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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Chinese New Year ~ 2016 Year of the Monkey

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Feb 3, 2016 2:19:55 PM

Chinese New Year Place SettingChinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, falls on February 8th this year. People around the world will celebrate the year of the monkey with lantern parades, festivals and parties.

Bring out the chop sticks and order take-out food for your own new year’s party!

Red and gold are the dominant colors for a Chinese celebration. If you’re like me, you have plenty of red dishes and accessories from Christmas parties. If you don’t have a gold tablecloth, use placemats or a length of fabric. The black charger offers some relief from red and gold. It wouldn’t be a party without paper take-out boxes and chop sticks. Buy fortune cookies, but if you make your own, you can get really clever with the fortunes. Write a funny personal one for each guest.

Tie fishline to paper lanterns and attach them to the ceiling. The more the merrier! Just make sure they aren’t close to candles and are high enough so guests can see each other across the table.

Don’t forget to wear red clothing at your dinner. Red is supposed to ward off evil spirits and bad luck.

The Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 animals, each with their own personality traits. Which zodiac sign are you?

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

Topics: Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home interior expert Merri Cvetan, Chinese New Year

  • Chinese New Year Place Setting

    Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, falls on February 8th this year. People around the world will celebrate the year of the monkey with lantern parades, festivals and parties. Bring out the chop sticks and order take-out food for your own new year’s party!

  • Chinese New Year Table Setting

    Red and gold are the dominant colors for a Chinese celebration. If you’re like me, you have plenty of red dishes and accessories from Christmas parties. If you don’t have a gold tablecloth, use placemats or a length of fabric. The black charger offers some relief from red and gold. It wouldn’t be a party without paper take-out boxes and chop sticks. Buy fortune cookies, but if you make your own, you can get really clever with the fortunes. Write a funny personal one for each guest.