Enjoy this re-post from 2012….
Dear Hostesses, I know that your are all thinking that I am the one responsible for this magnificent jungle themed table, but no, I must admit- all of the credit goes to my official partner in crime, my sister in law A……Mamiye. About two weeks ago, she graciously invited my family over for a Purim Party Seudah, and thrilled to be let off the hook, I quickly accepted.
A….. always puts extra effort into her Purim Party theme and literally involves every member of her family into the fun of the holiday. One year she came to my door dressed as the wicked witch, with themed mishloach manot in hand, and each kid (plus my brother in law) was in tow as another member of the Wizard of Oz family. (I was told that if I posted the pictures, I would be excommunicated). Another fun year she made us all dress up in 80’s garb and I had a great time exhuming my old favorite lime neon green shoulder padded short jacket (the matching mini-mini skirt wouldn’t zip), and I blew off the dust from my beloved 3 inch hanging gem encrusted gold costume earrings (why I still have all that stuff, I do not know). I PUFFED up my hair, and tried to replicate my Stagelight blue eyeshadow (who remembers Blue Roses sticky lip gloss?). ( If this era applies to you, click here and reminisce with fads from the 80’s). Anyways, Allegra treated us all to a whole 80’s experience that Purim holiday, including an entire homage to Rick Springfield and his music. (ahem).
Fast forward to Purim 2012- Knowing that we would have to spotlight this holiday table on The Jewish Hostess, we quickly began to brainstorm. An adventurous sarfari theme came to mind and we got to work. Digging into both of our storage closets, we dug up anything and everything that was wood, orange, green, exotic, and bright. Within three minutes my niece was at my door ready to pick up my tropical finds.
A….. went to work on the computer and in her own words “Got the bandana’napkins’ and the hanging balls and animal print bags from Oriental Trading. Dirt cheap. Got the ‘bambu’ disposable plates from Paper goods. All the rest is yours and my stuff dug up from the archives!”
A….. spent the next two days singlehandedly setting up her table, and so excited with how it was coming out, she called me at midnight to come check it out.
Twenty years ago A….. and I used to dream of running to Bergdorfs, but now all we were thinking of was when we could find a minute to run to the flower market for some brights that would polish off the table. We finally got there yesterday, parked illegally and within 10 minutes we had acquired a bunch of beautiful vines, leaves, and exotics, plus, of course, a parking ticket.
I ran to the fruit store (this was the one day of the year that Ouri’s didn’t have baby bananas!) and I grabbed some mangoes, kiwis, oranges, and pineapple, brought it to her house dumped them into our wood bowls, and within three minutes we were ready for photographer Gary Zindel to snap some photos.
Check it out A……’s Purim party efforts below and enjoy! Happy Purim! Marlene
- Queen Esther’s Metallic Touch at Your Purim Seuda (thejewishhostess.com)
- Fresh Mishloach Manot Pics- Add Yours to this List and Win the New York Times Passover Cookbook! (thejewishhostess.com)
- 10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim (thejewishhostess.com)
- A Kid’s Dream! An Edible Purim Candy Encrusted Maypole by Raquel Dabah (thejewishhostess.com)
- Purim Table Decor That’s Fit For a King (thejewishhostess.com)