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How We’re Making Hanukkah Special this Year

12/9/2020

For all of the uncertainty this year has brought, it has also offered a sense of clarity—of the people that matter to us most, and the moments and traditions that bond us to one another. As the first night of Hanukkah approaches, we take comfort in the holiday’s origin, and how it resonates so strongly this year. The message behind lighting a candle night after night is one of hope, how during even the darkest times, we can share our light amongst one another and see that light grow.

So despite it all, we can still treasure and find joy in our celebrations this year. Curating our spaces with chic, modern Judaica like a monochromatic menorah and setting our tables with linens and dinnerware in a blue and white palette. Finding new recipes or video chatting with parents to make sure we’re correctly following family ones. Sitting down each night to savor our favorite dishes, like braised brisket, sufganiyot, and latkes, and the time spent together. During such times, it is so fulfilling to lean on that which comforts us. So, from all of us at Lulu and Georgia, happy Hanukkah to you and yours.

Highlighting Our SIN Ceramics Menorah

A menorah plays a central role in every Hanukkah celebration, but customary pieces so often do not align with a modern and clean-lined space. That’s why we’re such huge fans of this handcrafted Stacke Menorah, by Brooklyn-based SIN Ceramics studio, for its simple, minimalist design and subtly speckled finish. Available in white or black finishes, it looks at home giving off a warm, ambient glow on a tabletop, console, or in the traditional spot of a windowsill. Meant to be a symbol of hope and perseverance during the holiday, it remains a stylish, functional accent year-round.

Learn more about SIN Ceramics and the founder behind the studio here


Setting The Table

The gatherings may be a bit smaller and more intimate this Hanukkah, but we can still create a refined tablescape for us to wholly enjoy throughout the festivities. Start by styling each place setting with the timeless look of all-white dinnerware, the vintage-inspired Joan Water Glass, and the Cova Flatware Set with its matte black-finished handles. Layer on the luxe and textural Cultiver Linen Napkins in bluestone, which keeps to the blue and white palette. As for helping to serve the delicious spreads each night, we love this reclaimed wood Farmtable Plank for its simplicity and versatility. Taper candles put the finishing touch on that ambient dinner feel.


An Evening Ritual:

A celebration with your loved ones, whether in person or entirely virtual, definitely calls for stocking up on spirits to keep moods bright. As party-planning extraordinaire Annie Campbell noted last holiday season, staying organized and setting up beforehand—especially with a multi-night celebration like Hanukkah—is so helpful. Designate and then set your bar area with bottles, glasses, and barware. We appreciate this Nausica Sideboard, with its rich wood grain and curved silhouette, for serving both as a bar and spacious storage piece. Finally, whether you’re making a classic or crafting a signature holiday drink, as an expert cocktail maker and Disco Cubes owner Leslie Kirchhoff reminded us, it’s all about having good quality liquor. So cheers, and happy Hanukkah.

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