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.”
The Shabbanukkah you have described looks really interesting. Last year I had a chance to spend Hanukkhah in Israel and must say that this is a very pleasent experience ?
Wow! Shabbanukkah looks and sounds so wonderful! Hope you all had a great time with your amazing hosts!
Wow, how interesting! I loved reading and learning about Shabbanukkah! The food sounds so yummy, too. I am so glad you had such a great time with friends ♡
Looks like you had a great party! Everything looks so festive and a little magical
Shabbanukkah sounds so wonderful. Looks like you had a great party… Great read…!
Looks like a beautiful celebration. Always wonderful to spend a holiday with people who are dear to you.
Shabbanukkah sounds like a wonderful celebration! thank you for sharing this, it was very enlightening!
Shabbanukkah party sounds fabulous. I am not very familiar with Jewish festivals and customs but I a definitely interested in knowing more. 🙂
Hurrah for celebrating holidays. I love this time of year!
Shabbanukkah looks like a lot of fun , and a lovely celebration or all the family
Wow, I never heard about Shabbanukkah. Everything looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
I did not know about Shabbanukkah but it looks like a great celebration. Thanks for sharing your amazing time.
The Shabbanukkah looks amazing! Your pictures speak for itself how much fun you all had!
Happy Shabbat and Hanukkah! I had the pleasure to participate in shabbat with one of my coworkers and it was beautiful.
The shabbanukkah looks very festive. I would love to participate with someone and share all these fun things
What a wonderful post! This looks like a fun, I’m glad you guys had a nice time. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
That looks like such an interesting spread. I have never tried Potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce ever and I can’t wait to explore it 🙂
A little late but Chag Urim Sameach! I slacked off this year. We still do a Christmas tree too though there is nothing religious about it. Just lights and fun ornaments.
Shabbanukkah seems to be a desirable festival. I hope that I will have the opportunity to come to Israel. Thanks for your photos! They look nice ^^
Is Shabbat a Muslim holiday or Jewish….as that would be an awesome awesome thing if it was a fusion of Muslim and Jewish celebrations. A love for all religions.
This looks like a really special gathering. Glad you had a lovely time.
The celebration from your info here looks amazing, I will love to attend this anytime I come by it.
Love all your lovely captures shared, very nice celebration you had. Love the candles handle the most. cheers, siennylovesdrawing
Beautiful, I didn’t know the story behind Hanukkah and the why the candelabra with nine arms. This was an interesting read, thank you for sharing. I also loved the pics and the quote at the end, it’s very inspiring!
Never heard of Shabbanukkah. It sounds and look interesting. Thank for sharing.
Never heard about this festivity… sounds great fun and traditional… the pics are amazing. thanks for sharing!
Shabbanukkah seems like a wonderful thing! Never heard of it before..
Looks like you enjoyed the party very much! All your pictures are beautiful. Shabbanukkah seems to be a desirable festival.
great setup for a date