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I’d like to give you some Purim table inspiration so here is my Purim 2011 story.
It was Thursday morning when I realized that I was so busy posting articles about how everyone ELSE should be inspired for Purim, I couldn’t believe that I had no table setting,or menu plan of my own .
Here’s when a kid with a driver’s licence will come in handy.
One of my kids waited in the car while I ran in to Lana’s fabric on Kings Highway to buy Zebra polyester fabric -$5.99 a yard cut into 54 inch squares- cost about $25.
I placed the 2 squares as diamonds side by side on top of my white cotton hemstitch tablecloth.
She also bought grey luncheon napkins that we decided to fold over the white large paper napkins $4.99.
I also bought a silver chain trim from the fabric store to use as napkin rings. $3.99 a yard. Pretty- no? cost about $15.
You can use this napkin idea for your Passover seder.
(Send me pics if you come up with any cool ideas!!!!)
This is how the back of the napkin should tie:
These sterling ice coffee glasses given to us a wedding gift by Aunt Sydelle and uncle Mosie in the 80’s. About 15 years later I realized that they were still sitting in the closet needing a good polish, so I decided to turn them into vases, and I haven’t stopped using them since! My daughter ran out and bought me the dendrobium orchids from the corner flower kiosk up the block, and I stuck these exotic masks that I ordered from from AnytimeCostumes for about $10 each into the “vases”.
So many of my goblets have broken over the years that I had to alternate clear goblets from Target with my pretty new blue goblets given to me as a Rosh Hashanah gift from my new “consuegra”- (Syrian word for my daughter’s mother-in-law.)
Lunch was not bad if I don’t say so myself.
Since the Purim Seuda is traditionally a meat one,
We had grilled chicken with kalamata olives and tomatoes on salad,
melt in your mouth minute steak roast,
wild rice with spinach and sauteed red peppers, plain white rice (for the kids),home made za’ata challah rolls filled with sliced turkey,
(let me know if you want any recipes……)
mini kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,
pareve kibbe neye,
whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,
I have advice for all of you Jewish Hostesses out there- Being a Jewish Hostess doesn’t mean you have to be a super woman and make everything yourself!!! I BOUGHT the lahamageen, kibbe, and fried chicken from Kings Highway Glatt. I called them 3 minutes in advance and the kid that was on her way HOME from Starbucks ran in and picked it up for me.
So, if you are organized and want to make it all yourself,then, great, but if you are a last minute type like me, and if you are lucky enough to live near some kosher butchers and kosher grocery stores that sell delicious ready made kosher appetizers…..
The highlight of our day came when Gail and Andy came to say hello…..
But we really had a great laugh when the Gail’s normally very serious dad,Ricky C. also rang our doorbell and hung out for dessert.
How was your day?
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We are really lucky to have this Hanukka table setting from the famous Doris Dwek, an acclaimed party and event planner in the NYC area.
Doris, thank you so much for all of your hard work and attention to every detail of your hanukkah holiday table decor!
Doris can help you design a gorgeous one of a kind event invitation, or if you want to create an impressive children’s party, bar mitzvah, or any type of memorable themed event!
p.s. Thank you Grace Dabah for the gorgeous photography!
For this Hanukka display, I applied gold paint mixed with gold glitter to wood branches as a centerpiece. I also dipped dreidels into the gold paint and tied them on to trees with pretty ribbon for the Hanukkah centerpiece . Gold sparkly initials attached to mirrored squares were used as elegant place cards.
Organza ribbon and chocolate coins were assembled and used as a napkin ring. I used inexpensive fabric from Joanne fabrics to make a cloth runner .
The artificial silk flowers look are from Paris and can be purchased from Surrey lane stores in Brooklyn and Deal N.J.
The glass goblets can also be purchased at Surrey Lane also. Happy Hanukka to all of the Jewish Hostesses out there!
Whether you spell it Hanukka, Hanuka or Chanuka, holiday memories are kept alive because of the fun that goes into the holiday planning. Help us keep up the inspiration by sharing your pics, ideas, and recipes. Enjoy this re-post from 201o!
Send your pics and holiday creative sparks to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delectable Cupcakes by Rachel Mamiye Dweck!:
“Happy Chanukah Jewish Hostess!
Attached is a pic of my Chanukah I made for a Chanukah party.”:
From “mwygoda”- thanks for the pic!
Thanks Vicki! Gorgeous Cupcakes!
by Vicki Betesh Hoffstein:
Thanks jenharari for these yummy looking cookies!:
“Hi, I hope I can be entered even though I do this professionally.” Cheryl
YES!!!! Check out Cheryl’s website mmdesignsny.com:
Cookies by Shirley Mamiye:
Check out her baking website HOMEBAKED
Dreidel Cake by Esther Chrem:
Check out her delicious website!
By Rebecca Willis:
“Thank you! Its basically kosher marshmallows with a pretzle stick in the top, and a Hershey kiss on the bottom. I used frosting to stick the kiss to the bottom. Then I just used frosting to write the letters on the side. For the platter in the picture, I only wrote one letter on each driedle so the frosting wouldn’t smear. This year I am setting it up as an activity for the kids to do themselves, which should be a lot of fun!”
By Magen David Yeshivah third grade girls:
Chanuka Menorah cake by Alexis Fallas:
“I make these cookies every year for hanukah and they are a big hit! there sugar cookies with rolled fondant and decorated with a frosting.” Beth Cayre
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Dear Raquel, Its amazing to see how many gorgeous tables evolved out of one Maccabee Hanukkah holiday! Even though your table may not have cost a fortune, it looks like a million bucks! I love how you tied up the napkins and placed the gift boxes along the table! Stunning! Marlene M.
I love to have fun setting my table for all different kinds of events. I recently heard about your website and decided to check it out. I loved so many of the ideas I decided to share my own.
I had a small Chanukah dinner party and stuck to the traditional blue and silver theme. I put a silver table cloth by Allison (718) 415-3860 and 5 mirror squares lined up as my runner from Amazing Savings (a great thing to have and keep for all kinds of ocassions). On the mirrors I scattered chocolate coins, glittered snow flakes that cost $1 and filled blue candle holders from Ikea with dreidels. As a finishing touch I sprinkled blue sprinkles on the mirrors.
I used my Murval placemats which I already owned from Kitchen Caboodles. As accents, I used blue and silver boxes from Amazing Savings which were less than $2 with a small gift inside for each of my guests. I also cut out dreidel shaped placecards. Instead of the traditional napkin rings I used a ‘Happy Hannukah’ ribbbon to wrap my napkins as a gift- as a little treat I placed chocolate coins in each napkin!
Thank you Kim Dabah for sharing your gorgeous Hanukkah themed table with us! The white lucite rectangles and cubes add a subtle modern architecture to your dessert buffet. Blue frosted cupcakes, Dreidel blue linzer tarts, dipped marshmalow treats and Hanukkah cookies are a kids Hanukkah feast. The gorgeous swirly Venetian glass menorah is the perfect setting for your Hanukkah centerpiece. Wow! Happy Hanukkah! Marlene M.
Though I have to admit that I am partial to my mother in law’s Syrian style Haroset, I love sharing haroset recipes from other communities. Come to think of it, how nice would it be to add a selection of different Harosets from around the world on the table with their own place cards?
Here are some photos that I just gathered for some table top food tagging inspiration….
Enjoy Jennifer Abadi’s Yemenite style Haroset recipe and check out her Passover site HERE.
Thank you Mikhayla Bibi for submitting these gorgeous bridal shower pics! Now I’m officially ready to get into the summer wave of entertaining. Not only can we use this Alice in Wonderland theme as bridal inspiration, but of course we can juice up some ideas for serving blue sky desserts and breezy beverages. Note the mason jars for lemonade with the easy to make labels attached with twine, the scooped out mouth watering watermelon, mini lattice apple pies, pops of colorful seating, and more! Enjoy! xoxo
Enjoy this Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….
Feast your eyes on this colorful and daring Rosh Hashanah holiday table that Candy Gabbay whipped up after dashing to the Missoni Target sale last week! Candy is constantly ahead of the trends, it’s no wonder that she pulled this hot table decor together using a MISSONI SHOWER CURTAIN!!!
P.S If your table setting is fun, unique, inspiring, and one of a kind, then we want to see it too!!!! Send it over to marlene (at )thejewishhostess.com!!!
Mother’s Day and Shavuot would not be the same in a Sephardic Jewish household if we did not serve samboosak as a side dish on the table.
Many people even serve it with the dessert and coffee or tea at the end of the dairy meal.
A bag of frozen unbaked sambousak is considered like “gold” because of the loving handmade touch of each delectable crimped half moon pastry.
Remember to always keep a bag of frozen samboosak in the freezer for an unexpected guest!
Egg Glaze and Sesame Seeds for Topping:
(Can be kneaded by hand, but I like using the metal blade of the food proccessor.)
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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.
I even used the custom stamp to personalize these linen-like disposable napkins for the netilat yadayim station by the sink.
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.
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.
Did you notice my heart shaped challahs???
Buffet goes here….
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.
I managed to snap SOME food shots before Shabbat….
Fatoush Salad with Sumac Dressing and homemade croutons ready to pour on.
Syrian style stuffed mechshe tomato…
Wedding styled strawberries by Esty Mosseri.
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…
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…
Ready to light the Shabbat candles… guests coming soon!!!
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Karen Tawil is one of the most creative and talented people I know. Years ago, Karen volunteered for a Sephardic Bikur Holim bake sale that we were working on. In one day, she ran down to the flower district and bought tons of bonsai plants, flowers, and all sorts of containers and ribbon, and created about 50 of the coolest Shabbat arrangements for sale. Needless to say, we were all sold out within hours, and it greatly helped us add to the profits and enjoyment of the day!
I must also add that Karen and her husband Neil own Bright Eyes, the BEST place to shop for designer sunglasses in the Tri-State area. Bright Eyes is Located at 508 Kings Hwy # 1, Brooklyn, NY 11223-1917
Call Karen or Neil for more info:(718) 382-8722
Thanks for sharing your breathtaking holiday table settings with us, Karen! You make it look so easy!!!
p.s. To all of my Jewish Hostesses! keep sending in your holiday photos to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com! use the @!!
I love the reaction of my guests when they come into our home and they get excited with all they see. I feel like the table setting makes the meal memorable even if its a meal as simple as bbq. For shavuot lunch it was just the four of us. I used a woven leather placemat from Pottery Barn with a silver charger ,the dishes are limoge and the flatware is lucite. I used stargazer and blue hydrangeas…….
For dinner table decor, I used a silver liner with a shimmer white overlay. Everything else was simple. As it was the holiday of Shavuot, I just wanted it to be about the flowers. I put six vases across the table filled with roses, lisianthus,philanopsis,calla lillies and peonies. In front of each place setting, I put a single orchid in medicine tubes. The napkin rings were made out of silver leather from the fabric store sealed with a hot glue gun. Simple and elegant!!! Karen Tawil”
There are two techniques to scooping out 613 of those pomegranate seeds!
The first one was sent in by Linda Dayan in Israel-:
1-When my children were little, we wanted them to be a part of the preparing for Rosh HaShana. We used to put giant bibs on them and let them remove the seeds from the pomegranates. The reason that we eat this fruit on Rosh haShana is the symbolism of its many seeds; that we should have a new year filled with many mitzvot. It is even said that the pomegranate contains 613 seeds, the number of mitzvot in the Torah. I don’t know if this is true, but the counting was another way to keep our kids busy, while I was cooking!
Now that my children have B’H, grown and we are both (hopefully) smarter… I have discovered easier ways to seed this delicious, healthy fruit. Here goes:
Put on an apron!
Roll the pomegranate on your counter, pressing gently around all sides.
Cut the pomegranate in half (like you would slice a grapefruit). Slice off the little crown on the top.
Place the two halves of the fruit face down on a cutting board. Cover with plastic wrap and then a dish towel.
Get your poultry hammer or heavy wooden spoon and hit around all the sides – and top of the fruit.
Carefully, lift off the coverings and the rind. Those beautiful, bright red seeds will be yours for the taking.
2– Watch the video now:
and/or read on….
First cut off the top of the pomegranate. With a spoon, gently take out some of the center core. Be careful not to squeeze or disturb the seeds. Next, use your knife to score the outer rind around the fruit. Put your thumbs in the center and gently pull apart the sections. Peel away some of the white skin. You may be able to remove pieces from the rind.
To easily remove the seeds, place the pieces of pomegranate into a large bowl of cold water. Now when you go to remove the seeds, they’ll come right out. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl. With the sieve, remove the skin floating on top. When the skin is gone, take out the seeds. Don’t freeze the seeds as they lose their color when frozen.
Every Sunday, we venture out to different parts of Brooklyn and NYC to check out some of the new exciting neighborhoods.
Last week, we journeyed out to Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn and the sweet sight of moms and dads wheeling strollers and Sunday morning coffee shops made me feel like I’d like to spend a little time discovering the area. Looking for some great shopping, I started to scout around. You might be thinking that great spending to me means Intermix, Scoop, Chanel, and Prada- (well, it doesn’t hurt to window shop!), but really fun shopping is when I can walk into a store like Paper Source, and feel like a kid again. Located at 102 Smith Street, it’s a crafter’s dream. For anyone that’s really a kid at heart, Paper Source will allow you to create to your heart’s content. The friendly staff will help you choose from arrays of colored and patterned paper, glitter, stamps, and tons more. (They didn’t pay me for this post! REALLY!)
I decided then and there, that I would try to see if I could challenge myself to some DIY Purim cards. After browsing around in heaven for a couple of minutes, I realized that I had to speed it up seeing that my hubby and kids were getting a little fidgety. I quickly threw some coordinating card stock, a wine bottle stamp, gold ink, leaf patterned ribbon, raffia, a burlap ribbon, and a hole puncher into my basket. As the sales girl rang me up, I also grabbed some packaged glue dots which ended up being a key ingredient to my DIY cards.
That evening, I was so excited to rip open my Paper Source bags. I felt like I had just gotten home from the toy store. The best part of the whole night was that I put away my phone, my kids became a part of the process, and together we created a fantastic mess, plus the one of a kind cards below.
The secret to this scrapbooking style of card making is to layer, layer, and keep on layering. And if you make a mistake, then LAYER again!
For my mishloach manot this year, I am thinking of buying wine, grapes, and cheeses and mounding in a basket. The greens and purple and golds were a good choice for me.
Using the same colors and materials, we created several different designs featured below. Which one is your favorite? What colors would you choose for your own DIY Purim card?
Below are some inspiration boards by the pros at Paper Source. I snapped photos in the store so that I could grab some ideas later on.
A hole puncher is a great tool to help you weave cord through any shaped card like the heart shape below:
See how their layers create such a professional and handcrafted look?
Stamps like the “Thank You” below can really make it look like you did the calligraphy yourself.
I hope you enjoyed my DIY Purim card. Even though life gets so hectic, its all about the personal touches in life. Whether we make our own Purim cards, lovingly pinch hammentashen, or tuck our kids in at night, its all about the memories that our kids take with them as they grow, and g-d willing raise their own families. HAPPY PURIM!!! XOXO
What a stunning bridal shower! Thanks for sending in these photos, Nathalie! Im loving how your “mum” used the patten of the British flag to line the fabulous cupcakes, cake pops, and desserts! Love the umbrella invitation, and fish and chips too. The colors happen to be such a bright and gorgeous contrast. I’m sure it looked “smashing”!
My mum, Daniella Salem, made me the most amazing shower when I was getting married last year. The theme was British because I grew up there. The invitation was an umbrella because it always rains there. Everything was red, white and blue and she even made fish and chips to stick with the theme! But the most spectacular part was the dessert table which was covered completely in flowers with white desserts only. It was the most magnificent shower! She used the center flower strip for a gorgeous table later in the week. No one does it like my mum Best,
Nathalie (Salem) Galapo
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