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Hanukkah Holiday Tablescapes

A few more weeks to go, and Hanukkah is almost upon us. I am sure some people might feel uncomfortable with the Americanization of our holiday. But for me, I say when in Rome…get festive with the best of ‘em.

Every year when the holiday catalogs arrive, I scour the pages for white, blue and silver decorations that could be appropriate for a Jewish celebration. And in recent years, its been great to see so many mainstream stores featuring Hanukkah themed adornments, decorative dreidels and affordable menorahs.

I’ve picked out a few of my favorite, modern takes on Hanukkah. Hope you find some creative ideas that strike your fancy!

As a fan of simple table settings, I love these bright blue votive candle holders, paired with these silver cloth napkins . I have also had my eye on these starlight pewter candleholders, or these modern silver place-card holders both of which could be paired nicely with pillar candles, and crisp linens. Some fun Hanukkah gelt wouldn’t be a bad touch either.

If you’re looking for a bit more sparkle, check out these beautiful photos and ideas from HGTV on “Hosting a Sparkling Blue and White Hanukkah Celebration.”

Apartment Therapy has some great ideas for your Modern Hanukkah Tables. And if you’d like to re-create the Martha Stewart look (and you’re not the crafty type), why not pick up this Manzanita Candelabra from West Elm.

If you are the crafty type (which I am not), these homemade Hanukhah Centerpieces from Creative Jewish Mom are simple and striking, and a great activity for a cold Sunday afternoon with cocoa.

Blowout Party has some very creative ideas not only for Fabulous Hanukkah Decor and Desserts but also for a blue and white themed Hanukkah Dessert Party, which you might try as an alternative to a more traditional latkes and apple sauce menu. And while we are on the topic of Hanukkah-themed desserts, check out these adorable Eight Nights of Lights Cupcakes – they are sure to wow your guests!

We’d love to hear about your great finds and bright ideas for how you will celebrate and decorate this Hanukkah!

Posted on November 29, 2011

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Cloth Napkins Will Save You

When I was a kid and it was my turn to set the table I usually forgot to put out napkins. Then when we sat down to eat my mom would look at her plate and say, “Well I don’t know about you, but I’m a messy eater.” And that was the cue to go get napkins. (Ironically, my mom was not at all a messy eater, but she was good at making her point.)

As an adult, I have to admit that I am an appallingly messy eater. If you give me paper napkins, I end up needing at least three per meal. It’s a problem. But there’s a solution!

Cloth napkins, people. You need them. I swear on all things greasy and delicious, using cloth napkins will make your life so much better. They work better as napkins. They’re usually bigger. You won’t feel bad about killing trees every time you wipe chocolate off your face. They can be pretty. You can put them in fun napkin rings.

Yes yes, I know that you will have to wash them. It’s true. But even after a big meal, we’re talking 8-10 napkins. That’s like two shirts. Really, not a big deal (and I say this as someone with a very small washer/dryer). Plus, you can use one cloth napkin all week. Unless you are eating something super messy that can hardly be contained with a cloth napkin (I can’t even think what this would be) a dirty cloth napkin will still be good enough to use for a whole week of meals.

You can get napkins for cheap at TJ Maxx, Target, Marshalls, and Bed Bath and Beyond. Or get nicer ones on etsy. Use them forever, and everyone will think you are so posh. (You are!)

Posted on November 18, 2011

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