We held our Chinese New Year Banquet last Friday evening, just over 30 Billundites turned out on a frosty evening to come and celebrate with us and eat some of Winnie Tango's amazing food!
Although the preparations for such a big event were started weeks ago, the final few days were a frantic blur of shopping, preparing decorations, designing menus, seating plans and lists and lists and lists of things to do! Not to mention a few extremely late nights.
As we had to wait until 4pm to start setting up, transporting all the equipment and helpers turned into something of a military operation and required several car trips. Winnie and her equipment and food were dropped off first and when all the room and table decorations arrived we set about decorating the dining room. Transforming it into a cosy space with Chinese New Year atmosphere in a short space of time was no mean feat. In fact getting hold of traditional decorations was a challenge in of itself, as nowhere would deliver to Denmark! Winnie had a trip to Hong Kong a few weeks earlier and managed to bring back a few small items, but she didn't have space for much, so a big thanks to my parents for waiting in for all the Amazon deliveries and posting a box full of decorations to us from the UK.
We had red lanterns hanging from the ceiling (which really helped to cheer up the space), chopsticks, traditional red envelopes* (see below for more on this tradition) with chocolate golden coins. Winnie put together an instruction sheet showing how to put together a simple Chinese New Year wish and brought along with traditional pens and ink so that people could try their hand. There was also Chinese lantern making and other crafts.