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 →
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It is still not too late to begin planning this year’s holiday parties. We happened upon this festive Keep Calm holiday invitations and had to share it with you. It makes us smile and definitely sets the tone and style for a fun-filled evening.
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So we got to thinking, last year at this time we were frantically putting together a pink snowman winter one-derland party theme for a visitor who emailed asking for some inspiration for their daughter’s 1st birthday party. This year we challenged ourselves to create a fresh holiday take on a baby boy’s 1st birthday party.
Once we found this adorable gnome costume, we were set. Our theme would be Our Little Christmas Gnome Birthday Party. Not only would the photos be #toocute, we loved the idea of combining blue and red with splashes of green to create a playful, festive holiday theme first birthday party. We also found some cute gnome party invitations with a red and white polka dot background – how perfect was that! Continue Reading →
Preparing festive holiday party snacks does not mean you need to devote hours and hours in the kitchen. Plus, if you take our advice, you will not only save time, you will save money because you are portion controlling your food. The key is investing in some fun serving pieces like mini cocktail glasses, mini moscow mule cups, and even some ceramic Asian spoons you can use over and over again. Once you have a few of these basics, you can make the simplest of foods look festive and elegant. We have also checked, and all the serving piece suggestions we mention here are still available for delivery before Christmas although you may have to pay a little extra for expedited delivery. Many of the items are available on Amazon Prime. If, by chance you do not currently have an Amazon Prime Membership, today is the day to sign up for an Amazon Prime FREE 30 Day Trial Membership. Included with your membership is FREE 2-Day shipping and in certain areas you may even be eligible to qualify for receive FREE Same-Day Delivery on qualifying orders over $35! (Plus, so much more!) Continue Reading →