Last week, I hosted Sheva Brochos for my cousin, Goldie and her chosson (groom), Tuvia. The Sheva Brochos are seven blessings that are recited at the wedding and then again daily for the first week of marriage. Typically, the tradition of Sheva Brochos includes a festive meal followed by the recitation of these seven blessings in the presence of a minyan (at least 10 men). It is a wonderful way to bring family and friends together to usher the new couple into a lifetime of harmony, friendship, song and blessing. It is an exhilarating way to extend the excitement of the wedding for the first week of a Jewish couple’s marriage. Many of the seven blessings are recited in song and we traditionally end each of the Sheva Brochos celebrations that we host in our home with dancing.
So that we could enjoy the party and our many guests, I chose appetizer, entree and dessert menu items that could be easily set up in advance without too much attention. That way, I could enjoy the guests, the atmosphere and the spirit of these Sheva Brochos.
Whenever I entertain guests, I try to first get an idea of their food allergies, likes and dislikes. The word was that this couple likes meat and potatoes and very traditional food. I decided to nix the Spanish fiesta and Asian fusion theme options and opt instead for a vintage-themed party.
The menu was simple to prepare and assemble and was so well-received by our guests. The room-temperature tortilla shell appetizers were plated and served in advance of the start time. They were colorful, beautiful and delicious. The salads and entree selections were served buffet-style and the dessert selections were set up on a Viennese table.
To create the vintage-inspired theme, I gathered old pictures of my cousin and her family. I printed them in 4×6″ formats and scattered them in frames on tables throughout.
Mazel tov, Tuvia and Goldie!
So often, I am asked to share the menus that I use for entertaining. So, here is the menu that I chose for this wonderful sheva brochos celebration:
Tortilla bowls filled with corn, avocado salad and grilled chicken garnished with Curly Scallions
Asian Red Cabbage Salad…Simple and Wow
Bok Choy and Craisin Salad
Apple, Beet and Pomegranate Slaw
Simply the Best Potato Kugel Ever
Vegetable Kugel with lattice and monogram