Using blue and white chinoiserie for Hanukkah decorations is my secret weapon!
Well, not like an actual weapon but more like a stunning secret to crack a decorating code.
When I was younger, it always disappointed me that there was no inspiration in magazines or shops for Hanukkah decorating. December offered the most stunning Christmas displays in rich red velvets and mossy greens, lush gold and silver, and every possible shimmery, glimmery and sparkly option one could imagine. But none of them were for Hanukkah.
Hanukkah was always relegated to a small section at the end of the aisle with garish wrapping paper, tacky gold wrapped chocolates and plastic party goods. This was never going to work for my French Country sensibility.
And then one year I noticed a lovely spread in Martha Stewart Living of a beautiful table set for Hanukkah entertaining. This rocked my world! Yes, there was no reason Hanukkah couldn’t be approached with the same panache and design flair as any other holiday.
And, all the better, the traditional Hanukkah colors were blue and white. This was going to be easy!
So, I set about creating my Hanukkah decor to reflect my own personal style…
Here are 5 tips for elegant Hanukkah decorating:
(And of course these can be used for Christmas, as well, if you love French Country design and non-traditional colors!)
- Blue and white chinoiserie ornaments – what is an ornament if not a simple orb meant to add color and pattern to your holiday decor? These gorgeous chinoiserie ornaments are the quintessence of French Country style and they also happen to work perfectly with the traditional Hanukkah colors.
2. White flowers – I used hydrangeas and white roses, but any pretty white flowers will give you the same look. A cluster of white flowers has a purity and simplicity that exudes elegance. Throw in some drapey greens and you’ve sealed the deal.
3. White embroidered tablecloth – I’m a huge fan of vintage linen with tonal white embroidery. It can be used for so many different looks from casual farmhouse to the most formal dinner parties. Here it provides a sweet backdrop for a plate of potato latkes, a traditional dish served for Hanukkah.
4. Silver objects – silver looks stunning with blue and white, and the more elegant the objects, the more impactful the effect. There’s plenty of shimmer and bling to be had on this table, from the jewel encrusted menorah to the silver footed fruit bowl. I like to stick with white candles to maintain the classic look.
If you can find the right tones, blue flowers work well, too.
5. Chinoiserie vases – If, like me, you collect these blue and white beauties, this should be a no-brainer. I had actually intended this vignette for my kitchen island (or a sideboard would be perfect as well), to function as a styled display for my menorah and latkes. But the day I did my photo shoot was dreary and grey with buckets of rain pouring down for the entire day, so I moved the whole vignette to the table to be closer to the window.
You can find the silver menorah HERE.
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