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Chinese New Year Envelope Place Setting

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

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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