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Host the ultimate gathering this Chinese New Year!

Posted on 22.01.2019

Whether it’s your first time opening your home to guests, or you’re a ‘veteran host’ looking to up the joy-factor in your gatherings, get ready to usher in the prosperity with these handy hosting tips!
The kitchen is where all festivities and celebrations begin! Go through your pantry, taking note of missing ingredients and what you need to stock-up on. Next, crosscheck your planned dishes with your cooking utensils, ensuring you have the right pot, kuali, or steamer needed!
With the scrumptious Reunion Dinner spread you prepared, there’s sure to be seconds! Ensure the topping up goes smoothly by arranging the pots of dishes in an easy-to-reach location.

Set-up a utensils station by clearing a small section of your countertop or using a small table. Stack plates and bowls separately, and place spoons, forks, chopsticks in separate glass jars or round steel holders for guests’ easy access.
With CNY usually one of the hotter times of the year, keep guests cool with an ice-box full of various cooling, soothing drinks that they can easily grab – without needing multiple trips to the fridge.
So the main feasting is done, but snacks never hurt anyone! Prepare a tray of CNY favourites (cookies, traditional sweets, Mandarin oranges) and lay it out on the coffee table, or perhaps even on a snack trolley for guests to enjoy over chit chat and laughter.
As cleaning or washing clothing of any kind is discouraged, keep napkins, coasters, and wet cloths handy to both minimise spilling and keep mess at bay.
The kitchen is where all festivities and celebrations begin! Go through your pantry, taking note of missing ingredients and what you need to stock-up on. Next, crosscheck your planned dishes with your cooking utensils, ensuring you have the right pot, kuali, or steamer needed!
With the scrumptious Reunion Dinner spread you prepared, there’s sure to be seconds! Ensure the topping up goes smoothly by arranging the pots of dishes in an easy-to-reach location.

Set-up a utensils station by clearing a small section of your countertop or using a small table. Stack plates and bowls separately, and place spoons, forks, chopsticks in separate glass jars or round steel holders for guests’ easy access.
With CNY usually one of the hotter times of the year, keep guests cool with an ice-box full of various cooling, soothing drinks that they can easily grab – without needing multiple trips to the fridge.
So the main feasting is done, but snacks never hurt anyone! Prepare a tray of CNY favourites (cookies, traditional sweets, Mandarin oranges) and lay it out on the coffee table, or perhaps even on a snack trolley for guests to enjoy over chit chat and laughter.
As cleaning or washing clothing of any kind is discouraged, keep napkins, coasters, and wet cloths handy to both minimise spilling and keep mess at bay.

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