In preparation for the start of our New Year's celebration, I have been working on planning the menu, shopping at a nearby Asian grocery store to pick up some specialty items that I can't find locally, and of course, decorating our home! We are decking out our dining room for the occasion, so I thought today I would share with you 10 Great Ideas for Chinese New Year Decorations!
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Chinese New Year Decorations: Printable Decor!
I created the Double Happiness and the Love printables, which you can download it for free (scroll to the bottom of the post for access instructions)!
This adorable year of the dog papercut-inspired printable can be purchased on Etsy and downloaded right to your printer for an easy way to decorate your home!
When we were in China in 2009 during the Lunar New Year celebration- there were red paper lanterns hung from every street light, and in every doorway! So we purchased these four lanterns to use in our own home during our trip. You can find similar Chinese Paper Lanterns on Amazon!
Adorn the Doors with Couplets
It is traditional to hang Chinese couplets on your front door bearing messages for good fortune, happiness, and prosperity for the coming year. When family members and guests pass through your door during Chinese New Year visits- your good wishes will welcome them! (We purchased ours in China as well, but you can find similar Chinese New Year Couplets here!)
Create a Hong Bao Tree
Hong Bao (red envelopes) are filled with “lucky money” and given by adults to the children in the family. While my kids are all looking forward to seeing their Hong Bao placed at their seat at the table, I decided it would be fun to create a “money tree” too, just by using my hole punch to make a hole in each envelope and then hang them from a metal tree stand we already owned (You can find a similar one here). Of course you can do this using a tree branch propped in a tin bucket too!
Hong Bao can be found in any Asian market this time of year, or again, on Amazon!
Add Oranges to Your Table
Oranges represent luck and wealth, and therefore you will find many New Years tables laden with oranges, tangerines, and clementines!
Use Silk Placemats
Red or gold silk placemats decorated with images of bamboo or dragons make a beautiful addition to a dining room table! We found ours in China, but you can purchase the beautiful Chinese silk placemats pictured above here.
Chinese New Year Decorations: Kids Crafts
Origami is a traditional and beautiful art form. You can use paper folds and markers to celebrate the Year of the Dog using these instructions found over at Red Ted Art.
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If you are looking for some yummy Chinese New Year recipes to create for your family- be sure to check out this post: 10 Ideas for Chinese New Year Food!
Will you be celebrating Chinese New Year this year?