First Party of the New Year

Tonight I had a notion that we should have a get-together early in the New Year.

Popovers are an easy party food.

A couple years ago we had a New Year’s morning party where we served only popovers and beverages.  It was a hit and easy to pull off.

Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th.

But I don’t like to repeat parties exactly the same from previous ones so I looked more closely at the calendar.  Actually my first action was to get Charlie and Sug on board.  The three of us are a great entertaining team.

This image of the Magi traveling in the desert can help me with a color scheme.

So January 6th is Epiphany, the feast day that commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ child.

The Adoration of the Magi by Albrecht Durer

We’re planning to invite people from many different constituencies. Design themes might include stars or camels or gold, frankincense, and myrrh. I’ll try to come up with something.

Galette des Rois — puff pastry with almond creme.

I also like to find out if there is one special food that is unusual and unique to the event.  In Europe Epiphany is often celebrated with galette des rois, or King’s cake.  Unlike the king cake used at Mardi Gras, this king’s cake is a puff pastry tart filled with almond creme.

These three Kings will figure in the decor.

I have less than 3 weeks to get this party planned. I need to put myself in high gear.

Do you party at the New Year?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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