Question: How should I set the table for Passover Seder?
The Passover Seder is more than a festive meal. It is a journey back in history, a reaffirmation of Jewish identity, and a passing of Jewish traditions on to the next generation. Participants will spend many hours at the table, retelling the story of the Exodus, following a prescribed set of prayers, and eating symbolic foods. Creative thought and positive energy should be invested when setting the table for such a special occasion.
1. Cover the table with a festive tablecloth. Given the Seder is an active and interactive experience, center pieces should be low and easy to move off the table when needed.
2. Each place setting should include a plate, flatware, a water glass, a wine glass, and a Haggadah. Festive napkins are a nice touch. Soup spoons can be next to the place settings, but it is best to keep soup bowls in the kitchen.
3. Spread salt water dishes and wine or grape juice bottles out on the table so they are within easy reach.
4. Place an empty wine glass in the middle of the table for Elijah.
5. The setting of the Seder leader must include a plate with three pieces of matzah, covered, and a Seder Plate. You can place the matzah plate on top of the dinner plate, and then the Seder Plate on top of that. Or you can put the plate with the three matzah pieces to one side of the place setting and the Seder Plate to the other side.
6. If you are looking for a fun way to include your children in the setting of the Passover Seder table, let them make place cards for each guest.