Sheva Brachot DIY Centerpieces & Set Up

Sheva Brachot are a time of celebration. The bride and groom are treated like a king and queen for the week. In their honor, it is customary to decorate the table and make it beautiful. 

I am time challenged. The drive for beauty needed to be tempered with a practical need for an easy clean up. 

The salads were made by my sister-in-laws. I didn’t know this, but the mother of the groom, my sister-in-law, Hana, loves to make salads. They were a work of art. I could taste the love!

 We bonded in the kitchen, while chopping vegetables and washing pots, and setting the table.

You can see how great and beautiful they were. 

To save time, we used store bought ranch and Caesar salad dressing. Raizel was very happy! They are her favorites.

In addition, my other sister in law also brought the wine. She and my husband are minor wine connoisseurs. So, her selections were perfect and well chosen.

For the tables, we used very fancy plastic tableware, tablecloths, runners and napkin holders. I was very pleased with the results:


For such a special events, many people make beautiful and often creative centerpieces. I was very excited with the centerpieces I made:


In general, I have a set of mirrors, bud vases, silk flowers and colored stones that I use for special occasions. This time, I thought I would try something different.

I took the mirrors and using a glue stick, put glue over them. Then, I put silver glitter over glued mirrors and let them dry.


After that, I put a heart shaped candle holder and a tea light in the center for the final effect. 

The tablecloths, plates and napkin rings were also silver, so everything matched.

To make it a little more brighter and more festive, I put flowers on the table too.

When the ShevaBrachot were over, I simply washed the glitter off the mirrors. Despite my husband’s concerns, there was very little mess.

Simple, fast and easy with a touch of elegance!

Mazel tov!🎉


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44 thoughts on “Sheva Brachot DIY Centerpieces & Set Up

  1. Parul Singhal February 23, 2016 at 9:10 PM Reply


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  2. Parul Singhal February 23, 2016 at 9:21 PM Reply

    Carol I want this bowl of salad.It looks so tempting that I can feel the taste from the picture

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  3. Lynz Real Cooking February 23, 2016 at 9:41 PM Reply

    Wow this is lovely Carol! ok so for one week after marriage there are these special dinners? I love your mirror with glitter, what a beautiful centerpiece. I want to share these posts on my “Just had to share” on Fridays and reblog them! Thanks for such a rich cultural tradition! So special!

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  4. sportsattitudes February 23, 2016 at 9:52 PM Reply

    The glitter mirrors turned out great. Wonderful idea to use them. (Good to hear of your husband’s relief also!)

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 23, 2016 at 10:03 PM Reply

      Yes. My husband is the cleaner. He was quite concerned that the glitter would get over everything and be impossible to clean up. But, the problem was averted. Without prompting, everyone said how much they liked the centerpieces too. So, in the end, he was happy too.🐒

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  5. anotherfoodieblogger February 23, 2016 at 11:49 PM Reply

    How very pretty! You really did an outstanding job with everything, including the mess-free glitter! The salads look really good too.

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  6. CHCooks February 24, 2016 at 2:50 AM Reply

    The table is so beautifully arranged Carol, I forgot to mention it in the last post 🙂 The salads looks gorgeous 🙂 As you said, when something is made with love it tastes and looks great 🙂 Your idea for DIY centerpiece is also very nice!

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  7. thelonelyauthorblog February 24, 2016 at 8:47 AM Reply

    Wow, I wish I was seated at that table.

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  8. eat2healthblog February 24, 2016 at 9:46 AM Reply

    Yum! This is our kind of salad and your table is stunning! 🙂

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 24, 2016 at 10:03 AM Reply

      Thank you! It was a great salad. They bought salad toppings, which is a mixture of seeds and roasted nuts and beans that give a nice crunch and eye appeal. Thanks!😊

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  9. lynne hoareau February 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM Reply

    How absolutely beautiful Carol 🙂

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  10. nancyruth February 24, 2016 at 11:08 AM Reply


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  11. spearfruit February 24, 2016 at 4:01 PM Reply

    Lovely! 🙂

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  12. Sheryl February 24, 2016 at 11:57 PM Reply

    The centerpiece is wonderful! You are so creative.

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  13. Miss Dinie February 26, 2016 at 4:18 AM Reply

    Oh! That’s what a Sheva Brachot is! A wedding dinner! So you cater as well as blog?

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 26, 2016 at 6:01 AM Reply

      Funny! No catering. Everything was home made. Often, groups of friends will share the cooking. I should include how I prepared everything and still went to work.💞

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      • Miss Dinie February 26, 2016 at 6:26 AM

        Hahaha! So, you’re not a professional chef? It looked lovely! Even though I’m non Jewish, if you were in England, I’d hire you! Very well put together!

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 26, 2016 at 6:49 AM

        Thank you! This is very typical in my community. Often people have large families. So many women routinely cook for a large crowd, especially over the holidays. This is what I do for fun and to be of service.💕💕💕

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      • Miss Dinie February 26, 2016 at 7:12 AM

        Some Caribbean communities do the same,usually centred around a place like a centre or church.

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged February 26, 2016 at 7:28 AM

        Yes! Many people I work with tell me the same thing. They describe tremendous feasts that they prepare at the drop of a dime and think nothing of it. Real givers.

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  14. Stephanae V. McCoy February 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM Reply

    Lovely! The mirror with glitter and tealight candle holder was brilliant!

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