We Asked the OneTable Community to Share Their Last-Minute Shabbat Hosting Tips. Here’s What They Told Us.
You’re hosting a Shabbat dinner, and unless you have supernatural powers (and hey, maybe that’s you) things might be getting a little stressful. We got together with our newest nourishment partnership to ask the OneTable fam about how to welcome Shabbat with a little more ease. (For starters, check out the super chic [recyclable, reusable, or compostable] place settings from lentramise.com.) Here’s what we learned:
Start with your head (or your vacuum) in the right place
Tidy up the dining/living area first! preparing dinner is much less stressful when the house looks nice and clean 🙂 – @rebgal
Friday doesn’t have to be the only prep day
Prep in advance, leaving only what must be cooked the day of, for the day of. – @natirabinowitz
Thursday = time to get that table lookin' fine
Set your table the night before so it’s one fewer thing to do at the time of the event! – @rayymae
And “fine” can be as simple as this:
Disposable white tablecloths classes any dinner up and makes clean up so much easier! – @margaritab_vill
Add more candles to the table & serving tables!! – @lilbean77
Fresh flowers make any last-minute meal look buttoned up! – @taylordavidman
When it comes to food, it’s all about teamwork
Come up with essentials that are needed for dinner and then ask friends to bring easier things like chips and sauces or even a bottle of wine. – @cherie_renee
And teamwork often means balance.
When hosting, don’t feel bad about telling people what to bring instead of letting it be a free for all. That way you get a balance of what people bring ant not just chips and dessert. – @rabrams91
Take it easy and keep things simple
Fewer ingredients = faster prep & less clean up! Big batches of veggies, quinoa, rice, etc don’t take long to make, don’t require a lot, and ensure there’s an extra dish/plenty to go around! – @hilarybokoff
But simple doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think big.
Always make a salad and entree that are 25% bigger than you think you need. Worst case scenario: you’ve got leftovers. – @havayah513
Save time by mixing things up a little
Mix homemade with store bought by adding garnishes and homemade touches to store bought things. For example, serve store bought hummus with a sautéed mushrooms or sautéed onions garnish. – @immigrantstable
And take advantage of what you’ve already got around.
You can pull almost anything out of the freezer for small appetizers! Leftover bread can be smeared with cheese dip, frozen vegetables can be thrown in a cold pasta salad! – @jenniferkrosen
Nothing like a night at the (potato) bar
When in doubt, always go with a baked potato bar. Your guests will love to bring their favorite topping to share. It’s affordable, filling and fun! – @shainakass
Or any other kind of bar. (Read: Everyone’s crazy about dem desserts.)
Keep it healthy with a side of unhealthy treats. Like veggies but also brownies, salad but also chips and fried food 🙂 – @todo_muy_cyn
And obviously, we’ve all GOTTA get our hands on that challah
Always have extra challah as some guests can’t get enough of it. – @eradbil
People come hungry, so keep some snacks on hand
Have a dip and chips/crackers laid out for early comers who are hungry, and to hold people until the late ones arrive! – @shawnacalfondesign
Don’t be afraid to let guests take part in the whole process
Keep it interactive! Let your guests help with finishing touches, bring food to the table and lead different parts of the ritual. – @lil_epstein
And make sure there’s someone to keep ‘em busy so you can finish up all that prep.
Find a friend to be the entertainment and welcome crew while you finish last minute preparations! – @conniex72
There’s no shame in the game if that process involves wine…
Start wine early – @rebekahjbarber
Always keep two extra bottles of wine around! – @getreadyjetsetgo
Entertainment doesn’t stop when the appetizers do
Have a game to play! – @rocksanne_
And if people stay late, keep those snacks coming.
Keep extra chocolate on hand for late night snacks if people stay! – @breezygfreezy
At the end of the day, take a deep breath and relax a little. Shabbat’s all about being restful and having fun!
Always remember to have fun, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself! Remove yourself from the hectic week and focus on elevating your Friday night – @peacockr
You’ve worked hard to host, and you’re way ready for that Shabbat dinner chill. Shabbat Shalom!