Let us be like the head and not like the tail.
On Rosh Hashana, one of the simanim, the food symbols that we put on the table is a fish head. Jientje went to Portugal, and she nicely let me borrow her fish photo:
I really wasn’t looking forward to photographing a fish. Years ago, I remember doing a print of a fish (have you ever done this? You paint the fish, then press it unto a piece of paper).
Last year I took some gefilte fish (the frozen loaf type: you boil it in its paper wrapper for over an hour with a carrot) and cut it into the shape of a fish head. I used a piece of carrot for an eye.
A Simple Jew wrote that the Maharshal did not use fish, because he liked it too much:
Since the Maharshal enjoyed eating fish, he was afraid that he might not eat them for the sake of the mitzva. Rather than indulge in mundane pleasure, he did not touch the fish.
More on the Maharshal (Wikipedia).
You don’t need to use the head of a fish. You could use the head of something else, for example, the head of a sheep. What do you think of that? That would make quite a presence on the table.
Years ago, a relative was living for about a year in Israel. She went to the butcher before Rosh Hashana. She could not remember how to say “roast” in Hebrew. Well, the butcher went into the back and came out with a “rosh”, a head, of some animal or another. My relative was a bit mortified, and she managed to talk her way out of getting the head.
If you don’t want an animal as a symbol, you have other options: head of lettuce, head of broccoli, head of cabbage, head of gummy bears. Maybe some animal cracker heads?
Update: A fun suggestion from Batya, who claims blonds have more fun.