A Vegetarian Rosh Hashana Dinner
This past Sunday and Monday was the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. It is a celebration of the Jewish new year.Two of the major symbols of Rosh Hashanah are apples dipped in honey. I already showed you my Rosh Hashanah decorations so this post is about the vegetarian meal I served to my family and friends.
I knew I wanted to use honey as the theme for the table decorations because I think the yellow looks so festive with the other colors in the room. I have a freakishly large dining room table so tablecloths from the regular stores don’t fit. To solve this dilemma I went to the fabric store and purchased some grey cotton broadcloth on sale and then made four table runners using a floral fabric and stitch witch.
For the table settings I purchased chargers and then spray painted them a dark navy blue. I wanted to have a contrast with all the yellow and grey but I thought the black was too harsh. I loved how the chargers turned out and now I can just spray them another color for the next party!
To create the napkin ring I used large manilla tags and stamped them with a honeycomb and bee stamp. If I had wanted to create a place card I could have written everyone’s names under the stamp but I decided to let everyone sit where they liked.
The dishes are my wedding china, the silver rimmed glasses were purchased on sale at Anthropologie quite a while back and the gold glasses are vintage from the 1950s or 60s and they have a fabulous honeycomb pattern on them.
The flowers were created by my amazingly talented friend and florist Becca of Lily Pad Floral Design in Hermosa beach. I gave her three hobnail milk glass containers and told her my colors were yellow and grey and I wanted Billy Balls in the arrangement and this is what she came up with. They went perfectly with my decor and really made the table look joyous.
I started with a cheese course which was already on the table when my guests arrived. I find this makes life so much easier because that way I am not running around plating food. I can pour my guests a drink, have one (or three) with them as the stragglers arrive, and I am not messing around too much in the kitchen. I made brulee apple slices (a how-to video will be posted next week) to keep with the apple theme of Rosh Hashanah, and had honey in a little glass jar for my guests to drizzle on their cheese and crackers.
Once dinner was served I was quite busy so these were the only photos I managed to take of the actual meal! I made a honey Calvados dressing for my salad which had lettuce, sliced apples, and candied pecans. Then I served a roasted butternut squash soup with a cinnamon sour cream garnish and then for the main course I made the World’s Best Mac and Cheese in individual iron skillets. I forgot to take a picture of dessert which was apple pie and a honey spice cupcake with a salted caramel frosting, but I am going to remake the cupcakes and post the how-to on the blog, so be sure to look out for that post.
As you can see it was a real thrill to have such a fun holiday meal. Though it was for Rosh Hashanah I think this menu and decor could work for any dinner party. Be sure to check out last year’s modern Rosh Hashanah table for a completely different look.