Chinese New Years
Write the party particulars on a long strip of paper and insert into
a fortune cookie. Mail in a cushioned box.
Place your invitation in a Chinese takeout box available at Chinese
restaurants and party stores. Add an Asian
paper umbrella and a Chinese or Green Tea bag. Seal with a
Chinese sticker and add an addressed mailing label and take to your
post office to mail.
the wording on a piece of paper and attach to a bag of Chinese or
clip art to create a Chinese laundry ticket that contains your
Invite guests to come dressed in
sending an unusual invitation, mail one to yourself first to judge
its condition and to determine length of time it takes to arrive.)
and Party Decorations:
red or gold fringe drape at the doorway to your party site.
Asian-inspired vases with dried "Japanese lanterns" found through
your floral supplier and some craft stores in their dried floral
Scour thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales for Asian
pottery, Buddha statues, Chinese dolls and figurines and use to fill
the party site to celebrate this Chinese New Year.
Float white candles in bowls half-filled with red-colored water. For
added glimmer, sprinkle gold glitter in the water.
Dress in Oriental costumes to help put your guests in the mood from
the moment they enter your pagoda.
Oriental fans and suspend them with thread or monofilament from
ceiling of your party site.
Mandarin straw hats to help guests feel as if they are sailing
along the Yangtze River. (It also makes a great guest gift.)
Since gold means a wish of good fortune, place goldfish in goldfish
bowls as part of your table décor and then give to guests as a party
favor. (Be sure to give them some fish food and care instructions
as well to get them started. Remember, these fish need to be put in
distilled, not tap, water.)
your walkway with colorful
Chinese music found through your library or buy a collection of
Chinese music to put guests in an Asian frame of mind.
the party is indoors, replace your lampshades with
paper dragon over your dining table.
Mount a Chinese-styled "Happy New Year"
banner over your front door or garage to welcome guests to your
up a couple of games of
guests read their fortune from a fortune cookie or have them make up
their own to share with other guests.
Bring in a local Judo, Karate or Chinese acrobatic group to put on
an exhibition for your guests.
Research Chinese characters for common words and let your guests try
their hand at copying them.
Teach guests how to use a pair of
chopsticks. Then hold a contest to see who can pick up the
smallest object the fastest with them.
or borrow from your library movies or travelogues with a Chinese
locale or theme. Try “The World of Suzi
Wong,” “Flower Drum Song,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Joy
Luck Club, “ “Year of the Dragon” or any other Asian videos that
appeal to you. You don’t need to leave the sound on, just play the
video for added atmosphere.
Asian design paper plates and accessories will still set the
mood and in true Chinese tradition. If you prefer, use plain
red and/or gold plates or
coordinating flatware to top your table. These colors mean good
fortune to your guests.
Paint your guests' names on
hand fans with Asian paintings on each guest’s plate for décor,
place card and a favor.
slap bracelets for napkin rings.
a set of
chopsticks at each place setting for the more adventurous diners
along with traditional flatware.
Almost any Chinese take-out dish will be more festive when decorate
Serve your meal on bamboo or rattan trays.
Provide goldfish crackers in a goldfish bowl.
up vanilla ice cream topped with pineapple chunks and a fortune
lighted cocktail glasses for dessert. Garnish with small
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