Monday, December 15, 2014

MY HANUKKAH TABLE FROM LAST YEAR - CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE

HANUKKAH  CELEBRATES A MILITARY VICTORY THAT OCCURRED OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO WHEN THE GREEK KING OF SYRIA, ANTIOCHUS,  WANTED THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO GIVE UP THEIR BELIEFS AND WORSHIP  GREEK GODS.    WHEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE REFUSED, ANTIOCHUS'  ARMY ATTACKED THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM  AND CONVERTED IT INTO A PAGAN SHRINE. THE JEWISH PEOPLE REBELLED AND,  IN 165 BC, THEY DEFEATED THE ANTIOCHUS ARMY.  WHEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE RECLAIMED THEIR TEMPLE,  THEY REKINDLED THE MENORAH WHICH  HAD ALWAYS BEEN LIT PRIOR TO THE INVASION.   ALTHOUGH THERE WAS ONLY ENOUGH OIL TO BURN FOR ONE DAY, MIRACULOUSLY, THE OIL BURNED FOR EIGHT DAYS UNTIL MORE OIL  COULD BE MADE.
THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN LAST YEAR  ON THE LAST DAY OF HANUKKAH WHEN ALL EIGHT CANDLES ARE  AGLOW.  NOTICE THERE ARE ACTUALLY NINE CANDLES ON THE MENORAH.  THE CANDLE THAT IS SEPARATE FROM THE OTHERS IS CALLED THE "SHAMASH"  IT IS USED TO LIGHT THE OTHER CANDLES
THE MENORAH PLATE WAS A HANUKKAH GIFT LAST YEAR
ALL THE CANDLES ARE KINDLED  ON THE EIGHTH NIGHT OF HANUKKAH

IT WOULDN'T BE HANUKKAH WITHOUT A DREIDEL, AND  CHILDREN ENJOY PLAYING THE DREIDEL GAME.  THE GAME STARTS WITH A PILE OF CANDIES, NUTS OR PENNIES.  THERE ARE FOUR SIDES TO THE DREIDEL (KIND OF A SPINNING TOP) AND EACH SIDE  HAS A DIFFERENT HEBREW LETTER.  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS   ON THE "NUN" SIDE, IT AUTOMATICALLY BECOMES THE NEXT PERSON'S TURN.  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS   ON THE "HAY" SIDE, HALF OF THE GOODIES ARE WON.  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS  ON THE "SHIN" SIDE,  SOMETHING MUST BE ADDED  TO  THE PILE OF GOODIES AND  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS ON THE "GIMEL" SIDE , THE WINNER TAKES ALL
A HANUKKAH PRESENT ALL WRAPPED UP.  SOME JEWISH FAMILIES GIVE THEIR CHILDREN A GIFT EACH NIGHT OF HANUKKAH.

THE HANUKKAH PLATES YOU SEE ARE FROM WILLIAMS SONOMA.  ALTHOUGH THEY ARE EMPTY ON THE PHOTOS,  IT IS THE CUSTOM TO EAT FOODS PREPARED IN OIL FOR HANUKKAH.   LATKES ARE POTATO PANCAKES FRIED IN OIL AND THEY ARE USUALLY SERVED WITH APPLESAUCE OR SOUR CREAM AND JELLY.  IN ISRAEL MANY PEOPLE EAT JELLY DONUTS FOR HANUKKAH.
EACH OF THE FOUR HANUKKAH PLATES HAS  A DIFFERENT DESIGN DEPICTING AN  ANCIENT  MENORAH
I FOUND THE  MENORAH NAME CARD HOLDERS AT  THE POTTERY BARN 
THE DREIDEL PLATE WAS ALSO A HANUKKAH GIFT 
LAST YEAR, I FOUND CHARM NAPKIN RINGS AT  BED, BATH AND BEYOND
 THE DREIDEL NAPKINS CAME FROM THE POTTERY BARN
A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MENORAHS IN THE PLATE ABOVE

STILL ANOTHER MENORAH DESIGN ON THIS PLATE

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING MY HANUKKAH TABLESCAPE.  I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT AND I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS.
RANDEE

Saturday, December 6, 2014

TEA PARTY - CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE

TEA WITH THE LADIES
MY TABLESCAPE WAS INSPIRED BY THE BEAUTIFUL TEA TINS I FOUND AT T.J. MAXX, HOMEGOODS, AND MARSHALLS
THE TEAPOT NAPKIN RINGS  CAME AS A SET OF FOUR,  EACH IS  A DIFFERENT SHAPE

THIS WAS THE CENTERPIECE, LOOSE GREEN TEA IS INSIDE  THE GREEN TIN
THE GIEN  DISHES WERE AN ANNIVERSARY  GIFT FROM MY HUSBAND FIVE YEARS AGO
THE MINI TEAPOT CAME FROM HOMEGOODS AND  THE BLUE TIN HOLDS EARL GREY TEA
ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA IS IN THE PINK TIN
I FOUND EACH TEA TIN IN A DIFFERENT STORE
I USED THIS BEAUTIFUL TEACUP AS PART OF THE CENTERPIECE.  IT BELONGED TO THE MOM  OF A FRIEND OF MINE
YOU CAN SEE ALL THREE TINS IN EACH OF THESE PHOTOS

ONE FINAL PHOTO OF THE CENTERPIECE IS BELOW
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED VIEWING MY TEA PARTY PHOTOS.  I KNOW I HAD FUN PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.  WE HAVE THAT IN COMMON, WE LOVE COORDINATING ALL THE PRETTY DISHES INTO A TABLESCAPE.   THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VISIT MY BLOG TODAY.
RANDEE
THIS WEEK I'LL BE JOINING THE FOLLOWING PARTIES: