Paper Flower Sukkah Decorations Inspired by the Bellagio

I don’t normally post on Wednesday but I couldn’t wait to share this sukkah with you. When I saw it my heart sang with the glory of the mitzvah I was witnessing. I was fortunate to photograph the sukkah just hours before the chag began, so the table was ready for guests and the aroma of a tantalizing dinner was wafting out of the house.

This sukkah belongs to my neighbor Mollie, of Doda Mollie fame. Mollie normally keeps her sukkah un-adorned in the Chabad style, but this year she chose to explore the halachaic principle of Hiddur Mitvah, the aesthetic beautification of a mitvah. When she first announced to me she was going to decorate her sukkah with paper flowers in an effort to re-create the famous Chihuly ceiling of the Bellagio Hotel, I thought, “Well, good luck with that” but my face said, “Wow, if it turns out let me photograph it.” I didn’t really think she could pull it off…but pull it off she did and look at the result…

Paper Flower Sukkah | Chai & Home

The paper flowers against the sparkly lights are so beautiful in person. Now, Mollie doesn’t take all the credit for this. Although the overall concept was hers, she enlisted a friend to show her how to make the flowers and I am informed that this friend also made many of them. According to the description I was told, it looks like they were made with this technique.

Paper Flower Sukkah | Chai & Home

Paper Flower Sukkah | Chai & Home

The table was neatly and simply set with pretty floral motifs. Paper plates and plastic cups took a back seat to a really fab tablecloth.  I might have a scoop on how to get this fantastic tablecloth in a variety of colors in a few weeks so stay tuned!

Paper Flower Sukkah | Chai & Home

Paper Flower Sukkah | Chai & Home

Pretty roses simply arranged provided a cheerful focal point to the table and a majestic set of sterling candle sticks stood ready in the corner. Such beauties only come as a wedding gift and this is why you should always include heirlooms in your Jewish wedding registry!

Paper Flower Sukkah | Chai & Home

Shabbat Candlesticks in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

Why did Mollie choose to explore Hiddur Mitvah this year? Was it divine inspiration…or was it reading too much Chai & Home?! Whatever it was I know that her guests must have had a wonderful time sitting in that sukkah under the flowers, and the stars, and the shining light that is a beautiful mitzvah.

L’Chaim!

 

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