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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

12 Comments 16 December 2014

 

 Please “like” this Hanukka post and share with your friends!  A lot of hostess effort went into this holiday table!

 (Enjoy from Hanukka 2011!)

Happy Hanukka to all of my Jewish Hostesses!

This year I decided to get an early start on my Hanuka table setting.Being that my Amex card was getting a little rusty, I decided to get into the holiday spirit and  venture out to Ikea and West Elm to see if I could whip up some Hanuka table decor inspiration on a budget.

I decided to stick with the traditional Hanukkah blue and silver color combo because I already owned blue water glasses given to me by my consuegro (Syrian word for son-in-law’s mother) as a Rosh Hashanah gift, plus I happen to own a set of blue and silver rimmed Greek style dishes (a perfect Macabee theme!).

After an hour or two of piling anything and everything blue or silver into my shopping cart at Ikea, this is what I finally ended up with:

  1. Hanukah blue cotton place mats at $1.99 each. A great buy!
  2. Silver mirrored squares-(come in a pack of 4- these are a great investment- buy a dozen or two- you can use them on a dessert bar, as placemats, or you can even line your entire table with them. Your friends will definitely ask you to borrow these mirrored squares when they see how cool they look on your table…) I placed 4 in a row as a runner in the center of the table and then place one atop each blue placemat.

 

3. Go run and buy these beautiful silver candles from Ikea before they run out of them! Eight of these festive candles look so elegant lined up along the center of the table-menorah style.  Ikea also has gorgeous cobalt blue glass candle holders that fit perfectly as a base for my  new silver candles.  I placed four candles into their bases in a row to the right and the left of my own “shamash” vase. (Note- my son reminded me that this “menorah display” cannot be used as the actual menorah- even if I decided to use a candle as a the shamash in the center- according to tradition, the menorah has to be fashioned out of one piece of metal, wood, or glass…like in the beit hamikdash…)

4. I couldn’t resist buying two velvety bluish purple pillows at $19.99 from Ikea to place on silver gray chairs (from B and B party rental in Brooklyn, N.Y.) at both heads of the table of the table.

5. Dashing into West Elm (while the whole family waited outside), I purchased  these stunning silvery shimmery cotton napkins at $7 each. They look perfect atop each plate. I neatly folded each one and topped with a sparkly dreidel. I also found delicious kosher blue and white swirley lollipops at West Elm that I placed on the  mirrored table runner as well.

Hanuka Flowers, Cakes, Cookies, Boxes and Sparkle and Chairs:

      1. Again, thank you to B and B party rental for these gorgeous silver grey chairs. Ballroom chairs always add that touch of elegance for all of your  holiday table decor and party needs. Call B and B at (718) 436 – 8433 or go visit at 1076 38th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
      2. My good friend Shirley Barnathan happens to be a Brooklyn and NYC florist. Check out her Facebook  florals  here. She ran over with some gorgeous Hanuka-blue dyed feathers, and within minutes, she draped them from my dining room chandelier. Shirley also filled my center vase with stunning silver sprayed leaves. Within seconds she picked up my dying orchid plants with replaced them with vibrant new ones. She also brought over some place card holders that I borrowed for the photo shoot. Its great to have friends in the business!
      3. The magnificent and gorgeous Hanukka cake is by Fortune Farca. You will be amazed at her bakery creations! Check out her Facebook page HERE!  The beautiful and delicious Hanukaa dreidel cookies are by the talented Esther Dana. Check out her Facebook page HERE There’s nothing like gorgeous holiday themed baked goods to cozy up the look of your table.
      4. Chocolate Hanukka Coins, Dreidel and Hanukka Ornaments are inexpensive and really add to the holiday excitement. Sticking to one or two colors within your scheme  give a more elegant look. Shop here for Hanukkah Table Accessories and inspiration!
      5. You can find silver boxes and gorgeous ribbon in  local shops or try sites like M and J trimmings for pretty Hanuka blue ribbons.
      6. Hanukka sprinkles and nonpareils can be used as “sand” to sprinkle around chocolate coins and dreidels. They will really add a lot of pizzaz to your table!  Click here for a selection of Wilton Kosher Sprinkles. Use the White Glitter Sprinkles for extra sparkle.
      7. P.S. Don’t forget to buy inexpensive Dreidel Ice Cube Molds! (see ice cube pic below). Kids love ‘em!
      8. Keep scrolling down below to see the rest of my Hanukka table setting.

Use these suggestions as a basic guide for your own unique Hanukkah table decor. Using your favorite silver or blue or white tableware as a base, and then shop around your favorite discount stores, florist, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Target, or West Elm for fun accessories to add to your holiday centerpiece. Of course if you want to go all out, you can click on over to Barneys for a real first class treat -to your wallet!

Of course I can’t wait to see your Hanuka holiday tables! Please send your pics over to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

I have a fabulous brand new gourmet kosher cookbook for the most voted winner!

What do you think of this holiday table setting? Comment below with your suggestions for your sparkling Hanukka celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

4 Comments 10 December 2014

Dear Raquel, Its amazing to see how many gorgeous tables evolved out of one Maccabee Hanukkah holiday! Even though your table may not have cost a fortune, it looks like a million bucks! I love how you tied up the napkins and placed the gift boxes along the table! Stunning! Marlene M.

“Dear Marlene,

I love to have fun setting my table for all different kinds of events. I recently heard about your website and decided to check it out. I loved so many of the ideas I decided to share my own.
I had a small Chanukah dinner party and stuck to the traditional blue and silver theme. I put a silver table cloth by Allison (718) 415-3860 and 5 mirror squares lined up as my runner from Amazing Savings (a great thing to have and keep for all kinds of ocassions). On the mirrors I scattered chocolate coins, glittered snow flakes that cost $1 and filled blue candle holders from Ikea with dreidels. As a finishing touch I sprinkled blue sprinkles on the mirrors.
I used my Murval placemats which I already owned from Kitchen Caboodles. As accents, I used blue and silver boxes from Amazing Savings which were less than $2 with a small gift inside for each of my guests. I also cut out dreidel shaped placecards. Instead of the traditional napkin rings I used a ‘Happy Hannukah’ ribbbon to wrap my napkins as a gift- as a little treat I placed chocolate coins in each napkin!
From,
Raquel Fallas”

 

 

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

8 Comments 08 December 2014

Last year’s Hanukka , I wanted to try to be a little different than previous years, and I also KNEW that my table had to be unique being that my kids put the “Jewish Hostess” pressure upon me. Loving how macaroons have been in the forefront of “dessert style” lately, I brainstormed with Leila Akaad of “La Magnifique Macaron”  famous for her fantabulous homemade macaroon displays, we dreamed up a Macaroon Menorah in which she would create an ombre of blue macaroons in 8 plus 1 lucite canisters and we would display it upon a lucite bow that was 3 feet wide and 4 inches high. Under the box I placed some mirrored squares from Ikea and atop that I scattered some sparkly blue and silver dreidels.

Atop each pacesetting was a gorgeous blue glass dish (if you are interested in purchasing please contact me marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com), an IKAT cotton napkin, in which I folded a blue velvet ribbon and placed an “M” squared Hanukkah coaster. (it looked better on the napkin than set as a coaster- as I always say- you DON’T always have to follow the table setting “rules”!)

 

I then placed a cake pop with a hand calligraphied name tag (designed and baked by the talented Mari Gindi) for each guest in front of each plate as a place card holder.

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Flowers by Betty Esses…..Note the silver sprayed monstera leaf… Hanukka cookies by Mari Gindi.

Note my wonderful West Elm purchases!

 mercury glass vases, Hanukka dishes, and festive mercury glass votives. I love West Elm as a Jewish Hostess resource center because that always add a Jewish touch in the midst of all the Christmas Holiday decor, not making the Jewish Hostess feel like an alien in a red and green table setting decor of a  whirlwind shopping season. They even had a whole HANUKKAH category on their website!

Wine tags added to the festivities as everyone took home a kosher wine bottle as a special hanukka gift. The lucite trays are a gorgeous addition to any table. Please contact me if you are interested in scooping up one as a gift or for your self……

 

Besides Bingo, and some activities whipped up by the kids, we placed Lottery tickets under each plate. The grand winner won $17!!!!

All in all it was a great Hanukkah night. I am grateful that I am able to share a beautiful table with my wonderful family and FABULOUS JEWISH HOSTESSES.

LET’S KEEP ON SHARING our holidays and semachot on The Jewish Hostess! Send all ideas and submissions to marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com),

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Update Your Holiday Table Decor on a Budget!

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Update Your Holiday Table Decor on a Budget!

No Comments 19 September 2012

This year, I decided to dump my tinsel sukkah decorations and try to find some updated sleeker last-minute looks. As most of my kids would rather get creative with a new latte in Starbucks, this year I  did not have the cute home made decorations that they used to bring home from second grade art class, and thankfully my fourth grader was really SO excited to help with the fun DIY napkin rings that we dreamed up together.

Step 1- I checked online at Jamali Gardens  and found gorgeous artificial hydrangea balls to hang from the scach or our Sukkah. Each one comes with a green ribbon loop that makes it easy to hang. You can buy them packaged in a set of 6, they come in lavender, green, and white, these gorgeous blooms can probably be passed down to your grandchildren if you keep them stored away with your Sukkah. (On the other hand, I think that they would be a great addition to a summer barbeque gracefully hung from an umbrella or awning.)

2- We shopped at IKEA and found some inexpensive botanical artwork to hang up as a modern Sukkah Decoration. It comes wrapped in plastic, which we kept it protected from the weather.

3-IKEA also had stunning $5 chandeliers in all shapes and sizes,

but unfortunately we did not make sure that they were waterproof,(we tried covering them with garbage bags) and unfortunately, they didn’t last too long…..

Ikea chandelier,REGOLIT Pendant lamp shade, white Diameter: 17 ¾ "  Diameter: 45 cm

4- We decided to make our very own crafty napkin rings. We ran over to Karen’s invitations on Avenue U in Brooklyn, and found lime green ribbon. Ran home, found a glue glun and, voila!


5- As for the dragonflies….. I bumped into Jill over at ETSY and she was able to whip up and ship 50 hemp knotted dragonflies for me to top off my DIY napkin rings. What do you think?

6- Table Runners- Craving something original, I decided to run back over to Karen’s Invitations and purchase some handmade papers that she sells by the sheet. If you are looking to buy some stunning handmade paper sheets online, you can CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE.

I decided to keep the ripped edge look of the gorgeous orange and gold handmade paper by folding each sheet down the middle lengthwise and ripping it slowly. Each sheet became a long rectangle, and I placed each edge under a lime green square table topper that I purchased from Michelle over at Table Toppers on East 4 Street in Brooklyn. Flowers, greens and ceramic containers are from Shirley Bar Nathan atop a fresh monstera leaf. The flowers and the monstera leaf lasted the whole week, and can be used over and over again! (The monstera leaf can also be used as a place mat.)

I always have simple glass votives and tea lights to scatter on my table for extra sparkle, purchased from Crate and Barrel.

 

 

7- You can also use your handmade paper to line the table for your bottles of kosher wine, and barware.
8-Don’t forget that even a brightly colored glass water bottle such as Perrier adds a splash of color to the table! Enjoy!!!!
9-What did you do to add a modern splash to your table??? I’d love to hear!!!  Questions??? Comment below!!!
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A Botanical Earth Day Bar Mitzvah Theme Breakfast DIY by Claudia Bildiricci

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A Botanical Earth Day Bar Mitzvah Theme Breakfast DIY by Claudia Bildiricci

7 Comments 08 May 2012

I have to say that I am so lucky to know some of the most talented Jewish women in the world. Every where I turn, I am constantly amazed by the creativity that blossoms with every simcha, holiday, and charity event within our Jewish communities. I am so proud to showcase all of these talents under the roof of my site, The Jewish Hostess. After all, that’s what life is all about- sharing, being inspired, and putting out own spin on the beauty in our lives. As a guest at Claudia’s son’s bar mitzvah event, I marveled at how she seemed to be able to effortlessly dive into the botanical theme of the bar mitzvah decor, and then look gorgeous and calm at the event as if she had Preston Bailey on the scene.  This theme can go a long way. Using different color and florals, Claudia’s ideas can take us into any holiday or party event decor. Claudia, thanks for the spark! Marlene
“Hi Marlene
   I am so happy you were able to join us for Hymie’s Bar Mitzvah!  The party was on Earth Day.  My mind started to race.  I came up with herbs for the tables and googled and came upon The growers exchange who shIpped me samples whIch I took to Ikea and found a white pot and rocks to top the dirt.  In Ikea, I came across the white frames you see on the table.  Everyone loves to see pictures of the baby~boy~ or couple. For 99 cents each, I bought 24 frames!  Went online and copied pictures on Snapfish, easy and done!
I wanted a natural look, so I asked the table cloth company for burlap. He said he has fake burlap, even better!  Real burlap is a mess!
He only had squares of sashes. 4′ x 108′ .  Now what?  My frIend Lynn Schrem said lets weave them! And we did!
Now to the napkins.  Again googled wood letter H’s and sure enough!  I ordered a sample sprayed them with silver.Went to M&J Trimming for the leather.
I was done. My son sprayed the 180 H’s and the glueing began!
The Thursday night before the bar mitzvah party, we wove  the sashes and put every napkin in the H ring.   I bought the wood bark at last mInute in the flower market.
It was finally all coming together!
Adelaide Khezerie arranged the centerpiece of flowers for my older son’s Barmitsvah, so I called her to help me with flowers for other tables.  I knew I needed some height in the room. She took me to the flower market the Wed. before the party!  What fun! we touched, smelled, and looked at the choices. Lilacs it was.
I went back to the flower market on  Friday to pick  up the lilacs. When I brought them back to the shul I just stared at these huge bundles!  Then I got a text from Adelaid that said OMW!!
Phew!  After all the vases were done and the herbs were in the pots I just prayed that it would all last for Sunday.
The temperature in the shul was kept nice and cold.  All went well!
The most important thing  was that my son was happy and so proud of his barmitzvah.  He thanked me again and again!
I am so lucky to have good friends that share their and time expertise with me !
It was a beautiful morning with wonderful friends and family!’ Claudia Bildirici

 

 

 

 

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More Dessert Bar Ideas From Esther Sassoon In Israel

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More Dessert Bar Ideas From Esther Sassoon In Israel

No Comments 01 May 2012

A beautiful flower and dessert showcase. Flat glass squares can be bought at Ikea or custom made to fit your table top needs. They they be used over and over in so many different types of party themes because they serve the purpose of display without distracting from the decorative and colorful food, dessert, and floral array. Thanks, Esther!

“Hi Marlene,

Here is a dessert bar I made for a Bar Mitzvah recently. I baked the desserts, arranged the flowers and used glass canisters and sheets to display the desserts. Enjoy,

Esther”

 

 

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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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Turquoise On Your Table

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Turquoise On Your Table

No Comments 10 August 2011

Shelly Anteby effortlessly  breezes through each day  in her classic style and always makes sure to pull off a unique and daring table setting weekly.

“I start pulling out my Shabbat table setting from Wednesday. I pull out and see what works. Its not planned. By Thursday my table is set. This week I planned a turquoise theme. You could call it Indian or Moroccan inspired, because of the turquoise color and the stones. I started with the turquoise Kim Seybert runner and then offset it with seafoam green mother of pearl chargers as a base for each plate. I topped the chargers with clear turquoise oversized dishes that I found in IKEA.

My turquoise Limoges salad plates helped accent the jeweled napkin rings.I love to find table accents in Home Goods or Target.

In the center of the table I usually raise my salads and appetizers in little bowls on top of a simple glass tray. That becomes my centerpiece.

The point is to have fun with your  Shabbat table setting and just be spontaneous.”

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An Elegant Sheva Brachot Dinner Party for the Bride and Groom

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An Elegant Sheva Brachot Dinner Party for the Bride and Groom

1 Comment 09 January 2011

Thank you Suzanna Raff from Kosher Shopaholic for sending in these beautiful Sheva Berachot pics! Its so special when a good friend or family member offers to open their home for a Sheva Berachhot for a new bride and groom. Its becoming so much more common nowadays- its really a beautiful custom!!

For those of you who are new to this idea of the seven days of blessings after a Jewish wedding, CLICK HERE  for more info.

To get Suzanna’s delicious Shabbat Challah recipe plus some great money saving coupons, CLICK HERE.

“Hi Marlene,

First I want to state that these gorgeous tables are not my creation and I can’t take credit for them.  I made the Shalom Bayis challah and suggested the Build-a-Bears.  The rest was created by  my friend who hosted the Simcha along with her friend who is a party planner. They were inspired by the peacock Chanukah Tablescape from the Chanukah edition of Mishpacha Magazine’s Family First.  They used a dark blue velvet tablecloth, laced the tablecloth with gorgeous green ribbons and alternated peacock and blue feathers on each plate.  The feathers were on top of green napkins that matched the ribbon lacing .  They put small white boxes with mints, green ribbon and name tags on each plate on top of the napkins and feathers.  They had tall, thin vases with feathers on the head table and flowers on the rest of the tables.  The dishes were all white to give a gorgeous contrast of the rich blues and greens.  It was stunning! ”

 

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