Thanks to our pared-down list, we now deliver only 24 shalach manos packages in person on Purim – down from 40 a couple of years ago. MUCH easier! 24 is such a nice, easy number to make everything come out just right…
…100 or so grissini (breadsticks) (4 per package)…
…48 or so hamentashen (2 per package; one prune, one cherry)…
…48 homemade pink-jello marshmallows…
… 50 25g packages of homemade sponge toffee (somewhat smashed-up)…
…24 little spring chickens, cut, pasted, folded by me and the big kids, with a little poem rolled up inside each one:
(Yerachmiel kindly pointed out that the thing about Esther isn’t true – as Mordechai points out in the megillah, if she hadn’t stepped up to the plate, salvation would have come from somewhere else. But anyway.)
…48 little dip containers for the breadsticks; 24 black bean, 24 chick pea:
… 24 Easter baskets, spray-painted gold and silver. Oy! I have always resisted the temptation to buy the many beautiful Easterish containers at this time of year because the colours are an instant tip-off. But I found these baskets at Value Village, the perfect size and shape, and there were 4 packages of 7 baskets, for $1.99 each… so I took them all. There isn’t much you can buy to pack 24 shalach manos in for $8 (frankly, it was almost cheaper than nice paper plates!). :-o
Of course, you also have to factor in the cost of spray paint, and the labour involved in covering every single pastel-coloured detail of all 24 baskets. If you ever have to do this, take it from me – gold is easier. It’s darker and covers better, and quicker. My spraycan trigger finger still aches. But I think they came out pretty nice, if very slightly toxic-smelling.
And now they’re sitting lined up here like happy Purim soldiers, all ready to go out the door!
A freilichn Purim, everybody!!!!
You're lucky you live in a community where people give and accept home-baked goods. (I count myself lucky to do so as well).ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by! It's not entirely luck... I think if I found myself in a community where that was the standard, I'd pick new friends. :-)ReplyDelete
I do have one friend who knows we don't eat hot food from her kitchen - she sent a beautiful fruit-and-yogurt dish.
Have a great one!!!
I thought that was a good idea for the baskets (and who can pass up such a great price?). I thought the poem was cute.ReplyDelete