Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah

I don’t know if I’ve just been mentally exhausted from the High Holidays or what, but I am usually really excited about Sukkot and this year I was kind of like, “meh.” I debated with myself on whether I was even going to put up my sukkah. I suppose I’ve been in kind of a funk and last week was hell week to boot culminating with dropping my iPhone in the toilet, the replacement of which was right up there with buying a car. Since when did buying a new mobile phone get so awful?! Anyway, I suppose in the end, the highlight of the week was actually putting up the sukkah and decorating it with a seven species theme.

Fortunately, the plan for this seven species theme in my sukkah had been simmering for a while, as long time readers know, so I spent zero time thinking about it this time. Last year I designed this seven species banner and placemats primarily for my sukkah so I didn’t have too much to think about decor-wise. I pondered all sorts of crafts that can be made from the seven species dining papers but in the end, I decided to use the products as-is, right out of the packages.

Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

In my minimalist mood I forwent the candle holders and placed pillars right on the table.

Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

I’m getting so tired of looking at my meat dishes (and I’m sure you are too) that I think it’s telling me something: stop eating so much meat!

Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

This is an old lantern my mom gave me when she cleaned out her garage. It lives in my garage now. At least when it’s in the sukkah I don’t bang my head on it as much.

Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

I designed the banner to reflect the schach pattern, so I was thrilled to see how good it looked next to the ceiling.

Seven Species Theme in the Sukkah | Chai & Home

So, another Sukkot is almost over. My kid really wants to sleep in the sukkah and in my deranged frame of mind, I actually promised him we would, which now is like ugh…why did I do that?¬†Next year I already have plans on designing another banner, this time with the¬†Ushpizin on them so stay tuned for that.

L’Chaim!

 

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