Pre-Purim Food for Thought from The Jewish Hostess

Purim is not far off so it’s time to think about decorations for the one Jewish holiday where entertaining isn’t only about food! Fortunately, Marlene Mamiye, The Jewish Hostess, is always on hand with wonderful ideas. She has kindly let me post her latest Purim post on my blog. If you live in Israel, you may not be able to get hold of everything you see here, but you will definitely be inspired. So get your decorator on, and check out Marlene’s Purim decorating tips and ideas. Thanks, Marlene, and Chag Purim Sameach!!

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Hi! My name is Marlene Mamiye from The Jewish Hostess and I would like to share with you a little about my Purim table setting preparations from last year’s holiday to save you from being a last minute hostess like me!

It was Thursday morning when I realized that I was so busy blogging about how everyone ELSE should be inspired for Purim, I couldn’t believe that I had no table setting,or menu plan of my own .

Here’s when a kid with a driver’s licence will come in handy.

I always say that secret to a pretty table setting is to LAYER, LAYER, LAYER!

So, one of my kids waited in the car while I ran in to Lana’s fabric on Kings Highway to buy Zebra polyester fabric -$5.99 a yard cut into 54 inch squares- cost about $25.

I placed the 2 squares as diamonds side by side on top of my white cotton hemstitch tablecloth.

While on her way to Starbucks another of of my kids ran and bought me a pack of white paper napkins that look just like linen. $10.99.

She also bought grey luncheon napkins that we decided to fold over the white large paper napkins $4.99.

I also bought a silver chain trim from the fabric store to use as napkin rings. $3.99 a yard. Pretty- no? cost about $15.

(You can also use this napkin idea for your Passover seder.)

(Send me pics if you come up with any cool ideas!!!!)

This is how the back of the napkin should tie:

These sterling ice coffee glasses given to us a wedding gift by Aunt Sydelle and uncle Mosie in the 80’s. About 15 years later I realized that they were still sitting in the closet needing a good polish, so I decided to turn them into vases, and I haven’t stopped using them since! My daughter ran out and bought me the dendrobium orchids from the corner flower kiosk up the block, and I stuck these exotic masks that I ordered from from AnytimeCostumes for about $10 each into the “vases”.

So many of my goblets have broken over the years that I had to alternate clear goblets from Target with my pretty new blue goblets given to me as a Rosh Hashanah gift from my new “consuegra”- (Syrian word for my daughter’s mother-in-law.)

Lunch was not bad if I don’t say so myself.

Since the Purim Seuda is traditionally a meat one,

We had grilled chicken with kalamata olives and tomatoes on salad,

grilled minute steak roast,

wild rice with spinach and sauteed red peppers, plain white rice (for the kids),home made za’ata challah rolls filled with sliced turkey,

(let me know if you want any recipes……)

mini lahamageen,

mini kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,

pareve kibbe neye,

whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,

fried chicken (for the kids), and my sister Jeanette brought chicken tacos that got wiped out.

I hope that I have given you some Purim table and menu inspiration!

Trust me it will keep them coming back for more!

Please check out my site The Jewish Hostess for more table decor ideas and great kosher recipes!

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