Ring in the Year of the Dragon with your own Chinese New Year party.
Chinese New Year is one of the most important, long-running and festive holidays in China. The Chinese celebrate with two weeks of events and outrageous celebrations — sounds fun!
In my home, we like to celebrate holidays like Cinco De Mayo and Chinese New Year by cooking some traditional foods specific to the culture. It’s a great way to teach children about different cultures and holidays celebrated around the world and to have fun with friends!
This year the festivities begin on January 23rd, so start planning your party for what the Chinese call the “Spring Festival.” To celebrate, why not throw a Chinese New Year party and invite some friends over to partake in the celebration? You can choose one day within the two weeks to host an appetizer and cocktail event, and use some of these dragon-themed decorations to embellish your shindig!
- Rice paper votive
- Paper paddle fan
- Cotton dragon
- Gold piñata from Confetti System
- Gold and red feather mask
- Gold star sparklers from Tops Malibu
- Gold cocktail napkins
- Lotus candle holder
- Festive, gold drinking glasses
- Red serving plates
For appetizers, try some of these recipes: delicious Magic Dragon Puffs
, a large pot of Shiitake Mushroom Soup
(serve with small soup bowls on the side) and some Steamed Vegetable Dumplings
It’s not a party without a signature cocktail! Sticking to the dragon theme, serve these yummy Orange Dragonfruit Cocktails
. You can also serve Champagne with an ounce of SKYY’s new Dragonfruit Vodka
For a special treat after dinner, serve Slow Cooker Caramel Rice Pudding
and Elegant Almond Bars
Put on some traditional Chinese music (or current!), decorate and set-up a yummy appetizer table. You’ll have a soiree that is sure to be remembered and bring good fortune to the New Year!