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Host a Twelfth Night Party

A fun (and stress-free) way to celebrate after Christmas!

by Busy Bee Susan  |  16042 views  |  3 comments  |        Rate this now! 

If the thought of entertaining guests during the month of December sends you into a panic, but you just can’t shake the desire to have some company, I have the perfect idea for you: Host a Twelfth Night Party!

The celebration of Twelfth Night dates back centuries to a time when Christmas Day was a quiet day of religious observance and the 12 days after it were times of great celebration, culminating in Twelfth Night revelry. Traditionally, Twelfth Night occurs on the evening of January 5; January 6 marks the Feast of the Epiphany and the arrival of the Three Wise Men (also called the Three Kings) to Bethlehem. The raucous parties of the 18th century involved fancy costumes and enough food and drink to see the guests through the cold winter months; modern-day traditions of the Mummer’s Parade in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day and Carnival or Mardi Gras in New Orleans both have their roots in Twelfth Night.

A Twelfth Night party can be a simple cocktail or dessert party with only one mandatory menu item: a King’s Cake!. Named for the Three Kings who visited Baby Jesus, a King Cake is braided Danish pastry with a small plastic baby baked inside. The guest who finds the trinket becomes the “king” (or “queen”) of the party!

King Cakes can be purchased online (try Haydel Bakery in New Orleans) or you can bake your own!

For drink and hors d’vourves recipes, take a look at Busy Bee Lifestyle's recommendations to round out your party plans. Your guests will love having an event to look forward to when the hustle and bustle of December is over, and you’ll love the extra time to prepare!

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3 comments so far...

  • Our family hosts a Twelfth Night party each year for our church friends, neighbors and community friends. Numbers have reached over 100 but EVERYONE loves this event. We purchace an enormous cake with a baby Jesus figurine put inside. Whoever gets that piece wears a crown for the rest of he night. Adults and kids all seem to enjoy this carefree, lovely evening.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by DWE on 27th December 2010

  • What a fun idea!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 29th December 2007

  • Sounds great! My husband and I like to host a "plundering party" (Swedish tradition I think) during the same time.
    You eat the gingerbread off the tree, and decorate it with treats for birds. We also have a "white elephant" gift exchange - guests can bring the inevitable "what were they thinking gift" to the party for laughs.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by relaxnsmile on 28th December 2007