Make your own menorah
- 9 small glass hurricanes
- 9 small pillar candles (thinner and shorter than hurricanes)
- 5 yards of 2-inch ribbon (1 yard each of tones varying from white/silver to deep blue)
- Small glue dots (or double-sided tape)
- Measure the circumference of the hurricane (ours are about 12 inches).
- Cut 9 strips of ribbon the length of the circumference of your hurricanes – two each of the four lighter shades and one of the darkest blue.
- Using glue dots, (or double sided tape) on the ribbon ends, secure each to the exterior of hurricanes so ends meet.
- Arrange adorned hurricanes on table runner so the lightest two (white/silver) are on either end, and the ribbon gradient transitions to the bluest at center.
- Elevate the middle hurricane with a glass candleplate. (This center piece of the menorah is called the Shamash and traditionally stands taller than the others.)
- Place candles inside hurricanes and light just before guests arrive.
Taylor hurricanes, mini pillar candles, and round candleholders from Crate and Barrel (candles from $1.25, hurricanes and candleplate from $5.95; 800/967-6696); ribbons from the Ribbonerie (from $2.50 per yard; 415/626-6184).