Hanukkah Table on a Budget!

From dish liners to dreidels, Marlene of The Jewish Hostess shares her budget-friendly finds for setting a beautiful table. She headed out to IKEA to find what’s new and Hanukkah-blue for the holiday season.

From Marlene: I decided to stick with the traditional Hanukkah blue and silver color combo because I already owned blue water glasses, given to me by my consuegro (Syrian word for son-in-law’s mother) as a Rosh Hashanah gift, plus I happen to own a set of blue and silver rimmed Greek style dishes – a perfect Maccabee theme!

After an hour or two of piling anything and everything blue or silver into my shopping cart at IKEA, this is what I finally ended up with: Hanukah-blue cotton placemats at $1.99 each – a great buy! Silver mirrored squares (they come in a pack of four), these are a great investment. Buy a dozen or two, you can use them on a dessert bar, as place mats, or you can even line your entire table with them. I placed four in a row as a runner in the center of the table and then placed one atop each blue place mat.

Go run and buy these beautiful silver candles from IKEA before they run out of them! Eight of these festive candles look so elegant lined up along the center of the table, menorah style. IKEA also has gorgeous cobalt blue glass candle holders that fit perfectly as a base for my new silver candles.  I placed four candles into their bases in a row to the right and the left of my own ‘shamash’ vase. (Note: my son reminded me that this menorah display cannot be used as the actual menorah… according to tradition, the menorah has to be fashioned out of one piece of metal, wood, or glass).

Dashing into West Elm (while the whole family waited outside), I purchased  stunning silvery shimmery cotton napkins at $7 each. They look perfect atop each plate. I neatly folded each one and topped with a sparkly dreidel. I also found delicious kosher blue and white swirley lollipops at West Elm that I placed on the  mirrored table runner as well.

I couldn’t resist buying two velvety bluish purple pillows at $19.99 from IKEA to place on silver gray chairs from B and B party rental in Brooklyn, NY. at both heads of the table of the table.


The magnificent and gorgeous Hanukkah cake is by Fortune Farca. The beautiful and delicious Hanukkah dreidel cookies are by the talented Esther Dana. There’s nothing like gorgeous holiday themed baked goods to cozy up the look of your table.

Use these suggestions as a basic guide for your own unique Hanukkah table decor. Using your favorite silver or blue or white tableware as a base, and then shop around your favorite discount stores, florist, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Target, or West Elm for fun accessories to add to your holiday centerpiece.