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THE DOS AND DOn’ts FOR YOUR END-OF-YEAR BASH

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Guest List “I put a lot of thought into which guests to invite because I try to create the right mix that will determine the chemistry of the evening. I never invite anybody rude or affected or obnoxious or loud to my home or dinner. These sorts of people vex the spirit,” said Sara Jane Ho, founder of etiquette instruction firm Institute Sarita (see our full interview with Sara Jane Ho on p. 65). “If you’re running a guest list, stick to it. If your name’s not on the list, you’re a party crasher!” – DJ Chozie Ma, founder of Bang Entertainment Producers.

Menu Planning

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“Invite guests to bring food. International pot-lucks are the best,” said Erin Henshaw, Corporate & Charity Events Manager at The Hutong. Leading shops featuring imported goods such as Jenny Lou’s and April Gourmet will offer seasonal products, of course at a premium (see our Dining Feature on p. for more tips). Consider making the menu Beijing-specific. Any jiaozi shop can fill an order placed in advanced, or try Green Bites (8590 0475) for delivery. Beijing’s famous Quan Ju De duck restaurant does duck sets for takeaway, usually via a take-out window on the side of the main storefront. Ma la xiao long xia (spicy crayfish) could be messy fun.

the Beijinger December 2013  
the Beijinger December 2013  

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