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Thursday, September 20

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.

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26 Responses

  1. MistressCatgirl says:

    Beautiful table settings! Everything looks delicious too.

  2. therefinedcool says:

    Wow! This is such a refreshing color palette. The bouquets are beautiful and the gold vintage honeycomb glasses are the perfect touch!!

  3. Catherine says:

    What a lovely table and the food looks delicious!

  4. Out for an Adventure says:

    Everything looks marvelous!!


  5. Michele says:

    So beautiful!! And I love hearing about your family’s celebrations. :)

  6. Bunny Moreno says:

    Happy Rosh Hashana darling! Your table looks amazing! I love how detailed oriented you are-I am the same LOL xox

  7. Heidi Staples says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to get the recipe for those cupcakes!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just beautiful and i love the little pixie peeking through the door to see what mom is up to!

  9. Jessica Cangiano says:

    This is one of the most beautiful holiday table settings I’ve ever seen. So elegant, serene, and timelessly lovely. You have a true gift for table decor, my dear.

    ♥ Jessica

  10. Selina says:

    Sounds like a dream. Beats my Rosh Hashanah dinner anyday. Shana Tova!

  11. RetroGran says:

    Love the color scheme, such a beautiful table setting.

  12. Ann says:

    How very beautiful! It’s wonderful that you honor your family traditions in such a lovely way. I know it means a lot to everyone involved–a true labor of love!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Just a quick question about stitch witch – would this work to hem a skirt? Is is permanent and washable?

  14. Natja's Natterings says:

    Looks beautiful!! The colours are lovely…….

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