What’s Your Sign?

My grandmother’s birth­day is at the end of the year and due to a com­bi­na­tion of work and hol­i­day crazi­ness, I promised her a big­ger cel­e­bra­tion in con­junc­tion with Chi­nese New Year, which this year falls on Feb­ru­ary 10th with the com­mence­ment of the Year of the Snake. Since my mother’s side of the fam­ily is from China, I thought it would be mean­ing­ful to com­mem­o­rate my grandmother’s {belated} big day, as well as the start of the Lunar Year, with a savory and sweet spread!

For the table back­drop, I made a paper fan wall, inspired by ori­en­tal fans and umbrel­las, and accented it with a tra­di­tional dragon pup­pet. The table was cen­tered by cup­cakes and top­pers, based on the Chi­nese Zodiac. Some other sweets included “Longevity Peach” steamed buns and “Pros­per­ous Orange Mac­arons” dis­played in gold ingot cups.

The main dishes included some of our fam­ily favorites, as well as sym­bolic offer­ings, served on fun, whim­si­cal serv­ing plat­ters, along with some tra­di­tional china. Red and gold were preva­lent in the color scheme, but the infu­sion of many sup­ple­men­tal col­ors added a play­ful­ness to the dis­play. With some adorable clip art from Elsy Design, I cre­ated some food labels, held up by minia­ture take-out boxes.

Since oranges and tan­ger­ines sym­bol­ize pros­per­ity and hap­pi­ness, I incor­po­rated them into the decor by fill­ing hur­ri­cane vases with the fruit and top­ping them off with a Chi­nese fire­cracker push pop!

The tra­di­tional red envelopes not only served as vibrant decor, but we were also for­tu­nate to be gifted with these pack­ets, typ­i­cally given out at cel­e­bra­tions and espe­cially dur­ing Chi­nese New Year, con­tain­ing mon­e­tary presents!

I am so very for­tu­nate to be able to teach my daugh­ter more about her her­itage and expose her to Chi­nese cul­ture and tra­di­tions, as well as share and cel­e­brate these spe­cial occa­sions with four gen­er­a­tions in our fam­ily! We had a fab­u­lous and deli­cious time and wish you a sen­sa­tional and stu­pen­dous Year of the Snake! Happy New Lunar Year! ♥

Merci Beau­coup!



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Comments

  1. Seri­ously — gorgeous!

  2. So many cre­ative details, Lyn­lee! Espe­cially loved the gor­geous back­drop and your Chi­nese zodiac top­pers. I was born the year of the pig : )

  3. lovely!

  4. Lyn­lee, you are one of the MOST tal­ented women I know! Absolutely amaz­ing what you can do:)

  5. Every­thing is just won­der­ful Lyn­lee! So col­or­ful and creative:)

  6. everything’s awesome…the back­drop is amazing!

  7. This is so gor­geous Lyn­lee! I can’t believe I am just get­ting around to com­ment­ing on it! And those cup­cake top­pers are out of control!

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