Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shavuot Flowers

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot this year falls on June 8th and 9th. The holiday commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. To learn more about Shavuot, click here

The Sages tell us that although Mount Sinai was in a barren desert, when the Torah was given the mountain bloomed and sprouted flowers. Since Shavuot is also called a "Harvest Festival," it is customary to adorn the home and synagogue with fruits, flowers and greens.  Whether you are entertaining or just want some beautiful floral arrangements in your home, here are some simple ideas that are not only easy to do, they won’t break the bank.

Flowers + Fruit=Elegant

Find a container to use for your arrangement. I used an urn I had in the closet, but you can use anything from a soup tureen, to a soufflĂ© dish. I placed a flower frog in the bottom, but if you don’t have a frog you can use small stones or oasis to hold the flowers in place.

I cut the greenery from my backyard.  (If you live somewhere like NYC this probably won’t work—you’ll have to buy your greens).

Finally, I went to my supermarket and bought the flowers and fruit. I used Alstroemeria, (it lasts a LONG time) green grapes and small key limes.  I inserted wood skewers into the limes and arranged them in my urn making sure to cover the skewers with flowers or greens. 

Flowers + Manischewitz=Funky!

I got stole this idea from an old Martha Stewart story. She featured beautiful English tea tins filled with various flowers. I thought it would be fun to do the same with kosher food cans (actually, I had to dump some of the food into Tupperware containers to use the cans, but Michael really enjoyed the gefilte fish). Stick to one kind of flower or green per container, please.

Flowers + Paper bag=Simple

Couldn’t be easier—pop any waterproof container into a plain paper bag, fill with flowers of your choice and tie with a ribbon. More fun than a plain vase.

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