Decorating for Hanukkah on a budget
If you're organizing a Hanukkah party or a family get-together, decorating for the holiday doesn't have to cost you a fortune, or leave you with a major headache.
One way to make Hanukkah decorating a lot easier is to stick to the basics.
Start with color
When it comes to decorating with colors, you can't beat silver and blue for Hanukkah. But you also don't want your home looking monochromatic. Your best bet? Shop for placemats, tablecloths or napkins that are different shades of blues. That way, you can layer the colors for major impact. Combining textures also adds more interest to the decor, so don't choose everything from the same material. Mixing and matching is great when decorating a Hanukkah table.
The easiest place to start? Your local fabric store, where you can search for a fabric that inspires you. A beautiful blue or silver fabric can be used as a curtain, a throw over the sofa or even a tablecloth.
Go beyond the table
A trick interior decorators use to create a big impact is adding some color and sparkle to the chandelier or overhead lights. This doesn't have to be complicated. For example, a simple sparkly garland wrapped around the electric cord of the overhead lamp can work. Or you can search for holiday ornaments in blue and silver and add them to your chandelier. Simply get some string and then hang them up.
Those same ornaments also work well to fill glass bowls that you can place in different areas of the house to add sparks of color and interest. In fact, many basic Christmas decorations, such as tree garlands, ornaments and even fake snow spray can become impromptu Hanukkah decorations. This can be a great way to find decorations if you live where Hanukkah items are not as easily available.
Getting the kids involved whenever possible is a great way to make the decorating for Hanukkah a family affair. Get the kids to participate by asking them to make old-fashioned paper chains to hang around the home. You can do this with scrapbook paper in matching colors (always go for silvers and blues whenever possible) or get some glitter to add to white paper.
Once you've decorated the kitchen and dining room, move to other rooms. You can repeat your fabric, ornaments, garland and paper chains in your table's centerpiece. Remember to mix different shades of blue and silver so it doesn't feel too overwhelming.
Don't forget what the holiday is all about
While decorating the home for Hanukkah can be a lot of fun, don't forget the true spirit of the holiday. Make sure the Menorah still has a central space in your home. If you usually put your Menorah in the window, get a second, smaller one you can place on the dining table.
You can also create a "gift corner," where you can set small presents wrapped in blue and silver paper, and then add a small Menorah in the center.