Decorating a Table for Chanukah

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Miraculously Modern

"...She'asah Nissim Lavoteinu Bayamim Haheim B'zman Hazeh!"

Chanukah is a time to recall miracles of the past as well as the many small miracles bestowed upon us daily. May the flames of the Menorah illuminate that for which we should be grateful.

Start with...
Got the Chanukah blues?
Traditional royal blue is so last century. Kick it up a notch with turquoise and shimmering accents.

peacock menorah

Perch Jonathan Adler’s jovial peacock on your window sill for a contemporary take on the classic menorah.
($120, jonathanadler.com)

Punctuate each place setting with Deborah Rhodes round lurex placemats.
($28, barneys.com)

Keep it going...
Traditional with a Twist.
Adorn your holiday table with modern accents.

dreidel and server

Send your plastic dreidels spinning with Quest Collection’s enamel dreidel
(with stand, $55, available from Kitchen-Clique.com)

Move over Bubby, this latke server’s hot.
(Sabre’s Old Fashioned Pie Tart Slicer doubles as a latke server. Available in 25 colors, $15, didriks.com)

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Wondrously Whimsical.
Cheerful touches recall the ecstasy of the miracle of Chanukah.
Flames are flickering in the window. Don’t stop there. Scatter votive candles across your table.
Then add shimmering accentssuch as mirror garlands to reflect the light even further.


Diane Von Furstenberg’s Powerstone Clear Acrylic flatware is sleek enough for a party yet a subtle statement for everyday use.  (Five-piece setting, $60, neimanmarcus.com)

glasses and table setting

Kim Seybert’s silver “tile” napkin rings evoke the Maccabees’ shields (set of four, $112, kimseybert.com)

Retro-styled water glasses by Jonathan Adler (Set of 4, $20, hsn.com)

Scalloped stoneware is the perfect foil to chevron striped accent plates.
(Neo-Baroque dinner plates, set of four, $24, westelm.com; Zigzag accent plates, set of four, $18, mikasa.com)

Originally published in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine Chanukah 2011 - Subscribe Now.