Though December is usually considered the frenzied holiday season, for Jews the busiest time of year is right now. That is because we are about to celebrate five different holidays in as many weeks!
We begin by commemorating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year on the evening of September 13 and we end by dancing the night away on Simchat Torah, which is a celebration of our Torah, October 5th until sundown on October 6th.
Trust me when I say it is an extremely tumultuous and exciting time of year.
On Rosh Hashanah we are commemorating the day Adam and Eve were created which is also the first day of the year on the Jewish calendar. One of the ways we celebrate is by dipping an apple slice in honey and eating it to symbolize a “sweet New Year”.
I like to use both apples and honey as inspiration for my Rosh Hashanah tablescapes, which I have been documenting here on the blog for a few years!
The Glamorous Housewife Celebrates Rosh Hashanah
The images you see here are from last year’s Rosh Hashanah table.
I have been collecting different figurines and knickknacks with a honey and apple theme for years, and I usually display them in my kitchen nook. However Ariella, my then three year old, was simply unable to keep her curious hands off of the decor and many are both vintage and fragile. So I decided to use my collection as the centerpiece for the meal!
I began by placing two pieces of wood that my husband kindly sanded and stained, down the middle of the table because I wanted to add a little height and distinguish the centerpiece from the rest of the table.
Next I began to layer various pieces of my collection using their size and shape as my guide.
Then I added the flowers that I received from my florist, Lily Pad Floral Design, who is also a family friend. Though I often make my own arrangements, when it comes to a big gathering like this one, I often defer to Becca because she is far more talented than I am!
She really outdid herself this time!
To complete the look I spray painted some chargers bright red and then lined them with these chocolate brown plates and then finished the look with some golden yellow napkins. I used the same items last year, but with a slightly different presentation.
As you can see, even though I use the same inspiration of apples and honey year after year, I have been able to change it up enough to keep things joyous and engaging but with a touch of nostalgia.
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