In major cities across the country lucky enough to have Chinatowns, there will be many celebrations of the Chinese New Year starting with the new moon on January 30th this year. Philadelphia hosts many Lion Dance parades throughout the month of February and it is one of our family’s favorite destinations.
The lion is a symbol of prosperity and good luck. Being this lion is believed to be vegetarian, businesses try to lure him to their door with hanging vegetables and fireworks. No visit to Chinatown is complete without sampling the wonderful cuisine.
Throwing a Chinese New Year party is a fun way to bring the festivities home. Ordering take-out makes this an easy party idea. And who doesn’t love Chinese food? This post will show you how I set up a buffet table to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Horse.
For linens I chose a fiery orange and gold throw I felt had some Asian flair.
Glitzy Chinese take out containers were used to hold disposable chopsticks
I stacked black plates I had and brought out a black lacquered tray to corral fortune cookies, a lacquered chest and the take out containers.
A Chinese warrior statue bought as a souvenir provides thematic interest. A buddha statue, a colorful fan or a horse statue would work here also. A black wrought iron candelabra creates ambiance and height. A trio of sparkly spheres heighten the festive mood. The take-out containers, sparklers and spheres were purchased in the 90% off Christmas clearance bin at Michael’s this week.
My dear Chinese friend Hui taught me to make dumplings and they are the extent of my Chinese cooking repertoire. The rest of the feast will be delivered from our favorite local Chinese restaurant. There you have it! An easy party where take-out dishes are company worthy by elevating them with a festive buffet décor. This party is ready to go!
Happy New Year of the Horse! May it be a year of good fortune, good health, and good luck. I hope to have inspired you to get creative throwing your own Chinese New Year party!