Here is the thing. I really love throwing dinner parties. I mean like really love it. I can spend hours planning the menu, deciding on the decor, finding just the right napkins, and trolling Etsy and eBay for the perfect accessories. It is kind of insane. Don’t get me wrong, I adore every minute of it but I can also acknowledge the crazy.
These pictures are from last year’s Rosh Hashanah dinner. I never had a chance to post them last year so I have been waiting forever to show them to you. I wanted to really showcase the colors of red and yellow (apples & honey) and give the table a sort of rustic, approachable feeling.
I started by asking my husband to make me the yellow box (actually 3 boxes because one long box would have been impossible to transport) for the florist to fill with an abundance of golden and crimson flowers. I really wanted the centerpiece to be over the top. As you can see, she really nailed it.
The runners are just torn butcher paper, and the chargers are inexpensive ones I found at the dollar store which I spray painted a glossy red. As a matter of fact, I can’t even remember their original color because I have spray painted them so many times!
Protip: Buy inexpensive chargers and change the color using spray paint.
To cut the bright red I decided on these deep brown plates I found at Ikea. Yes, I typed that correctly! Ikea has some really classic tableware and I have this in a set of 16 and the same plates in white, also in a set of 16. The napkins were found on sale at Pier 1, and the gold silverware was purchased on line at a store I can’t for the life of me remember, but it ended up being a very expensive mistake. Even though it said they were dishwasher safe, they absolutely were not and the gold coating cracked and rusted. Needless to say I was devastated. I’ve had my eye on this gold set, but I am still too upset to actually purchase them.
I can’t remember how I came up with the idea of using apples as place cards, but they ended up being a real topic of conversation. I just used a gold marker to write everyone’s name on an apple. It would have been even better if I knew calligraphy.
Finally, I purchased the vintage honeycomb glasses from various stores on Etsy. I had a smaller set from the year before, but need to add to my collection. The glasses ended up being two different heights, but I thought that ended up looking even better when they were all out on the table.
As for this year, I have an idea of what I might like to do to decorate the table. But you are going to have to wait until next year to see it!