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How to Throw a Pom-ukkah Party

Blog post updated from November 28, 2018.

What better way to celebrate Hanukkah TNTP-style than with a POM-ukkah Party?!!! (Can you even with the perfection of this pun?! We couldn’t not do a blog post!)

As a Jewish DIYer, Hanukkah is such a fun opportunity to fuse my creativity with my heritage, while providing some inspiring ideas for my fellow Hanukkah observers along the way!

This post is full of pom-tastic ideas for throwing your own Pom-ukkah Party. Scroll on for:

  • 4 Pom-Tassel Hanukkah Party Decor Ideas
  • Cocktail recipe
  • Cookie decorating DIY
  • Hanukkah playlist
  • Overall vibe inspo!

All of the pom pom & tassel DIYs in the post use a combo of the following Omegacryl colors: Navy Blue, Water Blue, Sky Blue, Turquoise, White & Neon Yellow. Links to the various DIYs are found throughout the post!

Note that with a simple change of yarn colors, all the pom pom & tassel tutorials can also be used for a Christmas gathering, or really any celebration at all! All the supplies for these DIYs can be found in our shop and all step-by-step pom pom and tassel instructions (including pom pom patterns) can be found in the Pom Poms & Tassels section of our Online Craft Studio!

This mini tassel garland donut topper is probably my favorite of the four decorations — it’s straight up adorable! You can use it to top almost any dessert tower or cake. Donuts are traditionally eaten on Hanukkah (fried treats are a nod to the oil that lasted eight days) so a jelly donut tower is in order for a Pom-ukkah Party!

What’s a party without a cocktail? And what’s a cocktail without a pom pom cocktail stirrer?!  These fun cocktail stirrers will not only keep your guest’s beverages mixed, but also help them identify their drink! They also make a fabulous host gift.

Pair your pom pom cocktails stirrers with a Better-than-Manischewitz Grape Juice Cocktail!

Better-than-Manischewitz Grape Juice Cocktail

  • Place a couple of tablespoons of fresh rosemary in a shaker, pour in grape juice and muddle
  • Squeeze in some fresh lemon, add ice + a shot of vodka for each serving, shake
  • Pour into a glass over ice filling it halfway and top off with ginger beer (about 1 part grape juice mixture to 1 part ginger beer)

It wouldn’t be a Neon Tea Party without a themed pom pom garland! This DIY is inspired by the pom pom garlands found at nearly every market in Mexico – but with a little speckled action! Hang it on the walls, drape it on your food table, or use it to jazz up your Hanukkah bush, if you have one.

With all the greasy Hanukkah treats, napkins are always in order! (Find our Shibori Napkin DIY here!) These pom pom napkin rings add a festive touch to a necessary party supply.

These watercolor-inspired cookies were so fun to experiment with! I used gingerbread cookie dough from Trader Joe’s as the base, but you could of course do sugar cookies or chocolate cookies instead. For the icing, I used the “whipped cream” style icing that comes in a container. That worked perfectly well, or you can use a homemade icing.

Watercolor-Inspired Cookies

To get that streaky blue effect, glob on a base of white or light blue icing from the container, smoosh it onto the cookie just a tad, squeeze a single drop of blue food coloring onto the glob of icing and then carefully spread out the icing onto the cookie making sure not to mix the food coloring into the icing too much, or else the whole thing will become an even blue. Add icing to a plastic bag and snip a corner to create a piping bag. Pipe a border around the shape, as well as designs on the face of the cookie such as the Hebrew letters on a dreidel.

And last, music! I have a particular affinity for modern Hanukkah songs. This list contains many of my all-time faves and does not contain Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song. Sorry! #ispinmydreydrey

I hope you now feel prepared to go forth and throw the most epic Pom-ukkah Party of all time! If you try out any of these ideas, be sure to post a picture to Instagram and tag @theneonteaparty so we can check it out!!

Happy Hanukkah, everyone!!!

Peace, love & neon,

Marisa

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