Passover is around the corner and we are always looking for new ideas to shake things up! These great Passover recipes and ideas for your sedar (not to mention sedar tablescapes and crafts) will have you looking forward to Passover this year!
The Best Passover Recipes and Sedar Ideas
We love Passover, it is such a great time to bring the family together and celebrate the Jews exodus from slavery and Egypt. In the past few years we have tried to modernize our Passover sedar and make it a little more festive and fun! Afterall, this night is different from all other nights and it is time to shake things up a little!
What is Passover?
Passover is a major Jewish holiday that takes place in the Spring. Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, lasting seven (for Reform Jews) or eight days (for Conservative or Orthodox)
When is Passover?
Passover is in the Spring, usually sometime mid-March – mid-April
How is Passover celebrated?
Typically, Jewish families will begin Passover with festive meals, called sedar’s, the first two nights of Passover. A sedar is a festive meal that includes telling the story of the Jews exodus from Egypt to freedom.
What foods cannot be eaten during Passover?
This depends on how you observe Passover, but, most who observe, will not eat any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and rise. Instead, they eat matzah, an unleavened flat bread made from flour and water. (there are many other foods that cannot be eaten during Passover, but this is the biggie!)
Now, let’s check out some of the Best Passover Recipes and Crafts!
Passover Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons – these are one of my staples. They are super easy to make (only FOUR ingredients) and everyone loves them! They are not like those dry macaroons you get in the can, they are absolutely delicious!
This Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread is one of my favorites! I could seriously eat it all year round.
It is amazing hot out of the oven, but is great all Passover long! I always make a double (or triple batch), trust me, it will get eaten. It is the best with a hot cup of coffee!
One of the other dishes that we always look forward to on Passover is Fried Matzah, or Matzo Brei. I never knew how to make it, until my mom was out of town for Passover and had to walk me through it over the phone.
I love to sprinkle sugar or cinnamon sugar on my fried matzo, but some people prefer syrup, apple sauce or they like to eat it plain!
Passover Table Decorations
We always like to have fun with our Passover sedar and that starts before the guests even arrive by making a fun and beautiful tablescape!
This Eggshell Bud Vase is perfect for your Easter or Passover table decor. They are easy to make and cost virtually nothing. Your guests will be delighted when they see this clever table decoration that you made all by yourself.
This Passover Matzo House is just too adorable! Martha Stewart may not celebrate Passover, but she sure can make a super cute DIY!!
Why not take this great idea from Make.Com.Il? They used a painted piece of wood, but wouldn’t this be super cute with a chalkboard? See it here!
Looking for some more fun things to do with Matzo? How about this adorable Matzo Vase? How cute with this be on the table and it is so easy to make!
This may be my favorite tablescape of all time! The Parting of the Red Sea tablescape will surely impress and entertain your guests!
Using the mini Lego figurines is simply genius! See the full how-to instructions here!
Candy 10 Plagues Seder Game
This free printable Passover placemat or coloring page is great to keep the kids happy during your sedar. In my family, we also have different items on the table that represent the 10 plagues and everyone needs to figure out which item goes with which plague. Download your free Passover placemat here!
Here are the candies that we used:
- Blood – Red Hots
- Frogs – Gummy Frogs
- Lice – Snowcaps
- Beasts/Wild Animals – Gummy Butterflies
- Pestilence – Chocolate Lambs (from the Easter candy section)
- Boils – French burnt peanuts
- Hail – White Sixlets
- Locust – Gummy Worms
- Darkness – Dark chocolate covered almonds
- Slaying of the First Born – Peeps with the eyes “x’d” out with an edible marker
Do you like to arrange who will sit where at your Passover sedar? These Matzo Place Cards are made with a piece of matzo and some melted chocolate (your guests can eat them when they are seated!! BONUS)
Need an easy centerpiece? This Matzo Floating Candle is easy to make and the items can be found at the dollar store!