gung hei fat choi!
cobi's house • cobistyle products • entertaining • Comments (7)
Celebrating Chinese New Year has become a fun winter tradition in my house.
It’s a cheerful diversion to stave off the winter blues.
And it’s a great excuse for me to play with all of my Asian-inspired cobistyle accessories!
I mix them in with things I’ve picked up in Chinatown over the years.
Odd sets of china tea cups and plates. Did you know a shot of Whiskey in green tea is a tasty after-dinner drink?
I don’t fuss over the food - bbq pork, snow peas, rice, mandarin salad and little nibblies to start.
But I go to town on the table setting - my favourite part! I start with Chinese newspaper (free at the Chinese grocery store) - I love the graphics and print.
Then layer dollar-store red woven place mats.
On top of those go plastic gold chargers - cheap and cheerful but they look fine under candlelight.
I use brightly-coloured paper napkins because they’re easy, but I also love the look of paper with Chinese decor.
My bowls are Japanese but they work just the same and are big enough for a ‘one-bowl meal’.
cobistyle glasses with woven holders bring a natural element to the table and are the perfect size for water.
And of course I have to use cobistyle chopsticks!
But I always offer cutlery along with chopsticks so everyone is comfortable.
Little treats like fans for the girls (they love to use them at the table) and laughing Buda’s for the boys are a fun addition.
I used a dry erase marker on the cobistyle porcelain fortune cookies to turn them into place holders.
And of course the table wouldn’t be complete without paper lanterns strung overhead.
It’s amazing how well the colours of the Emerson cobistyle drapery panel mixed in with the colours on the table.
cobistyle lanterns run down the middle of the table and I tuck a fortune cookie into each of the mini-satin-covered take-out containers.
When the table is done it transforms the dining room and our guests get such a surprise when they arrive.
This year I gave the men a big special-issue Kit-Kat and the ladies a silky loot bag of Chinese candies and a cobistyle surprise.
I hope your Year of the Horse is filled with luck, prosperity and love.
Gung Hei Fat Choi!