Across the Jewish diaspora, stoves are heating up in preparation for the Festival of Lights, otherwise known as the Festival of Fried Foods. For eight wondrous nights, we'll indulge in latkes, doughnuts, and other fabulous fritters. Here is some inspiration for serving your holiday feast in high style. FIRST ROW
• 1 Laura Gross fashioned this festive tablescape with sparkling placemats and silver rimmed stemware. For a similar look, check out these metallic silver placemats at Crate & Barrel and West Elm's Metallic Twist Glassware - $4.95-$9.95 and $22-$36, respectively
• 2 A blue woven-vinyl runner by Chilewich adds a layer of texture to this dramatic blue table - $44
• 3 Hurricane lamps and votives wrapped in star-punched paper add a warm, subtle glow to the room.
• 4 Bring a natural element to the table with a DIY manazanita-branch menorah.
• 5 Silver dreidel place card holders from Pottery Barn are a sophisticated take on a traditional favorite - $19/set of four
• 6 The navy-and-white border reminiscent of Spanish lace on this china by Haviland adds a Sephardic touch to the table - $155.95/five-piece place setting
• 7 Pewter chargers are simply dressed with blue napkins wrapped with grey velvet in this contemporary setting. Find similar chargers and napkins at Horchow.
• 8 This shimmery monochromatic table uses a nontraditional color scheme to elegant effect.
• 9 The regal styling of Anthropologie's Cathedral Goblet is perfect for a celebratory table- $12
• 10 This tablescape was designed for a New Year's Eve party, but the global-inspired china by Spode is reminiscent of traditional Judaica. (And the paper "fortunes" are a humorous nod to the American Jewish tradition of eating Chinese on Christmas!)
Images: 1. Laura Gross, 2. Petrina Tinslay, 3. & 4. Martha Stewart, 5. Pottery Barn, 6. Haviland, 7. Better Homes & Gardens, 8. Southern Accents, 9. Anthropologie, 10. epicurious