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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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Passover Holiday Lunch Table Decor by Elena Kassin

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Passover Holiday Lunch Table Decor by Elena Kassin

No Comments 10 April 2012

 

I’m loving Elena’s classic metallic silver and white tablescape from Passover 2012.

A gorgeous backdrop for a delicious lunch. GREAT job, Elena!! Marlene  

p.s. Especially loving the Kim Seybert’s Tile  napkin ring on sale till 3/10/13 at Bloomingdales! Click to order now~

 

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

No Comments 15 March 2012

If you thought that Passover was over, then think again! The photos are still coming in, please enjoy Marilyn Harary’s timeless seder! Thank you for sharing your holiday with us, Marilyn!

“Hi Marlene ,
It was so much prettier but I didn’t get any close ups  I seated 16 comfortably I had two cloths white with buttercup yellow with matouk linens napkins and place mats.  Gorgous flowers,  and Baruch hashem  a good time was had by all.
We’ll talk menu one day !! Marilyn”

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A Persian Passover Seder at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

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A Persian Passover Seder at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

No Comments 04 March 2012

Thank you  Djamilla Cochran of http://www.theroseweddings.com for sharing this elegant Persian seder from 2012 with Jewish Hostesses from so many different backgrounds. I am continually fascinated by the different Jewish cultures that span the globe.We all share the same Torah, yet throughout thousands of years of peace and persecution, history has allowed us all to survive, and express our individuality as separate Jewish communities. Beautiful! I have enjoyed posting this unique seder, as I hope you will all enjoy reading. Marlene

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This beautiful Passover Seder was styled by Marjaneh from Candybar Couture with lots of help from her mother Guity. Although, Passover is a Jewish Holiday celebrated for thousands of years, this family who is originally from Iran, took a very modern approach to designing the party. The party was held at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. The second floor patio that was covered halfway by a beautiful white tent that was the ideal location to seat more than 70 guests. It is very common for Iranians living in Los Angeles to have a large number of guests at the Seder. They invite friends and lots of extended family. A microphone had to be used for all of the guests to hear the prayers!

The food that is used for the prayers, along with flowers were used as the centerpiece.

They included lettuce, bitter herbs, Matzos, vinegar and Halegh which is the Iranian version of Charoset. The highlight of the nigh is generally Dayenu where it is customary for Iranian Jews to playfully hit each other with the raw scallions. This tradition symbolizes the whips of the slaves in Egypt.”

Jilla Javaheri, Sahla Sassounian, Sion Javaheri, Moise Aghaipour during the Passover Seder

Persian ceremony of dayenu with scallions that represent the whips upon the Jewish slaves

Persian Rice with Saffron,

Chocolate Marble Sponge Cake with Rice Flour,

 

Guity Sassounian, Sohrab Sassounian, Marjaneh Etebar and Afshin Etebar

Nassir Ebrahimian, Sophia Ebrahimian and Pegah Ebrahimian

Dahlia Zakhor, Jasmine Zakhor, Rhonda Zakhor, Alex Zakhor

Sean Sassounian, Jasmine Sassounian, Shiva Aghaipour

Mandy Amini and Marjaneh Etebar

 

List of vendors :

Photography by Djamilla Cochran/theroseweddings.com  Djamilla Cochranhttp://www.theroseweddings.com/

The Huntley Hotel http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/

The Party was styled by Candybar Couture. http://www.candybarcouture.com/

The Desserts were by Madame Dessert. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Madame-Dessert/128740397170724

The Catering was by Alfredo Catering. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alfredo-Catering-Inc/352678486239

 

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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

5 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
And Crazy Corn – to try one of their 16+ flavors of gourmet popcorn: (718) 613-9558

 

 

 

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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Announcing The Winners of the  Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

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Announcing The Winners of the Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

1 Comment 19 February 2012

Announcing the winners of our 2011 Shavuot Table Contest!

Winner for FIRST PRIZE wins $200. gift certificate to PARCI PARLA!

This a just one of Parci Parla’s gorgeous table settings! Parci Parla has tons of gift and table ware for your home! Email Irene for more info!

SECOND PRIZE - $100 to Josh and Co. Florist

THIRD PRIZE -$75 to Josh and Co.

 

Winner #1 with the most Facebook likes, comments, and emailed votes sent in to me is Karen Tawil! Check out her beautiful tables HERE!!!


Winner #2 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me AND most inspiring Holocaust survival story is Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. Check out Mrs. Bryn’s table settingHERE.


Winner #3 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me is Lorene Sasson! Lorene’s two table top displays were a big hit! Click HERE to check it out!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Linda and Emile Haddad, Susan Lerner, Aunt Linda Betesh, Claudia Bldirici, Rachel Dweck,  and Allison Srour for sharing your GORGEOUS holiday tables with us!!!!

Click on each of their names above to see their beautiful Shavuot tables!

To check out ALL of the magnificent tables shared by our Jewish Hostesses please click HERE ! You are all such an inspiration to me and thousands of Jewish women all over the world! Marlene

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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

No Comments 07 February 2012

Esther Sassoon, a fabulous florist and party planner living in Israel, was so gracious to send in her Tu Bishvat centerpiece to all of us Jewish Hostesses living mostly in the USA and Canada. Thank you Esther for bringing us all a little bit closer and warming up our computers during our cold winter months. I’m so glad to see that Jewish women all over the world are not forgetting the unassuming and quiet holiday of Tu Bishvat.

If you happen to live in the beautiful land of Israel, or even if you are just visiting, please contact Esther for all of your floral needs. Click HERE to email.

Happy Tu Bishvat to all! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

When I think of Tu’ bishvat, I think of fruit!

That’s why I thought to incorporate fruit into this arrangement.

In each square of the pyramid I put in different types of fruits such as kumquats, mini lemons, and green apples  in the arrangement.

If you have any more questions I’d be glad to answer.

Esther”

 

 

 

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The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

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The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

No Comments 21 January 2012

“Hi Marlene! I am loving your facebook page and thought you might enjoy these
Sara Fishman”
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Wow Sara! The details you put into your Shavuot holiday table setting are unmatched! The crystal lettered place cards, the printed menus placed upon each table setting, the simple daisies placed within mini glass cubes, gorgeous bronze modern flatware,mini delectable hor dourves,  refreshing green gazpacho in martini glasses (PLEASE send us your recipe!) all make us want to dine at your table. Thank you so much for sharing. I am SO impressed! Marlene
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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

1 Comment 19 January 2012

Go Green for Passovcer Tabletop!
This year, allow your Passover seder dinner table to usher in a fresh, clean, updated elegant look.
Imbue your table top with sophisticated greens and a modern relaxed touch. Splash on accessories from Oscar De La Renta’s fabulous brand  new table top line. These salt and pepper and bottle stopper fish designs will just bring images of the Red Sea right onto your seder table!
(LOVE them for summer entertaining too!)
I would use several of  the stunning Egyptian inspired  mini green foil square trays to hold marror (bitter herb- we use romaine lettuce), haroset, boiled eggs, the vegetable
(we use endive), . Invert a bowl in the center of  a lucite tray and place a square tray atop for the center shank bone or zeroah to be raised higher than the other seder plate items. Place on a clear lucite tray and voila! You’ve got a brand new seder plate! 
Don’t forget to add some frog napkin rings to symbolize one of  the 10 plagues to adorn your linen napkins…
Now is the time to pull out your best cloths, napkins, china, and placemats. Be bold.
Be daring. Use creativity and  imagination. How are you going to spruce up your table this Passover 2013?

 

3.Jasper Conran At Wedgwood Kilim Accent Plate

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4.Tree Frog Napkin Ringkasaboo.com

7. Juliska Classic Bamboo Charger
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8. Juliska Straw Loop Round Placemat

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Three Fantastic Authentic Passover Tablescapes by Kineret Spector

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Three Fantastic Authentic Passover Tablescapes by Kineret Spector

No Comments 05 January 2012

WOW! Kineret you’ve done it again- I’m so glad to be able to help  share your wonderful Passover seder table ideas. I am constantly amazed at how one Egyptian-Passover-escape-from-bondage-theme can be translated into so many unique holiday table ideas. Thank you, thank you, thank you for inspiring us all. To all Jewish Hostesses – Check out Kineret’s facebook page BSG TABLESCAPES .   Marlene

p.s.- Attention a hostesses! Rememeber to snap some pics of your seder table pics to win one of 3 great prizes! Send PICS to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

1- $100 gift certificate to Parci Parla- the fablulous table top shop on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. Kim Seybert, Jonathan Adler, Ralph Lauren Home, Coffee Table Books nd so much more!

Parci Parla Inc 565 Kings Hwy, New York, NY 11223

(347) 587-5179 ‎
2- $75 to STRETCH activewear by Jeanette Sabbagh- Jeanette can make sure you look chic while sweating off those matzo pizzas! Call her at 917-678-6000 for personal activewear shopping for every body size!
3- A Gorgeous Orchid plant by Shirley Barnathan- call Shirley at (917) 535- 8387 for all of your holiday and party flowers. Free Delivery in Brooklyn.

             “Hi Marlene,

             Hope this finds you well. I’m sending you some Passover tablescapes from years past.  Haha, no pun intended

Many Jewish families already have many of the kinds of items I used for this “Exodus from Egypt” themed table- various clay and brass pots and vases, and even wooden camels!  The palm leaves are from the plants in my front yard. Blue and black paired with gold and silver is reminiscent of ancient Egypt.  Metal bangle bracelets from the local flea market make awesome napkin rings. Finally a gold chain around the table with place cards tied to them remind us how we were chained together in bondage, and how we are bound together in our heritage.
Here are a few more ideas!
Covered Hagadot and flowers make an elegant spring theme for any Passover table!
Another favorite of mine, our Nile theme, with my version of Miriam and Yochevet looking on among the reeds (Ross finds!) Baby Moshe name card holders (below) add a whimsical touch for the young and young at heart!
If you like what you see please LIKE our page BSG TABLESCAPES on facebook for many good ideas.
Wishing you a happy and healthy Pesach!
Kineret Spector

 

 

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Sarah’s Table-A Gorgeous Feast

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Sarah’s Table-A Gorgeous Feast

3 Comments 01 October 2011

My cousin Sarah is famous for her  gourmet cooking. Her holiday and Shabbat table setting should be featured in Martha Stewart magazine.

I saved this pic of Sara’s last year’s Sukkot table decor and menu- I wonder what she’s planning this year!!!

This Sukkot , PLEASE  take a picture of your table and share it with Jewish Hostesses all over the world!. Send it over to marlene@thejewishhostess.com.

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The Prettiest Sukkah Decor Ever! A Breathtaking View of Jerusalem, Israel!!

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The Prettiest Sukkah Decor Ever! A Breathtaking View of Jerusalem, Israel!!

1 Comment 19 September 2011

Thank you Naomi for sharing this breathtaking view of Jerusalem from your Sukkah 2011!!!  You are absolutely right!!! This is the best decoration yet!! If we can’t all travel to Israel this year for Sukkot, then let’s enjoy Naomi’s view!!!  

By the way, Naomi- LOVE the dishes, wine cup, challah cover, and your baby pomegranates!!!

Jewish Hostesses-please comment below!

What do you think of  this view of Jerusalem for Sukkot???

Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

This view is the best sukkah decoration. It is taken from my terrace in Jerusalem.

Sushi gefilte and chopsticks as well as Algerian lamb.
Naomi Sutton Neustadter”

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Easy Napolean-This Week’s Shabbat Dessert

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Easy Napolean-This Week’s Shabbat Dessert

5 Comments 06 July 2011

By Debbie Gindi

Kosher Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bag mazors puff pastry dough
  • 1 container frozen rich whip,defrosted in refrigerator overnight
  • 1 box vanilla pudding
  • 1 tsp Any flavor extract you would like(optional)
  • Berries for decoration

Defrost mazors for about 20 minutes. preheat oven to 350•.  On a lightly floured surface,roll out a bit.

Cut into 3 strips lengthwise. on ungreased cookie sheet Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Remove,let cool. (This step may be prepared up to 2 days in advance and kept at room temp in an airtight container)

Beat rich whip in chilled bowl until stiff peaks form,add vanilla pudding pack and whip until incorporated.

(And any extract desired,if using)

On serving platter place on layer puff pastry dollop 1/2 whipped cream mixture on top. Repeat with puff pastry and cream. Ending top layer with pastry. Garnsh with confectioners sugar on top. And a few fresh berries! Shabbat Shalom.

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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

5 Comments 19 June 2011

Thank you Susan for sharing your Shabbat and Shavuot table settings with us! Your hot pink peonies and  pops of color make me very happy!!  The subtle hints of green that peek through your vases add another shade of color into the mix. Pier One placemats are the perfect base for your centerpieces! Keep sending your pics!!! Thanks again- Marlene

“Hi Marlene!
Just a note to tell you that I love your website. My name is Susan Lerner and I live in Jamaica Estates, NY. I am very good friends with Vered Shamosh and she is the one who told me about your beautiful website. Thought I would share some pictures of my Shavuot and  Shabbat tables. Great finds all from Pier One and Homegoods!!!
All the best and continued success,
Shabbat Shalom,
Susan”

 

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Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

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Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

1 Comment 16 June 2011

Thank you cousin Robin Antar for sending in Aunt Linda’s traditional Shavuot table. Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are known for their warmth, grace and great style. Their Shavuot table is a perfect reflection of their wonderful hobby of collecting unique and beautiful dishes and glassware, so that they can continually gather their family around their inviting table.

This Shavuot table gave me a great excuse to call Aunt Linda. Always happy to answer my questions, whether it be about her parent’s history coming from Syria, or to tell me about her elegant Shavuot table, its always fun, and a pleasure to speak to her.

The crystal goblets are from aunt Linda’s antique collection of Heisey crystal, the lace tablecloth is a purchase from a vacation to St. Thomas, the silver flatware is Christofle, and her dishes were a post wedding purchase from an English china company.

On the menu was, Koosa B’jiben (squash quiche mixed with cheese and eggs), an assorted cheese platter arranged by her grandaughter Marjorie, avocado salad with lemon and cumin, sliced tomato, basil and cheese platter, and much, much more!

By the way, Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are very proud of their daughter Robin Antar, who is a famous sculptor, and who has a 6,000 pound sculpture of a bag of potato chips that is sitting in her garage at the time of this posting… Robin’ pieces are in some of the most prestigious corporate headquarters in the world.  Doc Martin’s, Chateau Haut Brion Wines, Sketcher’s Boots and more. Check out Robin’s video HERE.

Robin’s work is also includes a beautiful collection of Torah cases and Judaica that are featured in OUR ART, a 400 page coffee table book collection of 300 artists of the Sephardic Community.

I also want to say that I really admire Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon for supporting their daughter’s artistic passion!!!

Enjoy! Marlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

7 Comments 01 June 2011

Since so many of you sent in such gorgeous seder table pics for our Passover Seder Table Contest, (CLICK HERE ), I decided see what all of my Jewish Hostesses have up their sleeves for Shavuot. Whether you dig up some tabletop surprises in Target and Home Goods, or use your finest delicate china dinner plates, I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOUR SHAVUOT TABLES!! Just be creative and have fun! Its my goal for us all to be able to take a peek into each other’s dining rooms to gain inspiration and learn from each other’s individual talents!!!.

Click HERE for SOME GREAT CENTERPIECE IDEAS!!!

On a similar note, I’d like to bring up the concept of “Hiddur Mitzvah”. Simply put, when we are faced with a simple mitzvah of putting out a holiday table for our family, one in which many berachot are said, and  in which holiday memories will be embedded in our children’s minds for years to come, the concept of beautifying that mitzvah is a huge one.  You’ve probably made the good deed of “Hiddur Mitzvah” without even realizing it. Beautiful sterling kiddush cups,  stunning menorahs and shabbat candles are a prime example.

(Read more about “Hiddur Mitzvah” HERE)

Lets beautify our tables this Shavuot and share in our individuality- send in your Shavuot table pics to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com (use an @).

First Prize: will receive an amazing $200 gift certificate to: Parci Parla Home Accessories

Parci Parla: Home Accessories, Table Top, Kim Seybert, Exclusive Ralph Lauren Tabletop, Exclusive Allesi Tabletop, Decorative Pillows and Vases, Trays, Personalized decorating service for your home.

Two locations:

1-4904 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 686 – 6858

2-508 Kings Hwy # 10,Brooklyn, NY 11223

Second Prize: $75 to Josh and Co. Florist.

1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road. Call (917)-520 6446

Third Prize: $50 to Josh and Co. Florist

I love this photo decorated by Irene Kassin and Rachel Benun of Parci Parla at

DECOR BY THE SHORE in Deal, NJ.:

Some of Parci Parla’s tablesettings:
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