It’s Chanukah (or Hanukkah I like to mix it up and use both spellings ;)) time! Chanukah so fun and a great time to get together with family. Also a time to eat lots and lots of latkes! My love for latkes I cannot put into words, for me it is a comfort food. Luckily they are only around me for holidays. Otherwise I would just be eating them all day everyday.
The only problem I have with Chanukah is the lack of decorations available. Growing up we celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas, which was a lot of fun. However, Hanukkah had a hard time competing with Christmas because of the lack of decorations and Santa. Chanukah Harry just isn’t the same as Santa(SNL reference). It is the festival of lights but doesn’t have as many lights as Christmas. I do love how many temples now are putting up giant menorahs that you can see from a mile away. I also love the mench on a bench, how funny is that?! The Chanukah section is usually a tiny bin buried in between Christmas decorations. I am going to share with you a few easy DIY Chanukah party decorations.
I took gelt unwrapped it, ate a couple and used the wrappers for decoration. You can collect the wrappers after the kids eat the gelt. I attached the wrappers to ribbon with double sided tape, hot glue would work really well for this too. I also made the gelt more decorative dipped in blue candy melts and with gold glitter food spray. Then I spread them out on a plate. Some of it I put in a round dollar store vase with some tulle. You could also use tissue paper in the vase to make a little gelt go a long way and give it more volume.
I used upside down glasses wine to hold up the plate, you could put some dreidels in them too. This wine glasses are also from the dollar store and they are so pretty! For a table runner I used wrapping paper. I spread out some ribbon for an extra decoration.
Paper straws are amazing they are so pretty and there are so many things you can do with them. I used them to make a kid friendly menorah that also works as a decoration. The tutorial for the menorah is here valeventgal.com/2014/12/kid-friendly-menorah/ so easy and a fun way to get little ones involved. The marshmallow pops use the same steps for the menorah with the flames using pipe cleaners. You can use yellow or gold “flames” I was just playing around with different color combinations. I just dipped marshmallows in blue candy melts and used 1 1/2 marshmallows for the shamash to raise it up a bit.
Paper straws also look great spread out on top of some gelt. I love GOOOLLLDD (goldmember voice)!
All of this took me less than an hour to put together. Have fun this Hanukkah whether you are hosting a party or celebrating with family. Also check out my Hanukkah wine tags if you are going to a party. It is the time of year to celebrate, enjoy your Hanukkah!
-Val Event Gal