| PlateArt |

Add a Floral Touch

Text and Styling by Esther Ottensoser
Photography by Chay Berger

Tiny Vase Place Card

This is the cutest little vase I’ve ever seen! Place it on a popsicle stick to create an adorable and original place card.

You will need:
  • 6-inch (15-cm) popsicle sticks
  • alphabet stamps, acrylic stamp block, and ink pad
  • ¼-oz (7-ml) glass jars (available on Amazon)
  • twine
  • baby’s breath
  • glue dots

Stamp the popsicle sticks with names using the stamping supplies.

Tie a bow around the neck of the jar with twine.

Fill the vase with water and baby’s breath.

Attach the vase to the popsicle stick with a glue dot.

Flower Breadsticks

These pretty flower breadsticks can be made using your favorite bread or challah recipe. Use them as a place card, on the side of a salad, or as a bouquet arranged in a vase. Add topping of your choice, if desired.

You will need:
  • dough
  • egg wash
  • toppings (optional)
  • tags (optional)

Roll out dough and form into flowers.

Brush with egg wash and add toppings, if desired.

Bake on 350°F (175°C) for 15–20 minutes, until lightly brown.

Attach tags to breadsticks, if desired.

Note: I used a water challah recipe, shaped the dough before it rose, and then baked right away, because it's harder to shape a fluffy dough.

Cane Decor

Cane webbing is a woven material that has been around for ages and was traditionally used on furniture. Recently, I’ve seen it become more popular. It’s being used as a design element in many projects such as vases, wall decor, etc. Here’s a pretty way to add a rustic touch to your table decor with little effort. You can use this idea to attach a menu card.

You will need:
  • cane webbing (available on Amazon)
  • dried flowers
  • ribbon

Cut a 4x8-inch (10x20-cm) piece of cane webbing.

Thread a flower through the holes of the cane.

Place on top of a folded napkin.

Note: As you may notice in the picture, the cane is slightly curled up. After the photoshoot, I discovered that placing it in hot water for 15 minutes will soften the material.

Torah Is Sweet

Capture the sweetness of the Torah with this adorable candy Har Sinai. Fun to prepare and guaranteed to keep the sweetness of Yom Tov in the minds of your children long after it’s over.

You will need:
  • 3.8x7.8-inch (9.65x19.8-cm) green Styrofoam ball
  • 2–3 4-oz (110-g) pkgs green sour belts
  • toothpicks or straight pins
  • white fondant
  • flower fondant mold
  • mini yellow chocolate lentils
  • mini chocolate bars (I got these from The Nuttery) or chocolate covered cannoli for the Luchos

Attach 8 sour belts evenly to the top of the Styrofoam ball, using toothpicks or straight pins. There will be about a 1-inch (212-cm) space in the center that won’t be covered.

The sour belts should reach the bottom of the Styrofoam (they don’t need to be attached at the bottom).

Fill the spaces between the sour belts with more sour belts, overlapping slightly.

Use the fondant mold to form the flowers out of fondant.

Use a bit of icing or chocolate to attach the chocolate lentil to the center of each flower.

Allow to dry.

Attach the flowers to the mountain with toothpicks or some melted chocolate.

Using toothpicks, attach the chocolate bar or cannoli Luchos to the mountain.

Fill any uncovered Styrofoam on top of the mountain with leaves cut from sour belts.

Note: If using straight pins, be very careful when serving.


Scan here for the products used

(Originally featured in Family Table, Issue 896)

Oops! We could not locate your form.