Essentials for Hosts: Rosh Hashanah Tableware
Hosting meals during Rosh Hashanah can be stressful between all of the prep, cooking, cleaning, and coordinating. On top of all of that, you want to make sure your guests have a memorable meal and a meaningful holiday experience, surrounded by family and friends. Decking out your dinner table with festive Rosh Hashanah tableware is one of the many ways you can impress your guests and set the mood for a joyful and sweet meal.
We've compiled a list of the décor and tableware that is essential for Rosh Hashanah 2021. Don't wait too long to order—everything is made in and shipped from Israel, and Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown on September 6. The earlier you get everything taken care of, the better!
Feel free to use our 2021 High Holiday Prep Checklist to help yourself get ready for hosting Rosh Hashanah!
While you might hear "Seder plate" and think of Passover, Rosh Hashanah Seders have been a tradition in Sephardic and Mizrahi communities for more than 1,000 years and have gained popularity in Israel and American Jewish communities more recently. If it's your custom—or if you want to try something new this year—this gorgeous hammered Rosh Hashanah Seder plate is sure to bring meaning to your table. Shaped like a pomegranate and bursting with color, each basin for the simamim (symbolic foods) features the name in both English and Hebrew.
Kiddush Cups aren't only for Shabbat! Kiddush is made several times throughout Rosh Hashanah, and so any host needs a suitable Kiddush cup. This silver-plated Kiddush cup comes with a matching saucer, both of which are decorated with a gold-accented depiction of the Old City of Jerusalem. It also features Hoshen and Star of David motifs, bringing extra meaning. What better way to sanctify the new year than with a piece of Jerusalem sent straight from Israel to your home?
Designed by Yair Emanuel in his Jerusalem studio, this simple-yet-stunning challah cover features colorful pomegranates and a floral motif, bringing a pop of color and symbolism to your Rosh Hashanah table. While pomegranates are often associated with Rosh Hashanah, this challah cover can also be used year-round: the embroidery says "Shabbat and Yom Tov," plus it's too pretty to only use for a few days per year!
Designed by seventh-generation Israeli Dorit Klein, this golden stainless steel honey dish comes with a glass bowl to minimize stickiness and maximize style. The laser-cut dish is available in three different motifs, so you can choose the one that suits your aesthetic best. Regardless of which design you pick, this honey dish will surely sweeten your Rosh Hashanah celebrations.
Another selection from Israeli favorite Yair Emanuel's Rosh Hashanah collection, this table runner is crafted from raw silk and embroidered with pomegranates set against a cream background. You can choose if the pomegranates are red, blue, or gold, and the table runner is also available in two different sizes. While pomegranates are most popular during Rosh Hashanah, you can utilize this table runner for any spring or summer celebration that you want to add a touch of nature and beauty to.
Made of glass, this delicate Rosh Hashanah Seder plate is decorated with a chic pomegranate design and boasts labelled indentations for each of the eight symbolic foods associated with the holiday: beets, leeks, black-eyed peas, apples & honey, gourd, pomegranate, dates, and a fish head. Available in blue or red, this vibrant plate is sure to be the center of your celebration and a highlight of family Rosh Hashanah meals for years to come!
On Rosh Hashanah, like Shabbat and other holidays, candles are lit to welcome in the chag. This silver-plated candlestick set features two shofars and a base that are decorated with visuals from the Old City of Jerusalem and its famous stones and architecture and touches of gold. Considering how symbolic and special the shofar is during Rosh Hashanah, these candlesticks are a perfect addition to your Rosh Hashanah Judaica collection.
This lovely white tablecloth is perfect for Rosh Hashanah celebrations and Shabbat alike. Made in Israel, the tablecloth decorated with various designs, including the Star of David, a Kiddush cup surrounded by Shabbat candlesticks, a floral motif and the Hebrew words "Shabbat Kodesh" (Holy Sabbath) and "Moadim Lesimcha" (A Happy Festival). It's also kid-proof: it is machine washable and stain resistant, so it's built to last for years to come!
If you want bold and bright Judaica that is also rich with traditional symbols and meaning, Dorit Judaica's Rosh Hashanah collection is for you! One of our favorites from her collection is this glass honey dish, which also comes with a decorated serving plate and a honey spoon. This stunning plate features a mandala-like design, incorporating a pomegranate motif as well as elegant Hebrew writing that reads Yehi Ratzon Milfanecha Shetechadesh Aleinu Shana Tova u'Metuka - May it be Your will to renew a sweet New Year for us.
Another gorgeous creation from Yair Emanuel, this designer challah cover is ripe with meaning. Featuring embroidered pomegranates and a floral motif, the challah cover reads "Yehi ratzon she't'chadesh aleinu shanah tovah u'metukah," a traditional blessing that means "May it be Your will, that You renew for us a good and sweet year." If you aren't hosting meals yourself, this challah cover also makes an excellent gift for friends and family who will be hosting and serving meals during the High Holidays!
In addition to a challah cover, many hosts and hostesses often put the challah out on the table on a tray for easy cutting and serving. This vibrant glass tray, designed by Jordana Klein in Jerusalem, features a gorgeous painting depicting candles and challah alongside bright colors. This challah tray can easily be used for Shabbat, as well as displayed as a work of art throughout the week.
Skillfully hand painted, this metal serving dish is elegantly decorated with an array of colorful pomegranates and birds, bringing both color and meaning to your Rosh Hashanah table. Available in both medium and large sizes, this serving bowl is a great way to fuse tradition with contemporary design.
Kiddush fountains are perfect for gatherings where you are expecting plenty of guests, and this gleaming fountain is guaranteed to dazzle everyone at your table! The main Kiddush cup sits proudly at the top of the fountain, surrounded by eight smaller matching cups. Each cup (the large kiddush cup and smaller individual glasses) boast a refined hammered finish and are decorated with a colorful band. You get to choose between black, silver, and blue (pictured) for the color.
Make sure to check out our other Rosh Hashanah buying guides and resources so you’ll be ready for 5782!