You've planned your menu. You've invited the family around. But before you hit the kitchen, there's just one thing to do: sort the dining room.
Here's a handy way to seat your guests. Start with you: the host sits facing the entrance, then work outwards - putting your guests of honour either side of yourself. Think about where the little ones will feel most comfortable.
This is called kuài zi 筷子. Just remember never to go for the 'drumstick' approach. And don't leave chopsticks sticking out of food, which is supposed to symbolize burning sticks of incense for the deceased.
Pop the cork. Fill the glasses. Then, toast your guests. After that, raise a glass to the guest of honour– whether that’s Mum, Grandpa or Great Aunt Esme.
It’s traditional in China for friends and families to share dishes. If you are not comfortable with that, get a pair of serving chopsticks – gōng kuài公筷 – with each dish.