We’re having a Twelfth Night Celebration. And we needed a quick invitation. I could have featured a big “12″.
I knew the 12th Night celebration on January 5th (12 days after Christmas if Christmas is Day 1) precedes Epiphany celebrated on January 6. Epiphany is the day Christians recognize the arrival of the Kings who followed a star to find the Christ.
I looked up some information about Twelfth Night and found out that once upon a time Christmas was the beginning of the celebration and lasted for twelve days — instead of beginning six weeks before and fizzling out the day after. How it came to be twelve days is a long and mysterious story but one thing is certain: the feast of Christmas is the beginning, and January 5th is the 12th night. .
That still leaves me without a theme for the invitation and, therefore, for the party. My research led me to the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” on which a gift is given for each of the 12 days. The 12th day’s gift is “12 drummers drumming.”
Now that’s a theme. So I printed up some invitations on grey card stock with a drum image suggesting partyers bring a drum of some sort with them: tambourines, tom toms, bongos, etc.
As usual some invitations will go out in emails, some will be hand-delivered and some mailed in the traditional way. It ought to be a noisy time.
Do you theme parties? Where do you get your inspiration?