Celebrate Purim! Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Celebrate Purim with Purim Candy Torahs

Celebrate Purim! 

Purim Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

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The holiday of Purim celebrates the victory of the Jewish people over the evil Haman. On the day preceding Purim there is a fast called “The Fast Of Esther”. On Purim itself, the Megillah (Book Of Esther) is read twice, once at night and once during the day. Purim is celebrated by giving charity, sending Shalach Manot (gifts of prepared food) and holding a festive meal.

Loving this oldie but goodie via 2011! The Maccabeats – Purim Song (Thank you Kosher on a Budget for sparking this memory!)

Purim – An overview

The holiday of Purim, which is celebrated on the 14th of Adar (February-March), commemorates the foiling of a plot by a Persian minister (Haman) to kill all the Jews in Persia. Purim is observed by Jews around the world. Characterized by feasting and merriment, Purim is typically celebrated in the company of family and friends in a synagogue.

The Purim story is recounted in the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), which is contained in the Ketuvim section of the Bible (Tanalch). According to the Megillah of Esther, Haman decides to kill all the Jews in Persia after Mordecai, a Jew, refuses to bow down to him. After the Persian king Ahaseurus approves Haman’s plot, Mordecai and his niece Esther, who is also the wife of King Ahaseurus, decide to expose Haman’s plan. On the 14th of Adar, Esther succeeds in foiling the plot, and Haman is hung by orders of King Ahaseurus. The holiday is called Purim, which means lots because Haman is said to have drawn lots in order to determine the day on which the Jews should be slaughtered.

When is Purim Celebrated

On the 13th of Adar, the day before Purim, Orthodox Jews observe the fast of Esther which lasts until sundown. Usually, two Purim services are held in the synagogue. The first is held in the evening of the 13th of Adar while the second is held on the morning of the 14th. During both services, the Megillat Esther is read in its entirety. While the Book of Esther is being read, it is customary for children to rattle their graggers or noisemakers in a symbolic attempt to blot out the name of Haman. In the late afternoon, a festive meal is eaten. Among the foods typically enjoyed are boiled eggs, beans, and three-cornered pies known as hamantashen (Haman’s pockets). Originally they were called Mohn-tashen, or poppy-seed pockets, but the similarity of the name to Haman made them associated with the villain of Persia. In Hebrew they are called Haman’s ears.

Purim Rituals

The Book of Esther prescribes certain rituals which are to be performed on Purim. Emphasizing the importance of good deeds and charity, the Megillah of Esther states that individuals must give gifts both to friends and to the poor. Specifically, Jews are required to give two portions of food to at least one friend and must give money to two poor individuals.

On the basis of Italian influence, the holding of a Purim carnival has become common in many countries. During this carnival, Jews dress up in costumes and often perform plays which retell the story of Purim. In Israel, for example, Purim is observed by the holding of the Adloyada festival in Tel Aviv.

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Top 10 Ways to Ask “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Top 10 Ways to Ask “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Just as proposals have become increasingly romantic and elaborate, asking your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids has likewise become  an opportunity to find creative ways of expressing yourself.  Even any of the simple will you be my bridesmaid stationery featured below are adorable!  Our top 10 favorite ideas featured above include placing a note in a locket or compact, and proposing with a diamond ring keychain or even a ring pop.  We also love the idea of giving fancy flip flops that can later be worn at your wedding,  and how cute is this nail polish adorned with a tiny veil.  Although just pictured with a personalized wine bottle label, you can do the same with a bottle of wine. Samantha recently asked her bridesmaids with a Bridesmaids DVD and Ashley is still deciding between the demure bridesmaid cookies or a get this party going flask.

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Party Idea Pros >> Celebrating Life

Party Idea Pros Celebrating Life

Party Idea Pros Celebrating >>Life >>

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Party Idea Pros >> Celebrating Life

Party Idea Pros has gathered only the most beautiful, the most elegant, the most stylish, the most festive, and the most popular party choices available today.  Our professionals have organized the choices into easy, simple to execute, celebration packages. 

Party Idea Pros will walk you through every step of your special occasion and provide professional recommendation on just about every detail — after all, in event planning, the details matter! 

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Free Printable Thanksgiving Menu and Place Cards

 

Free Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Free Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards >> Bloom Designs Editable PDF

Free Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

If we have said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times, in party planning the details matter.  So this Thanksgiving, in addition to the hours you spend preparing a fabulous meal, add a little extra style to your Thanksgiving table with these free printable place cards, table tents and other fun free Thanksgiving printables. All you need to do is download the PDFs. We agree with Bloom Designs, print them out on kraft colored card stock for an chic, organic Thanksgiving look.

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Gingerbread Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Gingerbread Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

A gingerbread party is a playful theme for most holiday and winter parties, including high school winter formals, greek events, sweet sixteen parties, quinceanera celebrations, and family reunions. And of course, it is the absolute perfect theme for an annual cookie swap party!

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Before you even begin to plan your gingerbread theme party, get in the mood with this adorable Pixar video

 

Pixar Animations – Cookie Blues

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Halloween Printable Games

Halloween Printable Games

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Halloween Printable Games

Print and Play! 

What could be easier?  Are you like us — we plan every detail of our parties – the invitations, the party decor, the party favors, the food, and never think about planning activities absolutely convinced that our guests are interesting and engaging individuals and can easily entertain themselves.  (except for children’s parties where we plan and schedule every minute).  And then once in a while, we either have a sneaking suspicion a day or so in advance or are caught completely off guard right then and there and realize things aren’t going so well.  We have had political conversations go ballistic and strident parenting advice get a bit overbearing.  There is not much to do about it except quickly change the conversation.  That’s where these Halloween printable games come in extraordinarily handy.  In just a few minutes, we can change the course of the evening.  Don’t get caught in a scary spot.  Plan ahead this Halloween by having a stack of pre-printed games ready at a moments notice.  Have a fun-filled Halloween and party hearty!

One more thought … many of these print and play games work great in a classroom.  Some are even customizable so you can tailor them to your lesson or set them aside for your classroom Halloween celebration.

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