How to Decorate for Chanukah

shutterstock_167364551Chanukah decorations are meant to be lavish – after all, you’re creating a festival atmosphere for your family and friends. During this holiday, use flowers throughout your home to spice up your traditional decor. Let People’s Flower Shops show you which flowers work best for the Festival of Lights, and how you can use them throughout your Chanukah decor!

On Your Mantel

There are several ways to go about decorating your mantelpiece. You can let flowers take center stage, or you can use them as accents around your menorah. If you want to create a dazzling display with flowers, look for tall flowers like gladioli or larkspur. Both gladioli and larkspur are available in white, and larkspur is one of few flowers that comes naturally in blue, so you’ll be able to make a festive floral display in the traditional Chanukah colors!

Even if you’re planning to place your menorah on the mantel, you can still use flowers as a decorative accent. Use two silver-painted bud bowls filled with white or dyed-blue carnations to flank the menorah, or create a wreath of evergreen boughs and small blue and white flowers to ring the base of your menorah.

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There are few better ways to make your traditional Chanukah treats look even more delicious than a gorgeous floral centerpiece. One of the best options is white . A simple basket of these beauties will look stunning against a blue tablecloth. If you’d like to add some color to your arrangement, ask us about dyed blue roses, or mix in pale blue hydrangea to offset the snowy white flowers in your centerpiece.

Accenting the Coffee Table

Another great place to add some floral delight is your coffee table. You can use any of the flowers we’ve mentioned – gladioli, delphinium, carnations, roses and hydrangea – or you can take things in a completely different direction. For instance, imagine how amazing this “Lirios Blancos” bouquet will look with dreidels and other traditional Chanukah decorations scattered around its base.

These are only a few examples of the ways you can use flowers to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Use blue and white flowers to make wreaths or place a custom bouquet on your hall table to welcome your guests. When it comes to floral Chanukah decorations, the options are limitless. People’s Flower Shops is happy to help you explore them all!

 

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Converge on “Thanksgivukkah” for the First Time Since 1888!

thanksp4It may seem incredible, but Thanksgiving and Hanukkah very rarely converge, but this year it has happened for the first time since 1888! One recent article in the Washington Post noted that it may not happen again for another 77,798 years!thanksp1

However, it is happening now and for some of you that create some unique decorating challenges since November 28th is Thanksgiving and the first full day of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. However, it does not have to be stressful but actually quite fun to combine the two special events.

The Peoples Flower Shops design team in Albuquerque has some decorating tips for the Thanksgivvukah table!

Decorating the Albuquerque Thanksgivvukah Table

Think about these decorating ideas for your home and feast table, which combines symbols from both holidays and pays respect to the meaning of each:

  • Use individual centerpieces next to each place setting or place a single rose on each plate. You can also place a decorative dreidel next to each place setting.thanxp1
  • Use more than one centerpiece along the center of the table, mixing small and large arrangements as well as add these to the foyer and guest bathroom in colors that acknowledge both holidays. This adds visual interest and even freshens each room with the scent of flowers.
  • Have the Peoples Flower Shops design team use a family heirloom like a vase or bowl to design a personalized holiday flower arrangement for your Thanksgivvukah table.
  • Try using a menurkey made out of gourds, wood, or metal, paying tribute to the symbols of both holidays. What is that you ask? Why it’s a menorah combined with iconic Thanksgiving symbols.thanxp2
  • Candles are a beautiful way to recognize both holidays while also create the perfect mood and ambiance during a very special dinner.

Order Your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Flower Arrangements Now!

Even though Thanksgivvukah is just days away, it’s never too late to order your Thanksgiving centerpieces and Hanukkah flower arrangements. We deliver before and on November 28th so you can enjoy the natural beauty of flowers, flowering plants, and plants this special holiday season. thanxp3

The Eight Days of Hanukkah

Hanukkah1The story of Hanukkah goes that the Maccabees had returned to the temple from victory. When they arrived and were to light the Menorah, they found that there was only enough oil for a single day. And, with the preparation of the oil to take a whole week, they knew that they would soon be without the light.

 

However, the story goes onto say that the oil lasted for not one day but eight days, giving them enough time to produce more oil for the Menorah. This event became known as the miracle of the Menorah. From this miracle came the celebration of Hanukkah.

 

A Holiday, a Festival – It’s Hanukkah

 

Today and for many hundreds of years now, we have celebrated Hanukkah over the course of eight days in remembrance of the miracle at the Menorah. Because of these events, Hanukkah has also become known as the festival of lights during which candles are constantly burning to signify the eight day burning of the oil in the story.

However, there is much more to Hanukkah than just the story that it commemorates.

 

Hanukkah, as a holiday, festival, or both, is a time of togetherness for family and friends. It is a time of festivities amongst brothers and a time of celebration. Whether for the Maccabees’ victory, thankfulness, or the sake of tradition, Hanukkah is a time to celebrate.

 

Tradition and Modernism

 

There are many traditions in Hanukkah from the potlucks of some very yummy fried foods to the spinning of the Dreidel. There are also many modern twists on the holiday. Many families get each other gifts — one for each day of the holiday is a common practice.Hanukkah3

 

While some may believe this modern tradition is merely a spinoff of the Christmas holiday, there is actually a bit more to it. Each day, the oil burned in the miracle of the menorah was a gift to the Maccabees.

The gifts given on Hanukkah essentially represent each day and as a gift that the Menorah continued to burn on.

 

The Gift of Peoples Flowers

 

At Peoples Flowers, we offer a very unique alternative to the usual holiday gift – that is the gift of flowers or gift baskets. Hanukkah2

We are a floral boutique that specializes in handcrafting beautiful floral designs that make the perfect gift for Hanukkah.

Please feel free to visit or contact us at Peoples Flowers and let us help you in choosing the perfect gift this holiday season.