Posted Friday, January 24th, 2014 by & filed under #fabulouslysocial, Holidays, Surprises.

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If you’re like me, you missed out on planning your own 2013 holiday gathering {everyone else in my life had it covered!}. At the time, I was grateful that other people were cleaning their houses and dusting off their serving dishes. But now that 2014 has arrived, I wish I had hosted a get-together of my own.

Thankfully, there is a very festive January holiday coming up! Chinese New Year, which dates back to about 2300 BC, starts January 31, which means you still have time to plan a party. Not sure what the holiday is about or how to prep for yet another holiday-themed shindig? Check out these tips for a #fabulouslysocial Chinese New Year ::

Color scheme

Though red is traditionally used for Chinese New Year to keep the mythical beast, “Year,” away, we suggest straying from tradition a little to get into the 2014 new year. Be on-trend by decorating with the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Pair it with lime and a steel gray and you’ve got a gorgeous party palette.


Send your invites out as soon as possible to make sure your besties can make it. We’ve cooked up some great new designs for the Chinese New Year holiday!


Green glass vases housing your signature flower are an easy way to spruce up your table. Add a touch of the holiday to your color scheme with fortune balloons ::

1. Write out fortunes {serious or silly!} on small slips of white paper and slide them into not-yet-blown-up balloons {select orchid and gray balloons to stay with the theme}.

2. Blow up the balloons with a portable helium tank; secure with a knot.

3. Tie lime baker’s twine around the knot and secure the other end of the ribbon to the backs of chairs around your table {or in interesting places around the room}.

4. Allow each guest to choose a balloon to pop — and receive their fortune!

The year of the Horse

The 2014 Chinese New Year, known as the year of the Horse, lasts from January 31, 2014 until February 18, 2015. The year of the Horse, or more specifically, the Wooden Horse, is one of new beginnings and adventure. Chinese astrology considers a Horse year a fortunate year, full of luck and good things.

Celebrate the good things ahead with a tribute to this year’s animal. Papercutting, a Chinese form of art cut from paper, is often put on display in windows and on walls during the new year. Using tissue paper in the party’s color of honor, orchid, cut out horse heads {create your own horse shape, or use this downloadable pattern} to include in the party’s decor.

Chinese New Year Card | Red Stamp

Creative cocktails

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a refreshing and color-scheme-fitting cocktail. Try this recipe for blackberry mint limeade {makes about 4 servings} ::

3+1/2 cup Water
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Lime Juice
1/2 cup Halved Blackberries
1/4 cup Loosely Packed, Chopped Mint Leaves
Tonic Water (optional)

1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar + 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir until the sugar dissolves and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

2. Mix the lime juice with the remaining water. Slowly pour in the simple syrup, tasting as you go, until it’s sweet enough for your liking.

3. Muddle the mint and blackberries {add an extra 2 Tsp. of sugar if you want things sweeter}.

4. In highball glasses, evenly divide the muddled mint + blackberry mix. Top with a shot of vodka, a splash of tonic water and limeade to fill the glass.

What kind of Chinese New Year’s celebration will you be hosting? Share your pics with us by including #fabulouslysocial on your social posts!



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