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10 More Fantastic Passover 2012 Seder Table Decor Ideas To Inspire You All Year Round

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10 More Fantastic Passover 2012 Seder Table Decor Ideas To Inspire You All Year Round

6 Comments 02 March 2012

Thank you to all of the Jewish Hostessses who took the time to send in their tables. I hope all of my readers enjoy looking at these tablescapes as much as I do. Each one is unique and as beautiful as the hostess behind it.  Click here to see the first batch of  Passover tables that were posted last year.

May we continue to share in many Jewish holidays together! Marlene

P.S Comment below with your favorites! 

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1. Lily Pads and Frogs Passover Table Decor By Kineret Spector (check out more of  Kineret’s creative tables HERE and HERE!)

“This year we went for a fresh frog-inspired spring theme for our Passover table. Paper lotus flowers on lilly pads are fun place cards. Appetizer plates off center add to the floating lilly pad feel. Round woven place mats down the center of the table make a fun lilly pad kind of runner, with water lilly candle holders and candles adding a glowy ambiance. Finally, wire garden frogs add a little whimsy.
Thanks, Marlene!”
:) Kineret

2. A Country Seder Table by Lisa Ades-

“My country seder in Massachusets – nothin’ fancy since the green outside from our Japanese garden is all the decoration we need…”

“I wish I had chairs that match but at least we have glasses that match – they were Grandma Ades’s.”

“This is my “centerpiece” – my mom and I went to the nursery down the street where they have the most beautiful pansies…”

“We planted them in this pot that has real moss growing on it. What could be prettier than that?”

“Did you notice my “diamond” napkin fold? I found it on http://www.napkinfoldingguide.com/! Ethan made that kippah on the right when he was little – i love the pom pom on it and that all the letters fell off except for HA! Enjoy! Lisa”

 

3. An Elegant Persian Tablescape at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. Check out the rest of the post HERE.

 

4. Blue Suede Seder Trays by Emily Massry

Hey Marlene I'm only sending this because I ran into you in Walmart. I Bought these blue suede boxes for Purim never used them but they came in handy for Passover . I put Haggadah, egg, haroset, and celery in salt water lettuce and a little cup of salt. Thank g-d it was a great Seder! Love ya keep up the great work, Marlene!," Emily M.

 

 

5. Color Array of Tableware by Susie Dweck

6. Alexis and Sarah Mizrahi “Spring” into action every year on Passover. Check out their LAST YEAR’S gorgeous crafty seder HERE!.

“Hi Marlene!
Our gourmet popcorn business closed for pesach-so we finally had some free time on our hands! Like always-we suprise our mother with a beautiful table every holiday. This years inspiration was “hag ha’aviv-holiday of the spring. ” A trip to the flower market, & a local nursery-& we were done! We rented a camel table cloth,yellow napkins,& bamboo chairs from Brooklyn Party Rental -Sonny Halawani- Our centerpieces were grass we bought already in those rustic wood crates, glass jars filled with moss, real birch wood, birds, lemons & limes.. For place cards we potted moss in terra cotta pots, & used birch wood scraps (we got it free!) that we ripped in small pieces for the names. Next to that, we placed our home-made leather bound Hagadahs! Our favorite part of the whole table – everyones little shelf with all the symbolic foods. We found these lucite “cabinet organizers” for cents-& we turned them into individual ke’aras! It was soo easy & so much fun! Enjoy!!”
Alexis & Sarah Mizrahi
Don’t forget to call Brooklyn Party Rental: (646) 233-7955
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7.Pretty Greens and Flowers Pesach Tablescape by Jennifer Malka- “my hubby does all the flower arrangements!”

8.  ” Hi Marlene…here is a photo that I just took of our seder table. Thank you. Chag Sameach!!” Karen Rubin- Brown

 9.  A Springtime Pesach Table By Jane Choueka

 

10. Fabulous Holiday Lunch Table By Carol Chera-

Get your Kim Seybert fashionable napkins napkin rings and placemats at Bloomingdales!

Enjoy the creativity and please comment below with your favorite holiday tables!

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Seder in Style

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Seder in Style

4 Comments 30 March 2011

There is perhaps no more traditionally Jewish night than Seder night, and there is no reason that your Seder table has to be as stale as the Matzah you are serving!

These modern takes on the traditional Seder plate will add that Dash Of Panache to your traditional Seder.

Here are our picks for best  modern Seder plates of 2011:

1.Elegant Ceramic Seder plate engraved by hand, this Bernardaud “Louvre Judaica” Seder Plate is the perfect Passover gift for your favorite Jewish Hostess.  At Bloomingdales $220.

 


2. This contemporary  sterling silver seder plate is a stunning piece. Famed designer LellaVignelli brings her strong architectural vision to a limited collection of Judaica commissioned by The Jewish Museum. Of course its my favorite one and at $1875.00 its the most expensive!!!

3. This Spode designed seder plate is based on historic Judaic manuscripts from the 1880’s, influenced by early ceramic tile motifs,and features the traditional Judaic colors of blue and white. $103.00 available HERE.

4. A celebration of spring’s arrival, this handcrafted seder plate by American artist Melanie Dankowitz is lasercut from stainless steel. This is my second choice for prettiest seder plate, much more affordable at $254, HERE.

5. Laura Cowan makes a line of Judaica that is space-age minimalist.  We love it.  This seder plate design is inspired by the craters on the moon’s surface and is crafted out of polished aluminum. $199.00 available HERE.

6. Designer Ann Morhauser created this elegantseder plate featuring 24kt gold lettering and trim on a glass platter. $225 available HERE.


7. Designer Jonathan Adler brings us this modern seder plate for Passover.   The seder plate is crafted in glazed porcelain with real gold accents and is sure to be smashing on your holiday table. $150.00 available HERE.

8. Designer Michael Aram created this seder plate inspired by the form of pomegranates, a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty.  It is an age old image which crosses cultures and transcends time and one of the seven species of Israel.  Weaving modern thought with tradition, Aram included seven spaces rather than six, so the seder plate can hold both the six symbolic seder foods and an orange, which honors the contributions of women. $225.00 Available HERE.

9. The designers at Israel Giftware Designs is affordable and and chic. $29.99 available at Amazon.com

 

 

10. This artfully designed porcelain Seder plate has the elegance of a Michael Aram’s style and the price of
Crate and Barrel at $85.
The Secret Trick to Boiling Gorgeous Eggs for an Elegant Seder Plate

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The Secret Trick to Boiling Gorgeous Eggs for an Elegant Seder Plate

11 Comments 27 March 2011

Even though the hard boiled or roasted egg that is placed on the Passover seder plate is symbolic of mourning and destruction of the Beit Hamikdash in Jerusalem, Jewish Hostesses worldwide can still beautify their seder plates by using this unique idea from Apartment Therapy.  Create your own unique Passover seder patterns that may even impress Eliyahu Hanavi!

Recipe and photos via  thekitchn. 

Huevos Haminados
Makes 12 eggs

all measurements are approximate
Onion skins
2 tablespoons peppercorns
2 tablespoons salt
4 tablespoons of white vinegar (or 2 glugs, as Sierra says)
4 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 dozen eggs
pretty leaves, such as parsley or cilantro (optional)
clean pantyhose (optional)

You begin by asking your grocer for as many discarded brown onion skins they can give you. For a dozen eggs, we used about 8 cups, although it’s recommended that you have twice that for the best color, particularly if you are slow-cooking them. If the onion skins are dirty, wash them before proceeding.

Fill a large soup pot with the skins, cover with water, and bring it to a boil. You should see the color of the water change to medium brown. Then add the peppercorns, salt, and white vinegar. Turn down the heat to a simmer.

Gently lower the eggs in the water, making sure they are completely covered, and add more water if necessary. Cover the surface of the water with the oil, and then cover the pot with a lid. Let simmer, covered, until the eggs are a rich mahogany color – about an hour.

Cooked this way, the eggs have just the slightest flavor of onions, and are similar to hardboiled eggs. If you want hot eggs on your Sabbath table, you can move the pot to a preheated slow oven (about 225F) after you add the eggs. The longer cooking time will increase the onion flavor, although it will still be delicate.
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Before adding the eggs, you can press a decorative leaf such as parsley, cilantro, or even a leaf from your garden to the outside. Affix the leaf with pantyhose, tied in a tight knot. Just to be safe, we would refrain from cooking these pantyhose clad eggs in the oven.

The longer you cook the eggs, the more likely they are to crack. They’ll have a spiderweb-like pattern on them, similar to Chinese tea eggs and more of the onion flavor.
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NYC Jewish Kids April  2010

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NYC Jewish Kids April 2010

No Comments 02 April 2010

Are you looking to stimulate your kids with something creative, cultural, and Jewish?


Did you know that the creators of Curious George were a husband and wife team that fled the Nazis in Paris on bicycles in the 40’s?

Sunday , April 11, at 10:30 A.M. create your own watercolor painting with your child  inspired by your own personal journey. TICKETS for Ages 9-12

Take your kids to see the brand new exhibition of the original Curious George artwork entitled

Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

March 14, 2010 – August 01, 2010

The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Ave at 92nd St

New York NY 10128

Sunday April 11, 2010

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Tips For A Kid Friendly Seder

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Tips For A Kid Friendly Seder

1 Comment 21 March 2010

Its easy to forget that the seder is really all about passing down our traditions to our children amidst the hustle and bustle of planning for the holidays.  My sister-in-law always makes the seder fun for the little kids by buying plastic bugs and frogs from Oriental Trading Company. She then asks Passover questions and whichever kid answers first-she throws them a bug or a frog! (bugs and frogs represent some of  the ten plagues) They love it!

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When your Passover table is filled with boisterous youngsters who get fidgety before it’s time to recite the Ma Nishtana, the evening may begin to feel longer than those infamous years of slavery in Egypt, and filled with more tears than the salt water intended.

But don’t fret; your liberation from bondage is closer than you think. The following offers a guide of creative ideas for frazzled parents who seek to inspire every kind of child, including the wise one, the simple one, the one who is too young to ask and, well, I’m not even going to mention the fourth one.

Don’t forget to invite your children to share.

First, you have to set the scene; I always make my table child-friendly by setting the table with Passover paraphernalia such as plastic frogs, red water colored with red wine or grape juice (blood), sunglasses (darkness), ping pong balls (hail), masks and other and plague-related odds and ends.

Just as you invite all of those who are hungry, don’t forget to invite your children to share. Welcome your children to bring their ownHaggadahs to the table and share what they have learned with everyone else.

As you set your table with your finest Passover china and crystal, don’t leave out the most important display – the handmade pillows, sederplates and crafts your progeny created in school this year and in previous years.

Try to reward good questions, singing, readings and stories with something special. This way, they will pay attention to the proper place in the Haggadah. I have found that this technique keeps everyone alert.

Some people charge the children at their seder with the task of producing a Pesach-related skit. All the children can be given a part to play from the Haggadah, along with props, such as toy frogs and plastic bugs to add more realism and dramatic flair. The activity has the added benefit of requiring a certain amount of planning away from the table, affording the adults an opportunity for higher level conversation.

Some have the custom of marching around the table with either a piece of matza or a heavy load of items on their back. This helps us to fulfill the mitzvah of the Seder, which requires us to feel and act as if we have personally experienced liberation from slavery. Similarly, some people dress up like slaves and walk around the table to reenact the Jews‘ Exodus from Egypt. But you don’t have to end with your journeys through the dessert around your table.

A scavenger hunt through the Haggadah will also keep everyone on their toes; you can give your seder participants a list of words or characters to find as they read through the Haggadah.

One family I know ends their seder with an energetic round of the song “Who Knows One,” complete with elaborate hand motions. It certainly helped that they drank four cups of wine first!

When children are involved in seder preparations, it gives them a sense of ownership.

Generating enthusiasm for the seder can begin before the matzah and herbs are even brought to the table. When children are involved in seder preparations, it gives them a sense of ownership in the event. There are little jobs you can give them to help prepare, such as getting the salt water and bitter herbs ready. It may even encourage them to stick around at the table longer.

One family I know prepares a treasure hunt in advance, with clues to finding their missing afikomen. The adults are forced to participate whether they like it or not because without the afikomen, the seder cannot be completed.

If you successfully follow some of the suggestions above, you might get the ultimate compliment at the end of the meal. The children just might say, “Next Year–at your table–in Jerusalem.”

Other suggestions:

  • Paper bag dramatics. You can make parts of the Haggadah come alive by giving kids a bag of random materials. They must act out the part of the Haggadah using the materials. This can be done for the Ten Plagues as well.
  • Make the Ten Plagues come alive by throwing something out on the table for each one. For blood, put colored cups of water around the table. For frogs, throw around little toy frogs, etc.
  • Act out traditional Passover songs, such as Dayenu.
  • Dress up in robes or sheets to create the look of slaves.
  • Create a scavenger hunt out of the frogs that you have hidden around the house during the day.
  • Jump over a low bucket filled with water to recreate the splitting of the sea.
  • Get some sacks for the kids to pull around; fill with water bottles and then reenact the exodus from Egypt.
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Same Old Passover Story, Brand New Seder Table!

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Same Old Passover Story, Brand New Seder Table!

4 Comments 05 January 2010

 

 

 

Same Old Story, Brand New Table!

The story of Passover occurred thousands of years ago, but that doesn’t mean your Seder table needs to look like it took place in Ancient Egypt. This holiday, let’s take a cue from one of the most trendsetting designers of all time, David Hicks.
“My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures,  

how to use pattern … and how to mix old with new.”-David Hicks

Adding bright colorful and eye-catching elements to your Seder table will add excitement to your lavish spread and transcend your Passover seder into modernity. Give a nod to David Hicks who always embraced crisp, bold pattern and bright hues making your banquet one that even King Pharoah would say YES to!

1- Passover Seder Plate $255

2- Fanny goblets William Yeoward Bloomingdales $85

3- Black charger plate $2

4- Turquoise Greek key placesetting Jonathan Adler 4 piece placesetting $50

5- Carnaby hazard vase Jonathan Adler $68

6- Wright 5 piece placesetting Crate and Barrel $36.95

7- Passover Haggadahs $76.50

8- Aquamarine Moser bowl

9- Kim Seybert napkin ring 4 for $80.

10-Oslo tiles placemat Jonathan Adler $18

by Elizabeth Braha,

Simple Dwellings LLC.


 

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