When you are getting up there in the age department, finding new party ideas can be difficult. Never fear! With our new party idea blog series, you can find an interesting party theme for your next event. In this article we are focusing on the… Chinese Zodiac Party Theme! 🐉
You may not know this, but in Chinese culture, each year is related to a specific animal. There are twelve animals, and every twelve years the year of that animal is repeated. For example, my daughter was born in 2000, the year of the dragon, and in 2012 the year of the dragon repeated. The twelve animals are a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. If you want to find which year you are, a quick Google search can tell you. The Chinese culture strongly believes that your animal year affects your personality traits, love compatibility, and general luck. Although western cultures prominently do not associate with Chinese and other Zodiacs, ask anyone in a room and they will be able to tell you which animal year they were born in!
Whether you believe in the zodiac sign or not, having a Chinese zodiac party can be a fun way of getting to know your friends. It is important to note that when you throw a Chinese zodiac party, you should be respectful of Chinese culture and beliefs. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun!
You can either ask everyone to come dressed as the year YOU were born in or you can ask guests to come dressed as the year that THEY were born in. It will be fun to guess which animal people have dressed up as. Another aspect could be handing out personality trait guides and seeing whether any of your friends think that they match their animals’ personality. Or if they think that their personality relates to another animal.
The decorations would be a classic Chinese New Year! Red and gold colours, Chinese lanterns and other classic Chinese decorations. Obviously, the food would follow suit with Chinese celebration dishes. These include dumplings, noodles, spring rolls, rice cake and other foods. This party theme will allow you and your guests to explore a different culture, get to know more about each other, and get in touch with their creative side. If you have a friend who is Chinese or knows a lot about China, it might be a good idea to let them help with the party planning. That way you know that you are being respectful of the culture. If not, make sure to do your research so that the party can be as authentic as possible!
If this sounds like something you are interested in Wild Cherry Events can help you organise such a party including all the decorations, food and even invitations. We are your premier event planners and we strive to make ever event unique and memorable. Contact us anytime for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org.