On Decorating My Sukkah...Part I - The Creative Process

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's that time of year again, time to think about decorating my Sukkah (the hut we build outside our homes to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkos). We practically move into these temporary shelters to eat our festive meals and relax in, and while most people are preoccupied with planning menus and cooking (as I should be), I'm busy planning my annual creative Sukkah decorating concept.

This year I decided to go with a water theme. I'm not really sure yet how I'm going to go about implementing this, but usually I start with some inspiration and work from there. Of course Pinterest and Google Images are my go to places to research ideas and spark my creativity. Here's a primary inspirational photo:
 Other inspirations may come from many sources, some including fashion...
 Alberta Ferretti Spring 2013

Gucci Spring 2013

...or interior design. The panels surrounding this bed remind me of flowing water, so I may start my decorating with inexpensive sheer aqua panels.
 I love a bit of sparkle, so I'll use some aqua glassware in my decor, either on the table or hanging from the ceiling.
 Adding fresh flowers for the centerpiece is always a must, and this combination of blue hydrangeas with a touch of green will coordinate beautifully with my water theme.
 Here's another great centerpiece idea using a smaller vase placed inside a larger one filled with blue tinted water.
 And with a water theme, blue lighting can alter the entire mood of the sukkah.
 To anchor the blue and bring it slightly down to earth I love the idea of adding free form branches, either as a hanging centerpiece or on the table. Branches can be easily found outside my home at no cost.
 And I always add lots of candlelight for the nighttime meals to achieve a cozy glow that will enhance the entire look. 

Tomorrow I will go scouting for items to implement my ideas: blue sheer fabric, aqua and clear glassware, blue lights, fabric for the tablecloth, candles and branches. Stay tuned for the final result. I hope it will be fabulous!

Until next time,

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  1. just lovely!!!


  2. These colors are magical, and sure to be a hit!


  3. Amazing...love the theme, I think it will give a relaxed and calming feel and let you concentrate on the important things. All sounds interesting, never seen a Sukkah...take a picture if you can, would love to see :) xox Have a gorgeous day doll.

  4. Love the idea! Another idea I thought of is hanging vases or tealight holders with blue water...sure to be magnifacent! Can't wait to see pics!!!

  5. Tiffany blue is definitely my favorite!
    I can imagine perfectly your little heaven...
    Great choice
    Luv Sonia

  6. Sparkle and Tiffany blue - it doesn't get any better than that. I hope the outdoor shelter is BIG to hold all of your wonderful idea's.

  7. Hi Sharon!

    This is so interesting! What a fun celebration and I like the theme you've chosen! I'm sure it will be gorgeous because you have a natural talent for design, decor, and entertaining :)

    I'll look forward to hearing more!

  8. I love your ideas Sharon. You are so creative & I know you will make a lovely haven for your celebration with your family. I am not familiar with the celebration but it does sound wonderful. Can you share more with us?! Thanx dear!


  9. Can't wait to see it! I'm sure it will be stunning!!

    Thanks for the recipes! Can you send me the pan fried kugel and corned beef recipes when you get a chance (no rush!)? I'm no Betty Crocker but would love to try these someday!

  10. This looks AMAZING! So excited to see pictures of the final result!