Then for the place settings.Gold chargers were a given, and after a little experimenting I settled for my scalloped, violently floral dinner plates of English design, and rosy appetizer plates with a raspberry pink rim. The napkins were dyed together with the tablecloth, and the napkin rings were a discount store find; they are cheap plastic - another example of tacky things that can look wonderful in the right context.
Table setting for the grandchildren...
...and an overview of the table. Below, the full effect at night, with all the candles lit.
By necessity, these party favors are quite inexpensive, but I try to find a theme each year that can be personalized for all the recipients.
Obviously, it has to be something that works both for men and women, and for most ages.
Last year it was socks, carefully selected according to personalities - from distinguished argyle to fuzzy with purple pompoms. Once it was various bookmarks – romantic, intellectual, playful, businesslike. This year it was note pads - pretty, jokey, floral, and - yes, covered in pink fluff.
And finally, a glimpse of Chanukah atmosphere...