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For the most part, the Jewish holidays have had a hard time keeping up with the times. The pre-made decoration options are very dated, and without much DIY-inspiration focused on Hanukkah in particular, many are left using the same old gold and blue cardboard cut-outs. However, without much effort, it is very easy to modernize your Hanukkah celebration.
With pop songs and primetime television being very Christmas-heavy, decor ideas are often re-imagined year after year, giving way to a modern sense of how to decorate for Christmas. For those of us who are on team Hanukkah (with our team captain Adam Sandler slacking on his Hanukkah pop culture duties as of late) we are not often inundated with new, creative ways to decorate for our 8 days and nights.
What you need to focus on when modernizing your Hanukkah celebration is bringing in the traditional colors and symbols in a new and fresh way. Feel free to take creative license when picking your blue and gold accents, and don't be afraid to mix in other fabulous colors and patterns. Find a patterned fabric at your local store in a beautiful blue hue and use that as your tablecloth. Build up from there with vintage dinnerware. After dinner, serve tea and coffee in gold rimmed tea cups and bring out cream and sugar on a vintage-inspired plate set. These are all easily found at your local flea market.
Instead of using the traditional menorah, try making one yourself. This DIY Manzanita branch menorah is super chic and unexpected. Your guests will be begging you to teach them how (you can learn now here). And if you are planning to use place cards, why not get crafty and make them!
Last but not least, who can resist these amazing bon bons from Ala Niki Handmade Desserts?
With these great ideas modernizing your Hanukkah celebration is easier than ever.
Images: Martha Stewart, House Beautiful, Esty
Allison Rosenberg has had the opportunity to call California, Michigan, Australia, and Argentina home at different periods in her life, with many other stops along her journey. She received degrees from the University of Michigan in film production and theory and from FIDM/LA in interior design. She works freelance in interior design in Los Angeles, and has recently taken to the road with her husband to discover and write about design around the world.
She loves to travel, uncover, and explore and has a soft spot for art deco antiques. While not at work, you will often find her in a movie theater, trying out a new recipe or between the pages of a design magazine.
Great Post, beautiful Photos!