Throw a Modern Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Celebrate the Jewish New Year in style with a modern dinner for your family and friends.

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Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

A Stylish Holiday Table

Embrace the traditions of the Jewish high holidays while also setting a beautiful table for your family and friends. We share ideas to help you plan a modern Rosh Hashanah dinner party.

Apple Tea Light Candles

Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the new year on the Hebrew calendar. After sundown on the first night, families typically celebrate together with a festive meal. Apples are typically dipped in honey to symbolize hopes for a sweet new year. These pretty apple tea lights are a great way to incorporate the apple theme on your dinner table.

Honey Bowls at Each Place Setting

Put a small bowl filled with honey at each individual place setting. It's less messy than passing around a shared bowl and allows each guest to dip their apples on their own all throughout their meal.

Wishes for the New Year

Get everyone involved in planning good things to come in the new year with your own wishing tree. Have each guest fill out their wish on a small tag, and hang them all together on the tree.

Rich Gold Color Scheme

Choose an elegant color like gold for your dinner party's color scheme. We paired charger plates with copper flatware, a creamy tablecloth and a textured macrame table runner.

Small Candles Set the Scene

Group votives together throughout the table setting to help set the scene. We chose sparkling gold candles to go with the overall gold theme.

Greenery = Renewal

Decorate with small fragrant bunches of Eucalyptus branches. The fresh greenery helps symbolize the renewal of a new year.

Matzo Ball Soup

A big, delicious bowl of hot matzo ball soup is one of the most common Jewish holiday foods. Try Food Network's delicious matzo ball soup recipe.

Challah Bread

In addition to dipping apples for a sweet new year, many also dip pieces of challah bread in honey. This dense, eggy bread is a Rosh Hashanah staple and is passed around the table so everyone can enjoy. Try Food Network's braided challah bread recipe.

Chicken for the Main Course

Chicken is often served as a main course at a Rosh Hashanah dinner. Brisket is another great option if you're looking for an alternative. Try Food Network's perfect roast chicken recipe.

Carrots as A Side Dish

Keep the sweet theme going with honey-glazed carrots. Serve them in a rustic wood bowl to complement the gold and brass details of the table setting. Try our recipe for honey-glazed carrots.

Candied Nuts

Candied walnuts also symbolize a sweet new year. Place them in decorative wooden bowls around the table during the dessert course, so people can snack on them after their festive meal.

Blackberry Basil Mojitos

Use traditional Manischewitz Jewish wine to create your own signature cocktail for the evening. Combine equal parts Blackberry Manischewitz wine and white rum. Add a splash of fresh lime juice, a splash of seltzer, and a few fresh basil leaves to make a delicious mojito.

Honey Stick Favors

As a special favor for your guests, send everyone home with a few honey sticks. Tie three together with a pretty ribbon, and include a message like "Have a Sweet Year".