Chinese New Year Celebration ~ Food, Ideas & Printable #NewYearFortune

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Hello! Chinese New Year starts exactly one week from today ~ February 19th. Chinese New Year celebrates the wish of "good fortune" to everyone in the year ahead, & it is the perfect time for your family to have a little fun, celebrate another culture, spend time together & eat some yummy authentic Asian food. I’m so excited to be sharing some of our family’s favorite Chinese New Year traditions (like red-envelope gifts!), a free mini lantern printable & how we used Tai Pei® restaurant inspired appetizers that come in chicken, pork, shrimp, and vegetable flavors for a fun (& easy!) Chinese New Year celebration dinner. So let’s get started! 😉

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We have celebrated Chinese New Year several times over the years. My kiddos have so much fun with it. I made a list of some of the things we have done & that worked really well for our family. 🙂

  • check out books from the library on China & Chinese New Year
  • take the legs off the kitchen table & have dinner on the floor! (Yes, we did this one year, & the kiddos loved it!)
  • make Chinese dragons out of cardboard boxes & construction paper
  • get an atlas or globe & find out where China is
  • learn how to say the Chinese New Year Greeting ~ “Gung hay fat choy.”
  • eat dinner with chopsticks (No forks allowed!)
  • Chinese New Year animal charades ~ Each year is represented by a different animal in the Chinese calendar. 2015 is the year of the sheep! Take turns acting out each one & have the other family members guess which one you are.
  • make paper lanterns (I’ll be sharing a printable for that!)
  • make a special Chinese inspired dinner for the whole family
  • no cleaning on the first day of Chinese New Year (Your kiddos will love this!) 😉 According to Chinese tradition you will sweep out all of your good fortune if you sweep on Chinese New Year.
  • exchange red envelopes ~ Traditionally money is given in red envelopes during Chinese New Year. We write notes to each other instead, and then I give the kiddos gold wrapped chocolate as “money”.

The one activity we always do is make Chinese paper lanterns. We use the traditional Chinese colors of red & gold (yellow) to make the lanterns with. You can download the printable below to make some mini Chinese lanterns.

Chinese lantern printable at

Cut them out leaving about a half inch border around the whole lantern. Fold them in half on the dotted line, and then cut through each solid colored line.

chines new year traditions

Roll your lantern up & then staple in place.

Chinese New Years Kid's Crafts

We decorated our house with tons of these little lanterns. 🙂

mini Chinese lanterns

Another fun Chinese New Year tradition is giving the gift of money in a red envelope. Since my kiddos have already taken all of my money (ha!) I made cute take out boxes & filled them with gold (also known as gold wrapped chocolate!). 😉

take out box filled with gold Chinese New Year

We still wanted to carry on the red envelope tradition. So we decorated red envelopes with Chinese characters & wrote notes to each other inside.

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We used them on the table when we had our authentic Chinese meal. The kiddos had fun opening their red envelopes. 🙂

Chinese New Year partyChinese red envelope for New Years

For our authentic Chinese meal we found Tai Pei® Mini Spring Rolls and Tai Pei® Egg Rolls at our local Walmart in the freezer section.

Tai Pei Spring Rolls and Egg Rolls

These yummy products are loaded with traditional style and flavors of chicken, pork or shrimp & vegetables. They are authentic Asian appetizers (perfect for Chinese New Year!), & I love that they are ready in just a few minutes. They also come with their own dipping sauce. Yay! I loved the crunchy outside, & I loved all the veggies inside with plenty of flavorful meat. My kiddos loved the taste & asked for more. You can’t beat that ~ especially with my picky eaters. 😉

egg rolls egg rollsmini spring rolls

You can tell they enjoyed our Chinese New Year celebration. 🙂

eating with chopsticks

You can find everything you need to host an amazing Chinese New Year
celebration & lots of yummy Tai Pei® Good Fortune in Every Box™ at Walmart.

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Make sure you check out the Chinese New Year app on the Tai Pei® Facebook page. The Red Envelope tab will include a coupon and will run until coupons run out. So hurry! Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year? If so, I’d love to hear about your traditions! Leave a comment below. 🙂

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