Only a few weeks until the Passover Seder and you’re not sure where or how to start? Download our free e-book “Celebrate Passover: How to Plan a Fun, Simple Seder” and let it guide you.
If you’ve never hosted a Seder before, start at the beginning, including the Introduction. Here we talk about how to find an alternative if you don’t have some of the “traditional” elements of a Seder table, like a Seder plate or an Afikomen cover. Something in your house will work – no worries.
Part I also reviews:
- 3 Core Concepts of Celebrating Passover with Young Children
- FAQs – like, “Help, How Do I Figure Out What to Do for Our Seder?,” “What’s the Passover Story?,” and “What Can’t You Eat on Passover”
- How to Organize the Seder Around 15 Steps
- What the Symbols Stand For
Passover 2018 begins at sundown on Friday, March 30 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, April 7
Not a Newbie? Start Here
I’ve hosted lots of Passover Seders (Sedarim is the plural) – yet I love Part II called “Pulling It All Together.”
Here we provide:
- Seder Shopping List
- What to Cook Ahead
- Setting the Seder Table
- Engaging Children at the Seder
Before I wrote this e-book, I had to come up with a shopping list each year. Then I realized that was just crazy! Now, I just print out this page and save myself lots of time.
I also appreciate the fact that many of us have days with very little “extra” time in them, regardless of best intentions. So, for me, the “What to Cook Ahead” page is important. In the rush of day-of cooking, I’m always afraid I’ll forget to roast the egg and lamb shank (or chicken neck) for the Seder plate. I never want to have to put a raw lamb shank out!
And no matter how many times I’ve gone through the process, my check-off list – “Setting the Seder Table” – helps me relax as I gather all the bits I need from the various places around the house (e.g., Afikomen bag stored in a cupboard, pillows from other rooms, matzah plate from the attic).
Wanna Go Creative with Your Passover Seder?
Part III, Before-the-Seder Family Fun is for you.
- Pre-Seder Activities, like Cleaning Out the Chametz, Searching for Chametz, Creating Place Cards, Making a Spring Centerpiece, and more
- Simple Craft Projects
- Pre-Seder Discussion Guide
In the Family Discussion Guide, we help you get your kids ready for the Seder – whether it is at your home or elsewhere – by engaging them in a conversation. Where will the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins be celebrating Passover this year? Who will lead your Seder? What is the kids’ favorite Seder food? Who will ask the Four Questions? What does an adult hide during the Seder that all the kids search for?
Ready for more ideas? Check out our Pinterest page, Passover, Telling Stories.
Want something to bring the Seder to life for your family? Get the Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along.