Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an elegant party. With easy crafts, pretty place settings, and delicious Chinese recipes, our party ideas are all you need for a festive and fortunate affair.
Chinese New Year is a perfect excuse to entertain friends. The 15-day celebration starts at the end of January or beginning of February and features parades, fireworks, and traditional ceremonies. Throw your own New Year's party with our decoration ideas, party favors, and three delicious Chinese recipes.
Fortune cookies are a favorite Chinese-inspired American invention. These DIY cloth fortune cookies are fun to make, and they are adorable party favors. Not feeling crafty? The traditional Chinese New Year gift is a red envelope with some "lucky money" inside.
Editor's Tip: Red, which symbolizes good fortune in Chinese culture, was the launching point for our color scheme. Warm shades of tangerine, peach, and pink create a soft look overall.
When setting this table, we looked for streamlined pieces with gentle curves for a Chinese-inspired look. An arched dish filled with sesame snacks will tide guests over until dinner.
The lantern festival takes place on the last day of Chinese New Year celebrations. Get in on the tradition with lanterns as party decorations, favors, or a moonlit lantern parade after dinner.
Inexpensive bamboo steamers can serve double duty at your party: They're an easy way to cook, and they make pretty table decorations. You can find bamboo steamers online or at Asian grocery stores for less than $20.
Start sipping: The tangerine juice in this cocktail recipe will bring you luck and wealth, according to Chinese tradition. Garnish the rum-spiked refresher with juicy pineapple spears.
Garlic-seared scallops and egg noodles are the perfect entree for your Chinese New Year party. The light sauce blends orange juice with honey and Chinese Keemun black tea for a fresh, authentic dish.