The High Holidays will be here faster than you can say, “Oh! I’m obsessed with your Apeloig Collection challah cover.” If you are like us, then you’ve probably been planning for your Rosh Hashanah table for the last two months. Actually, if you’re really like us you started planning right after the final Rosh Hashanah dish was washed last year! We consider it one of our favorite holidays after Passover, because as you might know my sister Daniela could eat matzo ball soup every day.
One of the many things that we do love about Rosh Hashanah is the message about a sweet New Year. The symbols of apples and honey are featured so prominently in the celebration and it’s exciting to think about how each guest can participate in the mitzvah.
I always host Rosh Hashanah in my home. I take great pride in creating themes that surprise and inspire my guests. The anticipation as they enter the dining room to see the table is always a source of joy for me. In the past, themes have included red apples, green apples, yellow apples, honey combs, pomegranates, and so many others – as you can imagine!
Since last year, I have been dreaming about my holiday table. While we are planning for our other photoshoots, Rosh Hashanah is on my mind. Brainstorming a theme, we decided that this year had to have a bit of humor. The last few years have been different and challenging for everyone. We felt that it was time for something lighthearted and fun.
This year I fell in love with the cute honey bear. Always smiling with something sweet to serve, the honey bear had to be our mascot for bringing in the Hebrew Year 5783.
We partnered with Art Beat Designs. They are good friends of ours and are great to collaborate with when you really want something special. I explained my idea for a honey bear theme and they did the artwork. I love how the honey bears are holding a shofar, carrying a bottle of Manischewitz, posing with a honey dipper – everything related to the New Year.
Selecting flowers is one of my favorite parts of planning a table. To go with the honey bear theme, I selected yellow flowers from our local market. Also included in the design is, of course, our Challah Board and coordinating Kiddush Wine Fountain.
Little honey bears with honey dippers are used as place cards, personalized with everyone’s name. It looks so cute if I do say so myself!
Our goal is to always inspire others. Whether your home is ready for Architectural Digest or you’re still looking at Pinterest trying to take those first few steps. Just like we started with honey bears as our theme, don’t be afraid to pick something that makes you smile and gets you excited for the holidays. In the end, it’s the feeling of celebrating and honoring Jewish traditions in a way that brings everyone together with warmth and love.