Where does our co-founder Ali spend the holiday? In the kitchen with her daughters. “Since they already enjoy baking, they’ll learn about the menorah, dreidels, and why the winter holidays are so special.” Ali’s overall approach to the holiday is as unexpected as her table setting, which this year features splashes of canary yellow mixed in with the traditional blue and white.
Do you like to set a formal or casual table?
A holiday table definitely doesn’t need fine china to make it special. I mix informal plates with more-elegant stemware or flatware to create a balanced mix of old and new.
Are you a fan of favors?
Yes, but rather than flowers or place cards, I sprinkle some holiday symbols like gelt and small dreidels to take home.
Do you have strategy for who sits where, such as a separate table for the kids?
I prefer to seat everyone together. The holiday family gatherings are a time for grandchildren to enjoy special moments with grandparents and cousins. Nothing could be sweeter.
Blue, white, and silver are the classic Hanukkah colors. I always honor that tradition but bring in another color to personalize our celebration. This year I'm loving canary yellow.
Master the Dessert Bar
Celebrating the holidays with children calls for some special surprises. A dreamy dessert bar along with fun and games makes this party memorable for parents and kids alike. Our stylists weigh in on dressing up a dessert bar in serious style.
Tips for a Supersweet Dessert Station
1. Mix patterned plates and cups.
2. Use glass apothecary jars to give it a candy-shop appeal.
3. Don’t forget the fun striped straws.
4. Vary the height on the buffet by adding wrapped presents.
5. Serve up sparkling and regular apple juice