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Chinese New Year- Year of the Dragon (18 photos)


Dessert table for Chinese New Year

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The first time I learnt about Chinese New Year was 24 years ago, in another Year of the Dragon, 1988. For many years I wondered what kind of rituals were involved in a proper celebration but it wasn’t until fairly recently, and thanks to the internet, that I could put together a real Chinese New Year celebration. This album shows the pictures of the Chinese New Year dessert table that I designed, with the help of my dear friend and graphic designer Laura, from Delicious Tea.

I have no Asian heritage but I have always been fascinated with Asian cultures and my family has celebrated Lunar New Year since 2000. Since on Monday 23rd begins the Year of the Dragon, we decided to do a big celebration and design a full dessert table. We did a lot of research and Laura designed the gorgeous printables according to Chinese tradition. The characters I used in the garlands spell: longevity, fortune and wealth. I carved the food labels with a craft knife for the dragon's head to pop. These and other Chinese New Year printables are available at Delicious Tea's facebook page for free.

The dessert table itself included a combination of home-made and store-bought desserts. I baked a red velvet cake and carved it and decorated it as a dragon protecting its treasure. The design was inspired by a cake by Debbie Brown, that can found in her book "Enchanted Cakes for Children". I also decorated chocolate covered oreos with a red dragon, inspired by Laura's food labels. Desserts also included "Good Fortune cookies", "Chocolates of abundant wealth"(ferrero rocher and dark chocolate truffles covered in gold and red paper), candied oranges and pineapples (which are both traditional fruits for New Year celebrations) and "candies of joy and laughter" (we were unable to find Chinese good luck candies in Cyprus, so we had to opt for regular ones) All desserts were included in the numbers 6 and 9, both auspicious numbers. Other decorations included red envelopes with the FU symbol filled with chocolate coins, chinese balls with a dragon and a phoenix, glittered golden votive candles, and the I-ching -which served as a prop for the cake stand holding the cake.


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