10 Servingware and Tabletop Essentials Perfect for Your Hanukkah Celebration
Sure, latkes and sufganiyot are great, but there's more to the Hanukkah table than simply delicious food. A beautifully decorated table, filled with sentimental décor and sophisticated servingware items, is key to creating a warm (and memorable) Hanukkah experience for friends and family. "A good Hanukkah table should offer something sentimental about the holiday," says interior designer Sam Allen. "My grandmother always laid out the same blue paper link chains—drawing from the color of the Jewish flag—that she'd had since my mother was young to bring a sense of tradition and heritage to the table."
Along with meaningful table accents, a well-decorated Hanukkah table should also feature certain essentials. "A menorah is a must as the lighting of the candles is the point to the whole holiday," Allen says. "Every menorah has eight holders that represent the eight nights of Hanukkah, as well as one holder (called the "shamah") which is used to light all of the other candles. It can be homemade by children out of tin foil or really fancy and expensive—what it looks like is irrelevant because it's all about the symbolism."
Of course, like any holiday table, the goal is to create an inviting scene that will leave a lasting impression on loved ones. "Think about how your table will be remembered," Allen says. "Whether with family heirlooms or special serving ware pieces, there should be something that represents your own connection to the holiday."
To dine and design an unforgettable Hanukkah feast this season, shop for these ten stylish items.
Elevate the ambience of your Hanukkah table with a contemporary serving board. Composed of acacia wood, this sleek bread board is sized to hold a loaf of challah and features a serrated aluminum alloy knife to boot.
Nambe Geo Challah Board with Knife, $125, nambe.com.
No Hanukkah table would be complete without a menorah. Consider an artful style like this stately menorah—it's crafted from solid black and white marble with brass accents—to modernize your family's celebration this season.
Jonathan Adler "Canaan" Menorah, $198, jonathanadler.com.
Looking for an easy and stylish way to incorporate something blue (i.e. the traditional color of flag of Israel) into your Hanukkah table spread? This indigo blue tablecloth is made of lightweight linen and provides a soft and chic backdrop for showing off serving ware.
Crate and Barrel Helena Indigo Blue Linen Tablecloth, 60" x 90", $70, crateandbarrel.com.
Star of David Bundt Pan
Why settle for a traditional cake when you can have Star of David-inspired one at your Hanukkah celebration instead? This faceted cake pan is made of extra tough cast aluminum, so you'll get a gorgeous, six-pointed Bundt every time.
Nordic Ware Star of David Bundt Pan, $42, food52.com.
Gold Flatware Set
Searching for a sophisticated way to integrate some gold coin-inspired flair into your Hanukkah table? This 24-carat gold electroplated flatware set brings an elegant and unexpected pop of personality to any spread.
West Elm Gold Flatware Set, $39, westelm.com.
Mazel Tov Good Luck Plate
Let your serving ware do the talking at your Hanukkah table with this traditional Mazel Tov plate. Composed of porcelain, this blue-and-white patterned dinner plate instantly livens up any dinner spread—no small talk necessary.
Spode Judaica Mazel Tov Good Luck Plate, $36.75, macys.com.
Spread some holiday cheer around your Hanukkah table by serving your latkes in style. This stainless steel latke server is elegant enough to show off at any dinner party and only looks expensive.
Traditions Jewish Gifts Chanukah Latke Server, $6, traditionsjewishgifts.com.
Cloth Dinner Napkins
Prefer your dinner napkins with a little more urban sophistication? These geometric-patterned cloth napkins offer an artful take on traditional Hanukkah napkins to brighten up any holiday table.
Amarela Cloth Dinner Napkins, in Abstract Hanukkah, $22 for set of two, roostery.com.
Blue Mosaic Tumblers
Made of sturdy glass with hand-applied blue and gold decals, their ornate styling makes them an eye-catching addition to your Hanukkah table or brilliant accent pieces for less formal gatherings.
Williams Sonoma Blue Mosaic Tumblers, $60 for set of four, williams-sonoma.com.
For uncorking your favorite kosher wine, this glass carafe boasts a wide base and flared neck for better aeration. Everyone around the table will be asking for a second pour.
Simon Pearce "Madison" Wine Decanter, $165, simonpearce.com.