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Throw a Three Kings' Day party

Katherine Martinelli is an internationally published food and travel writer and photographer who contributes regularly to publications on three continents. She recently released her first cookbook, Puff Pastry at Brunch: 10 Sweet and Sa...

Keep the Christmas spirit going

Keep the Christmas spirit going with a Three Kings' Day (also known as Epiphany) Party. Find out how they celebrate around the world, then throw a Three Kings' Day party.
Three kings crafts

Three Kings' Day (called Dia de los Reyes in Spanish) celebrates the Three Kings, also commonly known as the Three Wise Men. It falls at the end of the 12 days of Christmas and is celebrated widely across Spain, France, Latin America, parts of the United States and many other countries.

Costumes and carols

In some countries, kids dress up like kings and sing carols. If you're including children in the party then put out a dress up box of regal clothing and let them have fun getting dressed up, then print out lyrics to your favorite carols and sing them together.

Games and crafts

You can make up various games for kids to play based on the holiday. For example, hide cut-out stars around the house that they have to find, just as the Three Wise Men followed the star to Bethlehem. It's also fun to set up an arts and crafts station. Let the kids decorate their own crowns, make "stained glass" stars out of tissue paper or decorate star or crown-shaped sugar cookies.

King cake

In the U.S., King cake is most commonly associated with Mardi Gras, but it is customary to serve it any time between Epiphany Eve and Fat Tuesday. It takes on slightly different forms, depending on where in the world it is, so use any recipe you like. The most important part is the trinket in the middle, usually a bean, almond or plastic baby to signify the baby Jesus. Whoever gets the trinket in their slice gets to be King or Queen for the day!

Learn the history of King cake >>

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