The glory of this summer's Olympics turned the world's eyes both politically and socially onto Beijing, and has caused a massive surge in all things Asian. Good grief, even America's golden boy was signed on earlier this year as spokesman for Rosetta Stone's Version 3 when he wanted to learn Mandarin. So of course, designing an event around this beautiful and ancient culture is a must, thus today's trend.
Yes, Social Couture was all over this a long time ago. I'm in love with how they placed the fans and chopsticks at each setting. Purchase the whole package or a few pieces to add to your own collection. And see, the colors aren't traditional red and gold, making this collection feel really fresh.
Get some inspiration from these parties....a fabulous party from Hula Seventy for her 8 year old daughter. How cute are the parasols in the cupcakes? If you can't find decorated take-out boxes, just cover the front of plain boxes with decorative paper. Chinese yo-yos, paper fans and blowers make perfect party favors.
Cookie Magazine covered another 8-year old's birthday that fell within a month of Chinese New Year. Guests decorated pre-dressed finger-puppet bases by drawing on faces and gluing on yarn hair. Although a professional puppeteer brought this stage, you can make your own by draping fabric over a couch, then use their puppets in a show. The birthday boy lead his guests on a New Year Parade. How about these cherry fortune cookies from Fancy Fortune Cookies? Use them as favors, or as too-cute cupcake toppers.
Over at PartySpot, a traditional Asian-themed birthday party for three was brought to life with Chinese dragons, a kung fu demonstration, and more. Chinese lanterns and parasols hung from the trees.The tables were decorated with natural linens, black-and-white Chinese lanterns, red Chinese character confetti, and fortune cookies.
Each child had a customized cake in the shape of a pagoda complete with white chocolate Chinese lions standing guard. Individual champagne bottles adorned with a miniature bright red kimono.