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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

5 Comments 15 April 2015

For all of you that may not know Linda, she is the ultimate Jewish Hostess entrepreneur who started her business career in the 80’s designing and selling gorgeous stone encrusted angora sweaters to major department stores all over the country. Of course since we were getting wholesale prices, I do believe that my mother was Linda’s best customer at the time, shlepping us girls into Linda’s basement to try on the stunning line of knits. Linda advised my mom to preserve the fuzzy angoras in a cold area. I think that dozens of  Linda’s sweaters must still be frozen solid in the deep freezer that is in our old house on the corner of Bedford and J…..

Thank you Linda for sharing your gorgeous New Jersey ocean view and Shavuot table with all of us that are still sweating in good old Brooklyn, N.Y.! I’m waiting for more Shavuot Table pics from all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!!

Let’s see who else will have a chance to win the $200 gift certificate to Parci Parla!!!   Marlene

” Dear Marlene,

Wishing a happy holiday to all!  Hope you like my seafoam linen placemats with batik print cloths and matching napkins:

  1. Cloths- Century 21 dept store,
  2. Lalique stemware and glasses from France,bought in 1977 !!!
  3. St. Martin dishes Mikasa, 2005.
  4. Stainless flatware, Century 21.
  5. Plant from Paradise florist (from Mother’s Day lol),
  6. Napkin rings are bangles from the accessory district.
  7. The ocean is view is from the 19th floor !!!”

Emile and Linda Haddad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Brand New DIY Mishloach Manot Ideas for Purim Gifts

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5 Brand New DIY Mishloach Manot Ideas for Purim Gifts

2 Comments 03 March 2015

As Purim gets wrapped up, savor these last minute creative Purim mishloach manot DIY themes by Esther O Designs:
PALETTE MISHLOACH MANOT:
With the enormous variety of colorful gumballs on the market today enjoy creating this palatable treat-a winner for sure!
(Stick gumballs to palette with a drop of icing)
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PILLOW TREAT BOX:
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Pillow boxes are perfect for your kids to present their Mishloach Manot.Easy to fill,budget friendly and oh so practical!You and your children (and their frinds!) will surely love these.
 
COFFEE/DANISH MISHLOACH MANOT:
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Who can resist a special treat on the go? Teens-this ones for you! You’re sure to get a rave review.
TWIRLY LOLLIPOP MISHLOACH MANOT:
A childs dream come true! With these two simple treats-you can create a childs fantasy.
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PASTEL SPRING THEMED MISHLOACH MANOT
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Working with specific colors combinations,gives an overall uniformed,neat look. I love the look of this hot pink/yellow packaging but go ahead and pick the coloring that suits your fancy.
Supplies used:
large pillow box
hot pink/yellow tulle
rhinestone
flower lollipop
chocolate covered pretzels
crystal light with lemon candy(available at Oh nuts)
 Custom labels by: http://omgdesign.weebly.com/
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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim  Party ReCap

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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim Party ReCap

12 Comments 01 March 2015

Dear Hostesses, I want you to know that this site is meant to be about each and every one you!! Feel free to email me with your Purim and Passover recipes, holiday table ideas,tips and inspirations.

Check out Bold and Gold for Spring, the Purim Feast for a King,  the Tony Duquette Purim table roundup and Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains!

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.

While on her way to Starbucks another of of my kids ran and bought me a pack of white paper napkins that look just like linen. $10.99.

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 lahamageen,

mini kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,

pareve kibbe neye,

whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,

fried chicken (for the kids), and my sister Jeanette brought chicken tacos that got wiped out. (click HERE for the recipe)

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?

Comment below and if you liked this post then click “like” up on top!

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Marlene M.

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

1 Comment 17 December 2014

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!
(732)-687-1534

p.s.  Thank you Grace Dabah for the gorgeous photography!

“Hi Marlene,

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!

Doris Dwek”

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Baker’s Alert! Keep Sending Us Pics of Your Hanukka Cakes and Cookies! Check These Out!

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Baker’s Alert! Keep Sending Us Pics of Your Hanukka Cakes and Cookies! Check These Out!

1 Comment 15 December 2014

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 marlene@thejewishhostess.com.

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:

by Cheryl Spilzinger

Cookies by Shirley Mamiye:

Check out her baking website HOMEBAKED

by Shirley Mamiye

Dreidel Cake by Esther Chrem:

Check out her delicious website!

www.ECPattycake.com

Patty Cake by Esther Chrem

PattyCake by Esther Chrem

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!”

Chanukah Treats by the Willis Family

By Magen David Yeshivah third grade girls:

by Meirah, Sarah, Danielle, Lauren, Rivka, and Judy

Chanuka Menorah cake by Alexis Fallas:

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

Chanuka cookies by Beth Cayre

Keep sending in your Hanuka cake and cookie pics to marlene@thejewishhostess.com

OR JUST CLICK HERE and win a chance to pick any cookbook !

Browse Below!

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Hanukkah Hydrangeas and a Festive Table By Ruthie Levy

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Hanukkah Hydrangeas and a Festive Table By Ruthie Levy

2 Comments 15 December 2014

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Thank you Ruthie for your beautiful note and  for sharing your Hanukkah tips with us!!! Marlene
“Dear Marlene,
This is my Hanuka tablesetting for this year.
I started out with a white tablecloth as a base and a ran silver and white stripe wrapping paper down the middle.
I used silver square chargers from Amazing Savings and glass square dishes from Kitchen kaboodles .
Under the dinner plate I placed the napkin and under the salad plate.
I put metalic blue driedels and menorahs also purchased from Amazing Savings .
The blue water glasses are from Wishing Well and the wine goblets were borrowed from my mother.
Scattered all over the table are silver chocolate coins and metalic dreidels and menorahs…
The centerpeice is a vase from Home Goods filled with faux blue hydrangeas , white orchids and branches which will last through the entire Hanuka and ill look foward to bringing them out year after year!
Faux Florals can be purchased by calling /texting me (917) 439 1889…
Hope to inspire others the way I’ve been inspired!
Thank you Marlene for such an awesome website!You truly inspire me.”
Ruthie Levy
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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

4 Comments 10 December 2014

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.

“Dear Marlene,

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!
From,
Raquel Fallas”

 

 

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

4 Comments 08 December 2014

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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Dukeh (Yemenite Style Charoset with Black Raisins, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Dates, and Pomegranate Seeds)

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Dukeh (Yemenite Style Charoset with Black Raisins, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Dates, and Pomegranate Seeds)

2 Comments 27 March 2014

 

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 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….

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Enjoy Jennifer Abadi’s Yemenite style Haroset recipe and check out her Passover site HERE.

Dukeh (Yemenite Style Charoset with Black Raisins, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Dates, and Pomegranate Seeds)

Yield: Serves 6 (Makes 1 ½ cups)

Dukeh (Yemenite Style Charoset with Black Raisins, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Dates, and Pomegranate Seeds)

Ingredients

    For Charoset:
  • 1/3 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons pomegranate juice, or kosher for Passover sweet red wine
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds, or 1 cup coarsely chopped apple (skin left on)
  • 1/2 cups small dates, pitted (these are usually a bit drier than the mejool kind)
  • 4 to 6 large mejool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup black raisins
  • For Serving:
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons kosher for Passover sweet red wine
  • Matzah

Instructions

  1. Place walnuts, almonds, and sesame seeds into the food processor and pulse quickly 3 or 4 times, just until the walnuts and almonds are broken down a little bit.
  2. Add the pomegranate juice (or wine), pomegranate seeds (or apple pieces), dates, and raisins and process until a thick paste.
  3. Pour into a medium container and seal. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freezer for up to two weeks. When ready to eat, bring to room temperature. Blend with a few tablespoons of wine until the consistency of apple butter, or serve thick as is.
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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

7 Comments 20 June 2013

 

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

“Hi Marlene,

The theme for the bridal shower was Alice in Wonderland. Set up both inside and outside, the inside table was covered in green grass tablecloth filled with Alice toys, flowers, decks of cards, fun desserts, and a “falling” cake by Keren Greenberg.
As each guest walked into the party, a Polaroid photo was taken of them and hung up on a string crisscrossing over the main table.
Outside, a long white table and a red chair from Artistic Frame. The white table was covered in bright colored platters filled with both food and desserts by Mikhayla Bibi.
Detail had been particularly implemented by Chantelle Bibi who has experience as a set designer and Lauren Bibi, the graphic artist known for her work with Ldecor Design; the watermelon teacup, the Alice in wonderland decks of cards, the pink lemonade in mason jars each tied with their own “Drink Me!” cards, the clock tables, and more.
And it didn’t hurt that, Thank Gd, that it was a beautiful day as we sat in “Aryana’s Wonderland”
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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

No Comments 19 May 2013

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!!!

 

“Hi Marlene,

  Since the only thing I could find of Missoni in Target was a shower curtain, I had to buy it even though I didn’t need one! So, I decided to turn it into a table cloth and base my table settings around it! It’s so fun and colorful, just like me! I got so many comments on it as my BBM picture, so I decided to share it with your website. The photos are attached, if you have any problems opening it let me know!
  I put a solid black tablecloth first. Then took the Missoni reversible shower curtain and placed in center and folded sides up so you would see the black and white pattern along the edge of table. I bought flowers that coordinated with the colors on the curtain and placed them in small circular vases down center of table. Found the exact green from the cloth in plates at Amazing Savings and loved the cool shape. Added black and white napkins, a Missoni candle, and last but not least my outrageous challah cover that I needle pointed myself! As you can see I like color!”
Candy Gabbay
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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

3 Comments 06 May 2013

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!

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of smead- (semolina flour) available at Bob’s Red Mill
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 2 sticks of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil

Cheese Filling:

  • 1 lb. low fat mozzarella cheese, grated,
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 1/2 tsp  aluminum-free baking powder.

Egg Glaze and Sesame Seeds for Topping:

  • one beaten egg in a small bowl for dipping sambousak.
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds mixes with 1/2 tsp of kosher salt.
  1. Mix flour, semolina and salt. Add butter , add water and oil slowly.

(Can be kneaded by hand, but I like using the metal blade of the food proccessor.)

  1. Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
  2. In a glass bowl, mix grated cheese with  aluminum-free baking powder and eggs .
  3. roll the dough into walnut size balls.
  4. flatten with tortilla press or your palm
  5. place a teaspoonful of cheese mixture into the circle
  6. fold over and crimp, starting at one end, rolling the dough between your thumb and forefinger and pinching as you turn the half moon. It takes practice!
  7. dip half moon into beaten egg, and then into sesame seed mixture.
  8. place on sprayed parchment on a cookie pan.
  9. May be frozen on a tray at this point. Place in a freezer bag when frozen. or-
  10. bake at 350 degees for approximately 20 minutes.
  11. Done when bottom of each sambousak is a light brown and top is perfectly baked.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Did you notice my heart shaped challahs???

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Another View…

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Buffet goes here….

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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.

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I managed to snap SOME food shots before Shabbat….

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

Tomato Mechshe

Syrian style stuffed mechshe tomato…

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Eggplant rollups…

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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…

 

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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…

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

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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

10 Comments 27 March 2013

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 @!!

Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

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”

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How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques

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How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques

5 Comments 26 January 2013

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Pomegranate fruit.

There are two techniques  to scooping out 613 of those pomegranate seeds!

The first one was sent in by Linda Dayan in Israel-:

Technique #1:

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.

Technique #2:

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.

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DIY Mishloach Manot Purim Cards- For That Extra Special Touch

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DIY Mishloach Manot Purim Cards- For That Extra Special Touch

2 Comments 14 January 2013

Dear Hostesses,

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!)

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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.

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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?

 

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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.

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A hole puncher is a great tool to help you weave cord through any shaped card like the heart shape below:

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See how their layers create such a professional and handcrafted look?

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Stamps like the “Thank You” below can really make it look like you did the calligraphy yourself.

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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

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