Year of the Rooster

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Style

Jan. 28 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year: For 2017, it’s the Year of the Rooster. The 10th Chinese zodiac, the Rooster is said to be hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented—all good qualities to a meeting planner! To honor China’s most important festival, here are five things to incorporate into your meeting or event plans.

The Right Colors

For Roosters, the luckiest colors are said to be gold, brown and yellow. This creates a rich, rustic color palette for your event—one that lends itself to a sophisticated atmosphere. The color to avoid? Red. It’s said to be unlucky to those born under the sign of the Rooster. 

Cuisine Art

A Chinese New Year party is not complete without the right cuisine. Your best choice? Dumplings. With countless ways to serve them (opt for a traditional take, or go for culinary couture), these dim sum standbys will have everyone saying yum. 

Party Animal

It’s the Year of the Rooster, so honor it! Incorporate rooster décor into your atmosphere with paper cutouts or more permanent fixtures. You could even host a rooster decorating contest for your guests, giving them networking opportunities and of course, plenty of fun, too.

Light the Night

String Chinese lanterns throughout your event for a festive, beautiful look. Just make sure that you select the right colors (as mentioned above!).

Say Cheers

What’s a party without a signature cocktail? Look for festive, Chinese-inspired sips, like these 12 Chinese New Year drinks, or tea-based nonalcoholic (or with added spirits) libations.