The Merry Table
Such a lively holiday as Purim deserves a table decorated with merriment and flair. Here are a few festive (and fast!) ideas:
- Break out your most colorful tableware, including the tablecloth, napkins and dishes. Don't have enough that match? Better yet! It's the season to be silly.
- Fold the napkins like Hamentashen (How, you may ask? 1. Fold the napkin in half to make a triangle, 2. Fold each of the 3 sides in about 2 inches, face up, toward the center [a "tail" will be hanging off 2 of the edges], 3. Fold the 2 tails under and Voila!). Place a Hamentashen napkin on each plate and tuck a place card, menu, or little surprise for each guest in the center
- Gather up the most brilliant flowers you can find at the store (spring is coming!) and arrange them into a centerpiece bursting with vibrancy
- Spread noisemakers ("Graggers") and masks around the table (the children can help make them–and be sure to stick one or two into your floral centerpiece for fun.
- Garnish the salad with "cucumber crowns" in honor of Queen Esther (1. Cut a cucumber into thick slices, 2. Cut the top of each slice with a jagged edge to resemble a crown, 3. Carefully cut out each center to remove the seeds and hollow the crown)
- If you have a sideboard, keep all the delicious Purim desserts (like the real Hamentashen) out during dinner. Decorate the dessert platters with more flowers, masks or noisemakers to highlight the festivity of the feast