I enjoy celebrating Shabbat each week because I love that it signifies the end of my work week. This is now the weekend. Now you can relax!
What better way to get in the spirit this summer than transporting your mental self to a tropical island, vacation-style, with a Tiki theme.
If you love any excuse to be crafty, then planning out and making the menu is a must. If you also have access to a laminator (yay work!) then I recommend using it – the Mai Tais got a little messy, and this way you can reuse them in the future.
- Mai Tais and Kona Beer (Kona is a Hawaiian brand)
- Chips and Mango Salsa (similar to Simply Recipes but with red pepper and coriander)
- Teriyaki Meatballs (via Flavor Catalog)
- Slow-Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw (via Host the Toast)
- Coconut Pineapple Rice (via Noshing with the Nolands)
- Teriyaki Eggplant (via Delish Knowledge without the tofu)
- Tiki-pole (dairy-free) Brownies (via Posed Perfection; we added the tiki frosting decorations and chose a dairy free recipe since we wanted to serve meat for the main course)
THE TABLE DECOR
With some cheap buys at Dollar Tree and Party City, and a little DIY crafting, you can make a fun and festive table setting for your Tiki Shabbat.
- Palm Leaf Table Runner (via Martha Stewart)
- Hand-cut paper leaves for dish decor. Add your printed menus and colorful napkins for an extra touch.
- Candlelight through drink-umbrella hurricane glasses – I made these by gluing the umbrella part of little drink umbrellas to glass holders from the Dollar Tree. Add a tealight candle and you’re set!
- A fun tiki cup to serve as your kiddish cup – found at the Dollar Tree
- Island glass bottles to use as Shabbat candlesticks – also picked up at the Dollar Tree
- Coconut cups for your Mai Tais – found at Party City
- Tiki masks and torches – found at Party City
- Pineapple tops – since you’ll be cutting up some pineapples for your dishes, save the tops and use them to decorate your table or bar! Just put a little foil discretely underneath so they don’t make a mess.
Aloha & Enjoy!