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Table-Set-Go Rosh Hashanah Table – Be Inspired!

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Table-Set-Go Rosh Hashanah Table – Be Inspired!

6 Comments 20 January 2013

On Tuesday July 11, the fabulously talented women of the Sephardic community in Deal, New Jersey unleashed their creative table setting talents to amaze hundreds of Jewish women who arrived to support the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center. This event, staged on the spacious summer porch of the home of our gracious hosts,Charles and Ariella Ben Dayan, was a competition that consisted of eight teams of 1-5 women per team. Each team was given a random holiday theme, in which they created a unique table setting. The basic rule was that they must use a 48 inch round table that was supplied to them, and from there on in, the sky was the limit.  An impressive lunch, chinese auction gifts, and demonstrations were also featured during the day. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so go on and feast your eyes!!!!

Rosh Hashanah

Table by:

Marcy Smeke, Pauline Assa, Michal Gindi, Grace Chehebar, Tunee Missry

This  Rosh Hashanah table is truly a work of art and imagination. The table was lined with a vintage table cloth. Next, the girls layered the table with bamboo place mats, a gold woven place mat, green glass charger, gold dish, a hand painted gold leaf salad plate, embroidered leaves napkin and gold flatware. Note the symbolic silver apple that tops off the whole place setting. Of course we “dip the apple in the honey” to symbolize the hopefully sweet upcoming New Year.

Are you starting to get a little anxious about when is Rosh Hashanah this year of 2011? Well, mark your calendars and get back on the beach! You’ve got till Sept 28 at sundown to start dipping those apples…..


Above: Note the LIVE FISH swimming in the elongated green vases. A genius idea!!! Of course the fish are a perfect symbol of The Jewish New Year, as many people serve the head of the fish on the Rosh Hashanah table to symbolize the fact that we should be the “Rosh”  (the head)and not the ” Zanav”(the tail).

The fish also symbolize our custom of “Tashlich” in which we throw our sins into a live body of water that contains fish.

The photo above was taken by Norma Cohen just seconds before an ocean breeze sent one of the vases toppling over. Thankfully Grace Chehebar saved the day and scooped  all of the flopping fish off of the porch and flung them into the second vase.

Note the Shofar candlesticks above!!!

Above :I LOVE the silver apple casually placed in to the bowl of green apples!!!

Below: Don’t miss the fresh honey oozing out of the honey combs! (The girls whispered to me that  the honey combs can be bought HERE .)

In my opinion, the real hit of the whole table was the apple that doubled as a honey jar. Pauline Assa explained her unique Rosh Hashanah invention to me in 4 easy steps:

  1.  Take an apple and slightly slice off the bottom so that it sits upright.(leave a flat bottom so the the honey doesn’t leak out)
  2. Scoop with a melon baller
  3. Swish some lemon juice around the apple sides and top (this may be done the night before the holiday).
  4. Fill with honey.
  5. HOW COOL????
  6. Stay tuned to The Jewish Hostess for more of the fabulous Table Settings displayed by the Jewish women who came together for the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center on July 12 2011!!! (Coming up…… Sukkot, Shabbat, Chanuka, A Garden Party, Shavuot, and Passover……..)

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

No Comments 15 March 2012

If you thought that Passover was over, then think again! The photos are still coming in, please enjoy Marilyn Harary’s timeless seder! Thank you for sharing your holiday with us, Marilyn!

“Hi Marlene ,
It was so much prettier but I didn’t get any close ups  I seated 16 comfortably I had two cloths white with buttercup yellow with matouk linens napkins and place mats.  Gorgous flowers,  and Baruch hashem  a good time was had by all.
We’ll talk menu one day !! Marilyn”

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10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

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10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

3 Comments 02 September 2011

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Thank you to all of my Jewish Hostesses for sharing your Shabbat tables with other Jewish hostesses all over the world! 

Each table is an expression of the unique flair that you all have. By creating a Shabbat table that is truly your own, you are creating memories for your children that will be treasured for years to come. Ladies! Keep the pictures coming! Send them to marlene@thejewishhostess.com and be featured on The Jewish Hostess!

As a special thanks to my Jewish Hostesses- this week I will be sending the women who submitted Shabbat pics for this post, a free Jewish Hostess apron!

p.s- Check out MY Shabbat table HERE!!!

Shabbat Shalom! Marlene

1- “Hi Marlene, I love using accessories from nature for my Shabbat table.

My table has a classic white pintuck tablecloth, with coral and seashells scattered in the center. The challah cover has pink  roses.’

Jennifer Srour

2-“Hi Marlene,
Here is a picture of my shabbat table. I made challah napkin rings (inspired from one of the Susie Fishbein cookbooks) and bought some bright colored flowers.”
Michelle Dayan

3- “Hi Marlene,

I live in Baltimore, Maryland and really enjoy your website. The name of my business is Swirl. I specialize in creating handmade, beaded serving utensils and giftware. My creations are sold both in the retail market as well as the wholesale sector. Have a look at my website when you get a chance: www.swirlgifts.com
The look I am going for with this poolside Shabbat setting is along the lines of casual elegance.
Among the colorful pieces I design and have included for this shoot:

  • Challah Knife
  • Pewter Kiddush Cup
  • Shot Kiddush Cups
  • Wine Pourer decorated with summer flowers
  • Wine Goblets
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Challah Basket
  • Ice Bucket
  • Water Pitcher
  • Spreader and Spoons

The assorted colors make for a beautiful summer shabbat afternoon.
I hope you enjoy the look.
Shabbat Shalom.”
Linda Lebovic


4-” Hi Marlene, Here is a picture of my mom’s Shabbat table! Frieda”


5-  “Hi Marlene, My kids got way too excited when they heard me talking about this ‘contest’ – they insisted on creating the table with me…so we ended up with a summery kidcrafty shabbat table…which absolutely applies to us, lol! I did not put place settings out yet, since it’s outside :) You get our ‘centerpiece’ with our summer decorations and ritual items. My three year old made the kiddush cup, my six year old made the challah cover and painted the ‘tea set’ from which we used two cups as candlesticks, I made the seashell box a few years ago, and my eight year old says he thinks he needs a new apron ;)”

Lyn Anne Cutler

6- “Hi Marlene- this picture is the first course at a Friday night Shabbos table.  The sushi was made with gefilte fish from a ready made roll.  It looked lovely on the table and made a beautiful presentation.” Sara Katsen

Get this Gefilte Fish Nori Roll Recipe HERE

7- “Hi Marlene, this is my daughter’s first Shabbat in their home in Florida.”

Victoria Arnold

8- Hi
I love your web site!
I’ve attached my Shabbat table pictures, but I must confess that I am a simple hostess and these pics were taken after a minor flood & BIG MESS.
Keep up the good work!
Tamara Moser


9- Here’s a first-ever  Shabbat table set  for the Gindi family!!!  by  Ruthie Tawil!

p.s. Ruthie also cooked her first-ever delicious authentic Allepian Syrian meal for her parents and brothers!!

Great job- Ruthie!!

10- And last but not least- Another unique  Shabbat table by Shelly Anteby . Give Shelly a hand for always creating a brand new Shabbat table setting every week!

Check out her Facebook page for weekly sample sales in NYC!!


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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

5 Comments 19 June 2011

Thank you Susan for sharing your Shabbat and Shavuot table settings with us! Your hot pink peonies and  pops of color make me very happy!!  The subtle hints of green that peek through your vases add another shade of color into the mix. Pier One placemats are the perfect base for your centerpieces! Keep sending your pics!!! Thanks again- Marlene

“Hi Marlene!
Just a note to tell you that I love your website. My name is Susan Lerner and I live in Jamaica Estates, NY. I am very good friends with Vered Shamosh and she is the one who told me about your beautiful website. Thought I would share some pictures of my Shavuot and  Shabbat tables. Great finds all from Pier One and Homegoods!!!
All the best and continued success,
Shabbat Shalom,


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Seder in Style

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Seder in Style

4 Comments 30 March 2011

There is perhaps no more traditionally Jewish night than Seder night, and there is no reason that your Seder table has to be as stale as the Matzah you are serving!

These modern takes on the traditional Seder plate will add that Dash Of Panache to your traditional Seder.

Here are our picks for best  modern Seder plates of 2011:

1.Elegant Ceramic Seder plate engraved by hand, this Bernardaud “Louvre Judaica” Seder Plate is the perfect Passover gift for your favorite Jewish Hostess.  At Bloomingdales $220.


2. This contemporary  sterling silver seder plate is a stunning piece. Famed designer LellaVignelli brings her strong architectural vision to a limited collection of Judaica commissioned by The Jewish Museum. Of course its my favorite one and at $1875.00 its the most expensive!!!

3. This Spode designed seder plate is based on historic Judaic manuscripts from the 1880’s, influenced by early ceramic tile motifs,and features the traditional Judaic colors of blue and white. $103.00 available HERE.

4. A celebration of spring’s arrival, this handcrafted seder plate by American artist Melanie Dankowitz is lasercut from stainless steel. This is my second choice for prettiest seder plate, much more affordable at $254, HERE.

5. Laura Cowan makes a line of Judaica that is space-age minimalist.  We love it.  This seder plate design is inspired by the craters on the moon’s surface and is crafted out of polished aluminum. $199.00 available HERE.

6. Designer Ann Morhauser created this elegantseder plate featuring 24kt gold lettering and trim on a glass platter. $225 available HERE.

7. Designer Jonathan Adler brings us this modern seder plate for Passover.   The seder plate is crafted in glazed porcelain with real gold accents and is sure to be smashing on your holiday table. $150.00 available HERE.

8. Designer Michael Aram created this seder plate inspired by the form of pomegranates, a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty.  It is an age old image which crosses cultures and transcends time and one of the seven species of Israel.  Weaving modern thought with tradition, Aram included seven spaces rather than six, so the seder plate can hold both the six symbolic seder foods and an orange, which honors the contributions of women. $225.00 Available HERE.

9. The designers at Israel Giftware Designs is affordable and and chic. $29.99 available at Amazon.com



10. This artfully designed porcelain Seder plate has the elegance of a Michael Aram’s style and the price of
Crate and Barrel at $85.
Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

2 Comments 21 March 2011


How cool is Jewish Hostess Bridget Ben Dayan? I’m in love with her creative Purim party ideas and I’m so glad that she took the time to share it with all of us!  Of course you can take this table decor idea and use it for your Passover Seder or any festive occasion during the year.  Be the next Jewish Hostess of the Week and send in ANY cool ideas to ME! Marlene M.
Dear Marlene,
Last year was our first time making a Purim party for the kids.  It was so much fun that we decided to do it again.

  • We started out by making photo invitations online which was easy and a great way to get the kids involved and even more excited about Purim.
  • Next we found a great magician, Magician Mo, who entertained the older and younger kids alike.  All we had left to do was prepare a dessert table and we had a party!
Since we were having boys and girls, I tried to incorporate various colors so it would look festive and colorful and each of my kids would think it was for them.
  • I started with hot pink fabric as a runner, then turned my mom’s white square platters upside down for a new look.
  • I found a book of scrapbooking paper that had different patterns using blue, green & grey.  Each platter got a different design and then was topped with glass and ready for dessert.
  • In the center were two simple vases of flowers filled with jellybeans to incorporate all of the colors.
  • All the desserts were “pick up” pieces, which  are delicious, look great and makes the table look much neater.
  • I found a great solution for fruit also, I found these small, cool shaped plastic bowls and mini spoons in amazing savings. I filled them with my new favorite combination of orange, grapefruit and fresh mint and put them alongside the mini spoons.
We had such a nice day, the kids were able to have fun, we were able to spend time with our friends, and then we had the whole afternoon to enjoy the Seuda with our family.
Thanks for letting me share…



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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

4 Comments 02 January 2011

To all of my Jewish Hostesses,

Meet Elizabeth Braha,  Elizabeth is an emerging talent on the interior design scene. She is a graduate from Parson’s School of design.

Her elegance and fresh approach to style is a breath of fresh air.I’m loving her Tony Duquette inspired Purim table. I’m thinking of buying animal print fabric from HERE to use as a tablecloth or napkins…

Keep an eye out for more of Elizabeth’s posts, as she promised me that she will find the time to inspire us in between the baby feedings….Enjoy! Marlene M.

“More is More” Purim 2011

After a hectic day of carpools and diaper changes, I usually find it calming to set a clean and simple table. I typically use a lot of whites of varying textures, along with stainless steel silverware, always some flowers, and occasionally when the timing is right, candles. This calm setting is perfect during the year, but Purim calls for more fun and  pizzaz.

I decided to go on a fantasy shopping spree inspired by one of my favorite designers, Tony Duquette. Duquette was known for his glamorous mix and match approach to decor.  Beauty, not luxury was what he valued, designing homes for many of Hollywood’s leading actors, as well as jewelry for royalty and parties for fabulous friends. He fearlessly layered exotic prints with organic textures such as leaves, feathers, bamboo, and branches, and splashed metallic and bold colors into the mix.

This Purim let’s embrace flamboyance and say goodbye to simplicity, as Tony Duquette said, “More is More”!

While it would be impractical to live so ostentatiously every day, we should all take inspiration from Tony Duquette and use the special day of Purim to rejoice and add some extraordinary splendor to our lives  … if only for one night!

Here are some of my favorite picks for your Tony Duquette inspired Purim table this year!

1- Square ceramic red vases at Pier One Imports $49.

2- Mask at Mardis Gras Costumes $9.99 and up

3- Dahlia placemat at ABC Carpet and Home $8.

4- Tortoise plates by Juane De Chrome at Michael C Fina $156.

5- Leopard plate by Wayland Gregory at Michael C Fina $195.

6- Mask at Anytime Costumes $9.99 and up

7 -Bamboo napkin ring by Dransfield and Ross

8- Coffee pot by Haviland at Michael C Fina $472.

9- Turtle salt and pepper shakers by L’Objet at Vivre $175.

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Announcing a Summery Shabbat Table Contest!

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Announcing a Summery Shabbat Table Contest!

4 Comments 04 August 2010



Beautify your Shabbat  with a little splash of  SUMMER thrown in!

Send me your SUMMERY shabbat table pics-CLICK HERE to email me!

The photos must include your kiddush cup, challah cover and some summery elements!


Use your imagination!

CLICK HEREfor some SHABBAT  TABLES to get you started!

Lets all be inspired from one another!

Do you have friends in OTHER STATES?? OTHER COUNTRIES??

Forward  this link and lets see how everyone celebrates Shabbat all over the world!


I have a prize for every submission!

Thank you for being a part of The Jewish Hostess family!



p.s. “Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package”~ Unknown


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