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Meet Tanir Weil. Tanir is Colorado’s newest Israeli transplant. She and her hubby, Joe, moved here last summer with their three young kids and have been loving the Colorado life. I reached out to Tanir to chat about their recent family Passover Seder she hosted on the 2nd night in Southeast Aurora. With a guest count of 29, the fact that she’s a professional event planner came in handy!
This is our second time hosting an event with funding support from MazelTogether. The first event was a New Year’s Day brunch where we extended the invite to local Southeast families with young children. It was a wonderful way to ring in the New Year and we hope to make it an annual tradition. I just know these are going to be long-lasting friendships.
We gathered local and out of town family and friends to celebrate the second night of Passover together. A total of 29 participants, we decided the best route would be a potluck Seder in our community clubhouse to be able to accommodate us all.
I suggest preparing a menu ahead of time, think about of all the items needed from tables, chairs and silverware to food allergies and other restrictions. We built a Google spreadsheet that every participant had access to. Guests were able to sign up for the items they wished to bring and we were all on the same page.
We had 9 children with ages ranging from 1-11. We prepared an activity table for the children which consisted of coloring pages, a Passover quiz and a word scramble. One of the guests brought plague masks and the kids got a kick out of them! We also tried to keep them engaged while reading the Haggadah by explaining its story in a simple manner.
As an event planner, it was fairly easy for me to coordinate it all. I suggest having resources posted on how to host an event. It would help take the pressure off of those who are afraid to host a large or small event.
Just knowing that there would be a reimbursement for the clubhouse took off a lot of pressure off of us financially. It also relieved the stress of finding a space large enough to fit our large group. The clubhouse provided a relaxed atmosphere as it is located at the top of Tallyn’s Reach, in a gorgeous indoor/outdoor setting.
We joked around quite a bit. Our family has a tradition of reading the “Echad Mi Yodea” (not singing) and we had fun seeing who could recite each verse in just one breath.
We had also asked the children to go to the playground while we hid the afikomen. One of the guests asked if the kids were being supervised by one of the guests which someone replied “they’re being watched by a cop and a nurse so I think they’re in good hands!”
We ended the night chowing down on Matzah Toffee provided by our cousin, Brian Sachs!
With the weather warming up, I’d love to plan a hiking trip for Southeast Jewish families with young children.
A hike and some frozen yogurt would sure hit the spot. Sign me up! Thanks to Tanir for sharing the details of her family-friendly potluck Passover gathering. We appreciate her feedback and will get to work on posting the “How To’s of Hosting”.
Stay tuned for other post-Passover host experiences!