Preparing for Special Guests

Since we have made the decision to eat out less, we have been entertaining at home more often. Yesterday afternoon was spent preparing to get together with friends from college to celebrate Chinese New Year! We planned to get Chinese take out, eat with chopsticks, and spend some time getting caught up with one another. I was going to download some classical Chinese music from iTunes, but decided it might be worth a quick trip to the library to see what they had to offer.  Here is what we came home with:

I found several music CD’s, a DVD for Emily and one for the adults, and several children’s books! After we had dinner, we each made a mini lantern from empty baby food jars with tea lights placed inside. These can be lit 15 days from now for the Festival of Lanterns to signal the end of Chinese New Year. Our guests took them home as souvenirs.
We used pieces of red and black tissue paper adhered to the glass by brushing on a 50-50 mixture of white glue and water.
Does your family entertain from home more often? I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment and share your stories with us!


  1. I love your baby food jar lanterns!

  2. Valerie Deneen says

    Thanks, MaryAnne! We really enjoyed making them and I thought they turned out nicely — especially when we lit the candles. 🙂