According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Spring Festival heralds the New Year of the Rat. The celebrations begin on February 7 and continue for the first 15 days of the New Year and culminate with the Lantern Festival at the full moon. Why not consider a unique dinner party during this period with a Chinese theme?
The Year of the Rat also marks the world's great expectations towards Beijing, the host city of the 2008 summer Olympic Games.
"A Rat Year is a time of hard work, activity, and renewal. This is a good year to begin a new job, get married, launch a product or make a fresh start. Ventures begun now may not yield fast returns, but opportunities will come for people who are well prepared and resourceful. The best way for you to succeed is to be patient, let things develop slowly, and make the most of every opening you can find."
Invite your friends to a Chinese banquet and see in the new Chinese year together.
I'll be posting more detail on how to host a Chinese dinner party soon.
Stay tuned for more dinner party ideas also.
In the meantime, why not let your guests taking away a parting gift:
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