October 20, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm #590631
i’m looking for an original theme for a sheva brochas. S/thing with an effective colour scheme, and ideas of foods that could be served that could match the colour/theme.October 21, 2009 2:38 am at 2:38 am #663874
You can do a Mexican theme and then mybat, mazca, and tamazaball could give you ideas for different authentic Mexican foods. Or you can go with “fake” Mexican food and have “make your own tacos” putting out the meat, vegetables, re-fried beans, guacamole, etc.
You can also have chips and salsa – mild, medium, hot – to taste.
Etc.October 21, 2009 2:43 am at 2:43 am #663875
i might sound like an idiot but whats the connection btw tamazaball and mexico?October 21, 2009 2:46 am at 2:46 am #663876
Oh! I would love to give you Mexican recipies!:)October 21, 2009 3:33 am at 3:33 am #663877
NY MOM if they are eating that stuff, they better pray Montezuma takes no revenge.October 21, 2009 3:55 am at 3:55 am #663878
im from mexico, my sis made my other sis a mexican theme for her sheva berachot, she put green, red,and white tableclothes and put quesadillas, enchiladas, mole ,red rice, tostadas ,tamales,etc. it was very nice i think they put a mexican hat on the buffet table. its a very good idea.October 21, 2009 4:29 am at 4:29 am #663879
Trust me, its good stuff! 😉October 21, 2009 5:35 am at 5:35 am #663880
how come noone answered my question? plz go back and look at it and then answer thanks!October 21, 2009 6:18 am at 6:18 am #663881
Forgive my ignorance, but why do sheva brachos need a theme?
And on a related note, I once was one of the hostesses for a sheva brachos with a “theme.” The theme was international. One of the hostesses was a professional chef and wanted to show off.
We had guacamole, fish toast, vegetable soup, kim chee, some kind of chicken, creme-filled pastry swans and “spaghetti & meatballs” cake. There was other stuff, I just can’t remember it.
The vegetable soup was burnt, the kim chee had not marinated nearly long enough, and the “spaghetti & meatballs” cake was just plain stupid. There were a lot of other problems, too.
The only theme you need is good food and people who want to be somayach the chasson and kallah.October 21, 2009 7:55 am at 7:55 am #663882
An Islamic theme, with female guests dressed in burqas, kids wearing suicide belts, no alcohol, nooses hanging from the ceilings, and Middle Eastern and Pakistani food. Just don’t be surprised when your guests include the police, FBI and…Youssef al Qattab comes in his pedicab. :))))))October 21, 2009 9:28 am at 9:28 am #663883
Two different sheva brochos I attended have really stuck in my mind.
1. American theme, tableware was all red, white and blue. Waiters/waitresses wore Uncle Sam Hats and served typical American menu.
2.Smiley Theme. Black tablecloths centre pieces made up of a large boquet of yellow smiley balloons. Walls were decorated with smilees. It made such a happy atmosphere sorry I dont remeber the menu!October 21, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am #663884
Pardon my ignorance but what is wrong with good ole simchas chassan vekallah with song, dance, and divrei Torah, why do you need these goyishe themes? Am I missing something living in Eretz Yisrael?October 21, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm #663885
How about “MiSameach Chassan Vikallah”.October 21, 2009 1:07 pm at 1:07 pm #663886
Tamazaball I don’t think they know what mole is. 😉October 21, 2009 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #663887
haifagirl rwndk1 jphone im with you on this one. its a seudat mitzvah where does uncle sams red white & blue come in to be misamach chosson v’kallah?? I was shopping in boro park recently for some baking items that i needed for a sheva berachot i was making. three people stopped me and asked me what the theme was! i guess just plain beautiful and elegant doesnt cut it anymore in this messed up world of ours.October 21, 2009 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #663888
One of the nicest things one person did was to give out recipe cards to the guests asking them all to write their own recipe for life. The cards are then collected and given to chosson and kalla. If there is time some interesting ones can be read outOctober 21, 2009 1:51 pm at 1:51 pm #663889
Mole? I’ve usually seen it as part of pollo con mole. Why ruin perfectly good chocolate by putting it on chicken? (I don’t like chicken.)October 21, 2009 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #663890
Wow! Haifa I’m impressed! You do know what it is!! 😉
Esther I love the recipie idea, maybe Ill do that next time a make a sheva brachot!October 21, 2009 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm #663891
Why would you want to play whack a mole at a sheva brachos? Thats best left for an arcade.October 21, 2009 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm #663892
haifagirl : Why shouldn’t a sheva brochas have a theme? It can only add and DEF does not take a way from the simchas choson and kallah.
I think it makes the evening memorable for the young couple.
rwndk1: i live in isreal – and don’t seem 2 b ‘missing out’
i’ve been to and hosted MANY sheva brochas with themes. and as for ‘goyishe themes’ no need for that – we’ve done several with perfectly frum/Jewith themes!October 21, 2009 4:19 pm at 4:19 pm #663893
A Theme for Sheva Brachos?!? Did i read correctly? Mysay: where do u live that ppl. have such idea’s? I live in Bklyn & never heard about thi s& i’ll be making sheva Brachos tom. i”yh.
I hope ppl. wont start with wedding themes . . . .!October 21, 2009 4:25 pm at 4:25 pm #663894
Have you really never heard of wedding themes? Are you sure you live in Brooklyn?October 21, 2009 4:59 pm at 4:59 pm #663895
“starting on time”. THAT would be a great theme.October 21, 2009 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #663896
I’m with jphone on that one. I hate getting somewhere on time and having to wait because 7:00 really means 7:30.October 21, 2009 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm #663897
Well talking about weddings starting on time. In Mexico the community used to have a very big problem because the weddings never started on time until one day somebody thought of a great idea. Before the wedding the family gives a deposit around one thousand dollars if the wedding gets delay, the community keeps the money if they start on time they refund the money, and guess what. Everybody learned to be on time if they say wedding is at six, the wedding almost always starts at six, and so on. The only reason is because the community has a very big input on everything here and people have to pay.October 21, 2009 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm #663898
sunflower: Someone did answer your question, see above. Maybe your posts crossed due to lag in mod update time.October 21, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm #663899
During the summer i was invited to a sheva brachos and was told “its called for 7:30”. My ride got me there at 8. The chosson/kallah showed a bit after 9. The theme for this sheva brachos quickly became who could say mazel tov and get out the fastest. They had to ask people to please stay so that they would have a minyan for birchas hamazon and sheva brachos.October 21, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #663900
Jphone thats how it is everywhere.thats why its better to invite mostly family to the sheva berachs,that way they stay longer.October 22, 2009 1:57 am at 1:57 am #663901
You can always make syrian food and put arab hats on all the guests.October 22, 2009 2:38 am at 2:38 am #663902
Mazca, no arab hats on the table, please. Syrian food is yum. Arab hats are not.October 22, 2009 2:44 am at 2:44 am #663903
Well I was just joking about the hats, but syrian food is yum.October 22, 2009 3:09 am at 3:09 am #663904
ny mom i dont get itOctober 22, 2009 3:36 am at 3:36 am #663905
sunflower: Tamazaball said, “im (I’m) from mexico”. This was mentioned in a different thread (Divorced parents), and if you click on the blue word “Member” under her name, she wrote this in her profile.October 22, 2009 3:56 am at 3:56 am #663906
Mazca: no offense, but that didn’t make sense lol.
And I seriously NEVER heard of themes at sheva berachot! But hey whatever floats ur boat!October 22, 2009 4:49 am at 4:49 am #663907
sunflower: i might sound like an idiot but whats the connection btw tamazaball and mexico?.
is that your question sunflower? because i answered that i am from mexico, so i can help out with the mexican theme. i can also help out with kibbes, laghmagines,keftes,etc-syrian style themeOctober 22, 2009 4:54 am at 4:54 am #663908
You can do an around the world theme.
Every table a different country with that country’s food and flag.October 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm #663909
Tamazaball. At the Sheva Brachos i attended, the family all left too. Its a chutzpah to make anyone sit around and wait, even family.
To top it off, the chasson and kallah were busy texting their friends half the time they were there.October 22, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm #663910
Unfortunately in our community its the norm to start two hours late. If its called for seven you dont even start heading out till 8:30 – 9:00. The chatan and kallah make their grand entrance way after 9. Its really not fair especially to the guests who never heard of such a thing and are there by 7:15. The main course at all the weddings here is served at midnight. Never before that. I wish there was some way to change that.October 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm #663911
Jphone if you would see what time the chattan and kallah show up to the sheva berachot in mexico you would be shocked.oh and the guests. (10:30)October 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm #663912
One woman I know who makes a lot of sheva brachos tells the guests (and the chosson and kallah) that her husband has to leave for his shiur at 8 p.m. (of course, that only works if your husband really does have a shiur at 8 p.m. as hers does). If they don’t bentch by the time he has to leave, they won’t have a minyan.
This usually works.October 22, 2009 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm #663913
maybe a black and white theme. It looks really sharp 🙂
(and it will probably match everyone because that is the only colors that are worn )October 22, 2009 3:48 pm at 3:48 pm #663914
…on both sides of the mechitza.October 22, 2009 4:38 pm at 4:38 pm #663915
Well all the affairs during the middle of the week start after ten in Mexico because all the balebatim have to learn every night so they always show up around ten, all sheva brachos start at that time, birthday parties, engagements, etc. Tonight I have an engagement party it will probably start at ten. And we have very few weddings during the week . Usually weddings are Sundays at 2 pm or 6 pm punctual. Sometimes couples wait a long time to get marry because everybody wants to get marry on Sunday. But the rabbis are pushing people not to wait and get marry during the week. So even before they go out they try to reserve the date. lolOctober 22, 2009 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #663916
Wow mazca you have alot of late nights over there. But its really nice to know that the balebatim dont give up their learning for engagement parties and its really special that people respect that and schedule parties for afterwards.October 22, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm #663917
thanks everyone . and yes tamazaball i didnt see ure post that u live in mexico!October 23, 2009 3:16 am at 3:16 am #663918
Best ima the problem is that they finish learning at around 9:30 and the events don’t begin before 10:30. But I really shouldn’t complain, we should always be in simchot!!October 23, 2009 5:57 am at 5:57 am #663919
like..gefilta fish, & chrein; Chulent, kugel,chopped liver, chicken soup, with
Matzoh balls. schmalz herring, deli pickles, cole slaw, kasha knishes,
& a old guy singing hava nagilah, with a fiddler & an accordionist.
don’t forget the shlivovitz, & chivas.
seriously though you can have a
chanukah or purim theme depending on it’s proximity to them.October 23, 2009 1:23 pm at 1:23 pm #663920
Mysay: If you go with bein_hasdorim’s old school Jewish teme, be sure to invite me. I’m especially looking forward to hava nagilah. Haven’t heard that in years.October 23, 2009 1:44 pm at 1:44 pm #663921
Or you could make a deli theme!!October 23, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm #663922
once I made a chinesse sheva berachot, egg rolls and chinesse food. and of course if you want chinesse hats. lol
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