The Pesach Seder is a culmination of many things....weeks of cleaning, hours of cooking, more hours of shopping, days of having the kids home and bored.
But it's also the anniversary of our nationhood. It's the commemoration of our redemption from the seemingly endless exile of Egypt. And even if we are dropping with exhaustion, we get a second wind when the Seder begins. I attribute this yearly phenomenon to the sparkle in the children's eyes, the memories of all the sedorim of our youth, and the desire to create new memories that our children will cherish as they grow,.
It's that uniquely special night of the year, the Seder table adorned with a pristine white table cloth, the freshly polished silver glistening, everyone standing around in their new Yom Tov finery – and then, there’s the assorted gathering of pillow cases that always seem to look out of place. From the boys room the blue denim, from the girls room the pink floral, from the guestroom the brown paisley.....you get the idea!
So as I made my first Passover, I decided I would shop around and find matching white pillowcases to give my Seder a uniformed look. After running around to a number of stores (Marshalls, Target, T.J. Max etc, etc) I realized that there were really no white SHAMS available on the market. Thus began my idea to manufacture a uniformed, easy to care for (machine washable) , elegant Seder pillowcase .
My instructions for this article was to put together avariety of place settings using the plethora of fun, funky, colorful, eye popping , (etc!) paper goods available. I hope you have as much fun as I did choosing your Purim decor .
So now that you have your Mishloach Manos and Costumes all taken care of (gulp) we can turn our attention towards the seudah.
Purim gives us a unique opportunity to unleash our creativity with a bit of a funky twist. Most of our holiday meals are formal kind of affairs. Purim is just begging for us to have fun and introduce that element of surprise into our table setup.
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”.
Seating cards need not be reserved for formal occasions. Let your family and guests feel special knowing that there's a space at the table reserved just for them. These elegant place card holders are economical and easy to create. Use them at your own meal or give them as a gift to your hostess/mother/mother-in-law. Add a special sweet touch and present the frames along with preprinted cards of all the names of their children, grandchildren and guests that they will be hosting. They will surely love the pretty frames and the fact that the name cards are so easily interchangeable and can be used to for different guests at each meal. So treat them or yourself and enjoy a relaxed meal knowing that Great Aunt Bertha was seated in a place that will keep her and the rest of your company happy.
Everyone is always looking for cute yet simple and inexpensive ideas to enhance their Purim table. Here are some attractive ideas for you to create that festive look. Whether you use china or plastic, your guests will surely be delighted with your charming setup.
Continuing once again with myriads of uses of diamond wrap, I present another simple idea that can add so much to an otherwise basic seating card . With two simple steps you can transform your ordinary seating card display to the extraordinary. (Remember, these are merely suggestions, the sky is the limit with diamond wrap... Let your imagination and creativity guide you to endless possibilities.