Hosting an Oriental Party gives you the opportunity to express your favourite aspect of Asian culture. Whether it's the fashion, the food, the movies or karaoke, this theme can be a lot of fun.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year falls somewhere between January 21st and February 20th each year.
- 2016 – the year of the Monkey – February 8
- 2017 – the year of the Rooster – January 28
- 2018 – the year of the Dog – February 16
- 2019 – the year of the Pig – February 5
- Costumes.com.au is based in Melbourne and delivers costumes and accessories (including shoes, hats, wigs, party supplies and more) with flat rate delivery Australia-wide. Options for same day to Melbourne metro, order online and pick up from their warehouse in Kilsyth, Victoria. See their Chinese costumes and Japanese costumes
- Costume Box – Thousands of fancy dress costumes, wigs, hats, accessories and masks. Search for ‘Japanese‘ or ‘Chinese‘ to find their Oriental costumes or see their Anime and Cosplay options. Based in Sydney, flat fee delivery within Australia. Most costumes dispatched within 24 hours.
- Jokers Masquerade (UK store) – A very large range of high quality costumes for adults. Based in England, they ship to Australia. Search for ‘Oriental‘ costumes for elaborate Asian costumes.
Oriental Party Products & Decorations
Create an oriental atmosphere by clearing a space in your living room and taking on some friends in a Sumo wrestling match. However, if you'd prefer something more delicate to set the theme, maybe hang up some paper lanterns or Asian prints.
- Party Products Australia – Over 6,000 party supplies online, including balloons, tableware, and decorations, with fast, flat rate Australia wide delivery. Brisbane-based online store.
Food For Your Party
If you have enough room for everyone to sit, make sure you provide chopsticks as well as forks and knives. Finger food is best when you have lots of people – spring rolls, dimsims, etc. Don't forget finger bowls and napkins.
Some More Ideas
If you can't quite think of where to start, these few ideas might help get the ball rolling.
There are heaps of themes you could choose; Ninjas vs. Samurais, Harajuku girls or come dressed as your favourite Anime character. Chinese whispers is always fun. Perhaps a classic oriental film movie marathon where you could watch (among others) House of Flying Daggers, Mulan and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. But if all else fails – karaoke.