On Sunday, 10 February 2013 is the Chinese New Year celebration. Whether you’re cooking an Asian feast or simply ordering take-out make sure you dress your table to impress.
The table cloth
The colour red is hugely symbolic in Chinese culture, it signifies life and all living things, so either use a red table cloth, or lay your table with Chinese newspapers with a red runner down its centre.
Sinfully delicious, these quintessential Chinese treats make beautiful table dressings too. Pile the colourful crackers in a red or black bowl.
Square plates and round tea cups
In China circles and squares are said to respectively represent heaven and earth. Brew a pot of jasmine tea to enjoy in the tea cups while feasting.
On Chinese New Year it’s considered good luck to give a red envelope filled with money, normally to children, but for sake of the table setting place one on top of each napkin. To make your own simply fold over red paper and adorn with a gold sticker (an image of a snake would be appropriate considering 2013 is Year of the Snake). Or buy one.