How to Decorate for Kwanzaa

by Renee Ross

Kwanzaa is a seven day non-religious celebration that begins on December 26th and culminates on January 1st. It is a celebration to honor African-American ancestral roots. The seven days are the Nguzu Saba - the seven principles: Umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (fatih). 

Red, black, and green airfilled balloons

Each day a candle is lit on the candle holder which is called a kinara. On the final day we gather for a feast called the Karamu. This year, I decided to decorate my home with balloons to represent the candles on the kinara and set my table with beautiful plates and utensils from Party City. 

Kwanzaa tableware setting


  • Red Balloons 15ct, 12in
  • Black Balloons 15ct, 12in
  • Kiwi Green Balloons 15ct, 12in
  • Air-Filled Gold Exclamation Point Balloon (7 - for the flames)
  • Gold Border Premium Plastic Dinner Plates 10ct
  • Rolled Metallic Gold Premium Plastic Cutlery Sets 10ct
  • Gold Sequin Table Runner
  • Black Plastic Table Cover

Kwanzaa table setting
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