Celebrating Chinese New Year & Valentine’s – Party Style!
In any party you organise, do remember that there are always these 4 things to take note of – Party theme/Invitation, Decor/Ambience, Food & Beverage and Activities
Once you got all these 4 items down pat, you cannot get wrong with any party!
Party Theme/ Invitation: Create the mood of each party by having a party theme. Once you have that, invite your guests by sending out electronic invitation cards according to your theme – you save on stamps and do your part to save the trees!
Decor: Decorate the house with chinese characters that spell out “happiness” and “fortune”. Go to Singapore’s famous Tekka Mall or those “SKP” shops that are all over our neighbourhood towns – they have plenty of CNY decor in stock. Too lazy to go to the shops? Then go online here to shop http://www.asianideas.com/
(Superstition: The Chinese believe that if you sweep the floor during CNY, it will ward away all good luck – so make sure to clean your house prior to the party and not on the day of the party! Also dress in red when you greet your guests, as that signify prosperity)
For pretty Valentine’s Day decor ideas go to Martha Stewart’s site here: http://tinyurl.com/yffxkjo(she will even teach you how to make them!)
For some “corny” ones, go here: http://tinyurl.com/yglf49s
Food & Beverage: Concoct a new drink specially for the CNY party and call it whatever you want that is inline with “Good Fortune”, “Great Prosperity” or even the ‘famous’ “Double Happiness” 🙂
Evite.com suggests concocting a Golden Champagne Cocktail by using signature flavors such as lychee, coconut or tangerine.
- 3 parts sparkling wine
- 2 parts tangerine juice
- 1 splash grenadine
Pour sparkling wine into a champagne flute, then add tangerine juice. Top with grenadine. For non-alcoholic drinkers, substitute the wine with sparkling grape juice!
For Valentine’s Party, Evite.com suggests the Love Potion # 9:
Pour Kool-Aid into a punch bowl; then add vodka and rum. Add 1 additional pouch of cherry Kool-Aid mix and stir.
Non-alcoholic – sparkling pear and apple cider
Activities: For CNY, organise a mahjong tournament http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahjong – don’t know how that works? make sure at least one of your guests know how to play and let him or her lead or teach others.
Another home party game favourite to play especially for Valentine’s is Twister http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twister (game) – its fun and who knows what may come out of that?
Good luck 🙂
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