In terms of style, holiday decor is always a hot topic in the winter months. Hanukkah tabletop inspiration is often left out of the discussion as it generally falls quite close to Christmas. This year Hanukkah begins in the evening on Sunday December 22nd and ends in the evening on Monday December 30th. A quick Google search for “Hanukkah decor” yields a very traditional colour palette of royal blue and silver. The palette was modernized while still paying homage to a few key Hanukkah traditions including the nine-arm menorah. We kept the blue and metallic theme, transitioning to dusty blue-grey dinnerware with gold rims, gold-flecked linens, and pops of deep dusty blue. Using matte gold flatware, natural wood, eucalyptus garland, and amber glassware kept things cozy and warm.
For a more traditional element, we included beautiful navy, teal, and gold enamel dreidels from Crate & Barrel. A few additional candles on the table as well as some glass accent bud vases bounce the light around and tie into the notion that Hanukkah is the festival of light. Overall, the design came together as warm, natural, and definitely festive.
Hanukkah tabletop inspiration by 206 Event Co.
When Tara proposed the idea of a styled holiday shoot, Hanukkah-style, I was very excited. My sister had recently converted to Judaism and our family had been learning more about the traditions and sense of community that define the way she and her husband participate in in the Jewish faith. Hanukkah is an 8-night “festival of light” commemorating the successful rebellion by the Maccabees and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. According to religious text, a miracle occurred and the menorah in the Second Temple burned for eight days even though there was only enough sacred oil for the light to burn for one. Hanukkah is celebrated though various customs that include the menorah – a seven or nine-armed candelabra, special foods, games, and chocolate coins.
Although this shoot was styled with Hanukkah in mind, certain elements would transition well to other holiday celebrations. Metallic elements are popular for the holiday season in general, and I really loved Tavia’s (Sweet Bloom Floral Design) addition of a hanging driftwood installation to provide a distinctly celebratory feel. The menorah could be swapped for a regular candelabra or clusters of taper candles. The dreidels we placed at each setting could be traded out for any small Christmas ornament, or even a large pinecone or sprig of greenery.