Growing up, Hannukah was such a fun holiday to celebrate. I loved lighting the menorah and singing the prayer. And most of all, playing dreidel and winning with chocolate gelt.
Another favorite memory from this holiday is all of the hot potato latkes coming out of the frying pan. I love to eat mine with applesauce, but I know many prefer sour cream. It’s a debate that happens every single year like clockwork.
To host a beautiful Hannukah dinner to celebrate the festival of lights, I’m sharing a few essential pieces and tips to creating a stunning blue, white and gold tablescape for Hannukah. Here’s how to create a Hannukah tablescape to celebrate with friends and family.
How To Create A Hannukah Tablescape
Lean Into Blue And Gold
For creating your Hannukah tablescape, it always feels natural to lean into blue and gold. It’s the colors of the holiday and the gold feels instantly festive. You can also do different shades of blue like navy and light blue to mix it up.
Plates And Chargers
Layer your plates with chargers to add something special to your table. I always like to start a holiday table with a gold charger. It’s an easy way to make your table feel like it’s ready for entertaining.
I love these blue and white checkered plates and they are perfect for layering over a simple white dinner plate. No need to invest in tons of new plates. I like to stick to a simple dinner plate and instead invest in fun appetizer or dessert plates.
Use Fresh Greenery
To break up all the blue and gold, it’s nice to bring in some fresh greenery. I like to use magnolia leaves as they feel seasonally appropriate and add a nice layer and texture to the table.
You can also use other types of fresh greenery like cypress, pine and boxwood. Eucalyptus is another favorite that’s easy to use and you can spray paint it a little with gold or silver spray paint like I did here. It helps to add a little something to it!
Obviously, this holiday is all about the miracle of lights so candles are a necessity. But in addition to having a menorah that you love on display and to light with your family, it’s also nice to have candles on the table and buffet. It adds height and additional light.
For this tablescape, I loved using these battery-powered lights from MacKenzie-Childs. They looked so real, but I didn’t have to worry about making a mess with the wax.
Choose A Great Menorah
There are so many beautiful menorahs out there so choose one to elevate your table this year. I think this moose head one from MacKenzie-Childs is such a fun addition to the Hannukah table.
Plan A Great Hannukah Menu
We can’t forget about the menu. Hannukah dinners are usually focused on the fried foods of the holiday. Potato latkes are required and I like to have a few options on what to serve with them. Some like applesauce (that’s me!) and some prefer sour cream. I also added a third option, a sriracha aioli.
You can also go above and beyond here with your potato latkes. A few other topping ideas is to have smoke salmon, or caviar, creme fraiche and capers. Fresh herbs are always nice too like chives and dill.
For a protein, you can do a roasted chicken or make a brisket. I also like to get a little help from the grocery store when I can and a rotisserie chicken from your favorite spot works just fine! For a simple side try an arugula and parmesan salad with dried cranberries and a simple vinaigrette dressing.
A side dish you can try are my easy and simple green beans. And this salad is really always a winner. It’s great for a Hannukah meal since the latkes can be heavy and filling and this salad can be your main dish. Just add a protein and you’re good to go.
Create A Dessert And Beverage Station
Dessert is always donuts! This beautiful cake stand is a fun way to display them and allow guests to grab them when they’re ready for dessert. A dessert bar is also a great way to have lots of sweets to indulge in after dinner.
I like to create a little dessert and beverage station when having guests over. I think people like to snack on a little something sweet and pour their own wine so why not put it all in one spot. This is also what I like to do for a dessert buffet.
If you’re dealing with a small space, you can swap your buffet out for the dessert buffet once the meal is over. I keep everything ready to go in the kitchen and then do a swap once dinner is over.
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