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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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Click HERE for gorgeous lingerie gifts and shopping.

Enjoy the Amanda Nesbit design inspirations below!


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12 Last Minute Easy Thanksgiving Decor Tips to Spruce Up Your Holiday Table

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12 Last Minute Easy Thanksgiving Decor Tips to Spruce Up Your Holiday Table

No Comments 20 November 2012

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Dear Hostesses,
Here’s a couple of sparks of inspiration
to release the creative genius that’s been
hiding under the sudsy dinner dishes.
Enjoy your bountiful Thanksgiving table!
Remember to send me your  table pics!
I’d LOVE to feature them on The Jewish Hostess.
Happy Thanksgiving!
marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com
1- You don’t have to be Picasso to create this turkey!
  a- Just show the kids this pic.
  b- Help them with the slicing.
  c- Let them arrange!
2- Have your local fruit man cut a nice sized pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds,
fill the hole with water,
get some rustic themed flowers,
and you’re done!
3-  Dig up some orange, green, yellow and
brown construction paper, get some kid safe scissors,
and let the kids figure out the rest!
4- Your local fruit store should have some gorgeous mini squash and pumpkins.
Tie them with raffia or craft wire and
use on each place setting and arrange as  your centerpiece.
5- Using a sharp coring knife, carve a  hole the to insert your tea lights, and voila!
6- Use fresh autumn vegetables as your votives.
Its a little more time consuming but your guests will be
very impressed!
7- Leaves and  MOST objects that adorn your front steps
can make a plain napkin come alive with your holiday theme.
8- Nothing like a little glitz to glamour up a
traditional rustic Thanksgiving table decor!
9- Dig up last year’s Hanukka candles
and mix them into your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Who would ever think that they
could look this good?

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10- Muffin tins??? YES!!! With a little imagination, ANYTHING GOES!!!!
11 -Any rustic themed kraft paper or wrapping paper can be
transformed into the base for your  centerpiece in a cinch!
12- Party favors are always a hit with adults and kids alike!
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A Charming Ballerina Party Crafted by Mom- Amy Oren

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A Charming Ballerina Party Crafted by Mom- Amy Oren

1 Comment 22 April 2012

 Dear Hostesses, I am so excited to spotlight Amy Oren’s ballerina birthday. Amy single handedly crafted a sensational wallet friendly and cleverly themed event. I’m so impressed! Great job, Amy! Marlene

p.s. keep sending in your dessert bar party pics –  winner gets a SIGNED copy of Amy Atlas’s new book !

click on the book to check it out!

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“Hi Marlene,

My daughter’s a little ballerina, and for her 5th birthday she just HAD to have a ballerina party. It was a ton of work, but it was worth every second.

I used a damask pattern for all my printed items like the popcorn boxes, the personalized cup wrappers, the invitation, the cup wrappers, the tutu nametags, platter liners and the chocolate wrappers. I designed a ballerina silhouette for the invitation and nametags, and I used the same silhouette for the backdrop. I cut it out of foam board and glittered her up! I used fabric and tulle for her tutu for a 3 dimensional look. The backdrop was made to look like a stage with fabric draping, and the ballerina in the center.

I used fondant to decorate the cake and the cupcake toppers.

The milk bottles were actually Starbucks Frappucino bottles that I got from Costco. I filled them with milk and strawberry milk syrup.

To make the desserts look like beautiful dancing ballerinas, I made pink meringue “skirts” and stuck in pink cardstock ballerina toppers.

Before I baked the ballet slipper cookies, I poked two holes through the dough using a straw. This way I was able to lace a ribbon through the cookie and tie in a bow. I decorated them with sugar icing.

Other yummy pink desserts were pink popcorn and pink rice crispy treats, both made with strawberry marshmallow fluff, and pink cotton candy in little cones.

You can see more pictures, details, and download all these free printables on my blog Blowout Party.” Amy Oren










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An Almost-Spring Sheva Berachot by Ruthie Bodner

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An Almost-Spring Sheva Berachot by Ruthie Bodner

No Comments 01 February 2012

Thank you Ruthy Bodner for sending in your beautiful sheva berachot pics to share with our Jewish Hostess readers!

I especially love your blue and orange floral themed tables- so springy and  bright! Your place cards and challah plate with the molded rose butter (or margarine) add such a festive touch.  I’m sure your sheva berachot dinner party was a huge success! Marlene

Sheva Brachos Table Settings
Stern Rice Sheva Brachos
Stern Rice Sheva Brachos
Pictures above- I enjoy doctoring placecards and having fun with that. My husband and I collect salt and pepper shakers and like to to put out the wedding themed ones at our Sheva Berachot tables.


Lego Pieces Centerpiece
-At the time, my son used his Lego skills for the centerpiece. Cute, no? The whole family gets involved with poster making, signage, collages etc.

Jewish Table Arrangement
-Took the arrangements from a wedding and made up a focal point for the kitchen/bar area.

Jewish Table Settings Banner
-Saw similar personalized banners on different websites and attempted to personalize this SB for our friend. Had a blast doing it but it’s not as easy as it looks. Time consuming.

Fruit Centerpiece
-Plants were inexpensively purchased at Costco and I put them in this display as a centerpiece for an almost spring Sheva Berachot.

by Ruthie Bodner

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Why Don’t We Take This Outside?

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Why Don’t We Take This Outside?

3 Comments 25 May 2011

by Nicole Cohen Sketch 42

This Shavuot, Memorial Day and Summer take your meals outside…. Every Shabbat all summer long, my family enjoys Saturday lunch outdoors, under a pergola with views of a lake…. With nature as your decor, how can you go wrong?

For Summer, I love galvanized metal, burlap and linen tablecloths and runners, retro touches and graphic prints! Here are some of my favorite pieces for outdoor dining. 

Party tub $24


12 pc set $49



Flatware set of 12 $24



Fringed Burlap Tablecloths



Metal Hurricanes $16-$50



Melamine Dinnerware $11



Soda Fountain Glasses $3.95

Have a great summer!

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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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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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Enjoy A Dry Red Wine on Shabbat

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Enjoy A Dry Red Wine on Shabbat

1 Comment 09 May 2010

Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – Yatir Winery is producing some of the finest wines coming out of Israel.   The Yatir Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium body, dry, red wine made from grapes grown in the lower Judean Hills on the border of the Negev Desert Region.  It is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, with its trademarked deep purple color.  Expect an action packed, flavor attack on the mouth initially, with layers and layers of black fruit flavors, and a long sensuous finish.  It should go great with any full flavored red meat dish.

Dry red wines should be served cool to the touch, but not chilled.  It is a fine new world  style Cabernet Sauvignon, which can be enjoyed by everyone, at the Shabbos table.

Goes perfectly with Rosemary and Garlic Baby Lambchops or Kosher Contessa Rack of Lamb Persillade


Mark Glicksman is certified by the International Wine Center in New York City, and frequently writes wine reviews for publications.

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Kids Flower Crafts for the Shabbat table

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Kids Flower Crafts for the Shabbat table

1 Comment 08 May 2010

by Creative Jewish Mom in Israel.

Cupcake liner flowers are one of those crafts that just make you smile! What’s not to love? A few days ago I showed you some romantic carnation-like versions here. So now I thought I’d share this little colorful bouquet, made the same way just with the addition of some blue-striped liners and some bright paint.

Its easy for kids and moms too!

I’m originally from California, where Mexican heritage has quite a presence, so though I’m preparing for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Shavuos, I just couldn’t help but think how great these would be for Cinco de Mayo! And I even pulled out my authentic Mexican blanket for the photo! And by the way, large vintage sugar and flour shakers (or even salt and pepper, but they’re usually much smaller) make great little vases, just stick the stems into the holes and voila!

For a complete cupcake liner flower tutorial, visit my previous post here. Enjoy!

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Winegirl’s Suggestions for Shabbat Kosher Wines

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Winegirl’s Suggestions for Shabbat Kosher Wines

1 Comment 29 April 2010


Winegirl here-

But the questions are not always easy too answer!

As a known wine lover, many of my dearest friends call me frantically from the liquor store- usually minutes before Shabbat starts and asks me which wine is good? Which wine should I buy? I always answer the question with a question- for when? For who? Who will you be serving? How much money are you willing to spend?

A Few Dry Red wine Suggestions:

Domaine du Castel Grand Vin ’06 (click here to shop)

For an amazing dry red wine-I personally love a wine with a blend of grapes. One of my favorites is Domaine Du Castel Grand Vin. This wine comes from the Castel Estate west of Jerusalem and is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. At $60. a bottle- it doesn’t come cheap- but after drinking you will agree with me that it is money well spent.

Barons Edmund & Benjamin De Rothschild ’05 (click here to shop)

The Barons Edmund and Benjamin de Rothchild Haut –Medoc from France is a delicious blend of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 40 percent merlot. This bottle sells for about $27.00 a bottle and is a dry red that is full bodied with herbal and spice flavors.

Segal’s Fusion Chardonnay Colombard ’09 (click here to shop)

If you are looking for a blend a bit cheaper- try the Segal’s Fusion. This is a dry red wine also blended, 60 percent merlot, 20 percent cabernet franc and 20 percent cabernet sauvignon from the Galilee Heights in Israel-. At $11.00 a bottle-this is a very good price point- especially if you plan on opening up a few bottles.

No matter what you decide it’s always good to ask a salesperson what they recommend and what is popular amongst his customers.

I always tell my friends the best way to know if you like it-is to taste it! That’s what I do!

Stayed tuned for more recommendations on some delectable chardonnays, mouth-watering pinot grigios, and luscious roses……..




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