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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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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

4 Comments 14 May 2012

Thanks Lorene Sasson for sharing two of your holiday tables with us! I love the holiday colors and themes that you chose! Now I’m ready for summer! Marlene

Hi Marlene!

The first night of Shavuot I went for the summer/ocean/colorful look, and for the second night, I went for a garden feel. I actually bought the mirrors and the silver chargers from Amazing Savings. The napkins and rings are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

I also used shower gifts from 6 years ago. The silverware was a gift from my sister, as well as the dishes and stemware. I love making the holiday by me  because I can use the items that are really special to me.
I was going to go thru with the whole summer/oceanside feel- but then I saw the flowers at the shop stuffed together and i love COLOR and at the last minute my whole table changed. but to stay true to my original theme, I threw in some ocean glass.

The second night-  I bought new dishes from home goods (Mikasa Cherry Blossom) and I already had cherry blossom branches that I have never known what do do with EVER so i put them away. I decided to bring them out of the closet and add them to the table with my new dishes.
The table runner is Lenox. The  pewter dragonfly/butterfly plates were a gift from my mother who was not here for the holiday this year, so it gave me the chance to make the nights by me. I cant wait to show her the pictures,I know she’ll love them!

I am very pleased with this table because everything really fell together nicely in the garden theme.

Thanks Marlene,  and Shabat Shalom!!
Lorene Sasson

First Shavuot Night- Seaside Inspired


Second Night- Flower Garden Settings Below


Win a Viking mixer! Click HERE !

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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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Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

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Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

4 Comments 10 June 2011


The talented Irene Kassin, owner of  Parci Parla styled this Shavuot table for her client Rachel Dweck.

Glass dishes were updated with Kim Seybert blue tie dye napkins. Kim Seybert white coral napkin rings and silver square chargers are the perfect accent for this summer table setting. I LOVE the jolt of aquatic blues and coral accents that infuse this holiday table with a nautical, sun soaked elegance.

To top it all off, three large blue glass vases filled with banana leaves and fresh cut  pink cherry blossoms feel right at home in the center of this gorgeous table.

Great job, Irene!!!

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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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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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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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Gorgeous Cloth Napkins for the Holidays

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Gorgeous Cloth Napkins for the Holidays

2 Comments 24 March 2010

If you are using glass plates on Passover, your table is going to be needing something exciting to give it some life.

My delightful (haha) husband insists on cloth napkins EVERY NIGHT. And by now I am even starting to like them! They are definitely a must for company.

I am really loving the looks of these colorful printed cloth napkins… I think these are perfect for a holiday breakfast or lunch. They scream “Spring is Here”!!!

1. Crate & Barrel Butterfly Print Napkin $4.95


2. Crate & Barrel Marimekko ® Lepo Napkin $6.95


3. Pottery Barn Spring Sparrow Napkins & Place Mats, Set Of 6 $48.00

4. Horchow’s 12 Hemstitched Linen Dinner Napkins, Monogrammed $77.90


5. Kelly Wearstler for Sferra $125.00


6. Kelly Wearstler for Sferra $125.00


For more ideas on how to make your house and life extra awesome, visit my blog Sketch 42.

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Passover Kitchen Accessories

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Passover Kitchen Accessories

No Comments 10 March 2010

These Passover kitchen neccesities wont be mistaken for anything that you use all year round!

Check out these kosher kitchen items to wrap up as a gift or purchase for your own Passover kitchen this year.

Just click on the images to purchase!

Passover Pot Holder

Passover Towel

Matzah Place Mat

Passover Napkins

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