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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

5 Comments 15 April 2015

For all of you that may not know Linda, she is the ultimate Jewish Hostess entrepreneur who started her business career in the 80’s designing and selling gorgeous stone encrusted angora sweaters to major department stores all over the country. Of course since we were getting wholesale prices, I do believe that my mother was Linda’s best customer at the time, shlepping us girls into Linda’s basement to try on the stunning line of knits. Linda advised my mom to preserve the fuzzy angoras in a cold area. I think that dozens of  Linda’s sweaters must still be frozen solid in the deep freezer that is in our old house on the corner of Bedford and J…..

Thank you Linda for sharing your gorgeous New Jersey ocean view and Shavuot table with all of us that are still sweating in good old Brooklyn, N.Y.! I’m waiting for more Shavuot Table pics from all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!!

Let’s see who else will have a chance to win the $200 gift certificate to Parci Parla!!!   Marlene

” Dear Marlene,

Wishing a happy holiday to all!  Hope you like my seafoam linen placemats with batik print cloths and matching napkins:

  1. Cloths- Century 21 dept store,
  2. Lalique stemware and glasses from France,bought in 1977 !!!
  3. St. Martin dishes Mikasa, 2005.
  4. Stainless flatware, Century 21.
  5. Plant from Paradise florist (from Mother’s Day lol),
  6. Napkin rings are bangles from the accessory district.
  7. The ocean is view is from the 19th floor !!!”

Emile and Linda Haddad







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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

No Comments 19 May 2013

Enjoy this Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….

Feast your eyes on this colorful and daring Rosh Hashanah holiday table that Candy Gabbay whipped up after dashing to the Missoni Target sale last week! Candy is constantly ahead of the trends, it’s no wonder that she pulled this hot table decor  together using a MISSONI SHOWER CURTAIN!!! 

P.S  If your table setting is fun, unique, inspiring,  and one of a kind, then we want to see it too!!!! Send it over to marlene (at )thejewishhostess.com!!!


“Hi Marlene,

  Since the only thing I could find of Missoni in Target was a shower curtain, I had to buy it even though I didn’t need one! So, I decided to turn it into a table cloth and base my table settings around it! It’s so fun and colorful, just like me! I got so many comments on it as my BBM picture, so I decided to share it with your website. The photos are attached, if you have any problems opening it let me know!
  I put a solid black tablecloth first. Then took the Missoni reversible shower curtain and placed in center and folded sides up so you would see the black and white pattern along the edge of table. I bought flowers that coordinated with the colors on the curtain and placed them in small circular vases down center of table. Found the exact green from the cloth in plates at Amazing Savings and loved the cool shape. Added black and white napkins, a Missoni candle, and last but not least my outrageous challah cover that I needle pointed myself! As you can see I like color!”
Candy Gabbay
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Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tapenade Tartlets on Puff Pastry Squares

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Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tapenade Tartlets on Puff Pastry Squares

2 Comments 06 February 2013


Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tarts, The Jewish Hostess

This is a perfect appetizer for your Purim Party, and remember to keep it in your files as a topping for a Matzo round for a delicious  Passover lunch or dinner treat! Thanks so much to @born2shoplove2cook for submitting to @thejewishhostess via Instagram.

*A note on heirloom tomatoes: 

The popularity of these old fashioned tomatoes has increased among hostesses in recent years due to their refreshing flavor, texture, and crazy colors, and  also because of their historic origins. To be certified heirloom, these tomatoes have to be grown from seed that has produced the same variety of tomato for at least fifty years, and they must be certified organic by a recognized USDA organization.

Heirloom tomato seeds have been handed down from generations of tomato growers whose love of these tomatoes has been shared with their neighbors and communities. Their titles tell the tale of their origins and the farmers who have grown them. Varieties such as Cherokee Purple, Great White, Green Zebra, Nebraska Wedding, and Snow White Cherry are sweetly  juicy served on in recipes like the one below, or just drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper in a savory summery salad. I’m running out to buy my heirloom tomatoes NOW!

ENJOY!- Marlene

Heirloom Tomato and Olive Tapenade on Puff Pastry Dough


  • Mazor Dough mini puff pastry squares
  • 1/3 cup store bought olive tapenade
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or fontina cheese
  • 8 heirloom cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 5 Fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Directions:
  2. 1. Preheat the oven to 400
  3. 2. Remove mazor mini puff pastry squares from casing and use round cookie cutter for each square . ( if you prefer squares then leave them as they are ) about 16 rounds
  4. 3. Prick the pastry with fork
  5. 4. Place pastry rounds on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. 5. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the pastry rounds.
  7. 6. Place another baking sheet directly on top of the parchment paper ( this will keep the rounds cute and flat)
  8. 7. Bake for 12 minutes.
  9. 8. Remove the top of the baking sheet and parchment paper.
  10. 9. Spread tsp. olive tapenade over each round.
  11. 10. Place about Tbsn. Cheese on top.
  12. 11. Place 2 pieces of heirloom tomato on the cheese.
  13. 12. Bake for 7 minutes.
  14. 13. Remove from pan and sprinkle chopped basil and salt and pepper
  15. 14. Enjoy!!!!

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An Amazing Earthy Table Setting by Sari Tawil

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An Amazing Earthy Table Setting by Sari Tawil

No Comments 11 January 2012

Dear Sari, Thank you SO much for sending in your Thanksgiving table setting! I know that somehow November faded into January but I just want to say that your table setting is so pretty and your table decor ideas can be used until the buds start blooming for Springtime!

Thanks again! Marlene M.

“I usually don’t do this my kids made me lol.

I wanted a earthy look so I worked around my beige dishes, burlap fabric as my cloth which cost $10.00, I overlaid a runner from Blossom Blu. My chargers were from Amazing Savings & cloth napkins were from Home Goods which were $12.00 for a dozen. My big splurge were the napkin rings from Kitchen Caboodles which I couldn’t resist… My best were the acorns from Wegman’s which have a cinnamon scent.” Sari Tawil



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A Shabbat Table That’s Pretty as a Picture

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A Shabbat Table That’s Pretty as a Picture

3 Comments 01 November 2011

How unique and creative is this table setting idea? I love how the challah was placed in the center of all of the colorful dips. I found a bunch of healthy, vegetable dips from Epicurious for all of us to whip up for a colorful edible  palette. This is truly an original Shabbat table setting that you can fancy up for any Jewish holiday or transform this idea into a kid’s birthday party! Enjoy! Marlene
Palette Place Setting:
“This place setting was designed in honor a very good friend who is an artist.  I used very bright primary colors for the  tablecloths and napkins.  An artist’s paint brush was placed on each plate or you may incorporate it with your napkin ring.  A crayon may also be used in the napkin ring or you might want to scatter an assortment of crayons across the table.
For the actual place setting,  plastic palettes were purchased at Michael’s and an assortment of colorful food dips were placed in the paint compartments.  A homemade challah was then put in the center of each palette to complete the “picture”. Chaye Biderman”

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A Summery Shabbat Shalom from Linda and Emile Haddad

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A Summery Shabbat Shalom from Linda and Emile Haddad

5 Comments 07 July 2011

Thank you Linda for sending in your gorgeous Shabbat table as Shabbat approaches again this week!!!! 

Linda is the first to enter our Summery Shabbat table contest!!! 

Wishing everyone a great weekend!!! Marlene

Linda and Emile Haddad wish you Shabbat Shalom
Shalom Bayit at it’s best,a renewal of spirituality,a
true sabbatical dining experience with a refreshing white on white story:

  • Ligne Roset dinnerware,
  • Stainless sculptural steel flexible napkin rings,”
  • Vacationy white napkins,century 21 Dept Stores,
  • Desert glasses a wedding gift from “consuegros” (my son married their daughter) Nancy and Joey Rishty,
  • Fresh steamed artichokes resting after the busy week,
  • Modest flatware
  • Simple white flowers in a white Ligne Roset vase,
  • White china salt shakers,
  • White satin challah cover with just a hint of gold that picks up the
  • 18carat gold crystal water pitcher,,,,
  • get ready for your after dinner shot of arak in the mini lalique cupid shot glasses,,,

Honeymooners Shabbat table Shabbat shalom!!!!

P.S.Try my lahemagene!!!


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Why Don’t We Take This Outside?

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Why Don’t We Take This Outside?

3 Comments 25 May 2011

by Nicole Cohen Sketch 42

This Shavuot, Memorial Day and Summer take your meals outside…. Every Shabbat all summer long, my family enjoys Saturday lunch outdoors, under a pergola with views of a lake…. With nature as your decor, how can you go wrong?

For Summer, I love galvanized metal, burlap and linen tablecloths and runners, retro touches and graphic prints! Here are some of my favorite pieces for outdoor dining. 

Party tub $24


12 pc set $49



Flatware set of 12 $24



Fringed Burlap Tablecloths



Metal Hurricanes $16-$50



Melamine Dinnerware $11



Soda Fountain Glasses $3.95

Have a great summer!

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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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10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

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10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

7 Comments 10 April 2011

Its time to free the creative spirit that has been ignored in the midst of all of our holiday planning. Scrubbing, grating, chopping, boiling (those pots and pans), outfitting, shopping…. can really leave even the most creative Jewish moms to the point of exhaustion. Take it from me, some years I’m lucky just to plop a bunch of tulips from the street corner into a vase just before lighting the holiday candles.
This year will be different!
I’ve searched and clicked all over tons of inspiring websites all around internet town to bring all of my
Jewish Hostesses
10 spring centerpiece ideas for your Seder table. These simple table decor ideas can be transformed into a Passover seder that expresses YOU!
Start planning and gather your materials this week so that your Seder centerpiece wont be a last minute throw-on. Get the kids involved so that you can direct them while you are putting the final touches on your Passover meal.
You can choose to pull out all of your assorted vases and line them up on your table with a simple streamlined color theme of blooms, or you can go out on a limb and create a more intricate design.
Whatever style you choose, just remember that these spring inspired decor ideas adds as much to the memories of the evening as the delicious  meal that you serve your guests.
(image via deutweddings)
1-Silver vases of all sizes capture the glamour of your Passover seder table. Try these fluted vases with a mercury filled base for only $19.99 from  Target , and add your personal touch with the simplest of buds.
2-Looking for a cheap, chic and glamorous DIY project?
Hop on over to  100layercake.com for theit tutorial on how to spray paint your extra mason jars
for a vibrant new look on your  Passover seder table.
3-Go through your storage closets and pull out stored wedding gifts that you haven’t used in years.
You’d be surprised at the gorgeous display you can create by lining up assorted bud vases and filling them all
in the same color scheme.
(image via 100layercake.com)
4-Inspired by the Elizabeth and Anne blog, use assorted jars and containers, buy a rustic burlap, or for a more elegant look find a dressier  metallic or floral fabric, tie with a matching cord or fancy ribbon, and scatter on your seder table.
images via Social Couture and jjdesigns
5-Use fruit cups or glasses, An ice cream dish, a champagne bowl, or a martini glass that are on pedestals , fill with clear or white pepples. You can also find vase filler HERE, top with a single flower or two,  and disperse among your platters.
6-Your guest will really enjoy their four cups of wine while enjoying the view. Make a fruit  topiary using regal grapes as the star of the show.
The timeless Preston Bailey shows you how to do it right here on his blog.
7-Fabric wrapped containers will steal the show. Use vibrant papers and flowers and go beyond the  expected. DIY  instructions HERE.
8-This terra cotta centerpiece tutorial from Real Simple magazine will give a breezy rustic aura to you holiday dinner.
9-Spring is here, and there is no prettier way to show it with an eco-inspired pink and green vegan centepiece .
Check out Epicurious.com for their down to earth DIY how-to.
10- I actually saved the prettiest for last!
This unexpected burst of spirited colors will keep your guests family and guests in a cheery mood the whole entire seder! I’ve been having a color obsession with these eye-popping brights. If you are too, then run on over to your local florist and buy:
10 red, white and pink anemones
5 mini daffodils
8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open)
Ranunculus greens and buds
English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants)
and click HERE for a simple tutorial.
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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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Glamour with a Twist of Tradition on Rosh Hashanah

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Glamour with a Twist of Tradition on Rosh Hashanah

No Comments 07 September 2010

Today I helped my grandmother set the table for Rosh Hashanah. Apparently, I have been setting the table wrong for all these years… (napkin DOESNT go under the silverware?), but she let me infiltrate with some of my ideas this year.

I was trying to get a more modern look out of her super traditional dinnerware.

My first step was to lose the table cloth. Handmade lace tablecloths are grand as grand can be, but I think the bare table is so beautiful that I wanted to showcase it. Plus, I love the contrast of the white plates and the dark wood. It makes the table seem fresh.

Next was the choice of dishes. I chose these from all of her most ornate sets because it looks crisp, and its easy to match with other white dishes. The gold scalloped edge is glamourous but also simple.

I chose a glass with a bit of color to it, and I used her brass wine cup and bronze pitcher, proving once again that you can mix metals as freely as you dare!

Sterling silver flatware is always a good thing, and on the bare glossy wood the silver really sparkles.

Handmade napkins and mother of pearl dishes to hold the symbolic foods complete the look.

The finishing touch were the vintage glass apples that we used on each plate. Cheeky, apropos and playful, while the table remains elegant and refined.

I hope you all have a lovely holiday! Check out my blog Sketch 42!

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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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Join our Rosh Hashanah directory!

Contact marlene@thejewishhostess.com

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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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Use What You Have Table Setting…

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Use What You Have Table Setting…

No Comments 10 May 2010

I created this table setting with things I had laying around the house…

It’s my idea of a  perfect breakfast/brunch for two. I think it would be absolutely GORGEOUS as a Shavuot table setting set for a family as well.

Many people own white dishes, and this table setting makes a case for them. Why? You can combine them with other sets, bright napkins look fabulous with them and they can never go out of style.  (Mine were actually my mother’s! They are over 25 years old but they still sell them in department stores today! How is that for timeless!)

I added in these bowls that I recently bought from Anthropology($12), colorful napkins that I bought a few years ago and brightly colored glasses that were a wedding gift. Here are some similar ones.

I used a white linen hemstitch placemat, which is perfect for a breakfast or a lunch. You can buy some HERE ($54.00/Set of 6).

It also helps that I have an absolutely beautiful centerpiece that I took from my nephew’s bar mitzvah yesterday!

The point is… You can mix and match the pieces that you already own to create beautiful tablescapes that are both charming and interesting!

How do you change it up for the holidays? Do you mix and match your sets of dishes? Send us photos, we would love to publish them!

Happy Shavuot!

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Hot Pink Candles for Mother’s Day

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Hot Pink Candles for Mother’s Day

1 Comment 26 April 2010

I bought these 2 foot hot pink tapers from my local florist the other day…. I LOVE the shot of life they add to my living room! I used to keep black candles in there that were Oh-So-Chic, but for spring these hot pink candles are just what I needed!


Of course I got the idea from Eddie Ross’s Bloomingdale’s window for Elle Decor:

Here Eddie Ross uses navy tapers in antique candles sticks. And here he uses yellow to tie in his brass candle sticks and amber glasses. 

I think this tablescape would be especially nice for Mother’s Day. You can buy similar candle sticks at CB2.


You can get your own HERE.

Do you use colorful candlesticks? Send us pictures and we will put them on our site!!


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Grow An Herb Garden In Your Kitchen

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Grow An Herb Garden In Your Kitchen

No Comments 21 April 2010

Those of you who read my other blog Sketch42 know that all year long I have been on a quest to eat local and organic food. (And this was before Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution!) You also know that IT AINT EASY! By mid-Feburary my family was quite sick of butternut squash, cabbage and apples…. Thankfully, Spring is here and I will soon be planting my garden in New Jersey. But this year, I will also be planting another garden. A little herb garden on my window sill.

Michael Pollan author of In Defense of Food, Food Rules and The Omnivore’s Dilemma (just some light reading about the current abysmal state of the industrial food system) lists growing your own food as the GREENEST thing you can possibly do.(Keeping Shabbat is also on his list!!!)  It’s also the healthiest food you will ever eat.

Here are the instructions for setting up your own herb garden:

1. You need one large pot, or a few smaller pots.

2. Put gravel or rocks over drainage hole.

3. Fill pot with soil mix – to 1” from top of pot

4. Use an organic fertilizer and mix in with soil

5. Scatter herb seeds on surface

6. Cover with soil according to directions on packet (some herbs seeds should not be covered)

7. Water well, but with a light touch

8. Keep watered

9. Seeds germinate in 7 – 21 days, depending on species (see seed packet for more information)

10. Grow in a sunny spot. They need between 4-6 hours of sunlight a day.

Herbs That Grow Best Indoors:

Tips For Successful Herbs:

– Light requirements: 6 hours in a sunny window for most herbs, 4 is OK for rosemary, mint, and parsley.
– You could also use a grow light. It should be approximately 16 inches above the plants and needs to be on for 12 to 14 hours to provide the equivalent of 6 hours sunlight. It looks like a fluorescent light tube.
– Drainage: All herbs require especially good drainage. The containers must have drainage holes on the bottom, and Leda recommend adding additional perlite or sand to a commercial potting soil mix (1 part perlite or sand to 3 parts mix).
– Watering: Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when growing herbs indoors. The surface of the soil must be allowed to dry to a depth of 1-inch before watering, and then it should be a good, deep watering (until water flows through the drainage holes).
– Feeding: Herbs should be fed once a month with a half-strength organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion.

OR… You can buy ready made kits that make it super easy to grow your own herbs.
These kits also make great gifts!
1.Herb Garden Gift Basket  $39.95 (I love this as a Mother’s Day gift!!)

2. Garden in a bag - $9.00 These are so cute.
3. Self watering pots… Keeps plants watered for 7-10 days!
4. Indoor Culinary Herb Garden Starter Kit – This kit has every spice you could want!

5. Indoor Garden Kit: Thyme Herb Kit $9.99

I really encourage you to plant a garden where ever you can!

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