In this post: Decorating your fall table with apples and honey and rustic table decor is the perfect way to celebrate the harvest or Rosh Hashanah dinner.⇒
One of the most wonderful customs surrounding Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the pairing of apples and honey. The apple slices are dipped in honey and eaten to signify a wish for a sweet New Year. But I’m always struck with the happy coincidence that apples are ever-present this time of year, a time of harvest, apple picking and back-to-school rituals. So naturally my holiday tablescape is often constructed around an apple motif.
To give the sweet elixir the presentation is deserves, each place setting can be set with miniature canning jars, tied with matching ribbon and decorated with the Hebrew greeting, Shanah Tovah (good year) and the date of the new year. If you’re setting a fall harvest table instead, you can use the jars as place cards with your guests’ names printed on the labels.
Vintage transferware plates lend a celebratory elegance to the scene, which mixes rustic table decor with more refined pieces.
The floral arrangements are based around red roses, special enough for the event, yet tied with casual checked ribbon and flecked with berries and stalks to be reminiscent of a day in the country picking apples.
The wire rack centerpiece holds a round challah, another custom unique to Rosh Hashanah dinner, when challahs are baked round (rather than long and braided) to signify the cyclical nature of the year. The pomegranate represents the good deeds commanded by God, as the fruit is reputed to have 613 seeds, the same number as the total number of commandments.
The napkin rings are an easy DIY, starting with a simple silver base and looping around it burlap leaves to match the tablecloth and sweet little faux acorns. Red napkins parallel the palette of the apples.
To amplify the apples and honey, apples are scattered about the table, spilling from baskets and piled in buckets. As a balance to the bold red, white pumpkins are mixed in to foreshadow the coming season. Rattan chargers further reinforce the rustic/elegant balance.
Placed on the sideboard are creamy white pumpkin ceramic pieces and a vintage cookie jar, another nod towards the coming Fall.
The vignette at the center of the table features buckets, baskets and wire racking to display the seasonal elements. If you don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah, this is a wonderful table setting to use for any autumn dinner with friends and family.
Now if only I had a great apple pie recipe, dinner would be complete!
(For your fall table, you can replace the apples and honey with home made applesauce.)
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