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, I set each place setting with miniature canning jars, tied with matching ribbon and decorated with the Hebrew greeting, Shanah Tovah (good year) and the new year, 5775. Vintage transferware plates lend a celebratory elegance to the scene.My floral arrangements were 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 from Home Goods holds the round challah, another custom unique to this holiday, when challahs are baked round 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.For napkin rings I started with a simple silver base from Pier 1 and hooked around it burlap leaves to match the tablecloth, and acorns from Michaels. Red napkins are from Pier 1.Apples were scattered about the table, spilling from baskets and piled in buckets. As a balance to the red, I mixed in white pumpkins to foreshadow the coming season. Rattan chargers are from Pier 1 and further reinforce the rustic/elegant balance.On the sideboard I placed creamy white pumpkin ceramic pieces from Home goods and a vintage cookie jar, another nod towards the coming Fall.
Thanks for visiting my holiday table!
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