For the second year in a row I didn’t plan on having a first night seder but then did. Although I had been mulling over a new look for my Passover set, since I wasn’t planning on hosting this year I didn’t buy anything and made do with what I had. In the end, it turned out pretty close to my original inspiration!
I used a cheese board slate for the seder plate and my mom found the cotton stems at Hobby Lobby. Even though I was sold out of my Pesach WordPlay Dining Papers, I used some defective ones that I keep round for photo shoots.
Even though there was only four of us, I always create place name cards. These were made with left over kraft paper and handwritten by me with a Sharpie. I think it makes the table special. Since my haggadah doesn’t really go with the table decor, I hid it under the napkin.
I love the way the cotton stems look and they are very symbolic of slavery in the U.S, so perfect for Passover. If matzah is the bread of affliction, cotton is definitely the flower of affliction.
The candlesticks my mom picked up at Marshalls some years ago and my little thrifted silver kiddush cup could use a polish mitt applied to it but it actually looks like it goes with the candlesticks better when it is tarnished like that. Anyway, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Since there was only four of us, I lumped all the food on one platter for serving. That is Tori Avey’s Slow Cooker Savory Brisket, Busy in Brooklyn’s Creamy Pareve Mashed Potatoes and my own charred brussels sprouts with balsamic and red onion. And when I say charred, I mean charred. I left them in the oven to keep warm during the seder and they cooked way too much. Oh well, no one is perfect.
My mother made Nigella Lawson’s Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake from my list of 5 Amazing New Desserts to Make for Passover and it was truly amazing. Such a great moist cake texture and excellent orange flavor. I’m not a massive fan of orange and chocolate like my husband is, but even for me it was excellent.
So that’s another Passover in the books. Without a big crowd of people at the table, there was much less pressure and we leisurely went through the haggadah, going through more parts than usual. We asked questions, we sang, and my son frequently interjected with interesting factoids and Hebrew pronunciation tips showing us all that the money spent on cheder isn’t being wasted…and for that say “Amen.”