Passover is celebrated in Jewish communities around the world and will begin this year on Saturday, March 27, and end on Sunday, April 4. The Passover Seder, a festive holiday meal, is held on the first two nights of this holiday and families gather joyfully around the Passover Seder table in the evening. Many memories are made at this ritual feast that celebrates the miraculous story of the Hebrews’ path to freedom from Egyptian slavery.
If you are in search of a beautiful centerpiece for your Passover Seder table, here is what you need:
The Typical Centerpiece
If you would like to give a Passover gift, you can't go wrong with a centerpiece of blue and white spring flowers. In particular, lilies are iconic of Passover bouquets and are easy to find in white. Other flowers like roses and hyacinths should also be available in blue and white at any florist. This is the easiest option for your first invitation to a Passover celebration.
Flowers can also be hung on doors or placed in baskets to decorate the room. Such a gift is thoughtful and adds springtime splendor to the celebration that every host or hostess appreciates. Any kind of vase can work if you intend for the bouquet to complement the tablescape. No matter what kind of arrangement you give, flowers are a thoughtful gift that universally enhances the beauty of a celebration.
The Cheerful and Modern Bouquet
Passover bouquets are meant to reflect the joyfulness of freedom and new beginnings. Cheerful and bright colors can grace the Passover Seder table to make the occasion more festive. There are no firm rules as to what types of flowers are acceptable. If you find beautiful and colorful springtime flowers that make you smile, they will make a lovely centerpiece alongside the colorful Seder plate and place settings. Here is a shortlist of the types of flowers that are typically used in modern Passover centerpieces:
- • Lilies
- • Violets
- • Carnations
- • Irises
- • Tulips
- • Hyacinths
- • Daisies
- • Cherry Blossoms
- • Sunflowers
- • Daffodils
You're not limited to this list, either. If your family or friends decorate with a theme, you can also use that as a guideline for what type of bouquet to select.
Arrangements to Avoid
It’s best to avoid any arrangements that look dark and moody, such as winter or fall colors. Thankfully, the wide availability of spring-themed arrangements makes it easy to find something happy and bright around Passover. These flowers represent liberation from hundreds of years of slavery, so let them burst with cheerful hues like pink, yellow, orange, blue, and coral.
Stick to fresh flowers that your host or hostess can easily integrate with their Seder plate and tablescape. Though dried flowers have their unique charm and beauty, their wintry and monochromatic aesthetic usually contains dark colors due to the nature of how the dyes settle. Thus, dried flowers can deviate too much from the liveliness of the typical Passover florals.
When you choose a Passover centerpiece, remember that it's all about happiness. Pick cheerful flowers that honor the meaning behind the event, and your gift will be deeply appreciated.