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Tips for Setting Your Rosh Hashanah Table

Tips for Setting Your Rosh Hashanah Table

While in the past I may have wanted to use my lovely china set for the high holidays, let's face it, the last thing I want to do after preparing, cooking, and cleaning is stay up all night doing the dishes!  As many holiday dinners consist of more than just the immediate family, the thought of having to clean all those dishes or wash linens is exhausting!  With this in mind I played around with different ideas for setting the holiday table and I am so excited to share them with you.

First I purchased these white paper plates from Party City.  These environmentally friendly (made from sugar cane fiber) plates are strong and durable, have a clean modern look, and can even go in the microwave if needed (unlike the plastic plates that are so often used).

eco-friendly paper plates

Next I added our Peace Love Light Shana Tova ivory dinner napkins.  Each napkin greets your guests with a sweet message, ‘Shana Tova, A Sweet New Year’ in a shiny gold foil, adding a touch of elegance to the holiday table.  The napkins are 3 ply so extremely durable and will hold up even after the ‘holiday spills’.  The best part is they can be disposed of after dinner which makes for an easy clean up!  I placed the dinner napkins under the salad plate while the cocktail napkins can be used later for dessert.

Rosh Hashanah table setting


On each plate I placed our apple foil place cards. These place cards, featured here for Rosh Hashanah are also great for any fall gathering.  I like to use place cards at holiday dinners to make seating easier for large gathering (although it does take a while to figure out who should sit next to who…or more appropriately, who shouldn’t!).  Having the place cards ensures that I can sit close to the kitchen, and the the kids can sit together, which they always enjoy!

For silverware I incorporate gold premium plastic cutlery, also from Party City.  I like the shiny metallic finish and think they work well with our napkins and place cards.

gold plastic cutlery


To add a beautiful touch to the table I included our bright star votive candle holders in a rose palette.  These are one of my favorite items in the shop, so I use them whenever I can!  The votives are so versatile, and the mercury glass finish adds a stylish accent to your room.

Our spring round challah board and modern star of David challah cover add the perfect touch.  To coordinate with this table setting I like the challah cover in either gold or bronze.  I am obsessed with the laser cut pattern as it has a classic but contemporary look.

For the wine glasses I tend to use real glass as I haven’t found plastic ones that I like.  Pictured are the french wine glass from Crate and Barrel which is a favorite of mine.

To finish the table I set some apples and honey on a white serving platter, added gold candlesticks, a linen runner, and a bouquet of flowers.  A bouquet in warm fall tones of rust, orange, yellow and green serve as a nice complement to our settings.  The linen runner, purchased at Crate and Barrel, is perfect for the holidays as they have long lengths.

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a bit about my holiday table. Please share some pictures of yours as we would love to feature yours in the future.

Wishing you all happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.

Shana Tova!


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