Our mini Chinese New Year celebration

Last night, I decorated the house with paper garlands and red fairy lights and surprised my husband with a Chinese meal to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We ate all the classic and totally inauthentic Chinese takeaway favourites; chow mein, egg fried rice, prawn crackers and sweet n sour chicken. It was a lovely evening in, and seeing as we don’t every really eat at the dining table (yes, we’ve fallen into that habit of eating in front of the TV) it felt like a special occasion and we had a proper catch-up. Plus the invitation to our friend’s wedding arrived so we celebrated that too! Here are some of my photos of my pretty Chinese-inspired table setting:

inspirations for chinese new year the year of the horse

I know that my lucky cats aren’t strictly of Chinese origin but I was going for a general oriental theme and I guess that a strawberry paper garland isn’t completely authentic either! My Chinese lantern is the one I was talking about yesterday that I got from a tiny tourist shop in Manchester last year and has been hanging in my caravan workshop ever since. And now that I’ve used this floral fabric as a tablecloth, I’m thinking it would look great as a skirt or dress so maybe it will make another appearance on the blog soon, albeit in the sewing section!

oriental inspirations for chinese new year table settings

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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