Passover starts this Saturday at sunset and along with it comes the most important celebration of the holiday, the Seder dinner. The Seder is a traditional gathering in which friends and family come together to commemorate the Exodus and freedom of the Israelite Jews from ancient Egypt. At the dinner, a strict diet — no foods with yeast or baking powder — is followed and many dishes have significant, symbolic meanings. All this week, I'll provide you with tips to make the most magnificent Seder dinner. To get things started, I've made a simple but elegant invite; to see how I did it,


To make an invitation similar to the one seen here, you will need the following supplies:

  • shiny paper
  • translucent paper
  • scissors
  • single hole punch
  • satin ribbon
  • computer and printer

To assemble the invite:

  1. Start by creating a new document in Microsoft Word. Write out the details of the dinner. For mine I wrote — in Monotype Corsiva size 16, dark blue text — the following message:
    Miss PartySugar requests your presence
    at a modern Seder dinner to observe
    the second night of Passover.

    Sunday, April 20, 2008
    7 o’clock pm

    PartySugar's House, San Francisco
    RSVP 415.555.5555

    Center to the middle of the page. Print out on a plain white piece of paper and check for grammar and spelling mistakes. Once satisfied with the text, print out on shiny white paper.

  2. Cut down to size. Cut the translucent paper down to the same size.
  3. Punch a whole in each corner of the invite.
  4. Decoratively run the ribbon through each of the holes to create a smooth border.
  5. Tie the ribbon closed in either a knot or bow. Slide into an envelope and send.