Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Passover Seder April 14, 2009

Filed under: Family & Friends — twlowenstein @ 2:10 pm

Phew, it’s been an intense couple of weeks.  Lots of deadlines and responsibilities with an overnight in the hospital for my little one thrown in (my little love is a-ok).   I’ve almost shaken off all the stress and am ready to embrace spring (should it ever arrive).

One of the projects I worked on was preparing a seder for 14 at our place.  It involved bringing a table up from the basement and taking a door off it’s hinges, I was not involved except to offer our friend who helped an ice cold beer after the job only to realize we had no such thing.  Nice.  But I was involved in the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, the making of the new family Haggadah, did I mention the cleaning?  Luckily I am married to a man who is actively involved in the life of our family.  He stayed up until 2 braising 15 pounds of brisket.  Yum.

I did not take very many photos but here are a few of the set up, a couple of my lovely friends who came even though not everyone was 100%, and of the aftermath.


You can’t see them  very well but I have 2 of these beautiful lotus centerpieces that house 3 candles and have a built in frog for creating low floral arrangements.  I got 1 from ebay the first year ebay was up and running.  It’s silver and I think I paid under 5 dollars for it.  I LOVE it.  I found one that isn’t silver but is an exact copy at the thrift store for around the same price and was thrilled to have both on our seder table. floral-arrangement1

These 2 are the shots I took as I was preparing the table.


My eldest made the 2 ceramic creations in this shot at school and we used them for ceremonially washing our hands during the seder.  The orange on the seder plate in a relatively new addition.  The story goes someone asked a Jewish scholar/rabbi when women would be able to become rabbis and he replied, “A woman will become a rabbi when there is an orange on the seder plate.”  And so now many people add an orange to both represent women and there struggle for equal rights but also to represent the possibility for change.  Hope.vessel-to-wash-hands

There’s the nice guy who helped my nice guy lug up the dinning table.  Thanks G, we owe you.


I love these of my nephew who read the 4 questions for the first time!  The 4 ?’s are read by the youngest at the table and he really did a wonderful job reading them, it was nice to have a child’s voice among all the adults.  He was very proud and rightly so!

quinn-the-4-questions quinn-feeling-proud

I’m not a braggart, but don’t I have beautiful friends?  Here they are entertaining/terrifying the children the 10 plagues finger puppets.


And this is me “reclining” on the sofa after everyone was gone and my husband and I had done the initial clean up.  Actually he was still in the kitchen and I decided I could not possibly move another muscle, until I got the urge to document that is and then I shot up (well, more like crawled) and got my camera.  Here is the credenza where we put out the yummy food.  Brisket, roasted beets with caramelized red onions, carrot sald (with lots of garlic and parsley), green beans with shallots and garlic, a yummy green salad, my SIL’s kickin’ matzah ball soup, my FIL’s special cucumber dish, and the roasted potatoes that I saw here.  The irony is not lost on me.


I was too tired to even kick the pillow out of the shot.  It was a good kind of tired, kinda.


We don’t have a dining room, per say.  We use the extra room for a playroom so we set up the table in the middle of the living room.  Where it will now stay, did I mention the door off the hinges thing?


My favorite spot above the computer with a rotating collection of my collections.


The children’s wooden Passover set.  That’s the best Manishevitz wine you’ll ever taste, fyi!


So you’re probably thinking, if you’re still reading, that actually I did take ENOUGH Passover photos!

I’ll stop because my writing is all fawn learning to walk today,


10 Responses to “Passover Seder”

  1. Natalie Says:

    You set a beautiful table. I especially love the 10 plagues finger puppets and the orange on the seder plate.

  2. Alexis Says:

    Our seder was sucky this year–next year we need to find a Jewish family to adopt us for a day!

  3. Ellen B. Says:

    Looks like you had a great seder.

    I was exhausted too, after our seder! So much cooking and prep! It was fun though and everyone loved our meal.

    Matzo brei for breakfast the next day…..yummmm!

  4. Lauren Says:

    It was really a treat to be part of your seder, nice to sit back and learn a bit- oh and i’m still thinking about the brisket and beets. The moment I left I thought, I should have had more brisket and beets. I really love the pictures too, only wish i was holding the plague of boils puppet- I did love it so.

  5. alwaysjan Says:

    My husband and i lived in New York City for 11 years and were fortunate to be invited to numerous Seders, which we loved. (I enjoy any holiday that revolves around food.) My favorite Seder was spent in Port Townsend, Washington with our friends and neighbors, who were members of the “Flying Karamazov Brothers” juggling troupe. Everyone wore silly hats (my husband wore a fez) and the discussion was wildly political. For the record, my husband, who is the black sheep in a Mormon family, makes great matzo ball soup! Your pictures make me long for those days.

  6. What a beautiful setting and I love the collections you have on display especially the vintage checkerboards and books.

  7. ANne Says:

    It looks like you did a lovely job. I have never been to a Seder dinner, but I would love to be at yours. Rest your feet now and stop cleaning!

  8. complete stranger Says:

    Your table setting is so warm and inviting especially with the many candles and the flowers. The meal sounded yummo, and I am waiting for my Fedex box of of left over fruit/nut bread! So glad that all went well. The fact that the seder was such a family affair makes it even more special, and loved the orange on your seder plate.

  9. Crystal Says:

    I love hearing about your Seder. All your photos are wonderful. I love the collections in your house. Ack! Great stuff.

  10. lexi Says:

    I think I might want to move in.

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