Chinese New Year Party and Link UP

Happy Chinese New Year
Gong Hey Fat Choy
(in Cantonese)!

The Year of the Dragon

Despite 3 sick children, and having to cancel our original plans to celebrate with another homeschooling family for a Chinese New Year celebration, the children STILL wanted to have school and celebrate the day!

We started the party with reading this book:

Then we colored these Dragon Masks and wore them..
(found at Skip To My Lou)

We ate and enjoyed some special treats at snack time!

I made Chinese New Year cookies and took plain fortune cookies
 and "chocolated" them right up!

While the children had some "down" time (original plan was to do the Dragon Dance with our masks on, but with all the coughing and runny noses, we went for what was behind curtain 2)

While they watched, I prepared the FEAST and set the table...

Each placesetting had a plastic red champagne glass (wouldn't be New Year without some), a Chinese Red Dragon Money Envelope, a "firecracker", a gift - Chinese Yo Yo, the surprise Fortune Cookies I made out of felt, chopsticks...

Overcome, adapt and improvise!

Yo Yo-ing

opened up the Felt Fortune cookies...SURPRISE!

Just like her momma - good til the last drop! lol

****Once again on my quest to only have a $ 10 budget for a school party... have I DONE IT? (well almost)

Dollar Store for red napkins and plates $ 2.00  Decor:  Paper Lanterns -  I had and embellished with some Christmas Ornaments I found at Hobby Lobby at 80% off total of
$ 2.50.  Other decor, I made myself with existing materials. I made the Fortune Cookies (with treats inside) and you can see the tutorial HERE.  The gold placemats I found at the dollar store for $ 1.00  for 8 of them.  The red plastic champagne "glasses" were from the dollar store but 1/2 off as they were "Christmas" decor and they wanted to get rid of them 
$ .50

I had some Chinese Yo Yos left over from a party a few years ago!  Cost $ 0.00   The Red Envelopes we had.

Fortune cookies dipped in Chocolate and Sprinkles. I made the cute printable pics myself. I bought the cookies at the grocery store and decorated them with stuff I had at home. 
Cost $ 2.50

Lunch: Pasta with red sauce, a salad, egg roll and bread and juice. Made for less than $ 1 a person! (for the orginal party attendees of 8) Cost $ 5.00

I found THESE cute Dragon Masks over at Skip to my Lou and printed for the kids to color.  Cost: $ 0.00

TOTAL COST: $ 13.50 (not bad for an originally planned party of 8)

Hope you enjoyed our party and pray the children recover quickly (and that momma stays healthy!)

Gong Hey Fat Choy

Be Blessed!

Your turn to link up your Chinese New Year crafts, recipes, schooling, parties or anything related!  

Link party will be open for the entire 15 days of 
Chinese New Year!

Have fun and tell your friends to come on over!

Confessions of a Stay At Home Mommy


Kristin said…
WOW! Fantastic! The Lord has truly blessed you with a very creative mind.
Sarah said…
I'm sorry sickness messed up your plans, but it looks like you made the best of it. Great decorations! Thanks for the craft links. I didn't have time to plan anything and they really helped me out.
Dawn said…
I love all the decorations. You did a great job.
Phyllis said…
I love all your Chinese party supplies. It really created a great atmosphere.
Wow..this is amazing! You are incredible! What an awesome party! I bet it totally cheered up any sick-day sadness floating around!
Janice said…
This looks absolutely amazing!! What an incredible job you have done with sick kids and all! :)
Shauna said…
I just love everything you do with your children. What an awesome mom you are. When I post my Chinese New Year activities we have been doing over at our house I will make sure to link up.
Take care,
So many wonderful ideas! I am responding to comments using the reply feature directly on my blog, but I wanted to stop by and link up to your CNY link party :) Hope everyone feels better!
melismama said…
Thank you everyone for linking up such creative ideas! Love them all.
Welcome to the new followers! 8)
Oh my goodness, I can't believe you only spent $13.50 on that party. You did such an awesome job! I'm a new follower. Your blog is so much fun! I linked up a Dragon craft we did this week to your link party. :)
I featured your felt fortune cookies in my Fave Five Friday post that will be up tomorrow morning so please stop by :) If you would rather I didn't use a picture, please let me know and I will just use a text link.
Abby said…
What a great party. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas.
melismama said…
WOW All, these are great! So happy to see so many crafts and ideas! Thanks everyone!
Heidi said…
So much fun and color in your Chinese New Year! Awesome! Thanks for linking up with us at NOBH!
Kyra said…
Those crafts are very pretty. They will be good projects to do to decorate your place for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Gina said…
Wonderful ideas! I pinned this post for inspiration for our next Lunar New Year party! Thanks for sharing!

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