Esther O Design

Kiwi Tree

Kiwi Tree
Kiwi Tree

Slice of Pineapple Centerpiece

Slice of Pineapple Centerpiece

Follow the easy steps below to create this original, head turning centerpiece using any plates you have available, and no-there is no hole in the plate!

Slice of Pineapple Centerpiece

Exotic Fruit Platter

Exotic Fruit Platter

Fruit platters are usually made from cut-up melons, pineapples, etc., on large platters. For this fruit platter, I used a variety of fruits not typically used on platters. I was amazed how many different colors and textures I was able to fit on a 9-inch plate to create this striking presentation.

Exotic Fruit Platter

Tu B'shvat Shuk

Tu B’Shvat Shuk

This Tu B’Shvat bring the Shuk to you! Fill these adorable mini burlap bags with a variety of the fantastic fruits/ nuts available and give your family a “taste” of the Macheneh Yehudah experience.

Tu B'shvat Shuk

Friendly Fruit Faces

Friendly Fruit Faces

Have a blast creating these adorable fruit characters. 

Full of personality and fun, they are a great Tu B’shvat activity for the younger (and older) members of the family.

Friendly Fruit Faces

Citrus Cakes

orange citrus cake

Beautiful to look at and easy to make, celebrate by adding this fruity cake to your usual tu bshvat party.

Delight your family with this dessert that fits right into the theme of the day!

Citrus Cakes

Apple Pie in a Jar

apple pie in jar

Rosh Hashana is the perfect time for this unique and creative apple pie presentation. These classic apple cobblers are served in mini mason jars and the jar rings circle the ice cream scoop to add interest to the presentation. The cinnamon stick and dried apricots complete the fall and rustic look.

Apple Pie in a Jar

Angled Sorbet Cups

With a couple of simple steps you can create eye-catching striped sorbet cups. You’ll find that not only are the results a conversation piece, but each step fun and intriguing as you add each layer one by one. When purchasing the shot glasses, stick with something simple. The simpler the glass, the more dramatic the dessert will look. (You can use plastic as well.)

Angled Sorbet Cups

Pineapple Floral Centerpiece

My incredibly talented friend Shainy of Carve Fruit Artistry, keeps outdoing herself with the most elaborate, exquisite fruit and vegetable platters.  

With Tu B'shvat right around the corner, I asked her to prepare a simple impressive idea to enhance your Tu B'shvat tablescape.

Using minimal fruits, learn how to create a beautiful floral arrangement that will surely impress your family and friends.

Pineapple Floral Centerpiece

Pesach Dessert Garnish

A delicious dessert is just as important during Pesach as it is during the rest of the year, but who has the time (or energy) to do something dazzling? This year, you will- because these desserts look great and are incredibly simple to prepare.
Pesach Dessert Garnish

Kumquat Tree

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”.

Kumquat Tree

Dried Fruit Art

As a child, I always looked foward to our family Tu B'shvat party.I loved the tasty and colorful array of the many fruits my mother artfully displayed. Fast forward to today where there is an even more extensive selection of dried and fresh fruit available to choose from. Whatever your Minhag, there are so many  creative and fun things that can be done. Last year, my friend asked me to help her come up with a  Tu B'shvat idea for her Talmud Torah class, using dried fruits. Here's what we came up with. She told me it was a big hit and the children came up with such cute and original ideas.

Dried Fruit Art
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