‘Twas the week before Purim…

Purim is a week away and there is so much to do (Sorry for the cheesy title!). My family is still deciding on costumes, but at least we have our shaloch manos planned (I will share after Purim ). I have a lot of Purim prep for my Hebrew school, too.

If you are still deciding on your shaloch manos (mishloach manot) idea, you have a few ways to choose:

  • Pick a theme.
    1. Color – one specific color, black and white, red/white/blue, rainbow
    2. Meal time – Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
    3. Job – police, pirate, royalty
    4. Movie – Star Wars, Frozen, superhero
    5. Place – carnival, nautical or beach, McDonald’s, movies
    6. Country or type of food – Chinese, Spanish, Wild West, Mexican, Israeli, Italian
    7. Toy – Candyland, several travel games
    8. Type of food – sour, cherries, apples, pizza, fitness, s’mores, chocolate, ice cream sundae in a box, salad in a jar
    9. Make your own – cookies in a jar, explosion
    10. Drink and food pairs – beer and nuts, cocoa and cookies, refried beans and chips, crystal light mix with water bottle and granola bar
    11. Shaloch manos man – there lots of different ways to make one
  • Find a recipe you like and figure out what to pair it with.
    • Some ideas we have done in the past:
      • banana bread and a banana
      • oatmeal Florentine cookies and chocolate candy
      • homemade caramel popcorn
      • apple muffins and an apple
      • butterscotch brownies and cookie bark
      • homemade croutons, cucumber and carrots
      • chocolate covered pretzels, a Clif rope and peppermints
      • water bottle, Crystal Light packet, and a granola bar (2013 post)
      • apple, apple laffy taffy, and apple cereal bars (2014 post)
      • a hot cup, hot cocoa mix, a few wafer cookies, and a package of Sixlets (2015 post)
      • poppy-seed cake and chocolate Hershey Treasures (2016 post)
      • berry babka muffins and a fruit roll up (2017 post)
      • chevron packaged mints, nonpareils, homemade pinwheel cookies and sparkling flavored water (2018 post)
  • Find a container and pick items to go with that.

Check out the following slideshow of great shaloch manos we have gotten (and made) over the years:


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A few places to get more great ideas:

  • My past posts on Purim
  • Kosher on a Budget – This is my favorite blog. She does a great job at providing tips of all kinds and finding timely deals! Check out her posts on Purim.
  • Daily Cheapskate – Check out this blog’s posts on Purim. She has some great ideas!
  • Jewish Life Organized – Another great Jewish website. Full of amazing tips for all the holidays! I don’t think the author has any recent posts, but there are plenty of great older ones!
  • Organized Jewish Home – This blog also has some great tips but has not posted recently. Check out her past posts, too!
  • Pinterest – There are tons of articles and great ideas there!
  • Google Images – This is a quick way to see a lot of ideas at once, but if you want details  you have to click several times to get to the article.

I would love to see or hear about your great ideas! Please comment!

2 thoughts on “‘Twas the week before Purim…

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  1. Dear Rachael,Was unable to access the shaloch manos slideshow you mentioned in this post.Link did not work.Can you please fix it?Thank you.Alice Alice J. Brown

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