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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

12 Comments 16 December 2014

 

 Please “like” this Hanukka post and share with your friends!  A lot of hostess effort went into this holiday table!

 (Enjoy from Hanukka 2011!)

Happy Hanukka to all of my Jewish Hostesses!

This year I decided to get an early start on my Hanuka table setting.Being that my Amex card was getting a little rusty, I decided to get into the holiday spirit and  venture out to Ikea and West Elm to see if I could whip up some Hanuka table decor inspiration on a budget.

I decided to stick with the traditional Hanukkah blue and silver color combo because I already owned blue water glasses given to me by my consuegro (Syrian word for son-in-law’s mother) as a Rosh Hashanah gift, plus I happen to own a set of blue and silver rimmed Greek style dishes (a perfect Macabee theme!).

After an hour or two of piling anything and everything blue or silver into my shopping cart at Ikea, this is what I finally ended up with:

  1. Hanukah blue cotton place mats at $1.99 each. A great buy!
  2. Silver mirrored squares-(come in a pack of 4- these are a great investment- buy a dozen or two- you can use them on a dessert bar, as placemats, or you can even line your entire table with them. Your friends will definitely ask you to borrow these mirrored squares when they see how cool they look on your table…) I placed 4 in a row as a runner in the center of the table and then place one atop each blue placemat.

 

3. Go run and buy these beautiful silver candles from Ikea before they run out of them! Eight of these festive candles look so elegant lined up along the center of the table-menorah style.  Ikea also has gorgeous cobalt blue glass candle holders that fit perfectly as a base for my  new silver candles.  I placed four candles into their bases in a row to the right and the left of my own “shamash” vase. (Note- my son reminded me that this “menorah display” cannot be used as the actual menorah- even if I decided to use a candle as a the shamash in the center- according to tradition, the menorah has to be fashioned out of one piece of metal, wood, or glass…like in the beit hamikdash…)

4. I couldn’t resist buying two velvety bluish purple pillows at $19.99 from Ikea to place on silver gray chairs (from B and B party rental in Brooklyn, N.Y.) at both heads of the table of the table.

5. Dashing into West Elm (while the whole family waited outside), I purchased  these stunning silvery shimmery cotton napkins at $7 each. They look perfect atop each plate. I neatly folded each one and topped with a sparkly dreidel. I also found delicious kosher blue and white swirley lollipops at West Elm that I placed on the  mirrored table runner as well.

Hanuka Flowers, Cakes, Cookies, Boxes and Sparkle and Chairs:

      1. Again, thank you to B and B party rental for these gorgeous silver grey chairs. Ballroom chairs always add that touch of elegance for all of your  holiday table decor and party needs. Call B and B at (718) 436 – 8433 or go visit at 1076 38th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
      2. My good friend Shirley Barnathan happens to be a Brooklyn and NYC florist. Check out her Facebook  florals  here. She ran over with some gorgeous Hanuka-blue dyed feathers, and within minutes, she draped them from my dining room chandelier. Shirley also filled my center vase with stunning silver sprayed leaves. Within seconds she picked up my dying orchid plants with replaced them with vibrant new ones. She also brought over some place card holders that I borrowed for the photo shoot. Its great to have friends in the business!
      3. The magnificent and gorgeous Hanukka cake is by Fortune Farca. You will be amazed at her bakery creations! Check out her Facebook page HERE!  The beautiful and delicious Hanukaa dreidel cookies are by the talented Esther Dana. Check out her Facebook page HERE There’s nothing like gorgeous holiday themed baked goods to cozy up the look of your table.
      4. Chocolate Hanukka Coins, Dreidel and Hanukka Ornaments are inexpensive and really add to the holiday excitement. Sticking to one or two colors within your scheme  give a more elegant look. Shop here for Hanukkah Table Accessories and inspiration!
      5. You can find silver boxes and gorgeous ribbon in  local shops or try sites like M and J trimmings for pretty Hanuka blue ribbons.
      6. Hanukka sprinkles and nonpareils can be used as “sand” to sprinkle around chocolate coins and dreidels. They will really add a lot of pizzaz to your table!  Click here for a selection of Wilton Kosher Sprinkles. Use the White Glitter Sprinkles for extra sparkle.
      7. P.S. Don’t forget to buy inexpensive Dreidel Ice Cube Molds! (see ice cube pic below). Kids love ‘em!
      8. Keep scrolling down below to see the rest of my Hanukka table setting.

Use these suggestions as a basic guide for your own unique Hanukkah table decor. Using your favorite silver or blue or white tableware as a base, and then shop around your favorite discount stores, florist, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Target, or West Elm for fun accessories to add to your holiday centerpiece. Of course if you want to go all out, you can click on over to Barneys for a real first class treat -to your wallet!

Of course I can’t wait to see your Hanuka holiday tables! Please send your pics over to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

I have a fabulous brand new gourmet kosher cookbook for the most voted winner!

What do you think of this holiday table setting? Comment below with your suggestions for your sparkling Hanukka celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

8 Comments 08 December 2014

Last year’s Hanukka , I wanted to try to be a little different than previous years, and I also KNEW that my table had to be unique being that my kids put the “Jewish Hostess” pressure upon me. Loving how macaroons have been in the forefront of “dessert style” lately, I brainstormed with Leila Akaad of “La Magnifique Macaron”  famous for her fantabulous homemade macaroon displays, we dreamed up a Macaroon Menorah in which she would create an ombre of blue macaroons in 8 plus 1 lucite canisters and we would display it upon a lucite bow that was 3 feet wide and 4 inches high. Under the box I placed some mirrored squares from Ikea and atop that I scattered some sparkly blue and silver dreidels.

Atop each pacesetting was a gorgeous blue glass dish (if you are interested in purchasing please contact me marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com), an IKAT cotton napkin, in which I folded a blue velvet ribbon and placed an “M” squared Hanukkah coaster. (it looked better on the napkin than set as a coaster- as I always say- you DON’T always have to follow the table setting “rules”!)

 

I then placed a cake pop with a hand calligraphied name tag (designed and baked by the talented Mari Gindi) for each guest in front of each plate as a place card holder.

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Flowers by Betty Esses…..Note the silver sprayed monstera leaf… Hanukka cookies by Mari Gindi.

Note my wonderful West Elm purchases!

 mercury glass vases, Hanukka dishes, and festive mercury glass votives. I love West Elm as a Jewish Hostess resource center because that always add a Jewish touch in the midst of all the Christmas Holiday decor, not making the Jewish Hostess feel like an alien in a red and green table setting decor of a  whirlwind shopping season. They even had a whole HANUKKAH category on their website!

Wine tags added to the festivities as everyone took home a kosher wine bottle as a special hanukka gift. The lucite trays are a gorgeous addition to any table. Please contact me if you are interested in scooping up one as a gift or for your self……

 

Besides Bingo, and some activities whipped up by the kids, we placed Lottery tickets under each plate. The grand winner won $17!!!!

All in all it was a great Hanukkah night. I am grateful that I am able to share a beautiful table with my wonderful family and FABULOUS JEWISH HOSTESSES.

LET’S KEEP ON SHARING our holidays and semachot on The Jewish Hostess! Send all ideas and submissions to marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com),

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10 Jewish Women Bloggers and Kosher Recipe Blogs That You Should Follow:

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10 Jewish Women Bloggers and Kosher Recipe Blogs That You Should Follow:

4 Comments 17 December 2011

 

 

 

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Dear Hostesses,

Check out these  fabulous Jewish Blogging women who work very hard to bring us Jewish holiday highlights, decor and kosher recipes from all over the world. Here’s a roundup of some of them!

1- The Jewish Hostess- The Jewish Hostess is a place for all Jewish Women to be inspired by one another. My special love is displaying gorgeous pictures of Jewish Holiday Table Settings and parties  that women send me from all over the world.  Of course, gourmet kosher recipes are also a huge part of our  holiday meals and you can find tons of ideas for holiday and weeknight menus on The Jewish Hostess, many with a Sephardic and middle eastern flair!

 

2- Learn how to make garlic knots out of challah dough! Great to use these soft  challah knots for sandwiches on Shabbat!

Click on the video below from the famous kosher cook Jamie Geller from Joy of Kosher.

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3-Kosher Shopaholic- Friday night chicken soup recipe and dreidel shaped noodles! YUM!

On Kosher Shopaholic you will also find regular sales and deals, coupons, money savings tips, and reviews of products that interest the Jewish consumer.

 

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4- For more great holiday deals,  coupon, freebie, or money-saving
idea,
visit my Yeshivah of Flatbush elementary school classmate, Susan Ehrenfeld Sharf over at Daily Cheapskate. She scouts the web for deals like this Barnes and Nobles 30% discount ! Who doesn’t love a good deal???

 

 

 


Print your coupon for 30% off one item, in-store, at Barnes and Noble.  Good until 12/24/11.

And don’t forget about the $10 off $20 coupon for toys and games at Barnes and Noble.

5- Check out Esti Berkowitz’s blog at Prime Time Parenting for the latest deals on gourmet kosher products and products for  growing Jewish families. Esti has been connected with brands and bloggers from around the world since 2008!

6- Get some GREAT kosher recipes from The Kosher Blogger Margo Sugarman who lives in Israel. Try her lowfat, low carb latkes all year round!

 7-I’ve got to try to make this EDIBLE MENORAH! HOW PEFECT IS THIS HANUKKA IDEA ??

From my friends at COOK KOSHER.com

8- Check out this crafty no-mess DIY post by Creative Jewish Mom over in Israel. Your kids can learn how to make their own crayon resist

Hanukkah wrapping paper! Gorgeous and so personal!

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9- Learn how to make Skirt Steak Diablo with Zahava from Kosher Camembert.  Zahava has been featured in Saveur, PhotoGrazing, Food Gawker, and Tastespotting.

 

11-WAIT!!  I have five more great blogs!! Busy in Brooklyn should keep you clicking!.  Check out this Hanukkah snow globe!

12- Please visit  The Kosher Foodies.  You will love their healthy recipe for Lentil and Brown Rice Burgers!!!!!!

 

13- Fashion- Isha has the chicest picks of fashion and style for every Jewish woman. Enjoy!!!!

 

 

 

14- Koshereye has all the latest info on all of the top kosher products on the market. Check them out!

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What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

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What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

4 Comments 12 August 2011

Lorene, there are no words to say how much I LOVE your Hanukka table!!! I’m so happy that the table setting pics on The Jewish Hostess inspired you to make your own holiday table so much more memorable and festive for your own family. I love that this site is bringing all of us just a drop closer! Its so much fun peeking into everyone else’s dining room on a holiday night!!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

Just want to say that Holidays have become a bigger deal in my home than ever before -so I would like to thank you so much. If it wasnt for you I wouldnt give my table settings that extra push that it should have.
Chanukah is one of my favorites just because its a fun week for the kids and its so joyous.

This year I was going to go out of the box when it came to the color scheme but I just couldn’t because Chanukah for me will always be about blue and white. However, with all the Menorahs that I have, I always use the first one that my husband and I bought together. Its a gradient of blue which reflected on my choice for the table scheme.

I purchased my navy beaded chargers from Bed Bath and Beyond, along with the napkin rings which matched my menorah to the T.
I got the silver branches, candles, blue ornaments, star of David confetti and beads from Michael’s.
Everyone received a star box on their plate with a little ‘childish’ gift.- what else but chocolate coins and a dreidel.
I was so excited that the colors I found were exactly what I needed.

I just had to attach a pic of one of my desserts because it came out so nice. I bought clear jello (I guess they dont make kosher blue jello) put a few drops of blue food coloring and Voila blue jello… Kids were happy and so was I !!!! Lorene Sasson”

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Blue and Silver Hanukkah Table

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