While Crystal Kung Minkoff advised Erika Girardi on what to wear for her Chinese New Year celebration during the October 6 episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she explained, “Red is lucky.” While Crystal herself opted for a gold “royal” gown for the evening, she designed every detail of the party with a stunning red color scheme.
“Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday in my culture. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, which represents stability,” she shared in an interview. “I think a few people could use this in their lives right now.”
For the event at Shan Social House, Crystal’s guests started with cocktails in the restaurant garden, which was decorated with fairy lights and gorgeous flowers. At dinner time, the group entered a shimmering red table topped with red roses, red menu and place cards, and eye-catching gold plates. Dozens of paper lanterns hung from the ceiling and candles all around the room added to the already dreamy decor.
“I really wanted to transport the girls to Asia,” Crystal explained. “Not just kinda see it, but feel it.”
Throughout the dinner, guests enjoyed dishes such as pork and shumai shrimp, potsticker vegetables, and whole Cantonese roast duck. Later, a separate dessert bar included coconut sorbet, crème brûlée, tangerine granita, and boxes of candy.
While Crystal had previously hosted lavish events for her castmates, this one was incredibly meaningful to her. “I like to meet new friends who are curious about my background and ethnicity and show them all my traditions,” she said in an interview, and then added to Erika: “My culture, the way the way I eat, the way I celebrate are so much of an indication of who I am. “
At dinner she said, “My heart can’t be more open than tonight when I share my culture and my family.”
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