Dried lotus root. A view of the Great Wall. Dancing. Lanterns, dragons, mandarin oranges. Old friends; new friends. Art supplies, records, rice crackers, okra. Egg rolls, spring rolls, summer rolls, noodles (for longevity). Wasabi peas, sticky rice, wontons, pot stickers, Saporo and sake. Tattoos, hugs, high-fives.
Just a few things you’ll find at our annual Chinese New Year party.
The snake carries meanings of malevolence, cattiness, mystery, acumen and divination. Often the snake has a good temper, communication skills and wisdom. They have tremendous sympathy for others and love to help where they can. Snakes excel with handling money. Their character is intense and passionate and they are determined to meet their life goals. They have a rich source of inspiration and understand themselves well. Read more about the Snake and other Chinese zodiac signs here: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/snake.htm
Every year (well, this is the forth party I’ve thrown, the third one in Amarillo) we have a Chinese New Year Celebration. It has become a tradition that our friends now look forward to. Which I think is kinda’ cool. Each year I acquire a few more decorations, and each year I try to come up with a fun new art project. (Last year was lantern making, so the lantern that hung in the front of our house was from last year, as well as the umbrella lantern. Blow up a balloon, cover it in vaseline, cover it with several layers of coffee filters using watered down white glue and let it dry. Then glue colored tissue paper over it- or punch drink umbrellas into it- and take out the balloon after you cut a nice round hole at the top. String a wire hanger at the top and you have a lantern ready to hang!)
This year’s art revolved around Chinese brush painting and stamping:
Usually different forms of artwork abound once people get inspired. THIS year there were several tattoo artists that surfaced: (Oh what a can of Sharpies can inspire!)
And then of course everyone danced in the kitchen. Like always. Last year’s party happened to fall on the night that Whitney Houston passed away, and when word got to the DJ, we danced to many of her songs in her honor. This year I wanted to make it a tradition to have a few of her songs played again.
I also was able to find supplies at hobby lobby, Joann’s, Michael’s and our local Asian market.
The morning after:
Just a few weeks ago I ran across this photo that my mom sent to me. The back of it reads,”Trip to San for your 19th B-day 1995.”
Little did I know that the items I was purchasing in China town would make it all the way to Texas just so I could have a New Year’s party. So glad they did:)