Even if your restaurant is not traditional Chinese, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the Chinese New Year with your customers. All you need is a few changes in décor and menu to create an evening in the orient for diners. Did you know that the Chinese don’t clean their houses on their New Year’s Day? They don’t want to sweep out any good fortune. Don’t sweep out this opportunity to welcome new and current customers for a one night event, or the traditional 15 day celebration of the Chinese New Year. It’s the “year of the rabbit” beginning on February 3rd. Start by welcoming your customers with one of the many available Chinese New Year banners.
Take Customers on a Virtual Trip
Eating jiao zi or dumplings, is a Chinese New Year tradition because jiao zi is similar to an ancient word for “new” replacing “old.” Adding dumplings or noodles, another traditional food to ensure long life, will only go so far in creating the atmosphere. You need to make some additions to your restaurant décor. It’s easy and inexpensive to do. The work is done for you with an Evening in the Orient Decorations Kit and/or the Shanghai Moon Kit. Both kits give you versatile decorating choices and opportunities for display throughout the restaurant. You don’t need great decorating skills to put up some shimmering dragon whirls, giant dragon fans, and dress up the dining tables with chinese character confetti. Add a nice touch with the Shanghai moon centerpiece.
Turning Red Is a Good Thing
The color red is one of the luckiest colors in the Chinese tradition standing for loyalty, success, and happiness. Red modern lanterns and diamond lighted paper lanterns will show your lucky colors. Other unique choices include exquisite floor lamps and modern luminescent pedestal columns with fabric choices.
Don’t Forget the Wait Staff
Now get the entire house in order. Have your staff dressed for the occasion without making complete uniform changes. Consider the mandarin hat, or a combination with a coolie hat. Now they’re ready to make menu choices from the custom ordered Shanghai moon booklet. All you need to do is print up the menu and insert in the booklet.
Did You Remember The Kids?
The FU (pronounced foo) character means good fortune or luck in Chinese. Create-a-funtoo, a temporary tattoo. Kids love them! An on-line tool allows you to create the temporary tattoo with the FU character. Help the parents keep the kids busy before the food arrives with animal shape bracelets, which are popular with kids ages 3 and up! Maybe there’s a rabbit in the bag. Asian dragon personalized notepads let kid customers do their drawings on the pads with imprinted variegated pencils. The pencil shimmers and shines with every move. You can custom imprint the pads and pencils with your restaurant name, address, and phone information.
Now You Know You Can Do It
The Chinese New Year to China is like Christmas to the West. It’s spending time with family, gift giving, and the all important food fest. You and your restaurant will satisfy the total bill with very little work and lots of fun.