Hanukkah begins tomorrow, on the evening of Saturday, December 8 and ends one week later on Sunday, December 16. Looking forward to this event, my friend Beth Lord of the indie-pendent in Atlanta put together a Hanukkah table for inspiration. This table reflects the traditional colors of Hanukkah, which are blue, silver and white.
Beth used a blue table she got second hand for $15 and then cut a crochet bed cover to make a pretty runner. The napkins are a navy fabric Beth had around the house. She fringed the edges by pulling the warp and weft threads. The pretty plates are a mix of dishes, both new and old, with the Hanukkah colors predominant.
Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. The lighting of each candle on the menorah happens 8 nights in a row, from left to right. It's a reminder of the miracle that happened when one day's worth of oil burned for eight days after the Maccabees reclaimed the holy Temple. One silver goblet is customary on the table, for the blessing of the wine.
After the lighting of the candle, it is tradition to play a dreidel game. Family and friends play for matchsticks, pennies, m&m's or chocolate coins, pictured above. The silver coins are bittersweet for the adults while the gold coins are milk chocolate for the kids. Beth dressed the middle of the table with the coins and dreidels.
I love the mixing of plates that Beth does so well. These above are from Up in the Air Somewhere and Cynthia Vardhan. The important thing, when dressing any table, is not make it too complicated. Be creative with all that you do have, because as I bet is true, that is more than enough....Happy Hanukkah.
Photos and Content: Sweet Peach