What better way to cure your January blues than by planning a Chinese New Year party?
Chinese New Year 2017 is on Saturday 28th January and festivities will be taking place all over the country to celebrate Chinese culture and the start of the Year of the Rooster.
If you’re thinking of hosting your own celebrations, take a look through our Chinese New Year party ideas for inspiration.
Choose a red and gold party theme
Start your party with some Chinese New Year party supplies like these, preferably in red and gold which are the key colours of Chinese New Year. Red traditionally brings luck so you’ll find most Chinese New Year decorations are this colour.
Lay each table with a Chinese tablecloth and then put out paper plates, cups and napkins that are easy to tidy up and throw away after the party. Keep your cutlery on theme with red or gold plastic knives, forks and spoons, or if you want to be really authentic, chopsticks!
Decorate with Chinese lanterns
As for the decorations at your Chinese New Year party, lanterns are a must! They’ve become a symbol of China and a pack of lanterns like this comes with three different designs for you to mix and match. But if you’re taking part in a lantern parade, these smaller, handheld ones would be perfect.
… Or make your own Chinese lanterns
You could even have a go at making your own paper lanterns as a fun Chinese New Year activity – and it’s not as hard as it sounds!
Simply download our free Chinese lantern printables and follow our easy step-by-step instructions to find out how to put them together.
Serve your party food in noodle boxes
As for party food, make sure you serve it in traditional Chinese noodle boxes like these so that it fits your party theme.
Leave each guest a pair of chopsticks (and maybe a quick tutorial on how to use them!) next to their plate and if you think they’ll have trouble eating with chopsticks instead of cutlery, leave some plastic knives and forks scattered around the table too.
Give out fortune cookies
Fortune cookies like these are another absolute essential for a Chinese New Year party! The aim of many Chinese traditions is to bring luck for the new year and kids and adults alike will love cracking them open to see what their fortune entails.
Get a dragon piñata
Piñatas are fun for any occasion and kids love them, so how about a dragon piñata like this for your Chinese New Year party?
Historically the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China and nowadays it’s an iconic symbol of the country, so when you’re choosing a piñata a dragon is an obvious choice. (We’d recommend picking up a piñata kit that includes sweets, a blindfold and a piñata buster too as they’re the best value).
Wear something red
Wearing red on Chinese New Year will bring you good luck for the rest of the year, so make sure you remind your party guests to dress in this colour.
You don’t have to be decked out in red from head to toe but a token red scarf or red t-shirt would be perfect.
Go to a Chinese New Year event
Chinese New Year celebrations take place all over the world and the UK is no exception. London is home to the biggest CNY celebrations outside of China and Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow all play host to festivities. Take a look at our guide to when and where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 to find an event near you.
Head over to Party Delights to pick up everything you need for your Chinese New Year party and for more party ideas, take a look at: