Deck the halls with Matzo balls! Our dear friends, Noah and Nikki, hosted a spectacular Shabbanukkah party. We are excited to share our evening filled with lights, latkes and libations with you!
Shabbanukkah combines the festivities of Hanukkah and Shabbat. Shabbat represents the 24-hour period of rest from sunset on Friday evening to Saturday evening. The eight day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah (or Chanukah) celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. According to legend, Jews defeated their Greek oppressors during the Maccabean Revolt. Today, the holiday celebrates this liberation from oppression. This year, the holiday began on December 2nd and concluded on December 10th.
Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights. According to legend, the Maccabees had enough oil to light the rededicated temple for one night, but miraculously the flames stayed lit for eight days. The Menorah is candelabra with nine arms. The eight candles symbolize the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed. The helper candle or Shamash is located in the middle and used to light the other candles. The menorah candles should be lit from left to right.
Noah and Nikki served traditional Hanukkah bites, including:
- Potato latkes (pancakes) with sour cream and applesauce
- Charcuterie platter with lots of cheese and cheese dreidels
- Butternut squash soup (not traditional, but delicious!)
- Peanut butter truffles
- Gluten-free cookies
- Jelly-filled sufganiots (doughnuts)
- Chocolate babka
- Gold chocolate coins
There’s no beautiful Christmas tree at a Shabbanukkah party, but Nikki and Noah bought some beautiful Hanukkah holiday cheer in other ways. They used a chic royal blue, shiny gray and pearl white color palette. They created a royal blue Shabbanukkah banner, and added fun blue and gray plates.
The signature cocktail was a Hellisoy apple cider Shabbocktail. We wine dressed in festive holiday spirit. Guests got lit!
We had a lot of fun dining on the traditional Hanukkah bites and sipping on the specialty cocktail and wine.
Thanks again Noah and Nikki for a wonderful Shabbanukkah. Cheers to the Challah Days.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”