Take your guests on an exciting adventure to Shanghai, Bangkok, Hanoi, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and beyond with this fabulous Asian theme party!
- Write the invitation details as a tag to attach to a teabag.
- Insert a paper cocktail umbrella in your invitation.
- Type your invitation on a long slip of paper and insert it into a fortune cookie. Cover with bubble wrap and mail in a small box.
- Write your invitation with an Oriental-style font.
- Encourage guests to come dressed in Asian attire
- Use cardboard to create a pagoda or temple shape and paint it red or gold and add to the top of your doorway.
- Ask guests to remove their shoes upon entering your home and give them Chinese slippers.
- Party hosts should dress in Oriental-inspired attire to immediately make guests feel transported to a far off land.
- Oriental-themed items – a Buddha, vases, dolls, kimonos, statuary, etc. to add ambiance to your “pagoda.”
- Fill vases with Chinese Lantern flowers – an orange-colored blossom you can often find in the dried flower section of your craft store. Apple blossom blooms and bonsai tree will also give a feeling of Asia.
- Hand fans and paper parasols will provide instant images of Asia.
- Tabletop fountains with an Oriental feel will give your home Zen serenity.
- Fill your ceiling with paper lanterns or string lanterns onto strands of white lights.
- Recycle appropriate red and gold Christmas items – the colors of good luck and prosperity in Chinese culture.
- The best part of this party is that you can easily use takeout menus from your favorite Asian-style restaurants to cater this party.
- Use takeout boxes or Asian-inspired paper goods to serve your guests.
- Serve food to guests from lacquered or bamboo trays.
- Sake (rice wine, slightly warmed) can be the signature drink at this party, or serve Oriental teas.
- Offer chopsticks to guests (but have forks on hand for the less adventurous).
- For sit-down dinners, paint your guests’ names on the handles of hand fans to serve as a favor, place card and décor.
- Honey cakes and fortune cookies will be a sweet ending to your meal service.
- Invite students from a local karate or judo school to do a demonstration.
- Play traditional Chinese music in the background.
- Study how to make some simple origami birds and teach your willing guests. This will serve as an activity and take-home favor.
- Test your guests’ dexterity by having them try to pick up a single grain of rice with chopsticks.
- Research how to write words like “Love,” “Happiness,” “Prosperity” and “Good Fortune.” Then see how well your guests can duplicate the writing.
- Create similar stunts as seen on Japanese game shows.
- Host this party in conjunction with showing a movie with an Asian locale such as “The Karate Kid, Part II,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Eat Drink Man Woman,” “Lost in Translation,” “Teahouse of the August Moon,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and so forth.
Oriental Favors and Prizes:
- Anime comic books or cartoons
- Lacquer chopsticks
- Japanese Dolls
- Hand fans
- Fortune cookies
- A selection of teas
- Mandarin hats
- Bottles of sake (rice wine)