For Hanukkah, create a decadent and celebratory look with tons of silver and blue. Since this is a late lunch, start by dressing the table. A beautiful, silver silk tablecloth is a wonderful foundation to build upon. Add a dark blue runner, silver plates, and a pewter menorah with Hanukkah taper candles. Serve the cocktails in a blue-hued martini glass. Decorate the room with wreaths made from metallic ornaments. Fill navy vases with white and baby blue flowers and place attractively around the room. Write each guest's name on a piece of silver ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around a bag of chocolate coins and place on each plate so guests know where to sit.
Other than that, offer guests wine and a signature cocktail. An unusual wine like an Argentine Malbec pairs nicely with brisket. Since this is a celebration, pour another wine for dessert. A sparkling wine, dessert wine, or sweet Riesling are prefect for preparing the sufganiyot. Don't overlook water, sparkling apple cider, and grape juice.
As the guests arrive, get the party started with a round of blue ginger gimlets. This twist on the classic cocktail is light and refreshing. For the recipe that will have you saying cheers, read more
Follow up a traditional late lunch menu with an equally classic dessert. Start by filling bowls with gelt, the chocolate candy coins consumed on and around Hanukkah.
Next, invite guests to join you in the kitchen to help finish a batch of sufganiyot. Prepare the dough before the party. Allow different people to deep fry the doughnuts while others coat with sugar or fill with jelly. Discuss the importance of the long-lasting temple oil in the celebration of Hanukkah while you are at it!
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For Hanukkah this year, switch things up and invite friends and family over for a late lunch instead of the expected dinner. It gets dark early, so serve a hearty, traditional meal. Get the party started with slices of a provencal vegetable tart.
After guests have had plenty of time to mingle, light the candles and ask them to join you at the table. Offer a selection of classic dishes like potato latkes with applesauce, brisket with dried apricots, and sautéed onion kasha with bowties. To make these delicious recipes for your Hanukkah celebration, read more
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is already over. Now that the big meal has been eaten, it's time to start planning holiday parties! To kick off our holiday coverage, I am putting together a Hanukkah party. Instead of the traditional dinner, my party is a late lunch consisting of a delicious and hearty menu. But before I get carried away with menu planning, I have to send the invites. Download our Hanukkah festival of lights invite or make one like the dreidel shaped invite — it doubles as a festive decoration! — seen here. To see how I made it, read more