The countdown is ON until the Festival of Lights, which means there will be parties galore, complete with stuffing our faces with latkes, and lots of menorah lighting. Obviously you want to look stylish for the party in your best Hanukkah apparel, but how else can you throw the party of the year?
Here are our tips on how to plan the best Hanukkah party ever.
You want to wow your guests when they walk in! We suggest picking a color theme like blue and silver and then going to town. A chic Hanukkah Table Runner topped with a Dreidel Vase sets the stage perfectly. And serve your guests on cool Dreidel Plates. These Marzipan Pops from Marzipops double as decor and food and are perfect on any table.
And speaking of food, like every Jewish holiday, a big part of Hanukkah the FOOD! Fried foods reign when it comes to Hanukkah recipes, like latkes and sufganiyot. But get creative with other fried treats like Deep Fried Matzo Balls. If you don't feel like making your own latkes (make them ahead of time, freeze, and and reheat in the oven right from the freezer) you can always get latkes delivered. And don't forget the gelt!
Games + Presents
How about an ugly Hanukkah sweater contest? Ugliest one wins? It's a classic! Maybe the winner can get something to add to their ensemble like these Menorah Sunglasses or everyone's favorite Nice Jewish Guy Calendar.
Don't forget the kiddos!
If you're having kids are your party, make sure to have some Kids Hanukkah activities like this Dreidel Book, a Hanukkah version of Karaoke, a station to Make Your Own Hanukkah Candles or Dreidel Silly Putty to keep them occupied. All of these are pretty fun for adults too, come to think of it.
Most of all, have fun! Your excitement and joy is contagious.
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Giveaway time! ModernTribe and Manischewitz have joined forces to bring you this fun giveaway just in time for Hanukkah! One winner will receive all of this:
- Signed copy of Sweet Noshings Cookbook
- Set of four Emoji Dreidels
- Jewish Wisdom Ball
- Manischewitz Chanukah House
- Manischewitz Chanukah Donut Mix
- Manischewitz Star of David and Dreidel Cookie Kits
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- 2 pounds, about 5 cups when shredded) russet potatoes, washed and peeled
- 1/4 medium white onion, minced and dried well
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup canola or other oil or more to fry
- Start by shredding your potatoes with a grater into a bowl of ice water. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove potatoes, squeezing out the moisture into the water. Dry potatoes very well with towels. Let water sit 10 minutes for starch to accumulate on the bottom. Carefully drain water, reserving the white starch on the bottom. This part is optional but leads to crispier latkes. You can also add 1 tablespoon potato starch to the mix.
- Place potatoes in a large bowl, dry again very well. Then add in the onion, garlic, eggs, flour and salt and reserved starch and combine.
- Meanwhile, heat up canola oil in a large saute pan. Scoop two tablespoon dollops of the potato mixture and flatten lightly and fry until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Then flip and fry the other side. Season with salt, drain on a rack over paper towels. Eat with applesauce and sour cream!
To make ahead, fry the latkes as normal but do not drain them and put them on a cookie sheet. Freeze the whole sheet and then to reheat just put in the oven at 375 frozen. The oil kind of refries them. Nearly as delicious as fresh. You can also keep warm in a 200-degree F oven to keep warm for a short period of time. Enjoy!
So you're planning the Jewish wedding of your dreams. Mazel tov! It's never too early to put together your Jewish registry. It's one of the most fun parts (besides cake testing. Mmmm, cake.)
But where do you start? First of all, don't browse alone. Bring your fiance and shop together! These should be gifts you both love. Also, think of the long-term. While you may still go over to your Aunt Rebecca's house for Passover Seder now, down the road you may want to host with your own children. Invest in gorgeous Judaica now that you'll have for years. Your guests want to get you something special that will remind you of them every time you use it. Now, what to get?
Start with these essentials:
Shabbat - we usher in the Jewish Sabbath by lighting candles and blessing the wine and challah.
Rosh Hashanah - we dip apples in honey for a sweet New Year!
Passover - we commemorate the Jewish exodus from Egypt with a Seder (order) meal
Hanukkah - we light the menorah and play dreidel to commemorate the miracle of the Maccabee's oil lasting 8 days
- Tzedakah Box - for charity
- Mezuzah and Mezuzah Scroll - a blessing for your home
- Fun Kitchen Items (Bagel Plates, Yiddish Bowls and more!)
- Jewish Touches for the Home and Jewish Art