Living Space: Make your house festive this Passover and Easter
Passover and Easter are both wonderful spring holidays to celebrate with family and friends. Take a little time to spruce up your house and welcome guests with some fun and thoughtful decorating touches.
Websites like Pinterest.com offer an array of creative decorating ideas, such as creating a Passover entrance. Draping the doorway with a red scarf or fabric creates a mood and is a wonderful way to include Passover symbolism.
For holiday meals, create a table decoration reminiscent of charoset by using glass cylinders. Fill two shorter cylinders with walnuts and two taller ones with apples or crabapples. These can be grouped in the middle of the table, next to the seder plate or on either side with another small cylinder of flowers.
Fill the cylinder of apples with water and add floating candles on top. As an alternative, cover square flower vases with a matzo cracker. Fill each with flowers and secure the matzo to the vase with a ribbon that matches your linens. An egg cup with a hard cooked egg can stand in for a place card. Write the name on the egg with a gold or colored marker.
For more table setting ideas and some incredible recipes, check out websites like theJewishHostess.com and marthastewart.com.
For Easter, use a white crayon to write the name of guests on hard-cooked eggs before coloring. After the eggs are colored and dried, wipe off the crayon and the name will appear in white. Use the eggs as place cards.
Looking for a super easy and much neater way to dye eggs? A Thrifty Mom (athriftymom.com) recommends using shaving cream mixed with food coloring. This creates a tie-dyed, swirled effect and is much faster and less messy than using cups of liquid dye. For quick Easter place setting touches, add small flowers in a sherry glass with a few sprigs of grass or greenery.
Create a centerpiece starting with a grapevine wreath filled with natural dried grass. Fill it with small forced flower bulbs. Add a figure of a rabbit or a pretty Easter cake.
Around the house
You'll have everyone talking about your Passover meal when your kitchen is sporting a dishwasher that looks like a giant matzo cracker. Covers come in magnetic and vinyl styles and are reusable ($49, Traditionsjewishgifts.com). Or, if you're creative, try making small origami pyramids and frogs to place around the house.
Easter decor can be simple pots of flowers, eggs and candies. For both Easter and Passover, create small decorative vignettes in the living room, a corner of the kitchen, the breakfast room and the main entryway. This will add a festive feeling throughout the house - not just at the dinner table.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.