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British Themed Bridal Shower by Daniella Salem

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British Themed Bridal Shower by Daniella Salem

No Comments 07 January 2013

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”!

Marlene

Hi Marlene,

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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A MAG Sheva Berachot by Barbara Franco- Pink and Red!

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A MAG Sheva Berachot by Barbara Franco- Pink and Red!

No Comments 24 December 2012

 

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“Hi Marlene,
Here are some pictures from the Sheva Berachot I made for Susan and Maurice Kassin. The theme was pink and red. For napkin rings, I printed out a wallet-sized picture of them from their engagement in black and white. Then, I punched a hole in the corner and alternated between pink and red ribbon to tie the picture around the napkin. The name cards are heart shaped sugar cookies with hot pink sprinkles covered by a rectangular shaped cookie with names written in edible marker. The giveaways are pink pillow boxes filled with Red Hots candies and tied with red and pink ribbon to coordinate with the theme. Hope you like!”
-Barbara R Franco

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Berta’s Award Winning Movie Themed Bridal Shower

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Berta’s Award Winning Movie Themed Bridal Shower

No Comments 02 December 2012

 Thank you Berta Naftali for sharing your very special bridal shower with us! I love the movie theatre theme, and how you coordinated the desserts, flowers and candies.

Little details like how you flipped over your white lucite trays to add height and a more modern touch makes all the difference. Using your glass table without a cloth is also another great look. Red, black and white are a classic big hit color combo. Your bridal shower truly wins an Academy Award!

Marlene

“Hi Marlene,
These are some pictures of my movie themed bridal shower.To start, we gave out mini popcorn buckets for our invitation.We had a candy table to mimic the consession stands at the movie theater. There were raisenets, Milk Duds, Dots, Mike ‘n Ike, Twizzlers,  Crunch a Bunch ; all the candys you buy at the theaters.

The desserts were made by Mari Gindi.

My center peice cake, was made by my sister in laws. All desserts were made around the theme and the colors black white and red. My mother and I really worked hard to put it all together!!”

Berta Naftali

 

 

 

 

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

5 Comments 15 October 2012

My friend Lorraine Kasavi decided to get a head start on  Hanukka by surprising her mahjong game with a fabulous Hanukka themed lunch table. Her love of color is evident by her gorgeous display of shades of electric blue flowers and Hanukka table decor. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Hanukka table pictures with us, Lorraine! Love you and Happy Holiday! Marlene

p.s. Lorraine happens to be a Brooklyn based watercolor artist and teaches painting classes to adults and teen. Group and private rates available. Contact Lorraine at lkasavi@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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A Glorious Sukkot Dinner Fiesta by Miriam H.

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A Glorious Sukkot Dinner Fiesta by Miriam H.

1 Comment 10 October 2012

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My neighbor Miriam is a beautiful woman inside and out. Her glowing personality is evident with every greeting, smile, and hug that that she gives with the utmost generosity. Miriam’s vivid and deeply hued table top Mexican themed dinner table decor instantly put her holiday dinner guests in a festive mood, and these pictures make me happy every time I look at them! These fiesta themed dinner  table top photos are truly beyond words, and I am so happy to present it to my Jewish Hostesses!

Miriam used Mexican blankets as her table runners, and scattered gloriously striped Mexican pillows among huge fruit and flower filled champagne glasses as her ingenious centerpieces. Her dining room table served as a buffet table as the huge doors behind beckoned her guests to the fabulous Sukkah that was built as an extension to her home. Thank you Miriam for sharing your fabulous Mexican themed Sukkkot dinner party with us!

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Update Your Holiday Table Decor on a Budget!

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Update Your Holiday Table Decor on a Budget!

No Comments 19 September 2012

This year, I decided to dump my tinsel sukkah decorations and try to find some updated sleeker last-minute looks. As most of my kids would rather get creative with a new latte in Starbucks, this year I  did not have the cute home made decorations that they used to bring home from second grade art class, and thankfully my fourth grader was really SO excited to help with the fun DIY napkin rings that we dreamed up together.

Step 1- I checked online at Jamali Gardens  and found gorgeous artificial hydrangea balls to hang from the scach or our Sukkah. Each one comes with a green ribbon loop that makes it easy to hang. You can buy them packaged in a set of 6, they come in lavender, green, and white, these gorgeous blooms can probably be passed down to your grandchildren if you keep them stored away with your Sukkah. (On the other hand, I think that they would be a great addition to a summer barbeque gracefully hung from an umbrella or awning.)

2- We shopped at IKEA and found some inexpensive botanical artwork to hang up as a modern Sukkah Decoration. It comes wrapped in plastic, which we kept it protected from the weather.

3-IKEA also had stunning $5 chandeliers in all shapes and sizes,

but unfortunately we did not make sure that they were waterproof,(we tried covering them with garbage bags) and unfortunately, they didn’t last too long…..

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4- We decided to make our very own crafty napkin rings. We ran over to Karen’s invitations on Avenue U in Brooklyn, and found lime green ribbon. Ran home, found a glue glun and, voila!


5- As for the dragonflies….. I bumped into Jill over at ETSY and she was able to whip up and ship 50 hemp knotted dragonflies for me to top off my DIY napkin rings. What do you think?

6- Table Runners- Craving something original, I decided to run back over to Karen’s Invitations and purchase some handmade papers that she sells by the sheet. If you are looking to buy some stunning handmade paper sheets online, you can CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE.

I decided to keep the ripped edge look of the gorgeous orange and gold handmade paper by folding each sheet down the middle lengthwise and ripping it slowly. Each sheet became a long rectangle, and I placed each edge under a lime green square table topper that I purchased from Michelle over at Table Toppers on East 4 Street in Brooklyn. Flowers, greens and ceramic containers are from Shirley Bar Nathan atop a fresh monstera leaf. The flowers and the monstera leaf lasted the whole week, and can be used over and over again! (The monstera leaf can also be used as a place mat.)

I always have simple glass votives and tea lights to scatter on my table for extra sparkle, purchased from Crate and Barrel.

 

 

7- You can also use your handmade paper to line the table for your bottles of kosher wine, and barware.
8-Don’t forget that even a brightly colored glass water bottle such as Perrier adds a splash of color to the table! Enjoy!!!!
9-What did you do to add a modern splash to your table??? I’d love to hear!!!  Questions??? Comment below!!!
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Fruity Lamb Tagine for the Jewish Holidays

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Fruity Lamb Tagine for the Jewish Holidays

No Comments 14 September 2012

This is a tantalizing holiday entree as the gooey fruits and honey of this dish evoke the sweetness of a Happy New Year.

A tagine is a dish that is a native and staple of so many North African tables, specifically in the cuisines of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
It looks like a chimney pot with a clay base . The pot is taken off and put aside and an aromatic stew of lamb, or beef, or chicken, or fish with chickpeas and vegetables appears: the stew may also be composed of only vegetables.

Tagine is a cooking method which for about an hour effectively steams and braises the meats and vegetables with spices at a relatively low temperature of 325 to 350  degrees so that they are tender, tasty and delectable.

If you cannot fine a tagine pot a roaster does the trick!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder,cubed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion,chopped
  • 1tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger,grated(or may use one frozen cube)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse pepper
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 lb dried apricots
  • 1/2 lb dried prunes
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat,heat oil, add lamb and brown on all sides. add onion and sauté 5 minutes.
  3. in an oven proof tagine ,casserole, or crock pot, combine lamb,onion,ginger,coriander,salt,pepper saffron and cinnamon stick.
  4. Barely cover with water and bake in oven with cover ajar for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove cover and continue cooking another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick,add dried fruits and honey cook another 20 minutes.remove from oven sprinkle with sesame seeds!
  7. this recipe is best enjoyed over couscous or simple white rice!

Chicken cutlet cubed can be substituted for the lamb if desired!

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Rosh Hashanah Tropical Brights! Thank You Lorene Sasson!!

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Rosh Hashanah Tropical Brights! Thank You Lorene Sasson!!

No Comments 27 August 2012

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Thanks Lorene for another stunning holiday table setting! I love your tropical greens, reds and oranges! Those colors make me so happy and in the mood yet to eat ANOTHER holiday meal!!!

These festive colors and easy runner idea is also great for a Sukkot table!

Shana Tova!! Marlene

Hey Marlene,

Shana Tova!

I did the first night by me and it was just a few of us. My kids colored little Shofar name cards, and because I love the colors of the dates,apples and poms I had to make a centerpiece with them. Here’s my table! Enjoy!
from Lorene Sasson
p.s. The green runner is actually a sheer window panel from Ikea.  And the plates are from Amazing Savings!
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Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Orange Glaze and Candied Citrus Slices

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Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Orange Glaze and Candied Citrus Slices

3 Comments 10 August 2012

Lately, olive oil cakes have been all the rage, but little do most of us know, is that Italians have been using olive oil in their moist cakes for centuries. 

 Many chefs use olive oil because it provides a nice richness and an undertone of earthy flavor without all the denseness and greasiness of butter that you would usually use in baking. 

Another difference of an olive oil cake is that it’s not an overly sweet cake, taking the notes from citrus and herbs, in this case cardamom.  Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Arab cultures loved infusing this spice into their foods and potions because of their aphrodisiac qualities. (So, if you are looking for that extra special Hanukkah gift, you might try serving this Cardamom cake to your hubby ASAP!!!)

Its nice to always add new spices to our cooking and baking menus because of the healing qualities that benefit a varied diet. In this case, cardamom also contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal issues, and increase the movement of food through the intestine. Thank you Rachel Harkham of RecipeRachel.com. for sending in this wonderful recipe.

 Make sure to use a high quality extra virgin olive oil to add to the sweeter, stronger flavors of this olive oil cake. 


Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake

by Rachel Harkham at RecipeRachel.com.

When you think of Hanukkah food  you think of Latkes, right? Golden,crisp-fried potato pancakes are perfect holiday food for a cold winter’s night. Lighting the menorah for eight nights aptly commemorates the miracle of  little jar of oil that lit up the menorah in the Temple.  Eating food made or prepared with oil is the best way to celebrate this eight day Festival of Light .  But after a few crispy fried nights when your taste buds are yearning for a different texture and taste, Citrus-Cardamom Olive Oil Cake is just the thing to keep the oil celebration going.  Made with olive oil (non-extra virgin yields moister results), with layers of bright citrus bursts  and warm cardamom spice, this cake tenderly celebrates both flavor and olive oil in every bite.

Cardamom Citrus  Hanukkah Olive Oil Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one small lemon (about  1 tablespoon)
  • ½ teaspoon  cardamom
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a round cake pan
  2. Beat together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy and very thick
  3. Slowly stream olive oil into egg-sugar mixture, beat together on lowest speed .
  4. In separate bowl: whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, zest, and cardamom.
  5. Gently fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being sure to mix completely.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until light golden brown and it passes the toothpick test .  After cake has cooled  remove from pan, plate, and pour orange cardamom glaze over top of the cake, allowing glaze to drip lazily down the sides.

Orange Cardamom Glaze

1 ½ c. powdered sugar

1 teaspoon cardamom

1  teaspoon orange zest

4-5 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  1. Mix all ingredients together in bowl until the glaze is thick enough coat the back of your spoon.  Alternately, dilute with 1 tbsp. of OJ at a time if the glaze is too thick.

 

Candied Citrus Slices

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup water

1 sliced lemon and/or orange cut into ¼ inch  rounds

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.  Boil gently for 12 -15 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and syrupy, stirring every so often.
  2. Add fruit slices to syrup, stirring to submerge.  Simmer for about five minutes until fruit is tender and slightly shrunken.  Gently remove fruit from syrup and place artfully on top of the cake.  Reserve citrus simple syrup for another use (it’s great for mixed drinks).
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Sukkah by the Sea

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Sukkah by the Sea

No Comments 19 July 2012

Last year, our Sukkah experience was extra special dining in Hymie and Liza’s Spanish style beachside home in New Jersey . Wood sukkah poles were  embellished with magnolia branches from the flower district in Manhattan. Baby pumpkin and squash,  fastened by mini hooks, were hung by thin rope from the bamboo “sechach.”  A huge thanks to our special cousins for a delicious and unforgettable Sukkot lunch!

Share your Sukkah pics!  Send to marlene@thejewishhosess.com

 

Adorable Kippah and Tzitzit (Tzitzis) Party for a Three Year Old

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Adorable Kippah and Tzitzit (Tzitzis) Party for a Three Year Old

2 Comments 16 June 2012

Dear Sara, I’m so glad that we are able to share in each other’s Jewish traditions through this site! I’m sure that your grandson felt extra special during this monumental event in his life. Your love for him shines on through!
Attention all Jewish Hostesses! If your have great pictures of your little boy’s Kippah and Tzitzis parties please send them in to marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com. I would love to feature them! Marlene
“Dear Marlene,
I am enclosing a picture of my great grandson’s third birthday party in honor of his putting on a yarmulka (kippah) and tzitzis for the first time. The place settings were made using white square paper plates which were enhanced with black electrical tape and strings to imitate a pair of tzitzis.  The centerpieces were yarmulkas (kippahs) which had the letters of his name cut out of kraft paper and applied to them. They were staged on top of glass goblets.
Please give credit to my grandaughter: Esti Vago
Hope you like this as much as I did!
Sincerely,  Sara Kasten”
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Pinkalicious Little Girl’s Birthday Bash Birthday Party and Dessert Bar Designed by Sheila Gindi

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Pinkalicious Little Girl’s Birthday Bash Birthday Party and Dessert Bar Designed by Sheila Gindi

No Comments 03 June 2012

 

Don’t miss this gorgeous little girl’s birthday party designed by the famous Sheila Gindi.

Enjoy the pink cutout sandwiches and custom colored desserts!

Email Sheila for your next bridal shower or party! sheilasmonsters@aol.com

“Hi Marlene,

  • I made the cupcakes with pink frosting and a cherry on top just like the ones in the Pinkalicious story book.
  • For the cake pops I used a mold to make the cupcake shapes and then dipped into the chocolate.For the tuna and cream cheese sandwiches I ordered the pink bread from a local bakery and cut into shapes.
  • I made my regular samboosak recipe and added pink gel food coloring.
  • The kids loved having all the pretty shapes and the pink food.
  • I also had pink buttered noodles which was not photographed because it wiped out too fast !”
Sheila Gindi

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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

4 Comments 14 May 2012

Thanks Lorene Sasson for sharing two of your holiday tables with us! I love the holiday colors and themes that you chose! Now I’m ready for summer! Marlene

Hi Marlene!

The first night of Shavuot I went for the summer/ocean/colorful look, and for the second night, I went for a garden feel. I actually bought the mirrors and the silver chargers from Amazing Savings. The napkins and rings are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

I also used shower gifts from 6 years ago. The silverware was a gift from my sister, as well as the dishes and stemware. I love making the holiday by me  because I can use the items that are really special to me.
I was going to go thru with the whole summer/oceanside feel- but then I saw the flowers at the shop stuffed together and i love COLOR and at the last minute my whole table changed. but to stay true to my original theme, I threw in some ocean glass.

The second night-  I bought new dishes from home goods (Mikasa Cherry Blossom) and I already had cherry blossom branches that I have never known what do do with EVER so i put them away. I decided to bring them out of the closet and add them to the table with my new dishes.
The table runner is Lenox. The  pewter dragonfly/butterfly plates were a gift from my mother who was not here for the holiday this year, so it gave me the chance to make the nights by me. I cant wait to show her the pictures,I know she’ll love them!

I am very pleased with this table because everything really fell together nicely in the garden theme.

Thanks Marlene,  and Shabat Shalom!!
Lorene Sasson

First Shavuot Night- Seaside Inspired

 

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Baby Joyce’s Pink Lacy Ballet Themed Birthday Party

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Baby Joyce’s Pink Lacy Ballet Themed Birthday Party

1 Comment 05 May 2012

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Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It

Grandma Joyce Wolf put a lot of detailed touches to this sugar sweet event for the first “Joyce” granddaughter in the family. I’m especially loving the height variations on the shades of rosy pink dessert table, the hanging ballet slippers from the chandelier, the lacy pink placemats peeking through the clear glass trays, the individual fruit cups, the personalized tulle wrapped cookies, the melt in your mouth cotton candy cones, the chocolate multi colored drizzled strawberries, and the melange of pink candies in an array of glass containers. What did I leave out??? Comment below! Marlene

 

Syrian Atayef Dessert (ricotta filled pancake  drizzled with rose water syrup)

Krabeej Syrian Dessert (cinnamon and nut filled pastry)

 

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Sizzling Pink and Zebra Print Bridal Shower- A Gorgeous Combo! by Paula Benz

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Sizzling Pink and Zebra Print Bridal Shower- A Gorgeous Combo! by Paula Benz

No Comments 28 April 2012

Thank you Paula Benz. Its so inspiring to the combined mother-daughter efforts for this truly beautiful table. The colors, varying candy container heights, different shapes and textures of the confections are true a visual sweet treat! Thanks so much for sharing your special bridal shower with us! Marlene

p.s. I will add this one to our dessert pics entries for the Amy Atlas Sweet Designs Brand NEW Book!

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“Hi Marlene,

For my shower, my mom and I worked day and night putting it all together. I knew I wanted to have a candy bar and got tons of inspiration from Amy Atlas site.  Desserts were made by Shirley C. Mamiye and Mari Gindi. My invitation was hot pink and zebra and the entire party stemmed from there. From table cloth, to flowers, to finding hot pink (and only hot pink) candy!, we worked really hard to tie it all together. Paula Benz”

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Hot Pink and Feathers Take the Cake at this Bridal Shower by Nellie Esses

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Hot Pink and Feathers Take the Cake at this Bridal Shower by Nellie Esses

1 Comment 25 April 2012

 

 Thank you Nellie Esses for sending in pics of your sister’s vibrant colored hot pink accented bridal  shower. I will add this one to our dessert pics entries for the Amy Atlas Sweet Designs Brand NEW Book!

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“My sister loved  feathers, so we tried to incorporate the colors of the invitation, which was pink and black, and make it an elegant night out for the ladies who came. We draped the tables with black table cloth and pink organza on top. On the dessert table we created the illusion of floating plates. We stacked square mirror chargers over glass cups to look like it was floating and flooded the table with rose petals. On the table we also put two black vases which we draped with pink beads and topped with feathers. Nellie Esses”

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