When Amy Oren asked me to create a table setting for “True Colors” a fundraiser to benefit Mekor Haim of Brooklyn, NY, I was immediately open to the challenge. The idea of the event was that several table decor designers were instructed to prepare round or a 4 foot long Shabbat tablescape using 1 color as an inspiration. “Would you do red?”, she asked, and I immediately accepted, even though the color red was not yet my top choice of color for a table setting theme. With the big day about four weeks into the future, I mentally swept the thought of my red table decor into the corner of my calendar until the event loomed less than a week away. Suddenly I realized that the weeks had crept up on me, and here I was, with four days ahead of the event. I decided to stay calm while semi-frantically searching among my own table ware. I pulled out five crystal candlesticks, and some antique scarlet red fruit compotes that I had bought when I was first married. I also plucked some crystal goblets out of the cabinet that my mom had given to me when she moved out of her huge corner house on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.
Eyeing my little assembly, it was starting to look a little cozy and romantic to me, so I decided that we would have a rectangular shaped Shabbat table for two.
I ran down to my basement where I had stored some white plexi squares that I had made up for my daughter’s birthday party last year. Hmm…..
Borrowed two stunning white beaded placemats and looped linen napkins…
Ran into Parci Parla on Kings Highway in Brooklyn, and of course Sherri was willing to lend me the entire store…
The Judaica store next door to Parci Parla was very gracious in lending me a white leather challah cover and red siddurim….
I laid it down on the dining room floor, added the red siddurim and a bottle of red wine…
I played around with some napkin folding ideas and tried the one above, but my kids said it looked like a red cross logo, so I turned it around until it became an X.
I started to envision red rose petals along the vertical edges of my lucite table “runner”, so I called Shirley Bar Nathan who advised me that rose petals peel off the stem much more easily when they are a couple of days old, so I ran to the corner and bought three dozen deeply colored red roses, enjoyed them for Shabbat, and on the Tuesday morning of the event, I really enjoyed peeling and displaying them along the edge of the table display. Of course you can integrate this rose petal theme into so many table scopes using a multitude of rose petal hues on the floral market.
Because I was really getting into the romantic theme, I wanted to have place cards that were calligraphied “Scarlet” (get it? RED..) and “Rhett” (of course from Gone With the Wind) If you are too young to know who Scarlet and Rhett were, you can get some kind of comparison to modern day love stories here…
I used matching Kim Seybert beaded napkin rings as votives….
- lucite box and Jonathan Adler red frame by Parci Parla…
- printing for “thejewishhostess” label and frame by Bonnie Adjmi
- Siddurim and Leather Challah cover by Tehillat Yitchak Judaica
- red and black Hermes dishes and crystal place card holders and lucite flatware by “Aimee”,
- long stemmed strawberries (by Ilan from Ouri’s fruit on Avenue U) topped my compotes (hashgachah NOT included)
- Swirly candlesticks by Surrey Lane.
- Calligraphy for place cards by Michelle
All in all it was great fun, and I was glad to help out a community cause. Thanks Amy!
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