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Well I have certainly made a lot of friends since moving to Israel.  My newest pals are a sister team of event designers from the city of Modiin.  Nesia and Daphna run A La Mode Designer Desserts, Designer Parties.  And I tapped them to create a vibrant, modern, unexpected Chanukah dessert table.  Watch this video and learn how to recreate this thing of beauty step-by-step.  It's also filled with lot's of little take-away ideas for gifts, sweets, and snacks that can be incorporated into any party.

Here's a little more from behind the scenes:

Dessert table 1

This is a closeup of one side of the dessert table.  Note that the sisters from A La Mode (visit them on Facebook here) suggest displaying like fruits together in mini martini glasses instead of a mixed fruit salad - it enhances the bold graphic look of this table.  The black and white zigzag pattern is repeated many times over in the table runner, paper cones, straws, and picture frames.  And check out the messaging, "Take a Gift" lets your guests know these little candy boxes are party favors.  Watch the How To Video and learn how to make the paper cones and candy boxes.

dessert table side

When hosting a house party Nesia and Daphna say it's important to carry the theme throughout the house - don't just relegate the goods to one party table.  Here this coffee table doubles as a doughnut buffet including candies, chocolates, and paper goods that mimic the dessert table color scheme.  If the party extends to the outdoors or other rooms of the house don't forget to put out a little somethin' to pull the entire look together.

dessert table

And here I am with the girls building our martini candy menorah.  Nesia is wearing the green skirt Daphna is in the pale blue cardigan.

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