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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…)



  • 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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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


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Fantastic Fuchsias for  your Passover Seder Table Decor!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for your Passover Seder Table Decor!

No Comments 03 February 2013

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Fantastic Fuchsias for for your Passover Seder Table Decor!Looking for new ways to make your Passover seder table more festive this year? A table with hot fuchsia and spring greens would make any guest get into the holiday spirit! Even Eliyahu may surprise you! Being an interior designer, I am always on the lookout for new creative ideas and inspiration, and this year Amanda Nisbet’s bold and exciting use of color evokes my Passover table. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created an award winning design reputation with her glamorous yet comfortable style. “I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love of hot pink bright hues has inspired me to create this fantastic fuchsia fantasy table for Passover.by Elizabeth Braha- founder of Simple Dwellings Interior Design
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A MAG Sheva Berachot by Barbara Franco- Pink and Red!

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A MAG Sheva Berachot by Barbara Franco- Pink and Red!

No Comments 24 December 2012


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“Hi Marlene,
Here are some pictures from the Sheva Berachot I made for Susan and Maurice Kassin. The theme was pink and red. For napkin rings, I printed out a wallet-sized picture of them from their engagement in black and white. Then, I punched a hole in the corner and alternated between pink and red ribbon to tie the picture around the napkin. The name cards are heart shaped sugar cookies with hot pink sprinkles covered by a rectangular shaped cookie with names written in edible marker. The giveaways are pink pillow boxes filled with Red Hots candies and tied with red and pink ribbon to coordinate with the theme. Hope you like!”
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How to Fold Your Linen Napkins The Elegant X Fold Way

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How to Fold Your Linen Napkins The Elegant X Fold Way

No Comments 24 May 2012

Fancy napkin folding techniques sometimes appear much more difficult than when you actually try to do them yourself, so when using a linen cloth napkin its always a beautiful touch when you dig up some easy napkin folding ideas for your Shabbat and holiday table decor. I don’t think that there is any specific “proper” napkin fold. Just go with whatever mood you are in at the moment. You can just slide your napkin ring into your prettiest linen napkin or try this napkin folding technique inspired by David Stark’s Napkins with a Twist: Fabulous Folds with Flair for Every Occasion. When I set up my Romantic Red Shabbat  Dinner Table  for a charity event, I had a great sense of accomplishment when all of the folds and flips actually turned into a gorgeous base for a dinner plate.

Because this napkin fold leaves a wonderful space in the center, you can place a bud vase, a birthday or Hanukkah gift, a  place card , a personalized cookie or cupcake….. use your infinite imagination and please snap a photo and send it to  The Jewish Hostess to share with all of us! Marlene

Step 1- Lay the napkin open in a square and fold each corner to the center.

Step 2-Flip the napkin over and fold each corner to the center point.

Step 3- Flip the square over using one firm hand below and placing one firm hand above to clamp and keep the napkin from opening.

Step 4- Fold each corner to the center point once again.

Step 5- Flip the napkin over.

Step 6- Gently pull out center of each quadrant towards the outer edge to create each leg of the “X”.

Step 7- Here are 2 of the 4 quadrants that are open.

Pulling open the third quadrant….

Step 8- All done!

Play around with different placements atop your napkin fold….

A sterling box, or holiday gift is spectacular here.

Check out my Shabbat table using this beautiful napkin folding design HERE.


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A Jewish Hostess Hot Pink Accented Spring Themed Table

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A Jewish Hostess Hot Pink Accented Spring Themed Table

4 Comments 10 May 2012

My anonymous (love her like a sister) sister in law recently made a gorgeous spring lunch for her closest relatives, and I just had to share it with all of you. Feast your eyes on this fabulous lunch menu and hot pink accented table top decor. Though she claims that she made up some of the recipes, I am slowly trying to drag all of the secret info out of her, so please bear with me. One recipe that I can share with all of you is the one that I passed on to her, and you can find the recipe for Panko Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds HERE. The rest of the recipes will g-d willing come ASAP!!!

Notice how the HOT PINK placemats and center napkins took center stage and made this table shout, “ITS SPRINGTIME, LADIES!!! EVERYBODY SMILE!!”

Which we absolutely did!!!

As a special bonus HOSTESS tip-

The circular straw  placemats can be purchased at Gracious Home.

If you want a POP of color without spending a fortune, you can purchase these MY DRAP disposable placemats and napkins (in the center of the table pictured below) from Amazon. Usable up to 5 times- you get a lot of bang for your buck!


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A Birthday Table Setting That’s Perfectly Suited for a Birthday Dad! By Raquel Franco

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A Birthday Table Setting That’s Perfectly Suited for a Birthday Dad! By Raquel Franco

5 Comments 14 January 2012





WoW! Raquel! Thanks for sharing your fabulous table setting with us! So classy and unique! I’m going to save this idea for a Father’s Day table.

 Dear Hostesses! Please comment below if you loved the effort that Raquel put into her husband’s birthday table setting! Marlene

“Anyone who knows my husband knows what a great dresser he is. So, In honor of his birthday,  I “dressed” the table in his favorite style! I used a navy pinstriped fabric for the tablecloth and bought a variety of pocket squares online and folded them with the napkins. A friend lent me napkin rings that were actually small leather belts. Each setting had a mini martini glass with hummus and a Moroccan cigar. The flowers were simple red roses and his own ties were tied into bows beside them. The table was set so true to his own personal style that we joked all weekend that it looked like he was lying on the table! Raquel Franco”

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An Amazing Earthy Table Setting by Sari Tawil

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An Amazing Earthy Table Setting by Sari Tawil

No Comments 11 January 2012

Dear Sari, Thank you SO much for sending in your Thanksgiving table setting! I know that somehow November faded into January but I just want to say that your table setting is so pretty and your table decor ideas can be used until the buds start blooming for Springtime!

Thanks again! Marlene M.

“I usually don’t do this my kids made me lol.

I wanted a earthy look so I worked around my beige dishes, burlap fabric as my cloth which cost $10.00, I overlaid a runner from Blossom Blu. My chargers were from Amazing Savings & cloth napkins were from Home Goods which were $12.00 for a dozen. My big splurge were the napkin rings from Kitchen Caboodles which I couldn’t resist… My best were the acorns from Wegman’s which have a cinnamon scent.” Sari Tawil



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A Shabbat Table That’s Pretty as a Picture

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A Shabbat Table That’s Pretty as a Picture

3 Comments 01 November 2011

How unique and creative is this table setting idea? I love how the challah was placed in the center of all of the colorful dips. I found a bunch of healthy, vegetable dips from Epicurious for all of us to whip up for a colorful edible  palette. This is truly an original Shabbat table setting that you can fancy up for any Jewish holiday or transform this idea into a kid’s birthday party! Enjoy! Marlene
Palette Place Setting:
“This place setting was designed in honor a very good friend who is an artist.  I used very bright primary colors for the  tablecloths and napkins.  An artist’s paint brush was placed on each plate or you may incorporate it with your napkin ring.  A crayon may also be used in the napkin ring or you might want to scatter an assortment of crayons across the table.
For the actual place setting,  plastic palettes were purchased at Michael’s and an assortment of colorful food dips were placed in the paint compartments.  A homemade challah was then put in the center of each palette to complete the “picture”. Chaye Biderman”

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Make Your Own Gorgeous Holiday Napkin Rings In 10 Minutes or Less!

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Make Your Own Gorgeous Holiday Napkin Rings In 10 Minutes or Less!

2 Comments 25 September 2011

 With only a couple of days to count down to the Jewish holidays, its time to start thinking about a creative table setting.If you would like to add some down to earth homemade creativity to your holiday table then these do it yourself napkin rings will add a touch of elegance without making much of a dent in your wallet! Don’t forget that you can match the ribbon to your holiday  table setting theme whether it be Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Tu Bishvat, Chanuka,  Purim or Passover!

Gather round the kids or any extra hands in the house, and you will be done in a jiffy.

You will need:

  1. Several cardboard paper towel rolls.
  2. Choose about 3 yards of an elegant ribbon about 1 1/2 inches wide to make about 24 napkin rings.
  3. Choose a matching solid ribbon to line the inside of  your paper towel holder.
  4. Choose a thin metallic ribbon (I chose a silver thin ribbon to match my moroccan style ribbon)
  5. Buy double sided fabric tape. (I found that fabric glue can be very messy)

How to:

1-Cut your paper towel holder into equal sizes about 1/4 inch narrower than your ribbon, marking your “cut” lines with a pencil beforehand.

2- Measure and cut the ribbon to fit around the perimeter of the cardboard holder overlapping slightly. The overlap will be the underside of your napkin ring.



3- Line the inside of your napkin ring with the matching ribbon (It doesn’t matter which step you do first)

4- Cover the overlap edges with the narrow matching ribbon, and glue with krazy glue.

5- You can mix blues and vary your hues……. -

6- Slide in a pretty flower, layer over a pretty salad plate….


7- You can even layer your place settings over two table runners set across from each other.

This Moroccan style table runner is from Kim Seybert.


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A Sleek and Natural Rosh Hashanah Table by Paulina Ashkenazi

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A Sleek and Natural Rosh Hashanah Table by Paulina Ashkenazi

No Comments 14 September 2011

Check out the talented Paulina Ashkenazi’s new creations! Gorgeous and sleek handmade agate napkin rings for Rosh Hashanah! 
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“Hi Marlene,
The table setting for Rosh Hashanah I have created is made up of earth tones with a natural theme.  In the center of the table I filled a silver bowl with beautiful whole apples and a crystal apple filled with honey. This table setting is simple and elegant.
The leaf place mats are from Pottery Barn.
The napkin rings are one of my own designs, a lucite ring with natural color Brazillian agate stone.
These napkin rings are an easy way to add something special to your holiday table.
Due to the nature of the stone they will all vary slightly, keeping each napkin ring unique!
The stones are available in Blue,Purple,Pink,Turquoise, and Natural.”  Paulina Ashkenazi
For a complete view of all the products you can check out my Facebook page. CLICK HERE for more pics and info!
We now ship to all locations in the US and accept credit card orders!
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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

8 Comments 14 August 2011


First of all, I would like to thank all of my Jewish Hostesses for sending in their beautiful summery Shabbat table pics for our “Summery Shabbat Table Contest”.

I also knew that if I didn’t post my own Summery Shabbat table pics pretty soon then I would probably get officially fired as “The Jewish Hostess” by all of my wonderful readers, so here goes:

I decided to see if I could mix all of the  purple, lavender and blue tabletop items in my house,and see if I could whip up a “Summery Shabbat” table for my family to enjoy.
On Tuesday I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous bouquet of hydrangeas and roses from a friend(by Sheila Bibi Fine Flowers).  The flowers were still so pretty and alive by Friday morning, I decided to separate them and divide them up into short blue juice glasses that I’ve had forever.

I placed them on gold leaf trays that I bought last summer from One Kings Lane.The blue flower candle holders are also from One Kings Lane.

I always find great table top treasures from that site when I don’t have time to shop around in the stores. I placed tea lights in blue glass votive that I found in Pier One imports about 10 years ago.

Atop the mauve laquered dining room table( that one belonged to my parents), I placed three cool tablecloths that were also purchased from One Kings Lane.

(They were originally labeled as towels, so I bought them thinking they were cool as kitchen towels. When they came in HUGE I decided to use them as tablecloths instead of returning them.)

In the center of the table below I placed some flowers atop a gold sprayed mosaic tray that my daughter made in summer camp a couple of years ago.


Note the artwork by Irene Mamiye in the background above.


My homemade napkin rings top off each plain white Pottery Barn Caterer’s plate below. 

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.



Purple glass goblets and place mats (above) purchased last summer.
Shabbat Challah cover below purchased in Israel made by children with special needs.

Crate and Barrel buffet platters below:

Colorful glass shot glasses by Surrey Lane in Deal, N.J.

Phew!!!! All done! Shabbat  Shalom!!!

Love, Marlene

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.



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Turquoise On Your Table

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Turquoise On Your Table

No Comments 10 August 2011

Shelly Anteby effortlessly  breezes through each day  in her classic style and always makes sure to pull off a unique and daring table setting weekly.

“I start pulling out my Shabbat table setting from Wednesday. I pull out and see what works. Its not planned. By Thursday my table is set. This week I planned a turquoise theme. You could call it Indian or Moroccan inspired, because of the turquoise color and the stones. I started with the turquoise Kim Seybert runner and then offset it with seafoam green mother of pearl chargers as a base for each plate. I topped the chargers with clear turquoise oversized dishes that I found in IKEA.

My turquoise Limoges salad plates helped accent the jeweled napkin rings.I love to find table accents in Home Goods or Target.

In the center of the table I usually raise my salads and appetizers in little bowls on top of a simple glass tray. That becomes my centerpiece.

The point is to have fun with your  Shabbat table setting and just be spontaneous.”

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Two Glamourous Shabbat Table Settings from Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Two Glamourous Shabbat Table Settings from Brooklyn, N.Y.

2 Comments 07 August 2011

One of my favorite neighbors (who wishes to remain anonymous) amazingly transforms her Shabbat table with renewed style each week. Details such as linen napkins and place card holders are  never displayed in the same spot. Her napkins are always folded differently, and candles and flowers are  a weekly surprise.

Enjoy the pics below- and see if you can pick out the details an differences in these two glamourous tables!!

If you are enjoying The Jewish Hostess- please forward to your friends all over the world! Lets unite through our holiday table pics!!!! Thanks so much! Marlene 





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Mother of Pearl and Coral Themed Shabbat Table Setting

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Mother of Pearl and Coral Themed Shabbat Table Setting

6 Comments 06 August 2011

“Last week I started to take out my props to start setting my Shabbat table. For some reason I kept getting interrupted. First the phone kept ringing. Then the doorbell, then the plumber asking questions about everything except going to the moon! It was not meant for me to finish or let alone even start! At that point, a friend stopped by with her six year old daughter and she was the one who basically told me what she liked from my dishes and napkins,  and the rest of the things that you see on my table!

So there you go, its so easy to make a table work if you play with accessories in your home. Even a six year old can do it. Just don’t be intimidated . There are no rules to follow. We used a double place mat. One is brown beads and the other is sea foam green mother of pearl. I found the dishes in home goods. What a score! They had service for 24! The napkin rings are  coral beads by Kim Seybert, and my six year old friend insisted on the color napkin! It was fun to see that anything she wanted to use seemed to look fine!

I think next week I will call her again!” Shelly Antebi


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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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