The time just flies by, folks. Just a few days ago, we’ve had the privilege of celebrating Thanksgiving, and marking the first few days of Hanukkah! We hope you had an awesome time, because the next time ‘Thanksgivukkah’ comes around, it’s a good 79,000 years from now.
In the meantime, make like our feline friend above and keep with the celebratin’! We’re right smack in the middle of the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, with a few more days to go. Here are some quick ideas, for those who will be hosting dinner on one of the upcoming nights, or for those who want a twist in this year’s celebration!
The Table Setting
You don’t have to hurt your bank account to bring Hanukkah into your home. Look to a blue and white color combo, which are the ‘Colors of Judah’ and a tribute to the Israeli flag! (In case some of you were wondering.)
Serve food on white plates with blue napkins or serviettes, for an instant touch of elegance and attention to your favorite dishes. Have blue plates to serve with? That’s even better! Use silver napkin rings to bring dimension to the table decorations.
The (Alternative) Menorah
Since we’re approaching the end of Hanukkah, we’re pretty sure you already have a menorah set up and lighted in your home. What about an alternative decoration piece, where the candles won’t burn out as easily? (P.S. It’s kid friendly, too!)
To build this DIY Star Wars Lego Glow Stick menorah, you will need whatever Lego pieces you can find, Star Wars figurines and glow sticks, which can be purchased online. This is a great project to work on with the kids, and can be an all year round decoration piece in their own rooms.
All The (Oily) Food!
No Hanukkah dinner party is complete without all that yummy food, deliciously fried in the Miracle Oil! What’s the best way to begin dinner than with potato pancakes, such as latkes?
For a twist on traditional latkes, try cilantro-jalapeño latkes with chipotle sour cream instead. The recipe is quick and painless, and chances are, you already have most of the ingredients at home. Don’t forget to make more of that sour cream dipping sauce than the recipe calls for, it is seriously irresistible!
Did Someone Say Jelly Doughnuts?
What is a Hanukkah celebration without sufganiyot? For those who aren’t in the know (gasp!), sufganiyots are jelly doughnuts in Hebrew, and are the addictive product of Israel. These jelly doughnuts from our buds from Doughnut Plant are filled with their housemade blackberry jam with a vanilla bean glaze and their very own peanut glaze to choose from! Give Doughnut Plant a call and snap these babies up before they run out!
Snacks with a Purpose
Want to keep adults and kids entertained as they’re hanging around? Get blue M&Ms, and place them in white bowls around your party area. Take it up a notch with a batch of sugar cookies, in the shapes of menorahs and dreidels. First, set up a decoration station with blue and white frosting, or even edible print outs! Pair an adult with a child, and reward the team with the best decoration skills. Family members get to spend quality time together, and will be distracted enough that you can spend more time frying your latkes!
Inexpensive Party Favors
Don’t let your guests go home without some gelt or dreidels to remind themselves of a great dinner party! Best part is, these dreidels are completely DIY. Check out Better Homes and Gardens for a complete guide on these homemade party favors.
To top off the DIY favors, try making your very own Hanukkah gelt. Sure, there so many chocolate coins available for purchase, but the fun is in making your own! Oh! Nuts has the perfect guide on making your own gelt, allowing you to customize your own chocolate coins. This is definitely a recipe to keep for future parties and celebrations.
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah! Don’t forget to share your Hanukkah experiences with us below, or send some of that jelly doughnuts our way!
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