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Setting a Rosh Hashanah Table


Instead of flowers this year, try your hand at creating this “map birthday cake.” It’s guaranteed to be a conversation starter at your Rosh Hashanah dinner table; after all, the world is one year older!

The entire project cost under $15 and took me less than a few hours. Here is how I made it.

I bought a set of two round paper boxes from a local craft store. They were already the shape of a stacked birthday cake . . .

I did not use the tops to the boxes.

Next, I bought a world map at an office-supply store and cut the map in strips to cover the sides of the “cake.”

Then I cut the tops of the cakes into circles using the top of the box as my guide.

I like spray adhesive to make the back of the maps sticky and adhere them onto the round boxes, but you can also use double-sided tape or a glue stick. Do not use white glue because it will not dry smoothly.

To create the banner, I printed the words on colored paper and ran it though my home printer. I tried it in two different sizes since I wasn’t sure which size would work the best.

I cut the words out into a little banner shape and glued the ends to two wood skewers. The skewers were stuck into the top “cake” after making two small holes with a sharp knife.

To create the decorative “frosting” on the cake, I used these mini pom-poms I found at a fabric store.

It really does look like piped frosting!

Because it’s made of paper, it’s easy to cover and store for years to come.

L’Shanah Tovah!

Rita Brownstein is a designer and former art director. She is the author of Jewish Holiday Style and Jewish Weddings (published by Simon & Schuster), and currently blogs at
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Anonymous September 5, 2014

Hi Rita! I just love your cake design!! How awesome!!! Reply

Nakiah Burnes California August 28, 2013

Very easy and fun! I love the idea of it being a cover for the real dessert. Also, If you are a AAA member remember they often give out maps for free. I am going to try something like this to do with my kids. Reply

Rita Brownstein Connecticut August 28, 2013

Hi Dina,
Yes, the boxes are upside down. What a great idea--love it! Reply

Marlene Wiltshire August 27, 2013

Very creative!!! I love this, and I'll try it . Thanks. Reply

Dina USA August 27, 2013

So cute! What a great centerpiece! I wonder if it might be fun to hide something (dessert?) underneath the centerpiece and lift it up at the end of the meal! (The boxes are upside down, right?) Reply

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