Decorate Your Sukkah

During the seven days of Sukkot, the Sukkah is the hearth of the home. Here, we eat our meals, receive our friends and family, and rejoice in the bounty of the season. So why not make it fabulous? Here’s how:

  • According to tradition, the roof of your Sukkah should be open enough to let the stars shine through. It should also be made of something that once grew. Ideas include bamboo, tree branches, palm fronds, brilliant fall foliage, or cornstalks (for more about the Sukkah custom, read Traditions, Tips and Trends)
  • To dress up the ceiling, hang adornments from it! For example, the kids will love to help you dangle stars from the sky:
    • Cut a star shape from heavy construction paper
    • Punch a hole in the top of the star and decorate with glitter
    • Cut a piece of fishing line or other strong thread to about one foot in length. Tie one end through the hole in the star and the other to a paperclip. Open the paper clip and use it to attach the thread to the material on your Sukkah’s ceiling
    • Repeat until you have a your very own constellation
  • Another idea for decorating the ceiling is to hang homemade garlands from it (string symbols of the season, such as cranberries or popcorn, on strong thread using a needle). Alternatively, for an elegant option, string up party lights
  • The Talmud includes suggestions for adorning the walls of your Sukkah, such as hanging tapestries, grape branches and wreathes made of corn, but in general, anything goes (an invitation to use your imagination!)
  • Overall, consider keeping your decorations within a harvest theme. A harvest theme will help you focus your ideas and bring harmony to your design––not to mention honor the season
  • Harvest-themed ideas for your Sukkah and Sukkah dinner table include pots of fresh seasonal flowers such as mums, pansies, or sunflowers, or autumnal vegetables such as gourds and pumpkins (for an artful centerpiece, cut the top off a pumpkin or gourd, hollow out, and fill with flowers or fall foliage)
  • The furniture in your Sukkah can be fancy or it can be as simple as an outdoor plastic table and chairs. Even if you go the simple route, be sure to dress up your table with linens for evening meals. There’s something magical about eating on a crisp white tablecloth in the harvest moonlight. Or bring the vibrancy of fall to your table with linens in colors or red, gold and orange

Succoth Shopping List

  • Candles
  • Challah (or ingredients to make own, such as yeast, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, salt, flour)
  • Grape juice and/or Wine
  • Gefilte fish
  • Horseradish
  • Salad and salad dressing
  • Ingredients for main course, such as Stuffed Cabbage
  • Ingredients for side dishes such as potatoes
  • Ingredients for dessert
  • Condiments
  • Cooking spray
  • Tea and coffee
  • Honey
  • Flowers or other supplies for centerpiece