Last week was the Jewish New Year, also known as Rosh Hashana. I served up a festive lunch and thought I would share the table decorations with you because the colors are perfect for the upcoming Christmas holiday that I know many of you celebrate.
Just as Santa Claus is a symbol of Christmas, the apple is a symbol of Rosh Hashana. We often dip sliced apples in honey as a way to remember to have a ‘sweet’ new year. I used the apple colors of deep red and chartreuse for the table, but with a modern twist.
I knew we were going to be eating al fresco, and there would be an umbrella in the center of the table. For the flowers I wanted two long rectangle vases instead of my usual fish bowl vase so they would follow the lines of the table and be placed on either side of the umbrella. One of my husband’s best friends just happens to be an amazing floral designer so I asked her to make sure the flowers were apple green and dark red.
Due to the umbrella I decided to use a paper tablecloth so I could just cut a hole in the center. Then I purchased a really inexpensive apple green tablecloth from Party City and cut it into two strips of fabric. After ironing the cut sides under by 1/2 inch, I ran them down the width of the table on either side of the umbrella. This added a new layer of color and at the same time created a sort of place mat for some of the place settings.
I love a glass plate because they are unobtrusive, and add a sparkle to the table. They also go so nicely with the glasses. I found these napkin rings and napkins at Pier One (on sale!).
Aren’t these rings chic? They have a sliced stone glued to a mother of pearl ring. I thought they were interesting, modern, and new. I loved them with the contrasting red napkins.
The florist also put spider mums into hollowed out apples and I scattered them around the table. Cute right! You can see where I got my inspiration on my Pinterest board.
Above the table I hung pompoms that I had made earlier in the week. It was my first attempt at poms and I must say, they are very easy. Next time I want to make a lot more and have them all over the underside of the umbrella. More is more when it comes to pompoms.
And that, kittens, is my Rosh Hashana table. As you can see the colors are perfect for Christmas, and I think the chartreuse and the red are so chic and modern. Though it is way too cold to eat outside in December, you can still use the tricks of having runners on your table and making poms to hang from your chandelier. You might not use the apples as table decorations, but you could always purchase inexpensive silver or gold Christmas tree bulbs, take off the top and put a flower in the bulb. Hopefully, even if you don’t celebrate the Jewish holidays, you can still be inspired for the holidays you do celebrate.