I decided to do a Chinese New Year theme for our latest family dinner party. We were celebrating a birthday for my daughter in law and a one year anniversary for my son and daughter in law and a 30 year anniversary for my husband and I. I wanted it to be fun and special!!
I started with my go to white table cloth and gold table runner. I believe I got the table cloth at T.J. Maxx and the gold table runner at Home Goods. For the placesettings I found darling paper plates at Party City along with the gold paper napkins that I folded lengthwise and tucked under the plate. Don't forget the gold chargers. I would highly reccommend to invest in Gold, Silver and Black chargers. They will go with hundreds of table scape ideas. They are also very inexpensive too. I got my gold ones at Big Lots and they can be found at Michaels and Hobbie Lobbie also. Usually only about a couple of dollars each, sometimes less. (Save those Michaels and Hobbie Lobbie coupons)
The centerpiece was super easy and inexpensive. I bought 3 red chinese food containers at Party City and filled them with fresh roses from my garden along with artificial flowers I got at Joanns (on sale I might add). Then I went to the internet and found a chinese image and copied it and glued it to the center container. I have no idea what it says... if anything at all, but sure hope if it does say something that its something good!! To finish it off I placed some gold and white stripe paper plates under each container for added interest. Got them at T.J. Maxx.
Here is a closer look. You can totally do this and it couldn't be easier!!
Actually the whole idea for this Chinese New Year theme came from these adorable red fans. I came across them in the garage while I was searching for something. I have had them for years (can't remember where I got them) and decided that they should be used. So see ya never know where your inspiration may come from! Next I put a pair of chopsticks (also purchased at Party City) at each place setting. They looked so cute, but lets get real we all went and got forks!! We were hungry!!
It was my daughter in laws birthday this month and so we wanted to celebrate her special day, so I made birthday cupcakes and topped them with these darling fruit picks. ( I also found at Party City.) They come in pineapple as shown here, or limes, cantalopes and strawberries. I loved them!!
What would a Chinese New Year party be with out the colorful, sweet little paper umbrellas! These have been my favorite's since I was a little girl. But instead of putting them in our drinks like you see done so many times. I decided I wanted them to stand up. The only thing I had that was gold and would do the trick were chocolate gold coin candies. I really liked how they turned out because not only did they stand up really well, but they looked just like little patio umbrella's. Sometimes ya just gotta think outside the box!!
Theme parties or dinners are such a blast to do and are really not that hard. So maybe you'll want to think of fun ways that you can spruce up your next family get together or party!! And just go for it!!
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