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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

8 Comments 12 April 2015

Enjoy this Fantastic Fuchsia Table on Shavuot !!!

For al of you design junkies, the Kips Bay Deorators Showhouse in New York is a must see.  This years spectacular show has a  fabulous room decorated by Amanda Nisbet. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created a name for herself with her glamorous yet comfortable style.”I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love for hot pink and has inspired me to put together this fantastic fuchsia table for Shavuot. Happy Holiday!


  1. Named tea towel (also comes in a runner) $19
  2. Aurora vase $273
  3. Hot Pink Tray $18
  4. Green tumbler$10
  5. Bowl $40
  6. Green beaded napking rings set of 4 $31
  7. Dishes start at $113
  8. Green Charger $16
  9. Napkins set of six $226
  10. Pea pod salt and pepper shaker $4
  11. Flatware $105 available at Addy and Co.

by Elizabeth Braha

Simple Dwellings Interior Design Services

Email simpledwellings@gmail.com


Shop HERE for holiday gifts and tableware at Addy’s.

Click HERE for gorgeous lingerie gifts and shopping.

Enjoy the Amanda Nesbit design inspirations below!


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Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

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Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

6 Comments 28 April 2013

Fruit Trifle, The Jewish Hostess

photo by @marsellouzia via Instagram

What an easy and gorgeous trifle for  your Mother’s Day, Shavuot or summer brunch! (You can even whip up a pareve version for Shabbat dessert).

Just cube assorted colorful fruit and layer into a trifle bowl or a huge florist cube or cylinder.

Make sure all of the fruit is cubed perfectly and all are similar size for a prettier dessert display!

For the  dairy whipped cream:

Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert


  • One container of heavy cream
  • One or 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • A drop of vanilla.
  • Assorted colorful cubed fruit.
  • Instant espresso, powdered cocoa or orange or lime zest.


  1. Leave the metal Kitchen Aid bowl and the metal whisk in freezer overnight.
  2. In the morning take one container of heavy cream and beat in one or 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  3. add a drop of vanilla.
  4. Beat until the cream holds it's shape when you lift the whisk attachment.
  5. Layer and serve immediately with fruit.
  6. You can add instant espresso, powdered cocoa or orange or lime zest to the cream as you are whipping it.
  7. Don't over whip!

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Sheva Berachot, Bridal Shower, or Mother’s Day Themed Berry Filled Heart Cake

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Sheva Berachot, Bridal Shower, or Mother’s Day Themed Berry Filled Heart Cake

5 Comments 26 April 2013


Bridal Shower Cake, Sheva Berachot Cake, The Jewish Hostess

This is a wonderful and easy romantic berry cake that any level baker can whip up like a pro. I am hosting a Sheva Berachot next week and this cake is tops on my dessert menu.  Save this in your desserts folder for any heart shaped themed dessert such as Mother’s Day, a Bridal Shower, and Sheva Berachot. I would also cut out a dreidel shape for Hanukka, or triangle for Purim. Why not? The fillings are unlimited too! Use a tree shape for Tu bishvat and mound with new fruits and voila! You’ve got your own unique dessert creation! Have fun and send me your fruit filled cakes- I would LOVE to see what you’ve come up with!

p.s.- This cake is also a perfect pre-Passover excuse to start baking up the Hametz ingredients in the kitchen…

Many thanks to  Emanuelle my Jewish Hostess Instagram follower from London (!) for sharing this fabulous recipe. Check out her blog www.manusmenu.blogspot.com.


Sheva Berachot Berry Filled Heart Cake

Sheva Berachot Berry Filled Heart Cake


  • 11/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 11/2 cups softened butter (margarine/dairy free butter)
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 11/2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk soya milk
  • for filling:
  • 1 cup butter/dairy free butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • strawberry jam
  • (To make icing mix together butter and icing sugar in a food processor)
  • red berries of your choice


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 Degrees C or 350 Degrees F.
  2. Mix all cake ingredients together. (Make sure eggs are beaten before hand and butter is beaten before hand). Make sure the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
  3. Grease two round 8 inch cake trays.
  4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. While the cakes are in the oven, take an A4 piece of paper and fold it in half.
  6. Draw half of a heart on one side of the fold.
  7. Cut out the drawn half heart shape while the paper is still folded. You should come out with a heart shape.
  8. When the cakes have baked and cooled, CAREFULLY remove them from their cake trays and place them on a large flat surface.
  9. Place the heart stencil on the top side of one of the cakes. Carefully, with a sharp knife, cut around the shape. Make sure the cake is fully cooled. (You might want to keep your icing in the refrigerator until needed).
  10. Evenly spread a medium layer of icing on the other piece of cake.
  11. Spread jam on top of the icing, but leave centre (where heart will be) without jam.
  12. Gently and carefully place the cut-out-heart piece of cake (with a large spatula and help from a friend if possible!) on top of the other piece.
  13. Make sure it is placed evenly (and the heart actually looks like a heart!)
  14. Pour the fresh red berries in to the heart shaped 'hole'.
  15. Sprinkle with icing sugar. Enjoy!



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Fantasy Mother’s Day Party Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, NJ

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Fantasy Mother’s Day Party Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, NJ

No Comments 27 April 2012

If you need some ideas for your mother’s day party, then look no further! Frances Betesh, Freda Chehebar, Jennifer Jemal and Candice Bailey at the Table Set Go Event in Deal, New Jersey used their better-than-Martha- Stewart-talents to raise some funds for the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center this past summer. Rose petals, a gift wrapped trinket, and a mother’s day poem are some of the feminine details that  pulled this bright and blooming Mother’s Day table decor together. A modern sterling vase with classic roses add the final touch!  Of course we can use so many of these details and ideas to incorporate into our own tables for a bridal shower, wedding, and even a family dinner. Napkin rings and placemats by Kim Seybert. Gorgeous job, girls! Check out more table settings at Table Set Go HERE.

photos by Victor Gindi.


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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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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

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4 Simple Steps to Actually Enjoying Mother’s Day

1 Comment 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

Mother’s Day is almost here, but somehow the day that’s supposed to be anticipated with great glee, has you strapped down with anxiety. The thoughts swirl through your head; What if no one likes the cake I made? Which aunt will say the wrong thing? Are the flowers pretty enough? Will the kids bicker? The self-inflicted torture is endless. You don’t have to be a prisoner of your own mind anymore. Get out of your head and in to the party.

Here’s 4 easy things you can do to ensure a  more pleasurable experience:

1 – Keep it simple. This applies to everything, including your menu, decor, and entertainment.

  • Prepare easy to eat, no-mess foods. Portions divided in to single servings, not only look appetizing to the adults, they’re more manageable for children’s little fingers and mouthes. Think; tea sandwiches, mini borekas, muffins, yogurt parfait cups, crudite´, tapenade spreads etc. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/mini-maple-chocolate-chip-pancake-muffins/
  • Serve all the food at one time. You’ll save the time and aggravation of re-setting your table for dessert. It doesn’t really matter if someone has a piece of cubed fruit before they eat a spinach tart.
  • Adopt a ‘less is more’ attitude about decorations. Use bud vases scattered high on shelves, or in the breakfront, instead of one large bouquet. Or, forego flowers altogether and use brightly colored linen napkins as the focal point on each place setting. This way, you won’t worry about scampering children knocking over watery floral arrangements. http://thejewishhostess.com/2010/04/how-to-fold-your-linen-napkins-for-mothers-day/
  • Let the day flow on its own. Enjoy the company of your family and friends. Don’t miss out on the moment you are in, by trying to make it something it’s not. Mother’s Day might not be the ideal setting to try out that new murder mystery game that has intricate rules for each player to follow.

2 – Defuse uncomfortable situations. If you know that you are sensitive to unwanted comments, (and who isn’t?) instead of reacting hastily or brooding, when someone slights you, try and think of a personal quality you can use to keep yourself calm.

  • Look inside yourself for inner resources. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that you have a wealth of patience, kindness, understanding, gratitude, etc. that you can draw upon for strength in trying times. http://www.amazon.com/Take-Stress-Out-Your-Life/
  • It may be challenging at first, but in the long run you’ll be glad you didn’t snap at your sister for criticizing your teenager’s choice of attire. (That’s just an example, I’m sure you can think of many more!)

3 – Don’t just do something, sit there. We are all conditioned to move and do. We’re missing out on a depth and richness more potent than anything we can do. It’s the power of being.

  • Take a few breathes. Let the day seep in to your body.
  • Look around and find something to be happy about. Invite this one happy moment in to your body. Imagine you can place this in your body like a memory to be retrieved later. You do this all the time with bad occurrences and tension that creeps in to your muscles as aches and pain. Now, try it with something good in your life, placing it in your body as a spot of ease.

4- Sip some water. If you put all your attention on drinking water, those pesky thoughts of melted frosting or frizzy hair, won’t be in your mind for at least a few seconds.

  • The more water you drink, the less empty calories you’ll consume. Overeating when you’re stressed out thwarts all the hard work you put in to balancing your diet. So, sip water throughout the day and stay committed to your food plan.
  • “Drinking purified water not only keeps your body healthy and vibrant, it’s has a therapeutic calming effect on your mind, ” states, David Bailey, President of Watermatic, the sole distributor of Tana Water Products in the United States. Contact tanawaterus.com for a special discount for Jewish Hostess readers for the month of May.

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. We’d love to hear what you think about ideas presented in this article and how they apply to you. Share your view on how to enjoy Mother’s Day below. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment. The prize is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

No Comments 01 May 2010

April showers bring May flowers, and there is no better place for those flowers than on your Mother’s Day brunch table. 

Wild bouquets of Peonies, Lilac, Hydrangeas and Hyacynth will have your table smelling as good as it looks!

Vintage floral porcelain is sweet and romantic.

Add natural textures, like this DIY Jute Carafe and horn flatware to soften the look white dishes.

Repurpose vases, layer bowls and vases to create original floral arrangements.

Some of my favorite pieces for pulling together this romantic, eclectic look are:

1. Water Hyacinth Place Mats

2. Victorian Tumbler, Set of 6







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Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts: Under $75

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Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts: Under $75

1 Comment 30 April 2010

We love handmade gifts for Mother’s Day, even if they aren’t your hands!!!

We collected our favorite’s from among Etsy’s best Mother’s day gifts, both handmade and vintage. Folded Porclain, English Hobnail, Sterling spikes, Amethyst, an English Toast rack(I use mine for mail!)and even lavender sachets…all for well under a $100 dollars.

These gifts are a cheap and cheerful twist on a handmade Mother’s Day Gift. 

1. Folded Porcelain Vase $65

2. Sterling spikes scattered on a delicate chain $25

3.English Hobnail Milkglass $70

4.Toast Rack – English Silver Plated $75

5. Silverplate Leaf $45

6. Set of 4 Black and White Damask II Tile Coasters $10

7.Acorn Sachets — Lavender Filled $9.75/set of 5

8.Amethyst Jeweled Lucite Box $55

9. Amethyst Briolette- Lariat Necklace $24

10. 5 Brass Candle Sticks $25

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Unique Modern Judaica  for Mom on Mother’s Day

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Unique Modern Judaica for Mom on Mother’s Day

2 Comments 30 April 2010

We’ve scoured the marketplace to bring you gifts for your  mom that will be treasured for years to come. Each gift is designed with skilled precison and talent by a Jewish artist.

Lets promote Jewish community  e-commerce. Shop and click just in time for mother’s day!

A simple yet beautiful candlestick holder, Loop, designed by London designers Martin Blum and Dan Black, is inspired by the Fibonacci curve that is seen throughout nature and looks correct and balanced to the human eye.  Made of polished stainless steel, Loop candlesticks will not tarnish. Comes in Gold.$115

.More candlestick styles available at The Jewish Museum Shops:


Dani Schwartz Laser Cut Stainless Steel Candlesticks:

We love these Shabbat candlesticks. Dani Schwartz is an Israeli architect who began creating modern Judaica out of laser cut stainless steel. The steel stands hold glass cups sized for tealights. The candlesticks are approximately 4″ high. Click views to see them in a table setting. Made in Israel.


Glass Leaves Challah Tray: 14″ at The Urban Mensch

Yair Emanuel at Eichler’s:

These colorful hand painted travel Shabbat candle holders are an essential gift for the mom who travels!



Gary Rosenthal:

Gary Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals for over 20 years. He is self-taught and his popular style is unique and reflects a rare sensitivity to both his materials and his subject.
Rosenthal sculpture has been commissioned by the International Special Olympics Committee for the 1978 World Games, the Miss Dance America Trophy and the annual membership awards for B’nai Brith International. Mr. Rosenthal’s art has also been used as presentations for individuals as varied as Presidents Carter and Clinton, John Travolta and musician Issac Stern.

This challah tray is a chic modern classic.


Emily Rosenfeld:

This Jewish charity box is made of linden wood and has a pewter detail on the top and front. The pomegranate symbolizes abundance and sustenance while the tree of life connects to all mankind. It is a contemporary interpretation of the tradition, with a slot on top for change and a hinged top for access. Perfect for your mom’s vanity or next to her Shabbat candleticks, as it is custom to give charity before a jewish woman lights candles on Friday night.


Amalya Nini Birchat Habayit- Blessing for the Home:

Home Blessing Birchat Habayit Harvest Round Papercuts Unframed Amalya Nini

Translation of the text is:

“May this home be a place of happiness and heath, of contentment, generousity and hope, a home of creativity and kindness. May those who visit and those who live here know only blessing and peace.”


Gad Almaliah:

Internationally known artist Gad Almaliah was born and raised in Jerusalem and attended the Bezalel Academy of Art. His designs are seen on coins, medals for the Israeli Government, postal service stamps, sculpture and KETUBOT. He created the emblem for the Six Day War. Kolbo is proud to feature the many works of Gad Almaliah. This unique Woman of Valor plaque will be treasured by the special mom in your life.


Mickie Caspi:

Beautifully illuminated roses add a classic elegance to the biblical quote ( Proverbs 31:10-31 ) that is traditionally sung by a husband to his wife on Friday night. The Woman of Valor is a wonderul gift from a husband to wife or from a woman’s children for Mother’s day.


9in x 13in


20in x 16in
Designs in raw silk are appliqued and attached with embroidery.
Made in Israel.


Rimon Glass Painted Candlesticks:

These pomegranate design candlesticks really make a statement and will add a flair to any Shabbat table.

Size: Approximately 3.5″

Material: Hand Painted Glass


By Israeli artist Enya Keshet.

Home blessing art in two layers cut and raised in Hebrew and English. Classic and Elegant:

Dimensions: Approximately 10″ x 10″


This beautifully crafted basket by Talila Abraham recreates a 16th-century Brussels bobbin lace pattern in contemporary, etched stainless steel  for a modern elegance that can only be found in peices made by true artisans.  Use it for challah or fill it with fruit for an attractive centerpiece on your table. At The Jewish Museum.:


Also comes as a gorgeous Matzoh tray by Talila Abraham at The Jewish Museum Gift Shop.:



Challah Board ,Knife and Salt Holder:



This cleverly designed Challah board has raised strips for the crumbs to fall through, and a Challah knife fitted to the frame:

Made in Israel.

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14.5″

Material: Wood


Though this is not exactly Judaica, we couldnt resist this charming tote by Israeli artist Barbara Shaw, features the Hebrew wordIma in the center, surrounded by a heart. Ima is the Hebrew word for mom, making this a thoughtful gift for the mom in your life. The heart is filled with expressions in both Hebrew and English relating to moms, such as “Oh’ Mama”, “Mamale” (Hebrew for mommy), “Red Hot Mama”, “Mama Mia” and “A joyful mother of children”.  Made in Israel.
Shaw was born in Australia to Polish and Hungarian immigrants. In the 1980’s her family moved to Jerusalem. Shaw now pulls all of her inspiration from Jersulam and her Jewish heritage. The focus of her work is to mix tradition with ultra modern colors and shapes. At The Jewish Museum:


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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mom-To-Be

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mom-To-Be

No Comments 25 April 2010

These bestsellers are a thoughtful and inexpensive gift for the expectant mom.

Order now in time for Mother’s Day!

Gift wrap Available.

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Mother’s Day Gifts at Magen David Yeshivah

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Mother’s Day Gifts at Magen David Yeshivah

No Comments 23 April 2010

Mother's Day Gifts at Magen David Yeshivah

Exquisite costume Jewelry, Estate Sterling Silver, Unique Giftware.

Open daily in MDY lobby 10-4. Free delivery

For more info contact rose (718) 954-3356. Happy Shopping!!

Mother's Day Gifts at Magen David Yeshivah

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