Friday, February 8, 2019

Chinese New Year Fortune Cookies DIY.


The fortune cookie is so iconic to Chinese cuisine in North America, but a completely foreign concept to the authentic Chinese diet in China. We still decided to include it on our dessert table for our Chinese New Year Party. However, we thought we would dress the common fortune cookie up a little using the colors of our party, of pink, red, and gold.



We laid out our unwrapped fortune cookies on parchment paper, melted a pack of white and pink Wilton Candy Melts in a double boiler on the stove, and had fun dipping the cookie into the chocolate. Immediately after the cookie came out the chocolate we added colored sprinkles in varying textures and set them out to dry on a clean sheet of parchment paper.


This was our first time tasting chocolate dipped fortune cookies, and like most things chocolate, you just can't go wrong with such a fun addition. This dish added such a fun pop of color to our table and helped to tie the colors of our party together. Let us know if the comment section if you decided to give this a try! We'd love to hear how it turns out!


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Yarn Tassels As Chinese New Year Decorations.


Fireworks are a huge party of warding off the bad spirits and keeping away evil during the Chinese New Year holiday. You will hear them all over the city and will be able to see their beauty in the sky throughout the night. For our Chinese New Year Party, we wanted to incorporate some modern decorations into the theme. We created these yarn tassels as a nod to the fireworks that play such an important role in the celebration. Our party colors were pinks with a touch of red, and so we chose our yarn colors accordingly. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Chinese New Year Dessert Table.


Dessert tables are one of our favorite to style for any party. This past week, our Chinese New Year dessert table was no exception. We tried to remain as authentic as possible with the theme of this event. Bamboo steamers were used to serve cupcakes and little candies from. We purchased almond cookies from World Market. Sweet rice crackers offered a gluten free option for those with special dietary needs. 



Oranges are considered one of the lucky fruits to eat during the new year celebration. The round orange symbolize fullness and wealth. In Chinese, the sound of the word orange sounds very similar to the word success, and even has a symbol in the word orange that also has the word luck in it. These golden fruits are synonymous with the holiday. 




It is very traditional to pass out red packets with money inside to children or to employees during this season. The red packet is to bring good luck and well wishes to the person it is being given to. For our dessert table, we added a bowl of chocolate coins in homage to the hongbao tradition. The final element to our dessert table was chocolate covered fortune cookies that we decorated with sprinkles. The fortune cookie is iconic in North America with Chinese food, but it is such a foreign concept in China.  



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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Year Of The Pig Chinese Cupcakes.



Using our {Amazon Influencer List}, we purchased these adorable cupcake holders for our party. The holders were perfect with year and the animal stamped on the side of each holder. We made white cupcakes and a vanilla buttercream icing. A red fondant emblem was cut and we wrote out different messages on top with an edible ink gold pen. Messages that say Happy New Year, Peace, and Love on the top.


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Monday, February 4, 2019

Chinese New Year 2019 - Year Of The Pig.



Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Lunar New Year! It's the year of the pig and we celebrated it with a  small dumpling making party in our home for friends and family. After having learned several times from several different home cooks back in China, how to make dumplings from scratch, Mister Julie Ann Events and I tried to pass our knowledge on to our friends. We had a fun evening rolling out dough and pleating the little packets into dumplings that would taste good and hopefully stay together once we cooked them!



For our menu, we offered a variety of authentic Chinese dishes for our guests. After a successful trip to the Asian food market in Wilmington, North Carolina and the Hong Kong Supermarket in Myrtle Beach, we had fresh vegetables, herbs, snack food, and spices that are all authentic to China. We offered a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free menu item as well as food items for the meat eaters in our party. The one glaringly inauthentic menu item was in our appetizers of hummus and kalamata olives. We served tiny cherry tomatoes which is a food item that provides the lucky red color important in Chinese culture.


      
For a fun touch, we had passed our take out containers and chopsticks for people to eat their meal with. The meal consisted of bok choy, sesame mushrooms, steamed rice, tomato & egg, Chinese pancakes, and pork spring rolls. Since it is the year of the pig, we all made pork dumplings. The vegan option was a pumpkin, mushroom, and brussel sprout medley.   


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