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I’d like to give you some Purim table inspiration so here is my Purim 2011 story.
It was Thursday morning when I realized that I was so busy posting articles about how everyone ELSE should be inspired for Purim, I couldn’t believe that I had no table setting,or menu plan of my own .
Here’s when a kid with a driver’s licence will come in handy.
One of my kids waited in the car while I ran in to Lana’s fabric on Kings Highway to buy Zebra polyester fabric -$5.99 a yard cut into 54 inch squares- cost about $25.
I placed the 2 squares as diamonds side by side on top of my white cotton hemstitch tablecloth.
While on her way to Starbucks another of of my kids ran and bought me a pack of white paper napkins that look just like linen. $10.99.
She also bought grey luncheon napkins that we decided to fold over the white large paper napkins $4.99.
I also bought a silver chain trim from the fabric store to use as napkin rings. $3.99 a yard. Pretty- no? cost about $15.
You can use this napkin idea for your Passover seder.
(Send me pics if you come up with any cool ideas!!!!)
This is how the back of the napkin should tie:
These sterling ice coffee glasses given to us a wedding gift by Aunt Sydelle and uncle Mosie in the 80’s. About 15 years later I realized that they were still sitting in the closet needing a good polish, so I decided to turn them into vases, and I haven’t stopped using them since! My daughter ran out and bought me the dendrobium orchids from the corner flower kiosk up the block, and I stuck these exotic masks that I ordered from from AnytimeCostumes for about $10 each into the “vases”.
So many of my goblets have broken over the years that I had to alternate clear goblets from Target with my pretty new blue goblets given to me as a Rosh Hashanah gift from my new “consuegra”- (Syrian word for my daughter’s mother-in-law.)
Lunch was not bad if I don’t say so myself.
Since the Purim Seuda is traditionally a meat one,
We had grilled chicken with kalamata olives and tomatoes on salad,
melt in your mouth minute steak roast,
wild rice with spinach and sauteed red peppers, plain white rice (for the kids),home made za’ata challah rolls filled with sliced turkey,
(let me know if you want any recipes……)
mini kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,
pareve kibbe neye,
whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,
fried chicken (for the kids), and my sister Jeanette brought chicken tacos that got wiped out. (click HERE for the recipe)
I have advice for all of you Jewish Hostesses out there- Being a Jewish Hostess doesn’t mean you have to be a super woman and make everything yourself!!! I BOUGHT the lahamageen, kibbe, and fried chicken from Kings Highway Glatt. I called them 3 minutes in advance and the kid that was on her way HOME from Starbucks ran in and picked it up for me.
So, if you are organized and want to make it all yourself,then, great, but if you are a last minute type like me, and if you are lucky enough to live near some kosher butchers and kosher grocery stores that sell delicious ready made kosher appetizers…..
The highlight of our day came when Gail and Andy came to say hello…..
But we really had a great laugh when the Gail’s normally very serious dad,Ricky C. also rang our doorbell and hung out for dessert.
How was your day?
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