The pictures (by Esti Photography) of this Purim party are full of ideas and tips which can be used for any occasion. Feast you eyes and have fun! - CookKosher
Which holiday do children love the best? Adar is the month of happiness — mention Purim to even the most serious of adults, and you’ll see a smile spread. The camaraderie, joy, and revelry is contagious. It’s an exciting day!
Create the Ice Cube Effect! Yes, your vases (green & yellow) can do much more than hold flowers. You can use any assortment of glass vases—no matching necessary—to brighten up your table with simply cellophane and food coloring. Simply stuff the vases with the cellophane and fill with enough water to cover. Add a couple drops of food coloring (just give the water a little swirl, the color will spread rapidly and evenly). You can use all different colors, mix colors to create new combinations, or go for a monochromatic look. Food coloring comes in many more colors than simply red, green, blue, and yellow nowadays—there’s certain to be a color to match your theme.
Group like things together! You don’t need your whole table to be matchy-matchy, but for any one element to have a greater impact, it helps to group like things together. That’s what makes them scream and shout. These big Whirley Pops tucked inside a group of narrow-neck vases accomplish much more than if they were scattered around the table. The same goes with the cupcakes or apples. Use the same advice when choosing flowers—one type or color grouped together has a much greater visual effect than miscellaneous flowers combined into one bouquet.
Get personal! These Purim cards were designed and personalized by the talented Shaindy Greenberger of Greenfish design. A little personalization—whether via placecards, or casually like this—makes guests feel special and welcomed. Children especially love seeing their name in print.
Did you think your vase can do so much? Here, glass vases don’t just hold water—they create height, by serving as the legs of a glass platform. You don’t need a lot of expensive platters to create a beautiful table, either. Glass sheets are not expensive and can be purchased at most hardware stores, or try a glass shop, where for a little more, you can create custom sizes. For more formal affairs, I also use mirrors as the top of the platform. When everything reflects, the effect is very pretty.
Think traditional and modern doesn’t mix? Think again. Different styles do work together. Take all your glasses out of your closet and have fun, mixing and matching. Contrary to what you thought, contrasting styles do work together.
No rules on creative place settings! Starting off, I used a vinyl woven placemat—you don’t need an expensive charger to set the base of your place settings (although there are great looking acrylic chargers that can be found in the $1-$2 range). Vinyl placements are easy to clean and can be found in every price range. Next—the plates. There are no rules! Combine different sizes and patterns—or throw in a solid color. These dishes are ceramic, but don’t overlook plastic or dollar store varieties when creating a fun theme.
Don’t overlook the pop! When presented nicely, popcorn makes a great filler for a dessert or snack table—but colorful popcorn, that’s a whole different story. It looks great and is fun to eat. For recipes and instructions on creating your own colorful popcorn, see Leah Schapira’s colorful popcorn recipe.
Filled with air! Balloons are another inexpensive way to create atmosphere without taking up space on the table—especially when there will be children around. Few things delight them more. High ceilings? Tie them to the chairs with invisible string, creating a canopy overhead.
Repurpose just about anything! Holding up these platters are actually votive holders—simply turned upside down.
No martinis served here! Martini glasses aren’t just for martinis either. Use them to display and serve individual portions of just about anything. Don’t get scared away if your martini glass collection is non-existent or in short supply. You can create a similar effect using plastic martini glasses—they beat plastic dishes any day.
Party originally appeared in Whisk Ami Magazine.