It’s that time of the year – the time when you run around the house to ensure that every piece of clothing is folded or hung neatly in the closet, the bed is made, the dishes are washed, and everything around the house is spick and span. After all, your family is coming over to celebrate the first day of PASSOVER! But you have nothing to worry about because we will equip you with all the tools you need to host the perfect Pesach Seder. So take a minute to read our guide to hosting the perfect seder, you’ll have time to clean up later.
Setting the Dinner Table
- The seder plate is an essential item when setting the table, usually used to hold 5-6 foods that include the shank bone (zeroa), egg (beitzah), bitter herbs (maror), vegetable (karpas) and a sweet paste called haroset. A sixth, bitter herb (hazeret) may be included as well. A seder plate can be purchased at any Judaica store or can be found in most department stores such as Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.
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2. A kiddush cup is used to recite a blessing over wine or grape juice (known as ‘sanctification’) before the meal and is another essential item for hosting the perfect seder.
3. Navy blue napkins can be used to accentuate any plate setting. You can also use the napkin to cover up and hide the afikoman (a piece of matzoh that is hidden for kids to find and win a prize). Side note: Use a festive napkin ring for an extra flair. Your guests will appreciate the details.
4. A white lace tablecloth adds a simple yet elegant touch breaking away any colorful place settings used at the table.
5. Scatter candles around the room and on the table – this will give the room a warm glow and will make your guests feel welcomed.
6. Wine glasses are a staple for any celebration. Place two glasses, one for wine and one for water, at each place setting.
7. Of course, don’t forget to give each of your guests a copy of the Haggadah – a jewish text that lays out the order of the seder.
Now that you have some work to do before your guests arrive, we hope that you find these refreshing ideas useful for hosting your perfect seder!
We hope everyone has a happy and healthy Passover!
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