Posted by: Vallere | March 20, 2011

Purim Party 2011

We just finished up our Purim Party! We had SO much fun! I think in total we had 9 adults (5 moms, 3 dads, and a grandma) and somewhere around 14 kids. It was hard to keep count!

Everyone arrived at around 2:00 and most folks were dressed like a character from the Esther story. Even some of the parents got in on the dress-up action! There were a number of queens, kings and Hamans (boooo!). We headed out on the patio to make our noise-makers. We took toilet paper tubes, put a few dried chickpeas in them, seals up the ends and decorated them. There was a shortage of scissors, but everyone waited their turn and had a good time!

While the noisemakers dried, we went inside and watched this video of The Maccabeats singing their Purim song. Then we went to the kitchen counter to make Hamentashen! (Unfortuantely I forgot to ask PG to take pics of this, so you’ll just have to imagine how cool it was to have about 8 or 9 kids crowded around my counter rolling and cutting dough into circles, then filling them with plum jam and folding them into triangles). Here’s the end product, though!

While they were cooking (and for a good while afterwards) everyone noshed on the yummy foods that each family brought to share, keeping with the Purim mitzvah of giving gifts of food!

Then, once our noise makers were good and dry, it was time for the reading of the Book of Esther. Again, I totally forgot to get pics, but it was SO FUN! The kids and parents REALLY got into cheering for Esther and booooing Haman. There were a couple of incidents where kids got a bit carried away and chickpeas went flying around the room, but overall it was a blast. Here’s a pic of my boys with their noisemakers. Zollie is the cutest little Haman ever.

Everyone also got a coloring sheet to take home with them.

I think everyone had a really great time. This definately needs to be an annual tradition for us –  having a big party for Purim. It was so much more fun sharing this Feast day with friends!



  1. Where do you get the recipes? And where do you get your info on all of the Jewish holidays? Do you have a book or do you look it up on the net?

    • I’ve mostly looked things up online, as well as talking to other friends who celebrate the Feast Days. is a good site for info on all of the Feast Days, and it has coloring sheets, recipes, etc. Actually, my recipe for Challah bread and for hamentashen came from my “Whole Foods for the Whole Family” cookbook…the one published by La Leche League!

  2. Wish we could have celebrated with you. It does sound like it was a blast!

  3. wow…what a great celebration!

  4. That looks and sounds like it was a lot of fun! Glad it turned out so well!

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