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Hosting can be stressful—but it doesn’t have to be! With enough preparation and communication between potential guests, you can manage to create a gorgeous seder (all without psyching yourself out).
Since seders can be a pretty big undertaking between the meal preparation, the ritual foods and leading the seder itself, it’s OK if you’re not up for going through every single aspect of the traditional order of events.
And if you’re completely new to Passover as a holiday, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed! Passover is a holiday with many parts, making it that much more complicated. You can decide you’ll do some of the seder this year and add to it in the coming years. You can pick and choose different aspects that feel manageable and also turn to 18Doors for help (check out our how to host webinar).
What’s important to keep in mind through all of this, is that this is a holiday about freedom—and welcoming others. One of the first things we say in the seder is, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” And it’s a well-loved tradition to open your home to guests for the seder. People often invite family, of course, but also friends and neighbors, people who are used to celebrating Passover and people for whom it may be their first time.
Be realistic with yourself and your family/friends about what you can take on and when you need help.
Here are some questions to ask yourself while considering hosting:
In the hours and days leading up to the seder, you’ll need to get your home ready—whether that’s cleaning the whole house or cooking up a feast. Don’t be afraid to get festive when decorating your table! Add a tablecloth, some flowers and place cards for all the guests.
You’ll also want to consider getting:
Other items on the table can include the following: