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A Sweet Spectrum of Color by Candybar Couture on “Thanksgivukka”!

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A Sweet Spectrum of Color by Candybar Couture on “Thanksgivukka”!

No Comments 26 June 2013


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I LOVE featuring the table setting talents of other women- especially if we can connect with ladies that are all the way on  the West Coast.

Thank you Marj for sharing your Candy Bar Couture skills with other Jewish Hostesses! 

My tastebuds are craving a huge turquoise gum ball as I post these pics. Not sure if I can quench that craving with the sugar-free stick of gum that’s squished in my jacket pocket… 

Enjoy the eye candy featured below!

“Hi Marlene,
The first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year- November 28th. This is a very rare alignment of the Jewish and secular calendars and will not happen again for another 78,000 years or so. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have been merged a the holiday is being called Thanksgivukkah. I thought it would be a great challenge to come up with a dessert bar that incorporates both holidays. It was actually quite fun to mix pumpkins, dreidels, menorahs and gelt all together! I hope you will like this unlikely combination and feature it in your blog!”
Marjaneh Etebar
The design, candy and sweet styling was done by me: Marjaneh Etebar, Candybar Couture  WEBSITE: www.candybarcouture.com FACEBOOK: www.Facebook.com/candybarcouture90210
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/candybarcouture
The sugar cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, and “menurkey”  were from Sweet E’s Mini Bake Shop     WEBSITE: www.SweetesBakeshop.com
The printables were from Sweet Lex  ETSY STORE: www.etsy.com/shop/sweetlex


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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

4 Comments 19 June 2013


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Dear Hostesses,

In case you haven’t heard, the new code word for the next huge family get together is “Thanksgivukkah”. This year, in a rare alignment of calendars, Hanukka and Thanksgiving fall on November 28, 2013. Astronomers say that we won’t see this occurrence again till the year 79,811 so  I decided  to make a big deal out of this menorah/pumpkin  shidduch (or buzzrah  as they say in Arabic) by re-creating  a Syrian Jewish Hanukka table with a twist  of Thanksgiving thrown in.  Some may say that this American/Jewish holiday connection is pure coincidence, but I’m thinking that there is a greater cosmic connection that’s just waiting to be blogged about.

As Jews in America,  we are very grateful to be able to celebrate our holidays publicly without fear of being persecuted. Just the fact that we can honor the mitzvah of lighting the menorah at the front window to shout out the 8 day miracle of Hanukka is reason enough to bring out our finest china and table decor to honor our peaceful place in Jewish history. For that reason alone, we should all proudly acknowledge and celebrate Thanksgiving.   As a Sephardic Jew living in America I now understand that we are a minority of Jews residing within a minority of the larger Ashkenazi Jewish population. When our community first arrived on these shores in the 1900’s, they were quickly swept up in the wave of fellow immigrants that had also fled for a better life in the U.S.A.. Fast forward one hundred years,  the Syrian Jewish culture readily absorbed many delicious flavors from their surrounding American and Ashkenazi Jewish neighbors while still retaining the pride of their homeland. It’s no wonder I received this email from Rina Kassab who wrote,

“Hi Marlene, in Syria we had no idea what Sufganiyot is! We made Atayef with Ricotta (lebeh) and Walnuts (joz). My Atayef are ready to freeze fresh for Hanukka!
Hope u like!”

I then decided to skip the Sufganiyot and  create a Syrian style Hanukka table sweetened with a tray of sweet chopped nut filled Atayef and drizzled with shirah- a thick rose water syrup freshly made by Rina. Rina told me that on Hanukka in Syria, the Jewish women prepared 8 small glass cups that were filled with half water/half oil and then inserted a handmade wick within each one. (Whaaaat? No Jonathan Adler Menorot?)

And guess what? In Syrian, NO GIFTS were given on HANUKKA!  Gift giving was reserved for Purim!  I wonder if the Ashkenaz Jews had the tradition of eight surprise filled nights way back in the old country. Comment below if anyone you know has the answer! (Hmmm…. why do I suspect that gift giving during December in our great U.S of A evolved into a fabricated American marketing spending scheme…)

I also added in an extra candle that is lit every year by Syrian Jews whose ancestors fled Spain during the expulsion by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492. Expelled on Tisha B’Av over 500 years ago, several Jewish families wandered for months until they stumbled upon the Syrian community of Aleppo, Syria some months later on  Hanukka eve. So grateful were this group of exiles to finally find a homeland that they lit an extra candle to commemorate this miracle. To this day many Syrian Jewish families still light an extra candle on Hanukka, some knowing the story of their wandering ancestors, and some just  following this custom by tradition without really understanding why the extra candle is illuminated.

Enjoy my “Thanksgivukkah” table! Flowers and pumpkin menorah designed by Marzan Flowers.

Photos by the talented Morris Gindi of morrisgindiphotography. Call Morris for weddings and special events! Product and architectural shoots. Check out his website HERE and Instagram feed HERE.

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Modern Silver Hanukka Menorah by Parci Parla in Brooklyn. Call Sherri at ((347) 587-5179 for pricing.

Orange roses  by Marzan Flowers (917)406-6259.

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Note the extra candle lit! (Want to know why? Read it above)


Dreidels filled with a scooped out and silver sprayed pumpkin by Marzan Flowers. Silver tray by Christofle.

Personalized napkins by ipersonalize.(Call or text Joy  718-490-7063 for more options)



Custom Hanukka Straws by personalize. Call or text Joy (718)490-7063 for all of your tabletop personalizationClick here for more personalization ideas!

Blue trimmed linen napkin and blue and white Ikat tablecloth by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

Custom Hanukka Place cards  with exotic blue feathers by Karens Invitations. Call Karen at (718) 339-1929

Thanksgiving Rooster Cupcake Topper by Kitchen Caboodles. Call Helen at (917)691-4599


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Although I was really doing great on my diet, I didn’t even flinch when the photo shoot was over and I was able to eat an entire Atayef without a drop of guilt. My grandmother used to make these sweet crunchy treasures and each bite was worth every single calorie. Thanks Rina!!!

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This fantastic silver sprayed pumpkin  menorah was designed and hand crafted by Yuval and Ina Marzan of Marzan Flowers.

Call them for your festive events, holiday tables and hostess gift arrangements at (917)406-6259.

Love this IKAT blue and white table topper by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

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Delicious Hanukka cake  with Pumkins on top(!!!) designed by Rachel Benun of Flour Power. Call Rachel for your next special event! (917)881-2428

Lucite cake knife by Parci Parla (347)587-5179


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Gorgeous multi layered wrapped gift cake by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

Wine Decanter by Pampaloni

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Cake detail by  by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

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Hope u enjoyed! XoXo

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Two Beautiful Hanukka Tables from Esther Sassoon In Israel

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Two Beautiful Hanukka Tables from Esther Sassoon In Israel

No Comments 03 December 2012

Thank you Esther Sasson! Esther lives in Israel and shared pictures of  two beautiful Hanukka parties that she created. Esther plans parties and dessert buffets in Israel. She also creates beautiful flower arrangements such as the menorah centerpiece below. You can contact Esther at asassoon@neto.bezeqint.net.

“Hi Marlene,

These pictures were taken in Israel at a Hanuka party that I made for my husband’s students and their wives.

In the first pictures I made an olive themed party. I set out all different types of marinated olives.  For the centerpiece of the main table I made a menorah out of  glass squares  built on top of a long glass sheet. The cups are filled with olive oil and can actually be lit with floating wicks.  Under the menorah I put a small jug of olive oil pouring into a square of olives.

On the buffet tables I just put pretty, purple, brown, and green artificial flower arrangements, that I made,  with pretty olive trifles.

The blue party pictures were  a party that I made for the Syrian women of Israel. I just took mirrored trays and set them with all different types of desserts. The menorah centerpiece in the middle was built out of long goblets filled with blue marbles. On top of the goblets I put small cups of blue water with tea lights in them. On the table itself I put all kinds of blue Hanuka knick knacks like marbles, candles, coins, and dreidels.

That’s basically what I did in a nut shell. If you have any more questions, I’d be happy to answer.

Good luck, Esther”

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The Gorgeous Hanukah Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, New Jersey

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The Gorgeous Hanukah Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, New Jersey

4 Comments 04 November 2012

Alls I can say is “WOW” to the fantastic Hanukka table created by Betty Esses and Gracie Silvera. They really put their heart and soul into their Hanukka  display for The Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center Table-Set-Go charity event in Deal, New Jersey. The ladies used a deep ocean blue colored cloth as a base for their Hanukka table and layered it on the festive Hanukka colors from there. Silver Chilewich placemats lined their elegant but casual silver rimmed china. A Tiffany shopping bag graced each place setting. Grace Sivera’s dreidel collection, amassed from her travels all over the world came in handy as she creatively dangled a unique dreidel from each turquiose blue Tiffany mini gift bag. Driedels that were drizzled along the table were craftily dipped in glue and then blue and silver glitter, and added even more sparkle to their Hanukka table decor. The hydrangea filled blue vases were purchased from Home Goods, and the unique sterling and blue dotted drinking glasses were borrowed from Surrey Lane on Avenue P in Brooklyn. Even though it was the middle of the sumer, Grace and Betty fried soufganiyot and baked Hanukka cookies!  Blue and silver ribbons of different widths and colors tied around the soufganiyot platter flowed down both sides of the table.

Thanks so much ladies for your fabulous Hanukka inspiration!!!!

Photos by Victor Gindi

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

5 Comments 15 October 2012

My friend Lorraine Kasavi decided to get a head start on  Hanukka by surprising her mahjong game with a fabulous Hanukka themed lunch table. Her love of color is evident by her gorgeous display of shades of electric blue flowers and Hanukka table decor. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Hanukka table pictures with us, Lorraine! Love you and Happy Holiday! Marlene

p.s. Lorraine happens to be a Brooklyn based watercolor artist and teaches painting classes to adults and teen. Group and private rates available. Contact Lorraine at lkasavi@aol.com






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Its Time to Vote for The Hanukka Table That You Love The Most!

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Its Time to Vote for The Hanukka Table That You Love The Most!

74 Comments 07 December 2011

Enjoy these Hanukkah tables from Dec 2011!


The treasure trove of  Hanukka tables sent in by our amazing Jewish Hostesses are SO unique and display the wonderful energy and passion that was  put into their holiday atmosphere. I’v e become obsessed with each holiday table scape  and I’m amazed at  how each fabulous hostess reinvented the traditional Hanukka holiday table. The Jewish Hostess is all about each and every one of us and how we can all be inspired from one another!

Thanks so much to Lorraine Kasavi, Raquel Ralack, Paula BenZaken, Kim Dabah, Raquel Habert, Lori Mizrahi, Esther Sasson, Lorene Sasson, Sarah Nuseiri, Sheila Gindi, Yvette Kassin, Michelle Dayan, Rochelle Cohen,Victoria Arnold,Doris Dweck, Barbara Franco, and Vicky Cohen for taking the time to photograph and share your  special holiday with The Jewish Hostess readers.

Let your imagination run free with all of these table setting ideas. There are no rules when it comes to tweaking your own theme for your table top. Make your own brand new table statement by reinventing your old color combinations. Adding new textures such as lucite, glass, gorgeous soft flowers, feathers, and fabrics are all possibilities for new table inspirations from the Jewish Hostess Hanukka pics on this site. Enjoy and bookmark these pages!

Please COMMENT BELOW with your favorite and most creative tablescape.

Although I LOVE THEM ALL only one lady can win this  FREE copy of Kosher Elegance by Efrat Libfroind- A $39 value.!



1- Loraine Kasavi’s Mahjong Lunch Table-

2- Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukka Table:


4- Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukka Dessert Table:


6- Lori Mizrachi’s Sparkly Hanukka Table:

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7: Two Beautiful Hanukka Tables from Esther Sassoon in Israel:

8: What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

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9: Sarah Nuseiri’s Decadent Hanukka Table:

10: Sheila Gindi’s Impressive Hanukka Table!:

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11: Easy and Elegant by Yvette Kassin:

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12: Michelle Dayan-My First Hanukka Party:

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13- Rochelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukka Table Setting!

14- Victoria Arnold’s beautiful and Meaningful Hanukka Table:

15-Party Planner Doris Dweck’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table:

16- Hanukka 2011 with the Cohens! by Vicky Cohen:

17- Barbara Franco-Modern Gold ‘n Bold on Hanukka!










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