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A Family-Friendly Chinese New Year Celebration

2014 Is The Year Of The Horse

Last year, for the first time, our family celebrated Chinese New Year. A certain Miss Party Mummy inspired me to give it a go and I'm so glad I did. The kids had a blast. They loved learning about a new culture and eating food they don't typically eat. Best of all it didn't take a lot of effort on my part. 

Here's how you can throw a simple Chinese New Year's celebration for your family.


This year Chinese New Year is on Friday, January 31.

2014 is the Year Of The Horse.


Buy red and gold decorations at the dollar store.

Find out what animal you are and print out a fact sheet for each family member to read out loud at the table.

Put money into an origami envelope made out of red paper (red symbolizes good luck). I decorated ours with a Chinese symbol that represented each of us (Son No. 1 was Wind because he skates fast like the wind)

Make cheater chopsticks so your kids can use them.

Make simple recipes (seriously you don't want to be slaving over a stove all day). I made these easy Honey Garlic Ribs with Stir Fried Vegetables and rice.

End your meal with fortune cookies.

Pat yourself on the back for putting together a winning celebration.