Name Place Cards for Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat!

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I’ve got one final set of Chinese New Year Printables for 2020 and the Year of the Rat, and they are Name Place Cards for Chinese New Year. If I’m throwing a dinner party, it’s one of the optional extras that I like to do. They could also be used as food labels if you’re serving buffet style.

Chinese New Year 2020 is the Year of the Rat and falls on January 25th. I have shared lots of Chinese New Year printables over the years, and I like to update them so that they reflect the correct Chinese Zodiac signs.

Free Printable Name Place Cards for Chinese New Year

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Name Place Cards for Chinese New Year

The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first. – Chinese Zodiac

Your Chinese Zodiac is Rat if you are born in one of these years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Place cards are one of those nice finishing touches to add to a dinner party and are so simple to make.

There are 8 designs in total featuring both the gold version of my cute little rat as well as the color version (which has also been turned into a Build-A-Rat printable template for kids to make).

Not only can the cards be used as name place cards for Chinese New Year, but also as food labels on a party buffet table, or even as toppers for cellophane favor bags.

The cards are approximately 7.5cm/3″ wide so bear that in mind when buying favor bags to fill!

To show you what these look like once assembled (in the loosest sense of the word!), below are the ones I made for the Year of the Monkey. Your printables will, of course, have the correct Chinese Zodiac animal for the Year of the Rat!

Free Printables - Chinese New Year Name Place Cards

We love to celebrate Chinese New Year in our household, I remember as a child going to Chinatown in London with my family and seeing the Lion Dance which always had me in complete awe, and we’d always enjoy some Chinese food too.

My dad was really into Kung Fu in his younger days, so maybe that’s where it all stemmed from! You can read more about Chinese New Year on my blog here.

As with [most of] my printables, they are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″)

Download your chosen printable from the list further down the page (they’re surrounded by a purple box)

I will be updating all of my free printables for the Chinese New Year. Make sure you are a member of The Pumpkin Patch so that you don’t miss out!

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Free Printable Chinese New Year Name Place Cards
Name Place Cards for Chinese New Year

Name Place Cards for Chinese New Year

Yield: As Many Place Cards As You Need!
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

These Name Place Cards are simple to make and add a lovely touch to a dinner party for Chinese New Year!


  1. Print the desired number of cards onto good quality (120gsm/30lbs) thick paper or onto thin card.
  2. Cut out, then use a scoring tool to score in the middle to fold in half.
  3. Write details in with regular pen on the white background, and use a gold marker pen on the red background.

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