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A Passover Tablescape


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Before I can sit down to plan my seder night menu (or maybe we should leave that one to Jamie), I like to design my tablesetting for the evening well in advance of Pesach, as let’s face it, who has time later. Make it fun and easy so the entire family will enjoy. All you need is some cardstock, scissors, corks for the placecards, a good craft store and dollar store (shekel shop for those of us living in Israel), a computer and a little imagination.

For the tablecloth I used a piece of crushed velvet and an overlay of burlap to create the desert look (get it Yetzias mitzrayim).

I’ve made pyramids (you can find instructions on youtube) out of matzah cardstock and parchment paper.

The leftover matzah paper was used to create the napkin rings and the placecards. Simply cut strips of paper, any width you like, and glue to create rings for your napkins.

Wine corks we used to hold the placecards. Cut the bottom of the corks to make a flat surface and then cut a slit in the corks to hold the placecards in place.

Camels and frogs add a fun element to the table. I found my little green friends at my favourite shekel shop, while the camels I downloaded from the internet. If you’ve visited Israel and had the chance to ride a camel, why not include some photos of family on camels, just for fun.  Add some flowers for colour and perhaps candles in lanterns for a touch of elegance, then sit back, relax and enjoy your exodus from Egypt.


Flowers were provided by Mookie Cohen ( Miss Gardenia Floral Event & Design)

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About Cathy Epstein


I am a party designer here in Jerusalem. I love my work and love making every simcha beautiful.




10 Responses to A Passover Tablescape

  1. avatar says: MaxS.

    I love this look! Specifically, where could I find those black votive-candle holders, that look so Middle Eastern <3 ?

    • avatar says: cathy

      where are you located? in the states or in Israel

      • avatar says: MaxS.

        Whoops, sorry! I’m in the USA. Right now, near Tampa, FL, but heading to Philadelphia, PA for the chag! (No cleaning and just a little cooking for this mom; middle daughter is in charge this year :D ! So I thought I’d design the table, and I love this look. Those candle holders remind me of howdahs!)

        • avatar says: cathy

          Don’t be sorry I am thrilled to get your questions and compliments. I am actually in California at the moment. These lanterns I actually borrowed from my business partner who travels all over the world. She is sleeping now..will ask her in the morning but if you are in Florida, you might want to check out Home Goods if you have one there. I love this place, you will find me there at least once a week!! Or google is your friend as they say..happy shopping and stay tuned.

        • avatar says: cathy

          I’m back…I asked my business partner and those little lanterns were purchased at a trade show in Israel years ago. Chag sameach and enjoy

        • avatar says: cathy

          For those of you looking for little lanterns, Pier 1 Imports have greats ones.

  2. avatar says: Dinah

    How did you get the camels to stand alone? I have downloaded a template that exactly like your camel. How did you reverse the image for the opposite side? Apologies for all the questions!

  3. avatar says: Pauline

    di you know where I can locate wooden camels?

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