Chinese New Year Celebration Ideas

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Happy Chinese New Year!  If you’re going to be celebrating I’ve got a few awesome tips, some yummy meal ideas and a fun craft for you!  Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to celebrate Chinese culture and teach your family something new!

Chinese families use the new year as a time to make room for incoming good luck and of course feast on a traditional dinner!  The color red is used to symbolize good fortune and joy so of course, you’ll see lots of red at Chinese New Year!

Here are a few tips to enjoy the Chinese New Year with your family!

Chinese food in white bowls on a wood table

First of all, I love love love Chinese food so the idea of enjoying an easy Chinese dinner at home with my family is the perfect start!  Tai Pei has some fabulous meals you can serve to get your celebration started!  The best part is that they’re ready made and can be found in the freezer aisle.  Our perfect at home “take out” dinner includes setting out several different dishes and enjoying a little bit of everything ‘family style’.  (You can grab coupons for the entrees here and coupons for the appetizers here).

Not only are these restaurant inspired Tai Pei meals delicious, but it’s also the perfect way to try something new!  And don’t forget the chopsticks!  You can find more great Chinese New Year snacks and meals by checking out Tai Pei on Facebook or Pinterest!

dipping dumplings in soy sauce

Now that your food is planned let’s talk decor!  As I already mentioned, red is the traditional color to decorate with for Chinese New Year!  You can find lots of red decorations at the dollar store or create some of your own! Red plates, cups, and even easy homemade red lanterns can help make your table festive!  They literally take 5 minutes to make and are so easy, this makes a really fun activity for kids (if you help them with the glue gun)!

red and yellow Paper Chinese lanterns


  • red paper
  • yellow paper
  • scissors
  • glue

step by step how to make Paper chinese lanterns


  1. Fold the red paper in half lengthwise (so it’s longer rather than shorter).  Cut 1/2″ slits in the paper leaving a 1″ space at the bottom.
  2. Roll the yellow paper into a roll, any size or thickness will work.  Use a hot glue gun to hold in place.
  3. Secure one end of the red paper to the roll using a glue gun.
  4. Wrap the second end around the tub and slide it up slightly creating a lantern shape.  Glue in place.  Trim off any excess yellow paper.

One more really popular Chinese New Year tradition is the exchange of ‘red envelopes’.  Red envelopes are usually given to children and seniors and contain money.  They symbolize the hope of good luck to those who receive them.  You can find red envelopes at some dollar store or online.

Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate with food, family and good fortune to come!  I’d love to hear more about how YOU celebrate Chinese New Year!

Steps for making paper chinese lanterns
Paper chinese lanterns and chinese food with a title

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