How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party!

How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party!

These days many people shy away from entertaining, especially a crowd. This is a shame. It doesn't matter whether your home is big or small: by following these few tips for a successful party, you can enjoy the experience rather than stressing out.

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Beautiful Ways to Decorate for Hanukkah

Beautiful Ways to Decorate for Hanukkah

It's a Festival of Light... so let's light(en) up!  There are so many creative ways to light up your home for Hanukkah without defaulting to a "Hanukkah Bush." Here are some FT&V inspirations. 

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How to Transform Your Kit Sukkah Into Something Awesome

How to Transform Your Kit Sukkah Into Something Awesome

For years I've wondered why we need to stick with the dismal trappings of the kit sukkah. So for FT&V, we turned a basic kit sukkah into a luxurious Moroccan-themed desert tent. You can too -- and you'll be surprised how easily. 

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Introducing FT&V's 2016 Hanukkah Collection!

Introducing FT&V's 2016 Hanukkah Collection!

We're really excited about the new artisans and original products we've added -- and are adding -- since our first Hanukkah season last year. If you're looking for truly special and original gifts, you'll want to shop our new collection featuring artisans from Israel and around the world.

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Decorator-Approved Gifts at Big Box Prices

Decorator-Approved Gifts at Big Box Prices

At Fig Tree & Vine, we're mindful of seeking out original, fun, and meaningful, Jewish-oriented products that will deliver a "wow" factor without breaking your budget -- perfect for gift-giving season. Here are some of our favorite choices for the home.

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It's Starting to Feel a Lot Like Sukkot!

It's Starting to Feel a Lot Like Sukkot!

Sukkot is under-appreciated as the Jewish answer to Christmas. Compared to Passover, Hanukkah, or Purim, Sukkot gets less observance from non-Orthodox, North American Jews. Perhaps we’re all worn out from the High Holy Days.

Yet the sukkah ritual -– which takes place outside of synagogue after all! – is precisely targeted to appeal to the more secular among us, just as putting up a Christmas tree is enjoyed by millions and not just the piously Christian. 

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Three Easy Tips for a Stylish & Festive Holiday

Three Easy Tips for a Stylish & Festive Holiday

In the rush to prepare the New Year's feast, it's easy to revert to a default High Holiday setting when it comes to your table. Rituals cease to be fulfilling when they become rote and familiar. Daring to change up your habitual style can make your holiday feel truly, festively new. Here are a few easy tips that will have transformative effects.
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Dig In! Introducing Our 2016 High Holiday Collection

Dig In! Introducing Our 2016 High Holiday Collection

It's Fig Tree & Vine's second High Holiday season! We're excited to head into this new year with so many exciting, new, and original products and to introduce you to so many talented and creative artisans.

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Shavuot: How to Make a Festive Green Floral Centerpiece

Shavuot: How to Make a Festive Green Floral Centerpiece

My late mother-in-law was an avid gardener in a difficult, flower-unfriendly climate. In her mind, the true gardener's palette was shades of green and brown, with color deployed sparingly. In her memory, I wanted to create a centerpiece that reflected the abundant greenery of Shavuot, with her challenge of only using green. Here's what I came up with.

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Change Up Your Shabbat Linens -- Seasonally and With Style

Change Up Your Shabbat Linens -- Seasonally and With Style

There are several explanations as to why we cover the challah during the Shabbat blessings -- but there is no explanation why we must always use the same ceremonial cover every Friday evening. If you're like me, you like to change up your table settings according to the season -- and on some days, just according to whim.
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Four Cups, Four Opportunities for a Great Wine Tasting

Four Cups, Four Opportunities for a Great Wine Tasting

The four cups of wine we drink during the Passover Seder is a perfect opportunity to sample different wines, preferably those from Israel. Here is a kosher tasting menu from our wine expert to complement any Seder. 

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Inside the Obamas' White House Seder

Inside the Obamas' White House Seder

Hosted by the President and First Lady, the annual White House Seder is a private event with about 25 close friends and staffers, current and former. In 2014 and 2015, I was guest chef for the White House Seder.  My Sephardic ancestors would have approved when the first thing I did was to start the traditional hard-cooked eggs, huevos haminados, that sat simmering for nearly eight hours. 

 

 

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