My oldest will turn 6 next month, and since we've been attempting to learn Mandarin at home, she wants to do a "China" party. I got a bunch of stuff from Oriental Trading Company that is really for Chinese New Year, the closest thing I could find, in terms of a tablecloth, plates, cups, and goody bags. I also got Chinese fans and fortune cookies (yes, I know they're not authentic, but my daughter loves them) and chopsticks for the goody bags.
For the cake, I'm thinking to do a dragon cake like this: http://salsainchina.blogspot.com/2012/01/make-your-own-dragon-cake-this-year.html
It would be a smaller version, just one bundt cake for the body, possible another cut in pieces to make the head and tail.
For the activities, I bought a paper lantern kit from OTC, and I was thinking I'd make a posterboard with a pin-the-tail-on-the-dragon game, with a picture like this: http://www.sugarandspice.es/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/dragon.jpg
I'm also thinking to make a feed-the-panda, with a panda posterboard with a hole cut for the mouth, and the kids toss tootsie rolls (little chunks of bamboo?
) through his mouth. Also thinking to do some sort of chopsticks game. Maybe transferring gummi worms from one plate to another?
Anyway, I'm hoping that everything will go smoothly! I'm pretty excited, I think doing China will be much more fun than princesses or dinosaurs. Or even "doggies," as my 4-year-old wanted for her party in November.