Sunday, December 14, 2008

For the love of potato latkes

Naughty or Nice, whatever your religion or belief, who doesnt love a good pancake party with candles & games ?
That is what Hanukah is all about. The word means dedication. And certainly in the beginning there was need for dedication, sharing & giving.
I am thinking that blue white and silver make a great Party Statement. Pictures courtesy of Martha Stewart website :


Hanukkah: A Holiday That GlittersChanukah Lights DecorationsMenorah of Glasses and Beads
Hanging garlands of words, dreidels or spinning tops, Hanukah gelt (money chocolate coins covered in gold or silver paper )

Personally I am thinking the money coins would be so much fun to use as a decorating theme. A money wreath, strands of coins and even glasses and plates piled up high with towers of coins.... sounds rich to me.




Cool Table salt & Pepper shakers from the Jewish Museum shop can add to the holiday feel.
Olive branches in silver jugs, A silver tablecloth with blue and white napkins, blue or clear glasses and silver coins. Tiny silver frames for place holders.

Dreidel Salt and Pepper Shakers

Hanukah is about food naturally - that's where the Potato Pancakes come in, served with apple sauce, and

Suganiot : which are donut balls filled with jam and served warm

both of these foods symbolize the small amount of oil that burned for eight days and created a miracle, as well as bring sweetness and Light

Which is why we use menorahs - candelabra that echo the eight days
here is some ideas the artful and symbolic:




Heron Menorah


CHAIR Menorah & Modern Glass Menorah from the Jewish Museum Shop




Frozen Movement Menorah by Zelig Segal

Michael Arum Olive branch

A variety of shapes and styles to suit all tastes and budgets. Or create your own out of wood and metal or use glass pieces in glasses with candles, as shown in the Martha Stewart picture.

Below is the post from Mixology Monday in its entirety - what is a holiday without a signature drink?

Hanukkah Gelt Martini

mixology monday - Hanukkah Gelt MartiniThe theme for Mixology Monday is “from scratch”. It is getting so close to the holidays I choose to share this simple but fun cocktail created by my brother, who was searching for a good Hanukkah drink.

Unhappy with what he found, he created this shiny treat instead.

So, Michael says:

“Spin your dreidels, eat some latkes, and have some Hanukkah Gelt, a Hannukkah Gelt Martini that is”.
This DOTW original will keep those candles lit”.

hanukkah_gelt.jpg

Hanukkah Gelt Martini

2 parts chilled potato vodka
1 part Goldschlager

Combine in a shaker with ice, mix gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Serve with Hanukkah Gelt - what else?

L’Chaim!

Mixology Monday XXXIII
Holiday Cocktails & Punches

The best part of Hanukah is playing the dreidel game. Many choices abound. The cheap plastic or wood ones also great for creating decorations. A dreidel tree would be a fun centerpiece for your table.


Contemporary Dreidel by Tamara Baskin


The Jewish Museum Hagenauer Dreidel:

The graceful design elements in this intricately pierced 14kt vermeil dreidel are based on a Hanukkah Lamp from the Hagenaur Werkstatte, c. 1920, in the museum's permanent collection.



Enjoy the feast, family and fun & gifting this festival of Lights.





1 comment:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great post! I love the blue and silver color combinations. Sometime in my life I hope to play the dreidel game. :)