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A Bridal Spring Greens Sheva Berachot Shabbat Dinner by The Jewish Hostess

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A Bridal Spring Greens Sheva Berachot Shabbat Dinner by The Jewish Hostess

15 Comments 16 April 2013

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  I’m a little  embarrassed to say, that especially since I’m known as The Jewish Hostess, I totally forgot to offer my home for one of the sheva berachot  dinners   when my niece Grace got engaged. (Jewish tradition holds that seven days following the wedding, the bride and groom are treated like a queen and king and are invited to dine at the home of a different friend or relative each night. These festive meals are called “sheva berachot) Thanks goodness that my sister in law felt close enough to ask me if I would host the meal and OF COURSE I jumped at the opportunity. Within seconds I was trying to dream up a theme for what I envisioned to be a bridal themed dinner for 30 guests.

I wanted the bride and groom to feel like this dinner was prepared especially for them, so I ordered a custom stamp with their name in a modern font in the center, and their last name in uppercase letters around the circular edge. You can create your own stamp here at Invitation Box. I chose to add in a lime green ink color to my stamp purchase to coordinate with a fresh silver/white/lime “hues of  spring” table decor theme.

Placecard for dinner table, The Jewish Hostess]

I even used the custom stamp to personalize these linen-like disposable napkins for the netilat yadayim station by the sink.

Netilat Yadayim, The Jewish Hostess

Though I don’t usually serve mazza (Syrian style appetizers) before my Friday night meal,(many Syrian Jewish homes traditonally serve mazza before dinner, but  personally I just don’t want to fill my kids up on meat samboosak if I was in the kitchen cooking a real Shabbat dinner all day) I decided that it would be a little more formal and give my guests something to keep busy while I was dishing out the main sourse on platters that were served buffet style. I love the three tired towers used for my lahamagine, sambboosak, and baby knishes.

If you need a great extra serving platter that can add some fashionable height to your dinner table, then check out link below.

Mazza,Twos Company,The Jewish Hostess


I love my Annie Glass dishes because I find that I can always dress them according to my mood. Just like a basic pencil skirt- I know I can pretty it up for a morning bar-mitzvah, or glam it up even more to run into an engagement party. Its also amazing how, once I decided on the green color scheme, I got comments on how the edge of the dish sparkled with the natural green of the glass and magically seemed to color coordinate with the flowers (by Shirley Bar Nathan) and the green glass LSA pitchers that I found on sale at Surrey Lane in Brooklyn.


The simple silver napkin rings were purchases online at Pottery Barn, and I used them because they added to the ambiance of the table without overpowering the place card.

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Shabbat Table,Challah, The jewish Hostess

Did you notice my heart shaped challahs???

Sheva Berachot , The Jewish Hostess,

Another View…

Tulips, The Jewish Hostess, Buffet,

Buffet goes here….

Crystal Wine Glasses, The Jewish Hostess

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I love ORANGE accents!!! My sister in law happened to buy these serving spoons for me as a holiday gift and the bright citrusy color just makes me feel so happy.

Salad Ideas, The Jewish Hostess

I managed to snap SOME food shots before Shabbat….

Fatoush Salad, The Jewish Hostess

Fatoush Salad with Sumac Dressing and homemade  croutons ready to pour on.

Tomato Mechshe

Syrian style stuffed mechshe tomato…

Eggplant Rollups, The Jewish Hostess

Eggplant rollups…

Wedding Desserts, The Jewis Hostess

Wedding styled strawberries by Esty Mosseri.

Slee-Ah Wheat Syrian dessert

My mother in law makes this Syrian sweet mixture of wheat, nuts, coconut and pomegranate seeds to celebrate the arrive of a grandchild’s first tooth…


Kosher dessert, The Jewish Hostess

Don’t tell anyone, but I was so zonked from setting the table, cooking, etc, that I popped some Kineret frozen cookie doughs into the oven…

Fruit Platter

Chunked fruit…

The jewish Hostess Sheva Berachot

Ready to light the Shabbat candles… guests coming soon!!!

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Rich with Vibrant Color and Tradition- A Rosh Hashanah Table by Rosette Rutman

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Rich with Vibrant Color and Tradition- A Rosh Hashanah Table by Rosette Rutman

3 Comments 22 August 2012


Thank you Rosette for sharing your Rosh Hashanah table all the way from Canada! The holidays really are bringing us Jewish women together! I really love when women from all over the world connect on The Jewish Hostess! Make sure you  subscribe now so you don’t miss a single kosher holiday recipe or holiday table setting idea!

Shana Tova! Marlene


G’mar Hatima Tova!

 I love your website!  It is so inspiring!  Half the fun of the holidays is decorating the table to get the WOW reaction! I have sent along some pictures of my Erev Rosh Hashana Table.   I had individual square white plates with little flower cups of honey and alternating red and green apple slices with pomegranate seeds sprinkled over them. Everyone had a white and gold cocktail napkin underneath at counter angles to the plate so just the corners peaked out. I also had 2 honeycombs on a typical apple platter and sprinkled them with pomegranate seeds, apple slices, real flowers and sugar bees. So they didn’t get lost on the colourful tablecloth, I put them on a white platter. 

 The table cloth is a black background with swirling rich autumn colours of gold, reds, yellows, greens and oranges in apple clusters and vine motifs. I have it in two sizes so both tables were the same.  Since I only had 16 napkins and 17 guests that night, I had to go to white and gold paper napkins.  On both tables,  I had small vases with mixed miniature roses of yellow, red and orange which I bought the day before so they all had opened up already. 

 I have several silver-plated pomegranates that I use in different ways each year – this time I displayed them on a low white platter with mixed small and large realistic-looking plastic fruit (Pottery Barn).  Not pictured here is the Lemon Poppy Seed cake that I make each year in the shape of a beehive, decorated with sugar bees – I had a line-up for seconds for it!  I got the sugar bees from a local bakery (50 of them)!

Also not pictured, but really cute were the one-bite lemon poppy seed cupcakes that I took to a first day luncheon.  I decorated the tops with a little swirl of icing and every third one had a sugar bee.  I served them on a distressed 2 tier rectangular serving platter and it was quite the hit both in presentation and taste!

Thanks for letting me share! I look forward to seeing other table settings too.

Rosette Rutman

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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! 
Email Paulina for more inf0.
“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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Party by the Pool

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Party by the Pool

No Comments 29 June 2010

Hot summer days and cool summer nights lure us  to entertain poolside. Even your teeniest guests can’t break these gorgeous yet sturdy dishes and serving pieces. Your guests will never believe that they are melamine!

Use them for barbecues, lazy day picnics, and parties on the beach.

They are so well priced- you can buy a set for dairy, AND meat and you still wont break the bank.

Treat yourself !!!

1-Bamboo Inspired Drinkware

2- Winchester Mandala

3- Rainbow Acrylics

4-Polka Dot Fun

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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


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