Chinese New Year’s Party Ideas for the Whole Family to Enjoy

We’re barely into the New Year and already you can plan for another celebration, Chinese New Year! Whether you are of Chinese ethnicity or not, this festive occasion is sure to be fun for the whole family. Wait till you see our editor’s picks for you – from elaborate red and gold decorations to party invitations, activities and favors inspired by fascinating traditions! Mark February 16th on your 2018 calendar and start the Chinese New Year’s Party prep!

Note: This time, it’s the Year of the Dog by the Chinese lunar calendar. But we’ve selected party products that can be used at Chinese New Year events in the future as well. (*this post contains affiliate links) And for a party menu to match, see our related links at the end of this post.

Chinese New Year Party Invitations: Traditional to Modern

Depending on the mood you’re setting for your gathering, take your pick from these great invitation options!

Chinese New Year Guest Invitations

1 – Red Modern Chinese New Year Party Invitation – An updated and upbeat design, available from Purple Trail

2 – Traditional Elegant Chinese New Year Party Invitation – A more conventional invite to your celebration, also from Purple Trail

3 – Chinese New Year – Fill In “2018 Year of the Dog” Party Invitations (set of 8) – A convenient way to get the party word out, available via Amazon

4 – Red and White Flowing Lanterns Chinese New Year’s Invitation – A fun and festive choice you can order from Purple Trail

5 – Bold Red Stripe and Gold Symbol Chinese New Year’s Invitation – A blend of modern and traditional, from Purple Trail

Festive Decorations in Red and Gold

Spark a joyous, exciting atmosphere for your Chinese New Year’s Party with these decorations you can simply buy, assemble and enjoy!

Chinese New Year Decorations to Buy

1 and 5 – “East Meets West” food and drinks buffet

From our own Chinese party styled shoot, grab inspiration for setting up an inviting display of Chinese and Western appetizers, sweets and drinks. Includes party décor like pink Chinese lanterns available from Just Artifacts and Fulfilled by Amazon.

2 Good Luck Lanterns with Tassels (16”, 2 pcs.)

Create an instant festive air with these bright red paper lanterns with gold trimming and tassels. Ships from and sold by

3 – Year of the Dog Printed Latex Balloons

One of the easiest ways to bring on the New Year vibe, these 12-inch balloons come in red and gold. Ships from and sold by Balloons-and-Party, via Amazon.

4 – Decorative Firecrackers

Traditionally hung both inside and outside homes to ward off evil spirits, hang bunches of these at the entryway to your party. Sold by KI Store and Fulfilled by Amazon. (Note: Each firecracker is 5” in length and 1.77” in diameter.)

Fun Activities to Greet the Chinese New Year With

This is a ideal occasion for family members to learn about Chinese beliefs and customs through party activities and games!

Chinese New Year Activities and Games

1 – Chinese New Year Photo Booth

Have wacky pics taken to remember this occasion by, using this set of photo props. Sold by Big Dot Of Happiness and Fulfilled by Amazon

2 – Chinese Lion Dragon Marionette Puppet

A hand rod puppet with strings that’s sure to fascinate kids and adults alike. Ships from and sold by mylucky15610, via Amazon.

3 – Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book

A fascinating craft, activity and resource book containing basic facts about the Chinese New Year, available from Amazon.

4 – Fortune Teller Miracle Fish

Just for fun, foretell what the future has in store with this set of cards. Sold by Deux Commerce and Fulfilled by Amazon.

5 – Natural Wood Chinese Checkers Set with Wooden Marbles

Keep guests happily entertained with checkers played the Chinese way, thanks to this set by Brybelly. Sold by E-Brands and Fulfilled by Amazon.

Party Favors Inspired by Chinese Traditions

There’s something here for all your guests to remember this unique celebration. Check out the favor ideas we suggest.

Chinese New Year Party Favor Ideas from Gold Chocolates to Fortune Cards

1 – Hello Kitty Lucky Stars Candy Tins (set of 3)

For the kiddies on your party list, these cute containers come already filled with star-shaped candy! Available from World Market.

2- Steenland Zodiac Chocolate Medallions (set of 6)

Give milk chocolate discs wrapped in gold foil bearing the 12 symbols of the lunar calendar. Made in The Netherlands, sold via World Market.

3 – Chinese New Year Scratch-off Fortune Cards (22 count)

Everyone would love the surprises in these cards. Sold by Big Dot Of Happiness and Fulfilled by Amazon.

4 – Lucky Cat Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

Ensure great flavor and good fortune for your guests’ tables with this charming pair we found via World Market.

5 – Treat boxes wrapped in organza favor wraps

Send guests off with Chinese-inspired goodies (almond cookies, pineapple tarts, “smiling sesame ball” cookies) packaged in woven boxes wrapped in colorful fabric!


Hurry! Chinese New Year this year comes on the heels of Valentine’s Day. So be sure you’re ready for both!

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