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Chinese New Year Dinner Party Ideas
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a dinner party honouring wealth, happiness and good fortune. Gather your closest friends and family for food, fun and fireworks. May you live in interesting times!
Set the tone of your Chinese celebration with striking red and gold invitations. Start with a square of red cardboard layer with gold paper. Add some Chinese characters (such as those for the Chinese signs of the Zodiac) alongside the party information and seal in a matching red envelope.
Setting the scene
For a decadent touch, ask each of your guests to slip into Chinese silk slippers at the door. Hand them Green Tea Martinis. Mix 3 parts vodka to 1 part green tea and add a splash of ginger liqueur. Shake with ice, then strain and pour into a martini glass, and embellish with an orchid. Play a selection of traditional Chinese music, gleaned from the World Music section of your favourite music shop, for background music.
Decorating and styling
Take red lanterns, pink and orange blossom, bamboo, black lacquer work and gold highlights as your inspirations. Start with a colour palette of red, pink and orange.
Traditionally, Chinese families decorate their living rooms with vases of blossoms and bowls of oranges, tangerines and sweets, so fill glass bowls and jars with citrus fruits, and tall cylinder vases with orange blossom.
Raise the red lantern! String paper lanterns in crimson, fuchsia and orange along the length of your entertaining space. Pink Frosting has a stunning range of paper lanterns start from $1.50 each.
Take your table down low, and dress it a red tablecloth, accented with pink and orange napkins. Set the table with chopsticks and white porcelain Chinese spoons as well as plates, knives and forks. Tie your cutlery and napkins together with pink and orange ribbons and tuck in a pink orchid. For a simple centrepiece, run a red or pink satin table runner down the middle of your table and add red pillar candles in various heights for illumination.
Menus, catering and cocktails
The easiest entertaining solution is to find a local dim sum restaurant and order a selection of delicious appetizers. If you feel confident, then cook up a storm with spring rolls, sweet chicken and corn soup, Sweet and Sour pork, Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, Mongolian lamb, salt and pepper prawns. And don't forget the rice! As the old Chinese saying goes: "Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a rice-less pantry."
Finish the meal with lychees and vanilla ice cream in martini glasses for dessert. For an extra fun touch, serve fried rice or your first course in white take away noodle boxes. Provide Chinese Green tea for your guests to sip throughout dinner. See more menu inspiration.
Favours and gifts
Don't leave your guests empty handed - give them silk hand fans as pretty and practical keepsakes, or send them home with noodle boxes filled with personalised fortune cookies. They'll laugh when they read such gems as "You will receive a fortune cookie tonight".
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