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By: Miriam Sasson

Shaatra weighs in on:Enhance It! – Easy but Elegant Tips to Beautify Your Sukkah.

This month’s expert:Mrs. Jennifer Sasson, Party Planner, JSCO Events

Thought you’d have to pass on using your beautiful holiday tablecloth outdoors? Jennifer presents an exciting option that will have you (or rather, your table) covered: Your local fabric store (as well as Save-a-Thon) carries cotton fabrics in exquisite or fun patterns that can be cut to fit your folding tables. Go for geometrics, florals, or tweeds for unique cloths.
For the price of one standard tablecloth, you can select all the patterns you love, and have cloths for multiple holiday meals (a great perk considering there’s no doing laundry for eight days….).

Do you have any practical ways I can enhance my Sukkah on a budget?

Jennifer: The sky’s the limit! Why don’t you, or even your children, in fact, have fun with these flowery ideas? Buy fake flowers – hydrangeas, orchids, peonies, lilies – from a craft shop (I like Michael’s).

Dangling Flowers– Create an exquisite effect in your sukkah. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole in each flower. Cloak some twine (available at craft stores) with the flowers and fasten to bamboo sticks above. 

DIY Flower Balls – Remove flowers from their “stems” leaving the pointed segment below each flower. Poke the flowers into foam balls, all around. Foam balls are available in multiple sizes.

Hanging Flower Ribbons– Cut tulle or ribbons in an array of varying lengths. Tie coordinating flowers to the edge of each ribbon. Hang from bamboo sticks for a soft and heavenly atmosphere.

By the Number

Remember making those paper chains as kids? According to the Guinness World Records, the longest paper chain made by an individual was created in 2014, and was 2,556 feet long (almost a half-mile long). In 2005, the record for the longest paper chain made by a team of people was set. In twenty-four hours, sixty people created a paper chain measuring an astonishing 54.33 miles! Can your kids top that one?

About It!

Although Sukkot is a grand time to try out new and exciting tablescapes, you don’t want your valuable housewares to become damaged in the process. Many sukkot are tight for space, have lots of children, or contain wobbly tables on wobbly turf. While this lends to a cozy, close feeling on this most special holiday, Jennifer cautions against using heavy items like tall glass vases or unsteady centerpieces.

Shopping List

Some suggested purchases from Jennifer, besides the disposables plates and cutlery, of course, that will take your holiday table up a few notches include:

• Disposable runners and rose petals to scatter across the table

• Gold plasticware

• Chargers matching to your table theme

• Giant green leaves upon which you can place your
   (disposable!) serving platters

• Paper chandeliers (available at Ikea for approximately $20.)

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Napkin Rings Made Easy

Here’s an easy and budget-friendly idea that will be the perfect finishing touch on your holiday table: Using a glue gun, glue a fake flower to a disposable napkin ring (packages of these are available in silver and gold from Amazing Savings). Using a brightly colored flower will add that fresh burst of color and happiness to your table.