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Shana Tova! Welcome to my Rosh Hashana Table!  Love, The Jewish Hostess

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Shana Tova! Welcome to my Rosh Hashana Table! Love, The Jewish Hostess

4 Comments 12 August 2016

 (Enjoy my Rosh Hashanah table setting from September 2011!)

Dear Hostesses,

Even though Rosh Hashanah came a little bit later this year, for some reason I was still scrambling till the last minute. Thank goodness  it all came together somehow by the time it was time to light the candles! Setting my table took about three days, (believe it or not), and of course it always looks so effortless when the guests walk in.

1- My tablecloth- a simple linen hem stitch cloth was the backdrop for the beautiful dishes that my mom packed up as a gift to me before the holiday. She had owned them for about 40 years, and I seem to remember the navy dishes with the gold scrollwork being piled high at the the disco-dinner party that my parents had made for my older brother back in the 70’s. Looking back, she still wishes that she had ordered more than service for 18. Out of curiosity,  I checked on Replacements.com and actually found these dishes! Unfortunately they are out of stock but will let me know if they ever uncover any more.

2- My napkin rings are lucite each napkin ring has a small hole to display a flower. You can purchase them at The Jewish Hostess Shop.  I didn’t want to deal with keeping real flowers alive with water that would spill on everyone’s new holiday clothes, so I sent my daughter to the flower district on 28 Street between 6 and 7th  in Manhattan to find very real looking orchids which we snipped with scissors and slid into each ring.


3- Honey dippers- I bought these wooden honey dippers from www.craftparts.com. They were so inexpensive! About $30. for 50 of them. The little kids had a great time sliding them into the lucite napkin rings, and I also bought honey sticks (not shown) which we also slid into the napkin rings on the kids table.


4- I have about 6 of my grandmother’s little crystal shot glasses (above), so I poured some honey into each of them and spread them along the length of the table.

5- I had a lot of fun putting together my centerpiece of “new fruits” for my Rosh Hashanah table. Last year I purchased this L’Objet centerpiece bowl from Parci Parla, and I knew that it would be a perfect match for my mom’s gold dishes. I purchased a gold apple for about $15 from “Aimee”, and a gold butterfly from Karen’s Invitations on Avenue U  and then ran into Ouri’s fruit store to get whatever new gorgeous fruits that were still left on the shelves. Ouri had the best Medjool dates, mini pineapples, dates on the vine, concord grapes, champagne grapes, raisins on the stem, Meyer lemons (which gave a pop of color), and several more fruits which I cannot remember the names. (If you really want to know ALL of the names of these fruits then I give you permission to email Martha Stewart with any questions and I’m sure she will answer you right away- let me know!)

6- I love these little tasting spoons and bowls that I found online from  http://www.worldmarket.com, and I especially loved how cool all of the red pomegranates seeds looked lined up in the white ceramic tasting spoons before we said the Beracha.

7- Sugar in a mini silver dish…. (above), and “sillet”(next to the apple and the medjool date) made by my mother in law- which is a Syrian recipe for the gourd. I will hopefully post this gourd recipe by next Rosh Hashanah!

After this pic was taken, we put out the rest of the berachot which included leek edjeh, (fried patties made by my mother in law) sugared quince, and loobiah (meat stew made with black eyed peas)

8. Note the natural honey in the wood crate  from Ouri’s fruit. Ouri warned the women in the fruit store not to let their families eat the “waxy” exterior which he said is not kosher. Just serve the delicious honey that drips out!

Shana Tova Oometukah to all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!! Love, Marlene

P.S. Check out Candy Gabbay’s Missoni Mania Rosh Hashanah table!!!!

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Happy First Birthday- Baby Susan!

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Happy First Birthday- Baby Susan!

12 Comments 10 December 2011

Meet my talented niece Ruth Gindi! You may think that this party was personally decorated by Amy Atlas herself, but Ruth single handedly pulled off this fabulous DIY  first birthday party for her little daughter in less than two weeks. When I was a kid, I was lucky if I got a birthday sponge cake layered with cherry and pineapple jam-(why on earth did my mom keep choosing those um….. yummy flavors??), and some balloons plastered onto the ceiling, but it seems that those memories are fading fast as we speed up to 2011!!!

Modern moms like Ruth Gindi take the cake when it comes to entertaining nowadays!! Ruth whisked through many gourmet kosher cookbooks for her party menu,  but mentioned that she was especially inspired by Kosher Elegance, the new gorgeous cookbook by Efrat Libfroind. She also personally printed out all of the party invites and girly food printables at home on her printer.

So excited to post these pictures- thanks Ruth! Gorgeous job!!!  Love, Auntie Marlene

“Hey Aunt Marlene !

Here are a few pictures from my daughter’s 1st birthday party. The theme was bows of course! And everything was decorated pink and white.
The menu was kid friendly as well as adult friendly…
roasted corn salad, exotic cabbage salad,
veggie burgers with chummus, wheatberry salad,
fig,goat cheese and carmelized onion pizzas, tri color tomato salad ,
roasted veggie wraps, Fred’s salad,
tri color sandwich stacks,
sambusak, spanach jiben Syrian recipe for spinach and cheese muffins), bow- tie noodles, baby pizzas
strawberry yogurt with granola, and berry salad.
Some of my desserts were:
cheesecake pops, chocolate covered strawberries,
bow shaped chocolate lollypops, pink rice krispy treats,
french macaroons, merengues, mini cupcakes,
White chocolate fruit cream dream, and much more!!
I purchased downloads on Etsy.com for all the food labels, straw flags and giveaway boxes.
 I also wrapped each glass cube or vase I was using in pink ribbon and finished it off with a bow to carry out the theme.
The number 1 centerpiece was made by the new Ave P and East 3rd florist. He was very well priced!
I had so much fun planning and  decorating this party!! Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Cupcakes by Alexia Benzaken  (646) 725-3135
Cake cookies merengues macaroons by Margalit Dweck
Photography by Vicki Ades Photography

p.s. Ruth happens to be selling gorgeous handcrafted baby bows- all colors and styles! Perfect for your little girl or as a gift! Contact Ruth at "the chic boutique" (917)596-9422

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Roll out the Red Carpet for Mom!

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Roll out the Red Carpet for Mom!

4 Comments 25 April 2010

By:  Irene Kassin

You know your Mom’s a superstar… This Mother’s day treat her like one!

We compiled a list of celebrity women who are devoted mothers, yet are effortlessly chic and stylish to boot! We know your Mom will love any of these carefully selected gifts… Now the only question is, what type of Mom is your Mother? Better yet, what type of Mom are you? (You know you can forward this post to people… AKA husbands!)

The Rocker Mom: Gwen Stephani

If your mom enjoys going to concerts more than you do, wears black studded clothing and used to play in a band, you’ve got yourself a Rocker Mom. She will enjoy these Mother’s day gifts, although perhaps not more than tickets to  Coachella!


1.Kim Seybert Jeweled Cuff Napkin Rings $88/set of 4
2.Skull and Crossbones Decanter $75 DOF $23
3.Kim Seybert Studded Placemats $75

Next up, The Bohemian Princess: Nicole Richie. This woman is a poster child for 70’s wild child chic. If your Mom has a penchant for long flowy dresses and walking barefoot through gardens, she will love these Bohemian Moroccan inspired vases and woven leather  tray, perfect for carrying drinks outside in summer for an impromptu cocktail party in the garden! 

4.Bohemian Vases- $100
5. Bamboo and White Leather Tray $96

The Minimalist: Demi Moore. If your Mother constantly chooses the simplest, and perhaps most sophisticated clothes and accessories, she may be a Minimalist. Minimalists like things as simple and as useful as possible. Form follows function to a minimalist and these simple bar accessories are just the number.
6. Nambe Cocktail Shaker $155
7. Nambe Ice Groove Bucket $100

Kate Hudson: The Tree Hugger Mom. Kate is all about the environment and the natural way. That’s why these faux bois vases are just her type.  Gift her those sequined pillows and you will be barking up the right tree!

8. Aram Bark Vases- $90-$240 also available in oxidized brown

9. Beaded Pillows- $125 each

The Glam Gal: Jennifer Lopez. If your Mom loves sequins, turquoise and all things glamour, she will love these crystalized trays and jeweled napkin rings! The Glam gal loves her accessories and she likes them to be bold!

10.Olivia Reigal Swarovski Crystal Tray $450
11. Kim Seybert Stone Napkin Ring $28
12. Olivia Reigal Tray  $270

The Sweetheart Mom: Reese Witherspoon may be America’s sweetheart, but you may have a sweetheart Mom all your own. Does your Mother love hugs, expressions of love, pink and flowers? All hearts and flowers, these gifts are perfect for that Mom who loves love!

13. Diane James Peony Bouquet $320
14. Michael Aram Heart Frame $69
15. Sabre Paris “LOVE” Dessert Dishes $30

The Classist: Gwenyth Paltrow. This Mom has style in spades, but her style is sophisticated and timeless… That’s why we chose gold for the Classist Mom. In our book, golden is forever. 

16. LObject Evoka 24 Kt Gold Plated Candlesticks  $339, also available in platinum
17. Michael Aram Gold Gooseberry Centerpieces $199-$490

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Brooklyn, Ny 11223

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