Creative ideas for Kwanzaa

For celebrating creativity at Kwanzaa we are sharing ideas for adding an African theme to the table.   The principle is to always do as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.  What a lovely ideal.

Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography of Santa Cruz, California.

Almonds at Weddings

Candied almonds have historically been given as wedding gifts or served to the guests as wedding favors.  In France, Calissons d’Aix en Provence are said to have been served at the wedding of the king in the 1400s.  The Italians serve five almonds to signify five wishes for the bride and groom –  health, wealth, happiness, children and long life.  known by many names – dragee, confetti, Jordan Almonds, mlabas, koufeta – they are popular at many American weddings as well.

The Wild Geranium Floral Design


The flowers at one of the wedding we photographed in September were incredible.  The Wild Geranium Floral Design did all the flower arrangements.  They really set the stage for a classic, elegant wedding.

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A lovely wedding cake created by A Piece of Cake of San Jose California  for a late summer wedding this year.

The chocolates of Bruges


Bruges is famous for it’s medieval buildings and it’s chocolates.  We made it our mission to sample as many as possible.  In case you are wondering, Mary’s chocolates won the contest – they are the Chocolatier to the royal family – we can see why! Bruges is now my favorite place to travel.

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