Spring and Passover Dinner Party Place Settings

Design2Share was excited to host Elizabeth Kurtz of Gourmet Kosher Cooking in the Manhattan apartment of interior designer Irwin Weiner. Elizabeth found some teriffic placemats, napkins, napkin rings, cutlery, dinnerware, and silver seder accessories; Irwin rounded out the place settings with wine and water glasses and other tabletop items. Irwin styled three different Passover table settings. It's not too early to plan your table settings in time for Passover; this year [2010] it's from Tuesday, March 30 to Monday, April 5. [In 2011, it's from April 18 to the 26.]

But we also love these table settings for any occasion, even dressier family dinners, so there's some takeaways here for every family, Jewish or not.

This is the first table setting we shot - a stunning black and silver theme. Elizabeth walks us through some of the beautiful elements of the table and where different items came from (including a great wine recommendation) in the following video. 

Irwin used his lovely 400-year-old Jacobean table for the shoot. The table is normally used as a compact library table, but two wings slide out to turn the table into dining length. Our first black-and-silver scheme plays off the rich wood grain of the table for a rich effect.

 


Stunning Silver

Product Sourcing and Concepts: Elizabeth Kurtzman of Gourmet Kosher Cooking

Table design by Irwin Weiner ASID

Photographed by Simon Scheiner at The Perfect Portrait


1. Fiore Kiddush cup by Sharon Geller-Metal, available at Gotham Judaica $420 – $590

2. Stunning Silver plates by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the Gourmet Kosher Cooking shop, pictured large black, large paisley, medium black, small silver border, $6 – $18 per plate.
Placemats, sterling round metal bead by Kim Seybert available at Lagoon Linens $42.50
Rosette napkins by Kim Seybert, available at www.kimseybert.com $32
Silver/crystal dome napkin ring, available at Lagoon Linens $21
Black Jewel Acrylic Stainless Steel Cutlery (set of 16 pieces), available in the GCK shop, $20

3. Flowers by flowers by Debbie, available at www.debbieflowersonline.com

4. Wave Seder Plate by Sharon Geller-Metal, available at Gotham Judaica Worth the splurge! $1700 – $3000

 

Look at how beautifully our Passover and Spring Dinner Party table scheme changes when we add color! Lots of soft greens, some pinks and reds, and orange lines in the glass plates punch up the place setting and turn our thoughts to the coming season.

Our second place setting scheme covers the table with a beautiful linen cloth, with eyelets allowing the rich grain of the wood table to show through. The entire setting focuses on the celebration of Spring, fitting for Passover.

 

Spring Is Here

Product Sourcing and Concepts: Elizabeth Kurtzman of Gourmet Kosher Cooking

Table design by Irwin Weiner ASID

Photographed by Simon Scheiner at The Perfect Portrait

 

1. Carmel Private Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, available at www.onlinekosherwine.com, $17

2. Spiral Stem wine glass, Yurana glass, available in the Gourmet Kosher Cooking shop, $12

3. Tuscany Pattern large plate, made by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the GCK shop, $12
Medium green tempered glass plate, made by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the GCK shop, $9
Small tuscany plate, made by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the GKC shop, $6
Green jewel Acrylic Stainless Steel Cutlery (Set of 16 pieces), available in the GCK shop, $20
White/Green Crochet Edge Napkin, available in assorted edge colors, available at www.lagoonlinens.com or www.kimseybert.com $18
Green Sequin Dragonfly Napkin ring, available at www.lagoonlinens.com, $21
Plastic green flatware, by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the GKC shop

4. Streit’s Matza, available at supermarkets nationwide

5. Frog plate, made by Yurana glass, available in the GCK shop $21

6. Wave Seder Plate by Sharon Geller-Metal, available at Gotham Judaica Worth the splurge! $1700 – $3000
Fiore Candlesticks, by Sharon Geller-Metal, available at Gotham Judaica, small and large, $1000-$1800
Wine drop Kiddush Set, made by Sharon Geller-Metal, available at Gotham Judaica, $410 – $600

Irwin's third place setting focuses on a rich, warm combination of black and gold tones. The dramatic, deep hues of the flowers on the table go perfectly with this dressy, yet clean styling.


This final place setting scheme covers the table with a linen cloth and uses a clever gold/tan runner down the center of the table to help tie in all the rich gold in the seder accessories and plates. Elizabeth Kurtz highly recommends all the inexpensive plates we used for the shoot, available from their Gourmet Kosher Cooking shop on OpenSky. It's a great idea to spend very little money for festive glass plates that you can use for Passover or any family or party dining occasion. And Design2Share would like to thank both Elizabeth Kurtz of Gourmet Kosher Cooking and Simon Scheiner Photography, Brooklyn (ThePerfectPortrait).

 

Glamorous Gold

Product Sourcing and Concepts: Elizabeth Kurtzman of Gourmet Kosher Cooking

Table design by Irwin Weiner ASID

Photographed by Simon Scheiner at The Perfect Portrait

 

1. Flowers by Flowers by Debbie, available at www.debbieflowersonline.com

2. Glamorous gold charger, by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the Gourmet Kosher Cooking shop, $18
Large tempered glass black plate, by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the GCK shop, $12
Medium paisley gold and clear plate, by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the GCK shop, $10
Small black and gold rimmed plates, by Two Lumps of Sugar, available in the GCK shop, $6
Black Jewel Acrylic Stainless Steel Cutlery (set of 16 pieces), available in the GCK shop, $20
Organza napkin by Kim Seybert, available at www.kimseybert.com $28
Tablecloth by Mona, available at www.lagoonlinens.com $324

3. Streit’s matza, available at supermarkets nationwide

4. Seder Plate, by Esther Shahaf, available in the GCK shop, $224

5. Segal Cabernet Sauvignon, available at www.onlinekosherwine.com $18

6. Beaded Kiddush cup, by Esther Shahaf, available in the GCK shop, $110

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