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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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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

6 Comments 18 April 2015

Thank you Nicole from Sketch42 for sending in this perfect Shavuot table napkin do-it-yourself craft!

All of the items here can be purchased at M and J Trimmings in Manhattan so head on over there for some great Shavuot table inspiration! They have tons of ribbon, trim, feathers, flowers and more. The creative possibilities are endless! Its time to spruce up your Shavuot table!!

Summer Cloth Napkin Dip Dying and DIY Coaster:

by Nicole Cohen

This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color, andI have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair.

So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost.

After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)

 

Materials:

  • 4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
  • Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange
  • Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque

Project 1

Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins

  • Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.
  • Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear.
  • Dry and iron.

Project 1: 

Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow.

  • Begin the  bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
  • Staple them together at the midpoint.
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun.
  • Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other.
  • Place the napkin inside.

Project 3:

Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster

  • Remove the tape from the edge of your cord.
  • Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying .
  • Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist.
  • Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster.
  • After the glue dries, turn it over and voila!

Finished Look

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CHANEL Inspired Table Setting at the Deal, N.J SBH Community Cancer Center Fundraiser

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CHANEL Inspired Table Setting at the Deal, N.J SBH Community Cancer Center Fundraiser

No Comments 27 April 2013

 

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This past summer, Millo and Sam Haddad hosted the annual Table Set Go competition benefitting the SBH Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Canter in the seaside town of Elberon, N.J.

The Community Cancer Center is a tremendous resource for so many families in our community. Please watch the video above for amazing inspiration that may be of value to share with someone you know. For confidential assistance or any questions that you may have, please call the Community Cancer Center at (718)787-1800.

At the Table Set Go Event of 2012, several teams of talented and creative women competed to win the title of “Most Creative Table” by the well known queen of dessert bars, Amy Atlas.

The first dazzling table of the day, was styled by Robin Braca, Rachel Khafif, and Jill Khafif. This ladies tea, inspired by the one and only Coco Chanel, got oohs and ahhhs from all the women who flocked over to this classic setting. Upon first glance, you would think that this million dollar look cost a bundle, but when I interviewed these pretty ladies, I was so pleasantly surprised to hear that the white ceramic dishes were purchased from Marshalls, and the inexpensive chargers were from Macy’s. They didn’t hold back their table setting secrets as they described how they beaded  pearls by Bead World one by one to border each charger, and sewed each napkin ring individually with camellias from M and J Trim in Manhattan. They even effortlessly pressed pearls into rolled fondant to create a cake that Coco herself would have been proud to put on her plate!

Flatware – by Diane Von Furstenburg from Neiman Marcus.

Stay tuned for a new peek at another table setting from the event every week!

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Sukkah by the Sea

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Sukkah by the Sea

No Comments 19 July 2012

Last year, our Sukkah experience was extra special dining in Hymie and Liza’s Spanish style beachside home in New Jersey . Wood sukkah poles were  embellished with magnolia branches from the flower district in Manhattan. Baby pumpkin and squash,  fastened by mini hooks, were hung by thin rope from the bamboo “sechach.”  A huge thanks to our special cousins for a delicious and unforgettable Sukkot lunch!

Share your Sukkah pics!  Send to marlene@thejewishhosess.com

 

Pure Indulgence! Bridal Shower Flair by Kim Kushner and Shirley Serure

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Pure Indulgence! Bridal Shower Flair by Kim Kushner and Shirley Serure

No Comments 27 June 2012

Dear Hostesses, Enjoy these fresh themes for this couture styled bridal shower created by the ever talented Kim Kushner and Shirley Serure. These girls have an entertaining arsenal of ideas and I’m so glad that they shared them with us! Thanks girls! Marlene

“There’s nothing like a house party. Especially when it comes to bridal showers.  No matter the shape or size, a party will always feel most intimate when it’s at home. Yes, hosting a party in your home is probably going to be more work than holding it elsewhere, but when the party is in your home, it really reflects who you are- your taste, your style. And isn’t home where the heart is, after all? A few weeks ago I hosted a bridal shower for my future sister-in-law. It was a wonderful brunch for about 30 wonderful women. I decided not to go the usual bagels and lox route, instead I served lots of beautiful fresh salads , and an Asian salmon. The food seemed to go over very well, but the dessert table really stole the show.  In my opinion, it’s all in the details. You can have the most mouth-watering desserts, but if they aren’t set up in a beautiful way, you simply are not doing them justice. To display my desserts, I pulled out all the square or rectangular glass vases that I had saved. Colorful fruit in glass square vases contrasted the sharp white meringues and chocolate drizzled macaroons. Little towers made up of brownies, hello dolly squares and biscotti lined my kitchen island. And of course, a fun cake was the center of attention.  The cake made by Alexandra Zohn a pastry Chef and owner of Three Tablespoons, became the table’s centerpiece as I elevated it by placing it up top a large square glass vase. Displaying your desserts on different levels truly creates a showcase, rather than having all the desserts placed flat out on the table. The little touches become the most touching: hot pink personalized napkins, a glass beverage server (you can find them online) filled with water that’s been flavored with lemon and orange slices and some fresh mint leaves, glasses of Mimosas garnished with a frozen raspberry….  And, of course, every great party needs a great party favor- in this case, personalized bottles of Rose (I forgot to hand them out, but that’s besides the point!). The truth of the matter is, that it can’t only look good, but it all has got to taste as good as it looks. And, I can proudly say that the ladies went crazy for my miniature peanut butter cups, my fig biscotti, and my mother-in-law’s divine carrot cake.  I’ve never seen such drop-dead gorgeous women stand around my apartment scarfing down cookies and cake-and nothing makes me happier!

-Kim Kushner, Kim Kushner Cuisine
              Kim Kushner is a mom, chef and hostess extrordinaire living in Manhattan with her husband and three kids. She studied Professional Culinary Arts at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, worked at  Food & Wine and Chile Pepper magazines and as a private chef. Kim specializes in making gourmet Kosher dishes from simple and elegant  ingredients.  She teaches private cooking classes and is currently working on a cookbook.
             To find these recipes and more, visit: kimkushnercuisine.blogspot.com, and subscribe to receive weekly recipes. You can also find Kim on facebook at www.facebook.com/kimkushnercuisine 
Photographs by Shirley Serure Photography -
Shirley Serure is a mom, photographer and artist. Her work has been featured on fashion blogs, in numerous publications and websites and has been sold internationally.   Shirley photographs a variety of simchas including Brises, Bridal Showers, Engagement Shoots, Kid’s Birthday Parties, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs as well as portraits, maternity, newborns, families, and fashion.  She lives in NY with her husband and two children and will be in Deal, New Jersey full time this Summer.  Samples of her art and photography work can be seen at www.shirleyserure.com and www.facebook.com/ShirleySerurePhotography. She can be reached at shirley@shirleyserure.com or 917.371.9146
Get the recipe for these yummy mini chocolate peanut butter cups HERE!
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Personalized Lingerie Shopping with Jamie Kurland

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Personalized Lingerie Shopping with Jamie Kurland

2 Comments 02 January 2011

Mother’s Day Special Only!

Run over to Jamie today for

15% off already discounted prices!!!

If you are looking for a lingerie makeover, a gorgeous bridal trousseau, or if you need some mother’s day gifts (for yourself!) then Jamie Kurland is your one-stop shop. Jamie has been is business for over 15 years, her business originating in Manhattan. Now in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, New York, Jamie offers a personalized service in a  private setting for all Jewish brides and married women. Jamie works by appointment to assure her undivided attention. A major plus to shopping by Jamie is her FREE alteration service. (I know that at 5′ 0 I could sure use that!)

Jamie has a loyal following of Jewish women that keep coming back season after season.

Some of the brands that Jamie carries are:

Phillip Broess, Eberjey, Wendy Glez, Mary Green, Myla,

and Only Hearts.

CLICK HERE to email Jamie for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

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Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

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Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

18 Comments 01 January 2011

PhotoOp Opens Premiere Photography Studio on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

PhotoOp, a new family photography studio under the creative direction of renowned event and celebrity photographer Brian Marcus, will open the doors of its first location on NYC’s upper west side in February, 2011.

Win a free Portrait sitting at PhotoOp worth $199!

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Winner will be chosen at random on or about March 1.

PhotoOp brings a unique photography experience to Manhattan, offering senior level professional photo stylists, all under the direction of Brian Marcus, ensuring that PhotoOp will capture the most memorable and striking moments. PhotoOp specializes in both modern and classic family portraits, children’s photos and will feature exciting special guests, exclusive wardrobe styling, inspiring backdrops and unique photo gifts for all occasions.  Sitting fees start at $199, which includes retouching, photo sharing and a slideshow for sharing.

PhotoOp will have an on-site designer “sample closet” for any last minute wardrobe changes (whether adding a cute jean jacket or leather biker vest will do the trick, or a pink tutu and loads of jewels are in order), with a treasure chest of fun kids jewelry, hair accessories, etc. Stylists will be on hand to help kids get “camera ready”.

PhotoOp even offers custom birthday packages. PhotoOp is a great destination for dress-up birthday photo shoots – kids can bring their best friends, pull together fun outfits and jump in front of the camera for a memorable birthday celebration. They can even bring in their favorite ipod mixes to play during the shoot or can sample the studio’s soundtracks, and enjoy kid friendly snacks, while photographers capture their fun personalities and style.

Unlike most children’s studios, PhotoOp offers a dynamic mix of colored and textured backdrops (including a candy wall!), as well as custom art work – even a fabulous graffiti wall by famed graffiti artist Andre Charles.

In addition to their photography services, PhotoOP will offer novelty gifts in-store for turning photos into meaningful keepsakes – everything from fashionable canvas totes and cosmetic cases to charm bracelets and cufflinks.

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$199 Sitting Fee, includes photo shoot, retouching and editing of photos, online viewing and sharing of photos, custom digital slideshow of your photos for viewing and sharing, and meeting with your photographer to select your photos.

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How You Can Preserve Your Family History

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How You Can Preserve Your Family History

No Comments 20 August 2010

by Miriam Kairey

Perhaps the best gift you can give your family is one that will last for generations.  A family tree is such a gift.   Information about our relatives that is available to us today through our elders is slipping through our fingers at this very moment.  Preserving this valuable legacy should be a priority and the time to start is now.

You may ask yourself “How do I start?” and “What do I do?”  Fortunately for us we live in the internet age.  The internet allows us to find not only documents pertaining to our ancestors, but also other relatives all over the world who we may not even know about.  To get started you need to choose a way to save your information.  You can download a free program called “Legacy” from the internet and enter your information offline.  This is an advantage if you don’t have an internet connection.  The file you make can always be transferred later to an online Genealogy site such as Geni.com or Ancestry.com.

Geni-  Free and easy to use.  It provides a good broad view of your tree so you can see many relatives on the screen at once.  However it does not provide good access to documents which are important sources of information about your relatives.

Ancestry- My choice.  You can start with a free account.  Enter all the information you can find out.  Then if you want you can opt for the paid subscription which will lead you to documents such as census, army enlistment and immigration records.  I recommend this for families that have been in the US for more than 60 years.  Newer documents are held back for privacy reasons.  Ancestry allows you to choose whether you want to make your tree Public or Private.  I recommend making it Public and choose the option to hide living people.  This way others searching for the same ancestors can more easily find their way to you.

Now assuming you have chosen Ancestry.com, let’s get going:

  • Start with yourself.  Enter everything you know.  Next recruit other relatives to help.  Ancestry allows you to “invite” other family members to view and even work on the tree with you.  Sharing the work is fun and gets the job done quicker.  Information you gather from relatives provide valuable clues that can often be backed up with documentation you find yourself.  Sometimes a snippet of information will lead you to solving some great family mystery.
  • Collect photos.  You can scan them into your computer and upload them to Ancestry.  Then all who visit your tree can enjoy them.  Even if you never make a tree, when you visit your elder relatives, ask them to show you photos and WRITE ON THE BACK of the picture so that the names of those in the pictures will be remembered.  It is very frustrating and all too common to come across a collection of old photos and no one remembers who was in them.  Ancestry also gives you a place to type in stories told by elders in order to preserve them
  • Find relatives.  Ancestry will help you by locating other members researching the same ancestor.  It is an exciting experience to find a long-lost cousin.  As Jews we have relatives scattered all around the world and it is possible to find them.
  • Research.  You can learn so much more about your ancestors if you dig.  As mentioned, Ancestry.com can help you locate US based documents.  You can also visit ellisisland.org and search for your family (free search), however not all immigrants entered the US through Ellis Island.  Ancestry can help comb through the records of other Ports of Entry.

If you want to go back further, where to look will depend on where your ancestors are from.  A good place to start is jewishgen.org.  Here you will find a place to enter in the town your ancestors are from. For example, if you type in “Aleppo” you will be given a list of family names and researchers searching for those families from Aleppo.  You will then email the others who are researching the same name as you are.  These fellow researchers are a great source of information even if they are not related to you.  They can point you to sources relevant to your family.

You can also pay a visit to the Ackman and Ziff Genealogical Institute at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th Street in Manhattan.  Bring a pencil (not pen) and a notebook and expect to spend some time.  Although it is better to go there knowing what you are looking for, the folks that work there may be able to point you to helpful resources.

Uncovering your ancestry can be a long Journey or a brief trip – it’s up to you. The important thing is to take the first step.  You never know where the road will lead you.  You just may be amazed at what you find out.

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