How to Plan an Inspirational Kwanzaa Sweet Sixteen

Kwanzaa is a fun and interactive holiday that is meant to be celebrated with family, loved ones, and anyone in your community. If your birthday falls around this time, its the perfect opportunity to bring your family together and host a Kwanzaa themed party. Consider some DIY projects to go along with your Kwanzaa Sweet Sixteen. Celebrate the tradition Kwanzaa by following these steps:

1) Add some vibrant uplighting to your walls to follow the red, green and black color scheme of your Kwanzaa themed Sweet 16.

John The Photographer

John The Photographer




2) Adorn your table with beautiful Kwanzaa inspired centerpieces to add to your colorful Kwanzaa Sweet Sixteen celebration.

Camille Styles - HGTV

Camille Styles – HGTV

**Extra tip: Consider using black spandex chair covers to match the color scheme and add a tidy look to your chairs throughout the Kwanzaa party.

3) Add some DIY crafts to your Kwanzaa Sweet Sixteen and relate it to some of the seven Kwanzaa principles.

Fun Family Crafts

Fun Family Crafts

Fun Family Crafts

Fun Family Crafts


Having Kwanzaa themed games is an entertaining way to bring everyone together to learn more about the history and purpose of Kwanzaa.

Pinterest - Etsy

Pinterest – Etsy


4) When the games are over, light a candle on your kinara (candleholder) to tie all of your activities together and to discuss Kwanzaa principles.

Akron - Metrocreative Connection

Akron – Metrocreative Connection

Inspire your guests with the rich and beautiful tradition of Kwanzaa. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

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