Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

Giving red envelopes filled with coins is a custom at Chinese New Year (which starts January 26), designed to bring good fortune to the recipients. Here's how to share the luck with dinner guests.

Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2009


  • New Year's greeting rubber stamp

  • Gold-ink pad

  • Red envelopes

  • Napkins

  • Patterned paper

  • Gold cord


  1. Rubber-stamp a red envelope with a New Year's greeting -- in any language -- using a gold-ink pad.

  2. Fill it with change, and then lay it on a folded napkin wrapped with a band of patterned paper. 

  3. Tie in back with gold cord.


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