Chinese New Year is just around the corner on January 28, and it was the perfect excuse to design an inspirational table for the occasion. I put together a table for modern Chinese New Year entertaining ideas for Cityline and it will be live tomorrow!
As the biggest holiday for the Chinese community, it’s always fun to re-imagine how we can decorate our homes and entertain for it. See below for my behind the scenes of the segment and entertaining ideas. Huge thanks to Mango Studios for the behind the scenes coverage.
See the segment below:
On air with Cityline and Tracy Moore sharing Chinese New Year entertaining ideas
I had to dress up for the occasion!
Making dumplings with the 3 chefs
Thank you for inviting me Cityline! It was so much fun.
5 tips for decorating for Chinese New Year
In case you aren’t able to tune in, here are my 5 tips for modern twists on Chinese New Year entertaining.
1. Decorate with red and cherry blossoms
Decorating with red is sure to bring you luck. This arrangement with red roses and anemones are perfect for the home. Cherry blossoms also represent a prosperous new years ahead, so you can’t go wrong with those.
2. Decorate with fruits
Fruit is a perfect accent to any table, and mandarin oranges are so lucky for the occasion (since they are similar to the colour gold). Wish a neighbor or family a wealthy new year with oranges!
3. Entertain with Chinese zodiac horoscopes
Who doesn’t love reading their horoscope? Figuring out your zodiac sign for the year and what it means is a great conversation starter.
4. Personalize with beautiful stationary
How about champagne for this special “new years”? Love these fun cherry blossom labels for the minis.
5. Customize your party with Chinese New Year sweets
No dinner party is complete without sweets. Customized cupcakes and cookies are also a fun thing to take to work for the occasion.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this so beautiful!
Photographer: Mango Studios
Flowers: Fete Flowers
Sweets:Truffle Cake and Pastry
Horoscope Calligraphy: Sarah Kim
Mini champagne bottle labels and name cards: Brooklin Paper Co.
Tabletop rentals, linen, chairs: Chairman Mills.
Paper lanterns and fortune cookie name card holders: Weddingstar
Rebecca Chan is a Toronto event designer and event planner. If you have a brand activation, media launch event, design project or a special event, connect with her today to see how we can collaborate on your next project.