a piece.

$6 Dollars!

  • Floral foam ball – I also got these in the flower market, (they have everything you need) but you can get them online at www.oasisfloral.com
  • Flowers – You guessed it, the flower market. They have great deals and always a great selection. I suggest you choose carnations as they are inexpensive and give a nice clean surface to your arrangement. I used them in my red “pomegranate” arrangement. Spider mums, hydrangeas or any other large flower will also look great and save you a lot of tedious work. If you opt for a small flower on a short stem, make sure you have a lot of time on your hands.
  • Fruit – We used three of the seven species for our table–Dates, pomegranates, and grapes. Apricots are not of the seven species, but it’s traditional to eat dried fruit on Tu b’shvat. And let’s face it, it adds a lot of color! You can get most of these in your local market. The only seasonal fruit are pomegranates.

  • Wood BBQ sticks
1. Soak the floral foam in water. This will help keep your flowers fresh.
2. Take your flower of choice and cut the stems leaving about 1.5″ of the stem still in tact.
3. Put the foam in the vase and start sticking the flower stems in the foam! I suggest working the flowers in lines wither horizontally or vertically. This will give your centerpiece a clean and neat look.
4. Once you’ve covered the sphere with flowers, simply pierce a piece of fruit with the bbq stick on one end, and place the other end in the floral foam. continue doing this until you’ve reached your desired amount of fruit per centerpiece. In case you’re wondering, this is the holiday aspect of the arrangement!
It’s that simple.
How cute? An easy way to bring pizzazz back to your tu bishvat table.
So, when the weather outside is frightful, floral spheres make for a fun project that will bring spring into your home, and will certainly make for an interesting Tu b’ishvat dinner conversation! The great thing about this arrangement is that you can make it all year round with any flower. Be creative and have fun with it.
Special thanks to Silver Spoons on Avenue U in Brooklyn for the use of their magnificent table accessories!
Happy Holiday!
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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

3 Comments 01 October 2011

Thank you Rachelle, for sending in your beautiful Hanukkah table photos!!!  I love all of the holiday sparkle and gorgeous flowers!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I used my silver tablecloth blue napkins under a mirrored placemat. I bought lucite napkin rings that have a little hole for water and a flower from Parci Parla in Brooklyn, NY.. Then I used those sparkley dreidles as name card holders, and hung some from chandelier. I placed white orchids in the vase and real flowers in the napkin ring. I purchased all the candlesticks and candles from Ikea. After the whole hanukka table was set,  I threw  blue shiny sprinkles all over the table. Got a lot of ideas from your site ! Came out gorgeous. Thank u!!!!! ” Rachelle Cohen


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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

8 Comments 14 August 2011


First of all, I would like to thank all of my Jewish Hostesses for sending in their beautiful summery Shabbat table pics for our “Summery Shabbat Table Contest”.

I also knew that if I didn’t post my own Summery Shabbat table pics pretty soon then I would probably get officially fired as “The Jewish Hostess” by all of my wonderful readers, so here goes:

I decided to see if I could mix all of the  purple, lavender and blue tabletop items in my house,and see if I could whip up a “Summery Shabbat” table for my family to enjoy.
On Tuesday I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous bouquet of hydrangeas and roses from a friend(by Sheila Bibi Fine Flowers).  The flowers were still so pretty and alive by Friday morning, I decided to separate them and divide them up into short blue juice glasses that I’ve had forever.

I placed them on gold leaf trays that I bought last summer from One Kings Lane.The blue flower candle holders are also from One Kings Lane.

I always find great table top treasures from that site when I don’t have time to shop around in the stores. I placed tea lights in blue glass votive that I found in Pier One imports about 10 years ago.

Atop the mauve laquered dining room table( that one belonged to my parents), I placed three cool tablecloths that were also purchased from One Kings Lane.

(They were originally labeled as towels, so I bought them thinking they were cool as kitchen towels. When they came in HUGE I decided to use them as tablecloths instead of returning them.)

In the center of the table below I placed some flowers atop a gold sprayed mosaic tray that my daughter made in summer camp a couple of years ago.


Note the artwork by Irene Mamiye in the background above.


My homemade napkin rings top off each plain white Pottery Barn Caterer’s plate below. 

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.



Purple glass goblets and place mats (above) purchased last summer.
Shabbat Challah cover below purchased in Israel made by children with special needs.

Crate and Barrel buffet platters below:

Colorful glass shot glasses by Surrey Lane in Deal, N.J.

Phew!!!! All done! Shabbat  Shalom!!!

Love, Marlene

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.



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How to Transform  Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

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How to Transform Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

4 Comments 31 May 2011

Did you ever wish you could capture all of those gorgeous memories of your centerpieces during holidays past? Consider photographing them using interesting camera angles. Besides having a tangible visual reference that you can refer to, you may surprise yourself and create a work of art worthy to be enlarged and printed on plexi-glassto be hung on your walls.

During Passover, I hired Bettie Esses to create my flower arrangements. They were absolutely gorgeous and a few days later, I took the opportunity to practice my photography skills on these organic floral spring centerpieces.

Below are the centerpieces that were in the center of each square table. Simple trapezoid vases held orchid buds resting on a bed of colored rocks and stones. In trapezoid  vase # 1, I  arranged them in a row and photographed the vases in an angle to practice an interesting depth of field using a small aperture. For point and shoot users, the portrait setting may help create a similar affect of gradual blurring in the background. I photographed trapezoid vase # 2 from above using a small aperture. Again, point and shoot cameras on the portrait setting may give you that blurring effect.


Trapezoid vase photo #1 (above)




Trapezoid vase photo #2

Cylinder  photo # 3 is a simple photograph of what the two main centerpieces on my dining room table looked like. Each two foot long cylinder vase held a lone orchid stem completely immersed in water.  I took the photograph up a notch by standing on a chair to capture the circular shape of the mouth of the vase for an interesting perspective (cylinder photo # 2). Cylinder photo # 1 shows a closer perspective of the buds inside the vases.

Cylinder photo # 1 (above)

Simply shifting your position and photographing your centerpieces from different perspectives  may wow you with an image your certainly proud of . Plus, don’t forget to play with your camera settings (like portrait setting or smaller apertures) for added interest.

Cylinder vase photo #2

(above) Cylinder  Phot0 # 3

Gladys Hedaya loves to capture the extraordinary details in the everyday, awesome vacations, and special moments, through writing, photography and digital coffee table book creations.

Gladys graduated NYU and majored in English with a minor in fiction writing.
She taught scrapbook lessons for about four years and creates premium coffee table books and family legacy books.

Gladys currently contributes to the crafting section of the Alphabet Kids monthly newsletter.

Photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, SLR camera, and 50 mm 1.4 lens.


Make Your Own Paper Flowers to Decorate Gifts and Desserts

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Make Your Own Paper Flowers to Decorate Gifts and Desserts

No Comments 20 May 2011

These crepe flowers are perfect to make all by yourself for a bridal shower, to top holiday desserts, send a creative hostess gift, use with a placecard holder, or infuse with bright colors for a kids birthday party! Try them on top of our Cheesecake Pops for Shavuot!.



  • crepe paper
  • scissors
  • glue dots
  • ribbon
  • crystal clear box (can be found at clear bags)
  • macaroon (or sweet of your choice)


1. cut crepe paper in to 4 x 4 squares; 3 squares per bloom
2. stack 3 sheets and fold in half
3. cut into half circle (round the edges)
4. layer the petals (staggered)


5. pinch from the center (underneath) and twist to secure
6. feather crepe paper with fingers to create a full bloom
7. attach bloom with glue dots (and ribbon, if desired) to top of favor box
*another option: put the bloom on a cake ball lollipop


Thank You Jackie Wonders for your gorgeous photography!

Huge thanks to Posh Paperie for sharing  their DIY craftiness!
Please check out their site for the coolest
hand drawn map invitations and cards!
here’s a sneak peek!



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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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How Sweet It Is… A Sugar Sweet Bris

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How Sweet It Is… A Sugar Sweet Bris

2 Comments 30 January 2011

A Sugar Sweet Bris!

I don’t know about you, but lately  at every event I go to the decor seems to be a bit repetitive. So when my clients came to me this past summer for their son’s bris, I was thrilled that they wanted their event to be anything but ordinary. The thought process was simple: Bris = Kids and Kids = Candy. Yes, the theme was candy. This event is probably one of my favorites that I’ve done just because we got to use so many different colors and we really had fun with it. There were no limits as to how far we could go with the candy theme.

To start, our guests were greeted by 7 foot tall gigantic lollypops made out of flowers. If you ask me, there’s nothing better than an amazing entrance. It makes everyone excited to be there, and you know that what’s to come will be even better!

After a stroll down lollypop lane, guests walked into a beautiful tent will crystal chandeliers. Each table was adorned with a lollypop made of flowers, gorgeous apothecary jars filled with gourmet licorice, and edible lollypops for people to take. The chartreuse linens were crocheted and had just the right amount of sparkle in them. Over the bar as the main centerpiece was the letter H built into a square for the baby’s name. This was also made out of fresh flowers!

If this wasn’t enough to amaze everyone, there was a cigar roller (for the adults), a popcorn machine, a candy bar,  and a candy blower! Yes, a candy blower. Have you ever seen people blow glass into different shapes? That’s exactly what it was- only it was candy being blown into different shapes.

To end things on a sweet note, the actual ceremony of the bris was outdoors, so halachically speaking, we needed to build a structure with four corners, similar to a chuppah. So the four corners were flowers of all different colors swirled into a candy cane! and the top was actually made of candy necklaces!

My point is, for your next event don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be afraid of color! It will surely make for a party to remember.

If you have an event coming up and are interested in my services as an event designer and planner, my information is at the bottom :)

Big thanks to my florist, Konstantinos, for his amazing work. He should call it art not work! You can find his information at www.LouisKonstantinos.com

And I wouldn’t be able to share my work with all of you readers if it weren’t for these photos. So thank you David Roth for always giving us beautiful memories!

In all seriousness David did my wedding photos and I love every picture so much that I might have to extend my album by 100 pages. You can also find his information at www.davidrothphotography.com .

Lillian Antar Shomer

Event Design and Planning

Phone: (917) 621-5985

Email: lilllyShomer@gmail.com

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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

1 Comment 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

Mother’s Day is almost here, but somehow the day that’s supposed to be anticipated with great glee, has you strapped down with anxiety. The thoughts swirl through your head; What if no one likes the cake I made? Which aunt will say the wrong thing? Are the flowers pretty enough? Will the kids bicker? The self-inflicted torture is endless. You don’t have to be a prisoner of your own mind anymore. Get out of your head and in to the party.

Here’s 4 easy things you can do to ensure a  more pleasurable experience:

1 – Keep it simple. This applies to everything, including your menu, decor, and entertainment.

  • Prepare easy to eat, no-mess foods. Portions divided in to single servings, not only look appetizing to the adults, they’re more manageable for children’s little fingers and mouthes. Think; tea sandwiches, mini borekas, muffins, yogurt parfait cups, crudite´, tapenade spreads etc. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/mini-maple-chocolate-chip-pancake-muffins/
  • Serve all the food at one time. You’ll save the time and aggravation of re-setting your table for dessert. It doesn’t really matter if someone has a piece of cubed fruit before they eat a spinach tart.
  • Adopt a ‘less is more’ attitude about decorations. Use bud vases scattered high on shelves, or in the breakfront, instead of one large bouquet. Or, forego flowers altogether and use brightly colored linen napkins as the focal point on each place setting. This way, you won’t worry about scampering children knocking over watery floral arrangements. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/how-to-fold-your-linen-napkins-for-mothers-day/
  • Let the day flow on its own. Enjoy the company of your family and friends. Don’t miss out on the moment you are in, by trying to make it something it’s not. Mother’s Day might not be the ideal setting to try out that new murder mystery game that has intricate rules for each player to follow.

2 – Defuse uncomfortable situations. If you know that you are sensitive to unwanted comments, (and who isn’t?) instead of reacting hastily or brooding, when someone slights you, try and think of a personal quality you can use to keep yourself calm.

  • Look inside yourself for inner resources. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that you have a wealth of patience, kindness, understanding, gratitude, etc. that you can draw upon for strength in trying times. http://www.amazon.com/Take-Stress-Out-Your-Life/
  • It may be challenging at first, but in the long run you’ll be glad you didn’t snap at your sister for criticizing your teenager’s choice of attire. (That’s just an example, I’m sure you can think of many more!)

3 – Don’t just do something, sit there. We are all conditioned to move and do. We’re missing out on a depth and richness more potent than anything we can do. It’s the power of being.

  • Take a few breathes. Let the day seep in to your body.
  • Look around and find something to be happy about. Invite this one happy moment in to your body. Imagine you can place this in your body like a memory to be retrieved later. You do this all the time with bad occurrences and tension that creeps in to your muscles as aches and pain. Now, try it with something good in your life, placing it in your body as a spot of ease.

4- Sip some water. If you put all your attention on drinking water, those pesky thoughts of melted frosting or frizzy hair, won’t be in your mind for at least a few seconds.

  • The more water you drink, the less empty calories you’ll consume. Overeating when you’re stressed out thwarts all the hard work you put in to balancing your diet. So, sip water throughout the day and stay committed to your food plan.
  • “Drinking purified water not only keeps your body healthy and vibrant, it’s has a therapeutic calming effect on your mind, ” states, David Bailey, President of Watermatic, the sole distributor of Tana Water Products in the United States. Contact tanawaterus.com for a special discount for Jewish Hostess readers for the month of May.

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. We’d love to hear what you think about ideas presented in this article and how they apply to you. Share your view on how to enjoy Mother’s Day below. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment. The prize is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.

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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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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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    Spring Table Settings

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    Spring Table Settings

    2 Comments 24 March 2010

    Your spring table should be awash with flowers, colors and little delights…

    Use a colorful placemat or tablecloth.

    Adorn each place setting with a small flower.

    Your centerpiece doesn’t have to be flowers! Here the cakes carry the coral theme and are beautiful on cake stands of varying heights.

    A little whimsy goes a long way.

    Pink is a perfect color for a spring table. These centerpieces have butterflies added to their bouquets. Each place setting also has a little moss with a flower! How charming!

    These blooming branches are very romantic. I also love how they rolled the napkin horizontally across the plate.

    Colorful accents like napkin rings and a table runner pick up on the colors of the flowers.

    I love how these placemats look with the plates! Orange and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations!

    These are painted paint cans in different sizes and colors. They are so elegant here. The flowers look like they were plucked right from the garden!

    This photo makes me dream of summer! I wish I were at that party… Fruits like strawberries look great when displayed in small bowls scattered on the table.


    The little bit of burlap gives this table a rustic but refined beauty.

    Have a lovely spring!

    Pictures Via Country Living.

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