Usher in a Rosy New Year!

Usher in a Rosy New Year!

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 →

Kwanzaa Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

happy kwanzaa partyKwanzaa Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

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

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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 →

All That Glitters New Years Party

All That Glitters New Years Party

New Years is the one day a year we say bring on the bling and bring on the glitter.  We love all of our new year's party ideas       (New Years Party Planning, Ideas, & Supplies , Chic New Years Party Decor Made Easy! , and our personal favorite, Usher in a Rosy New Year! ) but truthfully, all could use a little extra bling. That is why we decided to put together this All That Glitter New Years Party. Feel free to mix and match elements from all our New Years party ideas. Continue Reading →

Last Minute Budget Friendly Printable Christmas Decor

Printable Christmas Decor, It's the most wonderful time of the year

Last Minute Budget Friendly Printable Christmas Decor >> It's the most wonderful time of the year

Last Minute Budget Friendly Printable Christmas Decor

Still not sure how you are going to decorate your home for Christmas. This post is specifically designed for you! Just tonight we stumbled upon these adorable, easy to execute last minute budget friendly Christmas decor ideas. All you need to do is to raid your garage (or junk closet) for picture frames, clip boards or any other display materials you are not currently using. Now print out one or more of these fabulous Christmas art prints and place them in the frames. Cheap, cute, and meaningful. We are obsessed. Continue Reading →