Dress, Bake & Shake for Purim: 18 Unique Suggestions

PURIM IS AN EARLY SPRINGTIME HOLIDAY of fun, fivolity, and generosity. What are your Purim plans? However you intend to celebrate Purim, PJ Library wishes you a festive time.

For those with plans still in the works, we suggest the following fun Purim suggestions:

Dress It Up for Purim
Maybe you have never dressed up for Purim before, or maybe you’re tired of the same-old dress-up routine. The links below provide a number of unique and creative ideas:

  • Last-Minute Costume Ideas for Purim — A number of “quick and easy” costume ideas from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

  • "A Round-Up of Purim Costumes" — CreativeJewishMom’s great collection of homemade Purim costumes, all created using thrift store finds and household items.

  • Purim Costumes on the CheapKveller.com‘s Mayim Bialik ives parents ideas for giving kids "a fresh new look each year without breaking bank.

  • Easy Purim Costume Ideas — The blog, A Mother in Israel, shares reader ideas for dressing up for Purim.

  • Homemade Purim Costume IdeasChabad.org shares some “inexpensive, homemade Purim costume ideas that will cost little money and show lots of imagination.”
  • VIDEO: "Costume Conundrom" — Mama Doni and her band present a number of engaging Purim dress-up ideas through an original song. Watch the Shalom TV video of Mama Doni’s song below.

Bake It Up for Purim
Maybe you’ve never made a hamantash before, or maybe you’re just looking to add a new flavor to Purim. In any case, consider these triangular recipes:

  • Joan Nathan’s Hamantaschen Recipe — Cookbook author and Kveller.com writer Joan Nathan offers this classic recipe.

  • Chocolate HamantaschenMyJewishLearning contributor Victoria Sutton provides directions for "triangular chocolate pockets with chocolate ganache filling."

  • Gluten-Free Raspberry Hamantaschen — Food blog Elena’s Pantry offers this gluten-free, dairy-free Purim treat.

  • Innovations in Hamantashen — Foodie Leah Koenig shares a couple unique recipes on the blog, The Jew and the Carrot.

  • Dr. Ruth’s Hamantaschen Recipe — The famous couples therapist, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer asks, "Do poppy seeds have any aphrodisiacal qualities?" She offers this poppy seed-filled recipe.

  • Hamantaschen Recipe — The so-called Cupcake Project offers these tips to make "the perfect Purim cookie."

  • Midnight Mint Hamantaschen — Based on a recipe for the beloved Girl Scouts cookie Thin Mints, this Pragmatic Attic cookie boasts a mint truffle filling!

  • VIDEO: "Making Hamentaschen" — Will and his friend make Hamantaschen in this Shalom Sesame video. Watch the video using the player below!

Shake It Up for Purim
Have you never made a homemade Purim noisemaker (gragger)? Or, would you like to make something new and different? Here are some ideas worthy of some noise:

  • Crayola Gragger — Creative ideas abound on the Crayola website. Consider this idea for a colorful Haman Gragger.

  • A Juicy Purim GroggerKveller.com writer Rachel Teichman offers this idea for using recycled juice boxes. "Juice boxes have never made so much noise!" she writes.

  • Bottle Clown Gragger — Chabad.org provides downloadable directions for this fun noisemaker..

  • Recycled Cup Gragger — CreativeJewishMom offers this easy and fun gragger project.


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