Rosh Hashanah Table Idea: How to create a Dollar Store Centerpiece that will WOW!

How to create a Dollar Store Centerpiece

By Sarah Lasry & Miriam Konigsberg

With Rosh Hashanah just a few weeks away, I bet many of you have started cooking up a storm.

However for me- it is not just the enjoyment of the meal and spending time with my family that makes the hours

I slave away in the kitchen worth my efforts.

No, I am one of those people who love getting CRE-A-TIVE when it comes to how I set my table for the delicious meal I have prepared and will serve.

I really believe it is the whole package, the food, the people, the holiday –ALONG with a beautiful festive table that makes the meal a more enjoyable and successful one.

Now I admit that my style is more eclectic and I love to take risks and use bold prints, clashing colors, textured materials like burlap or leather and lots of fun dishes in all colors and shapes  to set my table – Traditional I am not.

But because Rosh Hashanah is such a Traditional Sort of Holiday, I decided to keep it simple with just a dash of “funky” to make this really simple, inexpensive and dare-I-say “traditional” tablescape this year.

Miriam K. joined me with her great idea of going to your local dollar store (a great table prop resource) and buying these $1 glass candle sticks and vases and with the help of a little hot glue and ribbon, we created these STUNNING Vases

A trip to Michael for some Ribbon and Shoprite for some flowers – With a total cost of $25 we got a Table that is worthy of this Year’s Rosh Hashanah Celebration!


Dollar Store Centerpiece

What you will need:

3 cylinder vases

4 glass candle sticks

3 spools of ribbon ( 1 dark solid 2.5 inch , 1 bright solid 1.5 inch, 1 patterned 1.5 inch) I love teal and black together – and it went fantastically well with my polka dot table cloth. – look for contrasting colors or for a pop of color to off  set your table cloth and flowers.

Glue dots

Hot glue gun


3 big head hydrangeas


How To:

Step 1:  Cut your ribbons to size. Glue first the dark ribbon a little more than an inch down from the top of the cylinder.

Step 2: Glue the patterned ribbon from the top and slightly over the black ribbon

Step 3: Glue the bright colored ribbon in the center over the 2 ribbons.

Step 4: hot glue around the perimeter of the candle stick holder

Step 5: Attach the candle side end of a 2nd candles tick holder to the glued one. – Press down and hold together for about 1 minute.

Step 5 Attach with hot glue the base of one vase to the tier candle stick holder. Attach by hot glue  each of the other 2 vases to single candle stick holders.

Step 6: Create your flower arrangement: Take one hydrangea and cut stem so that it cannot be seen past the ribbon. Insert into vase – the head should cover the entire mouth of the vase

Step 7: Cut the stems of the carnations so that they cannot be seen past the ribbon – and then insert them strategically thru the hydrangea.

For the Table Setting:

We went to stitch and sew our local material shop and bought some black & white polka dotted fabric ( not only are polka dots “hot” right now – I loved the idea of contrasting it with the patterned ribbon and thought that it was “funky” yet still traditional enough for a Rosh Hashanah table.

I used some great red and black napkins that I had bought at wall mart last year (4 napkins for $6)  to just bring in another pop of color and tie the whole table together.


For the Rosh Hashanah Semanim  Plate:

I have a pet peeve – I hate the wait of passing the semanim around the table. Instead I decided how much nicer and more convenient if I set the table with an individual plated semanim for all.

In Michaels I found a box of individual weeding plastic box favors and used them as holders for each of the semanim. I arranged them on a long white rectangular plate (kaya ware & other companies sell plastic versions if you don’t have)

I filled the boxes with pomegranate, sliced fresh figs, dates, star fruit, & apples with honey

The ideas are endless of what you can do – They do not have to be expensive and using resources like the dollar store are a great way to create beautiful tables.

Wishing you all A HAPPY SWEET NEW YEAR !

Look out for Another table setting idea using Seasonal Fruit & Vegetables with some Flowers From KS Expert Margalit Lankry Tomorrow!

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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  1. Fashion-isha says:

    Wow Sara this is really fabulous! I love it. Who’s Miriam K?

  2. Elana says:

    Nice, funny Sharon, I was going to ask the same qestion

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