Chinese New Year Party Ideas & Decorations
March 29, 2011
Chinese New Year
This wonderful event is another great example of traditions crossing cultural boundaries. Even though this may not be celebrated by everyone in the west, this New Year rivals the countdown to the big ball drop and has just as many fireworks to go along with it. So if you enjoy the start of the new lunar year or prefer to call it the Spring Festival, here’s how you can celebrate in style!
To let your friends and family know you are having this special event, send an invite their way which will help set the tone for your party. Traditional red colored invitations are available in a variety of styles. Gold and green colored invitations are available too.
You should also be able to find Chinese New Year themed stamps available from the U.S. Post Office.
You can never have too much red for this time of year, so red envelopes are a good way to go. If you prefer use plain white, try your hand at a little creativity and use some basic calligraphy skills to draw the Chinese symbol for luck.
Be sure to clean out your house thoroughly before you prepare for this party. Not only is it tradition, but it will help you better understand how to decorate your space. You never know what you can do with that corner of the living room until you move that pile of books out!
Even though it may be cold outside where you are for this New Year, you can still hang some paper lanterns to let your guests easily spot your party as well as to set a mood for the event. Try alternating white and red lanterns. You can place them on a flat surface or hang them if you like. Use them with fake flameless candles for a worry-free evening.
If you want to use lanterns with symbols and characters on them, we have those too: Chinatown lanterns & Oriental good luck lanterns.
Place some dragon head cutouts on your door to finish off the outside décor and prepare people for the delights which await them within!
Once inside, let the color red run wild! And don’t skimp on the good luck either! With the start of the New Year, you should get as much good luck as you can. So share the positive with your guests and line your ceiling with these 12’ long good luck decorations. And remember, good luck can come in many forms, so make use of this Chinatown good luck garland, too.
Hang this 6’ long Chinese Dragon on the walls to fill any white space as well as to chase away any misfortune. No one wants a bad party. In case you want a different sort of dragon or prefer one not hung on the wall, here are some other options: Chinatown accordion dragon, 6’ long colorful tissue dragon, and dragon ceiling decoration.
2011 will be the year of the Rabbit, but you can keep this Chinese Zodiac shimmer spiral handy to help keep track. Which creature are you? To help celebrate the year of the Rabbit, hang some danglers. Or place a year of the rabbit cutout where all can see it.
To add a general feeling of the Orient to your space, try tactfully placing these Asian cutouts. They can help you feel more surrounded by the culture of China. Also, hang a couple 36” oriental cascades to fill corners or draw attention to your other ceiling decorations. You can place red silk parasols and folding fans on bookshelves, mantles or other surfaces to put the final touches on surrounding your guests with this event.
As the name suggests, you could go the very simple route of serving traditional Chinese cuisine for this New Year. Depending on your guests, you should try to cater your menu to their needs. Variety is often the best way to be certain there is something for everyone.
Since the menu is up to you, we’ll take the guess work out of decorating your table. Start with a Chinese dragon table runner. Feel free to cover any exposed table space with Chinatown confetti. Or you can cover the entire table with this Chinatown table cover. Place this stylish Asian gong centerpiece on your table to make its decoration complete. Other centerpieces are available: 18” & 8.5”.
Save the fine china and set out these Chinatown plates, napkins and cups instead. Compliment the red with this gold plastic ware.
If you have other tables you would like to decorate, try a Chinatown table skirt. You can also alternate tables with gold and red metallic fringe skirts for an eye pleasing effect.
While firecrackers are both traditional and fun, be sure to use them safely and with parental supervision if necessary. For something safer, try a Chinese yo-yo. For both style and novelty-sake a 10” folding fan can be a nice touch.
Did you want to get a tattoo in college but chose not to? A new year is the perfect reason to mark yourself with a Chinese symbol tattoo. And if you still think this could be a mistake later on, they are removable!
And while everyone else is handing out red envelopes with money in them, dare to be different by offering these gold favor boxes. Shaped like a gold bar, their color compliments your red color scheme and they stack nicely as a display! Fill them with candy or another traditional treat.