Whether you’re opening your home to the neighborhood or hosting an intimate get together, you'll want each room to sparkle, especially for Hanukkah, aka the Festival of Lights . Although the first night of Hanukkah isn’t until December 24, a mere three weeks away, it’s never too early to be prepared. Between dusting off the menorah and whipping up favorite holiday dishes (latkes, latkes, and more latkes), there’s a lot to do before sundown.
For that we tapped an expert, interior designer Taylor Spellman, the humorous host of BRAVO’s Yours Mine or Ours, for her decorating know-how. Her easy-to-execute touch-ups utilize materials you probably already have, like that long-standing dreidel collection that lives in the back of your closet. But for Spellman, creating a festive atmosphere is only half the battle. “As far as I'm concerned the most important element to any tablescape is wine....and then more wine,” she jokes.
Read on for Spellman’s styling tips that will impress even the fussiest bubbes.
1. Dress Up Your Dreidels
“Don’t overlook a beautiful Hanukkah staple. Paired with fresh flowers and white candles this common children’s toy becomes chic décor.”
2. Open Up the Room
“Swap out your year-round art with an oversized mirror and add gorgeous greenery that will breathe fresh life into any mantle. Pair that with a menorah and settle in for eight amazing nights.”
3. Personalize Place settings
“Making a seating arrangement helps mix things up in the best way. Cut a piece of paper and rubbed a crayon over the name. Super easy. Super chic.”
4. Polish the Color Palette
“There's plenty to do outside of the traditional and standard blue decor. Fresh white, silver, and live greenery gives these Hanukkah festivities an amazing and much needed face-lift.”