This year, the start of Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 7, and the celebratory festivities last for 15 whole days! To kick off the fun, I'm putting together a Chinese-themed dinner party. Gather together a group of friends and throw your own version of this party. All week I'll provide you with tips and ideas for a fabulous Chinese New Year. Before the event can begin, we have to send invitations. To see how I made these sparkling invites that can be modified to suit any lunar New year celebration,
To make a similar invitation you will need the following supplies:
- sparkling paper
- decorative paper
- single hole punch
- computer and printer
- image of a rat
To assemble the invite:
- Start by creating a new document in Microsoft Word. Drag the image of the rat into the document. Write out the details of the party. On mine I used the font Herculanum in size 14 to write:
Please join me in celebrating
the Chinese New Year
Saturday, February 9
Dinner 7:30 pm
Fireworks to follow
Please RSVP 415.513.9815
Print out on a plain piece of paper and check for grammar and spelling mistakes. Once satisfied with the look of the text, print out on the cardstock. Cut down to size.
- With a glue stick, glue the decorative paper to the back side of the invite. Cut down to size and set aside to dry.
- Fold the other piece of cardstock in half widthwise and cut along the line.
- Fold one of the cardstock halves in half so you end up with a quarter of the cardstock. Close up both the bottom and side of the folded cardstock with tape. What you want to create is an envelope.
- Glue the sparkling paper to the outside of the envelope, set aside to dry.
- Punch a hole in the center top of the text portion of the invite. Pull the ribbon through and tie a knot as you would with a bookmark.
- Slide the text portion of the invite into the sparkling red envelope. Place in another envelope, address with your best handwriting, and send.