Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and although Valentine’s Day may traditionally be reserved for lovers, families with young children may choose to create an untraditional celebration by hosting a mother daughter Valentine sleepover . Dad’s take note – there is nothing sexier than a loving, devoted spouse who creates this special night for his girls 🙂 Continue Reading →
Looking for recipes for romance, to serve for Valentine’s Day, for a simple romantic dinner or to compliment our Valentine’s Day party ideas? Here are ten of our favorite love potion recipes. Just click the picture to be taken directly to the recipe.
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Today’s PIP’s Pick!
These lovely personalized necklaces are perfect Valentine’s gifts. We particularly like rose gold for Valentine’s Day (and rose gold is very much on trend this year)!
I am especially partial to name necklaces since my own wonderful mom gave all her daughters a name necklace one Valentine’s Day many moons ago. They were particularly helpful for my sisters since their friends often had difficulty knowing which name went to which twin. 🙂
And we love the Moon & Lola “love you more” necklace. #too cute
These fabulous New Year’s invitations from Tiny Prints inspired us to create an entire New Years party theme. We love the idea of ushering in a rosy new year or starting the new year wearing rose colored glasses, figuratively. Rather than gold and black glitz and glam, the softness of these invitations set the tone for an all round kinder, gentler new year. We’ll toast to that >> Cheers! Continue Reading →
December 26th – January 1st
It is about time we put together inspiration for Kwanzaa party planning, ideas & supplies. We are long overdue and sincerely apologize for this oversight.
THE MEANING OF KWANZAA
courtesy of Tea Collection
Kwanzaa is an African-American tradition that’s celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. It’s a fairly modern tradition that was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a California State University professor, in 1966. Kwanzaa is Swahili for “first fruits” and symbolizes the first fruits of harvest. The celebration of Kwanzaa focuses on seven core principles, which each stand for an important African principle that reinforces community among African-Americans.
During the celebration, families light seven candles that are placed in a kinara. Each candle represents one of the core principles, which in Swahili are called “Nguzo Saba”. On the first day of Kwanzaa, families light the black candle, which represents unity (umoja). Each following day, one candle is lit and placed in the kinara. The green candles stand for self-determination (kujchagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima) and cooperative economics (Ujanima). The red candles stand for purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba) and faith (imani). During Kwanzaa, children also receive gifts of books and symbols.
The books represent the value of learning and the symbols are meant to remind the child of their commitment to African traditions. The final day of Kwanzaa is a time for families to reflect and is meant for inward contemplation. The celebration of Kwanzaa isn’t religious, but is actually a tribute to African ancient cultural traditions and values. It’s a holiday structured on remembrance and culture awareness. Continue Reading →