Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration beginning December 26 that honors African-American culture and heritage through candle-lighting, feasting and gift-giving. Traditional festivities include songs and dances, African drums and storytelling. Each night focuses on one of the primary principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. A large African feast, called a karamu, is held on December 31. Kwanzaa is only four days away, so if you’re beginning to plan your celebration, then look no further. We have a fresh take on a traditional Kwanzaa tablescape that still incorporates the customary black, red and green hues and symbols in a contemporary way.
“Kwanzaa” originates from the Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits,” so event designer Camille Styles used a juicy, ripe orange at each place setting. The contrast against sleek, black dishware is stunning, too.
During the celebration the unity cup is typically passed around the table with each person taking a sip and paying homage to their ancestors. Create your own unity cup by decorating a goblet with colorful, African-inspired beads to give your Kwanzaa table an extra-vibrant addition.
Each night during Kwanzaa one candle is lit in a traditional candleholder, called a kinara. All you need to create this modern kinara is a 2-foot long wooden plank, seven small glass jars and spray paint.
Host an unforgettable Kwanzaa celebration with friends and family with fresh ideas and inspiration from HGTV.com.