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.

Kwanzaa Party Invitations

Remember the invitation sets the tone for your party!

 Kwanzaa Party Invitation      Kwanzaa Celebration Invitations

Kwanzaa Party InvitationsCelebrate Kwanzaa Invitations | More Kwanzaa Invitations

Kwanzaa Party Plates

There are very few paper Kwanzaa party plates currently available.  ThIs featured plate is by far your easiest option.

 Kwanzaa Shaped Dessert Plates    Kwanzaa Paper Cups    napkins kwanzaa

Small Kwanzaa Shaped Plates | Paper Kwanzaa Cups | Kwanzaa napkins

Happy Kwanzaa CandlesCupcake Toppers    kwanzaa folded invte

Happy Kwanzaa Candles ~ Cake / Cupcake Toppers | Kwanzaa folded invite

Add coordinating solid colored plates to create a layered look

 Green Plates     Red Plates

Green Plates | Red Plates

Black, Green, Red, and Yellow Kente Cloth Paper Napkins   Kwanzaa Paper Napkins

Black, Green, Red, and Yellow Kente Cloth Paper NapkinsKwanzaa Paper Napkins

Kwanzaa Decor

Kwanzaa Mask Candleholder & Celebration Set

Kwanzaa Mask Candleholder & Celebration Set | Set of Kwanza Kwanzaa Candles

Green Tissue Paper Pom Poms    Red Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Green Tissue Paper Pom Poms | Red Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Kwanzaa Candles Party Plates         Kwanzaa Cheese Board

Kwanzaa Candles Party PlatesKwanzaa Cheese Board

Kwanzaa Activities

Printable Kwanzaa Cootie Catcher   kwanzaa candles jigsaw puzzles

Printable Kwanzaa Cootie Catcher | Kwanzaa candles Jigsaw Puzzle

Printable Kwanzaa Bingo

Printable Kwanzaa Bingo

Printable Kwanzaa Crossword Puzzles  Printable Kwanzaa Word Search and Word Scramble

Kwanzaa Printable Crossword PuzzlesPrintable Kwanzaa Word Search and Word Scramble

Kwanzaa Books

 My First Kwanzaa   Fruits of the Harvest- Recipes to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays

My First Kwanzaa | Fruits of the Harvest: Recipes to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays

Kwanzaa Wrapping Paper

  Happy Kwanzaa Wrapping Paper      kwanzaa wrapping paper

Happy Kwanzaa Wrapping Paper | Kwanzaa Wrapping Paper

Keep checking back, as we find more Kwanzaa celebration supplies we will continue updating this post.

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