Splash out on a lavish, Oriental-themed party to greet the Year of the Monkey
2016 is the Year of the Monkey and people born under this sign are said to be smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and earning power, while also being lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. If that sounds just like the perfect Livingetc reader, then why not join us for a celebration of all that is smart and innovative in the wonderful world of interiors!
1. Good fortune
Greet your friends with a stylish cocktail tray. Before they take a sip, though, ask them to remove their shoes at the door to encourage a smooth transition into the New Year.
2. Guest book
Take snaps of the gang as the music starts up – then compare notes in the morning. Decorate the hall with plenty of Oriental blossom to get everyone in the mood.
3. Fan fair
Dress every space with accent shades inspired by the East. Colours such as red and gold symbolise wealth and happiness, but keep plenty of fans to hand for when the shindig really hots up.
4. Make it jade
Jade is considered invaluable in Chinese culture. It symbolises
the virtues of sincerity, loyalty, justice, wisdom and purity… speaking of which, load up the cupboard with stacks of 100 per cent sake. If you want to create a Year of the Monkey-themed drink, a Monkey in the Tree features flavours of melon, banana and a hint of berry.
5. Floor filler
Select beautiful Chinese New Year lanterns to hang throughout your home – when the clock hits midnight, let the pile cascade down on to the dancefloor.
Then get ready to rip by lighting up firecrackers and fireworks to scare off inauspicious spirits and Nian, the New Year monster (if he’s not around, think of that moody neighbour who’s always complaining instead).
7. Colour goes pop
White or black décor is frowned on as these two colours are traditionally associated in Chinese culture with mourning. So no monochrome schemes, please (for this one day at least), but go crazy for colour!
8. Monkey see, monkey do
When it comes to dressing up a chill-out zone for guests to enjoy at the end of the night, blossom, birds and fabulous fabrics make the ideal combo. Some designer furniture takes its cue from Chinese culture too – this Mah Jong sofa by Roche Bobois features fine prints and rich details – making it just the spot to take off your monkey mask and relax…
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Oh, and did we mention that the number eight is seriously lucky? It contains meanings of prosperity, success and high social status too, so all business people favour it greatly – sounds like Livingetc again!