Although the focus of Rosh Hashana should, of course be our tefillos, here are some small touches that can make Yom Tov meals special for your family. People often share how these small touches enhance their children's simchas Yom Tov. Here's the first opportunity this year to express our excitement for the special days on the calendar.
Years ago, I made a fruit topiary centerpiece for a Bar Mitzvah which took place the week of Tu B’shvat. Though it looked beautiful, it was not practical at all. The moment someone took a fruit off, the whole structure began to unravel. Last year, a friend of mine asked me to make fruit centerpieces for her daughter’s Shabbos Sheva Brachos which came out on Tu B’shvat. This time, I was determined to make something more practical. Originally, I intended to use curly branches from my florist, but while I was planning this I spotted an all-year-round bush in my yard with beautiful leaves on it, which is what you see in the picture. I used some thin wire to hang kumquats on the branches and a striking “tree” centerpiece was created that still looked great after its fruits were “picked”.
All the flowers that grace your Shavuos table will surely be a delight to your eye, these will surely be a delight to you palette as well. Create them at any level, simple or sophisticated; any way you make them they’re sure to be a sensation.