4 decorating ideas for your family's Seder table

If you're hosting a Seder this year, there are many beautiful ways to adorn your table for family and guests to enjoy. Here are four colourful and creative decorating ideas you should consider.

4 decorating ideas for your family's Seder table

1. Use flowers

  • Flowers make for a traditional centrepiece for tables. They're particularly appropriate for Passover because it's a holiday that celebrates new birth and spring.
  • Contact a nearby florist to order a large arrangement that covers the centre of your table.
  • Ask for one in springtime colours, like light pinks, pastels and whites.
  • Put smaller vases of flowers that match the centrepiece along the rest of the table.
  • For a budget-friendly version, pick flowers from your own garden to make the centrepiece and vase arrangements.

2. Get kids involved

  • Kids are a huge part of the Passover Seder, since it's an opportunity for them to learn the story of the Jews in Egypt.
  • They can draw pictures about the Passover story to include in the table decorations.
  • Place their artwork in the middle of the table, using picture frames, menu clips or chopsticks stuck into bouquets or vases to hold the drawings upright.
  • Have children decorate with bright colours, glitter or tissue paper. You'll have a table that's personal, vibrant and festive.

3. Light with candles

  • The Passover Seder goes late into the night, so create a dramatic Passover atmosphere by lighting the dining area with many small tea lights.
  • Place the tea lights in fun holders, like apples with the tops and cores cut out or tea cups.
  • Line the available space in the centre of the table with candles, then turn the lights down a bit and watch as the room illuminates as it gets darker.

4. Decorate with fruit

  • Fruit is a symbol for life and ripeness. It's a colourful and appropriate way to decorate the Seder table.
  • Fill vases and bowls with bright-coloured fruit like apples, oranges, clementines and pears. Then, place them up and down the centre of the table.
  • Place a tall, large vase in the middle of the table and fill it with fruit.
  • Decorating with fruit serves dual purposes: it looks nice and it gives people something to snack on while they're waiting to get to the Seder meal.
  • Encourage everyone to eat fruit to tide them over while they wait.

A Passover Seder is one of the most celebratory events of the Jewish calendar year. At a Seder, friends and family members gather around a large table to retell the story of the Jews being freed from slavery in Egypt. Be sure your table looks its best by trying out something a little different.

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