Guest Blogger: Kaitlin Krull from www.Modernize.com
Opening up your home during the holiday season is an important part of Jewish tradition. Celebrating Hanukkah with a family meal and gift giving is about more than just good food. At Modernize, we understand that ambience and decor are just as important as the food you serve during a dinner party. If you want to host a Hanukkah party with a creative twist, here are some simple tricks to make your celebration extraordinary.
If you want to stick with Hanukkah tradition, a color scheme of blue, silver, and gold or yellow is the way to go. You can easily tweak the traditional hues and choose a combination of dark and light blues and various metallics to take your party decorations from run of the mill to stellar.
For a more laid back decoration option, choose cutlery and table settings that match the color scheme without going too far with the theme. This understated dining room setting is perfect for a quiet Hanukkah meal.
For those who like to push the boat out, go all out with your color scheme, choose a bolder, clearly Hanukkah themed table setting, like this vision in metallic, blue, and white (complete with Star of David shaped placecards).
Once you’ve decided on your dinner party color scheme, it’s time to accessorize your dining room. Décor is often about the little details, so choose unique, creative table settings, centerpieces, and accessories that will wow your guests this Hanukkah.
Get creative with your menorah by making your own out of votive holders, wooden blocks, or even salvaged wood. This simple branch menorah from the ever-crafty Martha Stewart is designed to be a stunning centerpiece or sideboard focal point and takes virtually no time to complete with maximum effect.
Candles are excellent dinner party accessories, functioning as brilliant table centerpieces or alternative lighting if you’re going for a softer glow. Luminaries and candle gardens are perfect for Hanukkah, as it is the Festival of Lights, so find as many candles as you can (or make your own from beeswax!) and bring them together to make your party brighter than any other.
● Fairy lights or garlands
If you want to decorate for your Hanukkah party with a Festival of Lights theme but worry about open flames and other hazards surrounding candles, strings of fairy lights make a stunning alternative. If you want the effect with no lighting altogether, make your own plastic mirror effect garland from metallic gelt pieces.
● Gift table
A true Hanukkah celebration consists of not only celebratory meals and prayers over candlelight, but also presents. If your guests are bringing gifts to share over the eight nights of Hanukkah, use this opportunity to designate and decorate a sideboard or special gift table in your dining room. If you’re running out of room on your dining table for the menorah or want to showcase a floral or other centerpiece, place it proudly among your gifts and other handmade decorations.
● Decorative bulbs
Although it’s Hanukkah in the Jewish calendar, if you’ve walked the aisles of your local stores during the holiday season you won’t be able to miss the Christmas decorations for sale virtually everywhere. Take advantage of traditional Christmas décor by purchasing blue and metallic baubles and bulbs and making your own hanging decorations. It will save you countless hours trying to track down Hanukkah-specific decorations and increase your DIY prowess instantly.