20+ Unique Rosh Hashanah Decorations & Table Setting Ideas (2018)

Rosh Hashanah is here … (Shana Tova!)

Pop quiz: how do you decorate your home to get into the Rosh Hashanah spirit? How do you make sure your guests start off their new year with a sweet “apple & honey taste”?

Smartass answer: Well, you could serve apple & honey…

Haha, very funny (NOT)!

You obviously want, can and WILL do better than that…

Are you ready to decorate your Rosh Hashanah table and make it beautiful & buzzing?

Great! Let’s get to it then!

Best Rosh Hashanah Table Decorations

The Rosh Hashanah dinner table is naturally decorated with all sorts of “interesting” food (the Rosh Hashanah Simanim):

  • Apple & honey
  • Fish (the head of the fish, to be exact)
  • Round Challah
  • Pomegranates

Just to name a few.

But believe it or not – that’s barely scratching the surface…

There are WAY more cool Rosh Hashanah decorations you can add to the table that’ll give it an even greater look…

Spode Judaica Honey Pot

Spode Judaica Honey Pot

Sure, you can fill a small pot with honey and pass it around for everyone to dip their apple in it.

BORING.

The decorative (read: Jewish) way to dip your apple in honey is to dip it in a dedicated honey pot – made especially for Rosh Hashanah.

I particularly like Spode’s honey pot.

If you’ve ever been to a Passover Seder – chances are you’ve seen one of their signature Passover Seder plates.

Turns out they have a signature Rosh Hashanah honey pot too 🙂

Hand Painted Rosh Hashanah Honey Dish

Hand Painted Rosh Hashanah Honey Dish

What tha…?!

Look closely…

Those aren’t real apples.

It’s a special Rosh Hashanah apple designed plate and bowl 🙂

Whoever came up with this idea is a genius.

It gives jokers a chance to tease their guests (or annoy, depends who your guests are) and serve them an empty dish.

Shana Tova Umetuka Challah Cover

Shana Tova Umetuka Challah Cover

This is a bit less deceiving than the Rosh Hashanah dish.

It looks like a Challah cover… It walks like a Challah cover… It IS a Rosh Hashanah Challah cover!

Now that’s how you do Hamotzi on Rosh Hashanah!

Lily Art Painted Stainless Steel & Glass Challah Board: Pomegranates

Painted Stainless Steel Challah Board: Pomegranates (Lily Art)

You’ve got a Rosh Hashanah Challah cover. But how do you serve the Challah?

With a Rosh Hashanah Challah board of course! 

OK, to be fair, it’s not just for Rosh Hashanah…

The Rosh Hashanah Challah is round… 

Round Challah
Original image by Przemysław Wierzbowski

But I personally think getting a round Challah board you’ll only use once a year to be a complete waste. I’d much rather get a Challah board I can use all year round (hint: Sukkot is less than 2 weeks after Rosh Hashanah… use it in your Sukkah!).

Yair Emanuel Set of Aluminum Salad Servers – Pomegranate

Yair Emanuel Set Of Aluminum Salad Servers Pomegranate

You added a Rosh Hashanah twist to your Challah. Nice job!

Now, how about the salad? Can you “Rosh Hashanify” it too? (adding Pomegranates to your salad doesn’t count)

More challenging indeed… but not impossible!

Boom! Pomegranate salad servers!

What’s next? A Rosh Hashanah salad bowl? (careful, don’t test me)

Yair Emanuel Hand Painted Laser Cut Bowl – Birds and Pomegranates

Yair Emanuel Hand Painted Laser Cut Bowl Birds And Pomegranates

I told you not to test me 🙂

This Rosh Hashanah bowl is not just pomegranates… it’s birds and flowers too.

Cute huh?

Tip: This is a fabulous Rosh Hashanah gift for a hostess, in case you’re invited to Rosh Hashanah dinner.

Unique Rosh Hashanah Table Decorations

Honeypots, Challah boards, Challah covers… those are all great Rosh Hashanah table decorations.

But they’re not unexpected. Every Rosh Hashanah holiday table has them… we just added a twist to them.

But the following Rosh Hashanah table settings are NOT expected.

They’re unique…

They’re surprising…

They’re awesome!

Rosh Hashanah Apple & Honey Confetti

Rosh Hashanah Confetti

How cool is it to sprinkle some of these apple & honey confetti on the table – before the (real) apple & honey arrive?

Your guests will have something to look forward to… (don’t forget to serve the fake apple & honey plates to test their patience).

Pomegranate Wine Glass Decoration

Pomegranate Wine Glass Decoration

It’s a Mitzvah to drink wine on Rosh Hashanah (and indeed, wine is poured generously on Rosh Hashanah).

How about we “beautify” the Mitzvah and decorated our wine glasses with these cute decorative pomegranates?

Rosh Hashanah Pomegranate Napkin Rings

Rosh Hashanah Pomegranate Napkin Rings

Nappy the Napkin: Hey! How come Winy the wine glass gets a pomegranate? I want a pomegranate too!

Winy the Wine Glass: “Shush Nappy. It’s Rosh Hashanah…No jealousy allowed!”

Nappy the Napkin: “Don’t you tell me to shush! Or I’ll wipe you off the table!”

Boys, boys! Cut it out! Here Nappy, you can have your own Pomegranate napkin rings.

Chag Sameach Place Cards

 Chag Sameach Place Cards

How about adding a personal touch to your holiday table?

These Chag Sameach place cards are an easy (and cheap) way to win your guests over. Such a simple yet thoughtful gesture your guests will appreciate

Yair Emanuel Laser-Cut Pomegranate Tree with Birds – Brown

Yair Emanuel Laser Cut Pomegranate Tree With Birds Brown

“Rebecca…Why is there a decorative pomegranate tree in the middle of the table?”

Because it’s freakin’ awesome, that’s why!

Besides, its small and barely takes up any room, so give me a break!

Rosh Hashanah Cotton Tablecloth

Rosh Hashanah Cotton Tablecloth

I mentioned all of these table decorations you can put ON the table, that I completely forgot about the basics: the table itself!

Yes! Apparently, you can cover decorate the table itself with this special Rosh Hashanah cotton tablecloth.

It is a bit expensive though, so I’m not sure if it’s worth it… but it is possible!

Rosh Hashanah Table Centerpieces & Tablescapes 

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Time to choose your table centerpiece!

But don’t think I’m going to choose it for you…

Instead, I’ll give you a bunch of Rosh Hashanah tablescapes to choose from.

But ultimately, you’ll have to choose what’s best for you!

White Bouquet Centerpiece

Clarity Luxury Rose Bouquet

You can go for a bunch of small flowers, or for 1-2 white bouquet centerpieces (depending on the size of your table).

Flower centerpieces are perfect on Rosh Hashanah… especially white rose bouquets like this one.

Why white?

White represents purity, positivity, and clarity – which is what Rosh Hashanah is all about.

Tip: Check out my Rosh Hashanah flowers guide for more flower centerpiece ideas.

Apples & Flower Centerpiece

Apple Flower Centerpiece

In addition to your flower centerpieces, you can sprinkle some apples all across the table for décor (and eating).

I like the idea of adding a flower to each plate too like in this example… but I personally prefer the white rose flowers I mentioned above – they’re way more appropriate for Rosh Hashanah.

Apple Coating Station

Sure, we dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah.

But why leave it at that?

Why not dip the apples in honey, AND in chocolate chips, AND in coconut, AND in [fill in the blank]

Why just wish your guests a Shana Tova Umetukah, if you can give them one?

Be creative!

Tip: Careful not to serve any dairy dips during Rosh Hashanah dinner. Dinner usually involves meat… and as you probably know – meat and dairy don’t play well together in Judaism.

Pomegranates & Oranges

Pomegranates Oranges
Original image by Boss Tweed

I know I know, oranges aren’t one of the 10 foods we eat on Rosh Hashanah.

But they can be a beautiful table setting, especially if you combine them with pomegranates (they are one of the 10 Simanim!).

Sure, you can replace (or add) the oranges with apples… the problem is red apples with red pomegranates kind of “lose their” color if you know what I mean… and green apples are sour – we need Matok (sweet)!

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples
Original image by photogmateo 

Or the way I like to call them: “apples on a stick”!

Tip: Not recommended for Rosh Hashanah dinner if it’s made of dairy.

Just Apples 

Bowl Of Apples

Why complicate things?

Aren’t apples good enough by themselves? Don’t hurt the apple’s feelings.

Rosh Hashanah Wall Decorations

Look around… what do you see?

Rosh Hashanah decorations go beyond the dinner table.

What about the hall? The entrance? The bedroom?

To really give your home a nice Rosh Hashanah “feel” – spread out your decorations… or in this case – hang them! 

Shana Tova in Glitter Garland & Banner

Shana Tova In Glitter Garland & Banner

Welcome your guests with this lovely (handmade) Shana Tova banner!

Look! Look! The apples are smiling!

How do you like them apples?

Rosh Hashanah Shana Tova Garland

Rosh Hashanah Shana Tova Garland

This is another unique garland of the 10 Rosh Hashanah symbols.

Just like the previous one – this one is also handmade, with more “royal” colors: gold, bronze, ivory, and others…

A very cool Rosh Hashanah décor. 

Dorit Judaica Stainless Steel Pomegranate Wall Hanging – House Blessing

Dorit Judaica Stainless Steel Pomegranate Wall Hanging

Not a garland this time.

This time – it’s a pomegranate wall hanging!

Notice that I said pomegranate wall hanging, not Rosh Hashanah wall hanging?

That’s because it’s a house blessing that just happens to be pomegranate shaped… That means you can leave it hanging for the rest of the year.

In fact, that’s exactly what people do when they get this for a Jewish housewarming.

Rosh Hashanah Favors

Rosh Hashanah decorations are great and all. 

Problem is: your guests can’t take them home with them. Well, technically they can… although (I think) that’s called “stealing”, no?

What if you want to decorate your Rosh Hashanah table, AND send your guests home with cute souvenirs after dinner is over?

That’s what these sweet Rosh Hashanah favors are for! (and when I say sweet, I mean that).

Shana Tova Honey Straw

Shana Tovah Honey Straw

Hostess:Can I get you something to drink?”

Guest: “No thanks, I’ll just have a straw…”

Normally, you’d probably call the psychiatric hospital to let them know they’re missing a patient.

But not this Rosh Hashanah… at least not when you serve these Shana Tova honey straws.

In fact, you’d be crazy NOT to keep your mouth busy with a honey flavored straw.

Especially when it greets you with a Shana Tova sticker like that…

Now that’s what I call a Rosh Hashanah favor with flavor!

Rosh Hashanah Hand Made Honey Bee Lollipops

Rosh Hashanah Hand Made Honey Bee Lollipops

Lillipop, lollipop oh Lolli lollipop…

BZZZZZZ!

Hey! Mr. Bee! How dare you interrupt me in the middle of a song! 

What’s a bee doing on a Rosh Hashanah table anyway?!

Well, Mr. bee… prepare to be eaten!

These delicious Rosh Hashanah honey bee lollipops would liven up any Rosh Hashanah dinner table.

They’re cute, hand-made and buzzingly delicious!

All in One Sugar Art Cookie Kit for Rosh Hashanah

Brilliant All In One Paint A Cookie Kit Rosh Hashanah

Art or cookies? 

If you had to choose – which one would it be?

Hmm…that’s a weird (and evil) choice, ain’t it?

Relax! You don’t have to choose between them… You can have both in one kit!

That’s right: with this Rosh Hashanah cookie decoration kit, you can design your cookie – and eat it at the same time.

  • 2 Rosh Hashanah-themed cookies
  • Edible glue (that’s right)
  • Color sugar
  • A paintbrush

You can eat the glue. You can eat the colors. Just don’t eat the paintbrush…

Your guests will absolutely LOVE these! And I’m not even talking about the kids. Adults will love them! (sure, kids too)

Rosh Hashanah Mini Honey Jars

Rosh Hashanah Favor Mini Honey Jars

Unfortunately, honey straws can only last for so long. 

Not nearly as long as Rosh Hashanah does (2.5 days), anyway…

So…WHAT DO WE DO? 

After all – you want your guests to continue having a Shana Tova Umetuka even when they get home… right?

The answer: mini Rosh Hashanah honey jars! Lots of em’!

  1. Spread them on your holiday table so your guests can dip their apple in the honey jar
  2. Spread them inside Rosh Hashanah favor bags*, and give them away so your guests can dip lots and lots of apples even when they get back home!

*Where the heck do you get Rosh Hashanah Favor bags? C’mon, you don’t seriously believe I’ll let you leave empty-handed and disappointed?

Rosh Hashanah Favor Boxes

Rosh Hashanah Favor Boxes

Where do you put all of these wonderful Rosh Hashanah favors? In Rosh Hashanah favor boxes of course!

Tip: Please don’t just use a random plastic bag… that’s not exactly “happy-new-year” material…

Just like when you get a new iPhone: the experience starts with the packaging. Only this time… you don’t just get an Apple… you get an Apple & honey!

Conclusion

Pomegranates, apples & honey, Shana Tova… 

Great things do come in small packages.

Remember: Rosh Hashanah isn’t an ordinary Jewish holiday. It’s arguably the most important one in the Jewish calendar.

It’s a holiday of reflection on the one hand, and celebration on the other. That’s a unique combination, isn’t it?

A unique holiday calls for unique Rosh Hashanah decorations that give your home a nice & welcoming Rosh Hashanah atmosphere.

There’s no better way I can think of to celebrate the Jewish new year than spending time with your family and loved ones in a warm & peaceful atmosphere.

Shana Tova Umetukah 🙂

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