January 5, 2011

Feast of the Epiphany

You know, I actually met a guy named Bathazar once. It was at a party. Except for his name, I don't remember much about the meeting. I do remember that he didn't have any gold, frankincense or myrrh with him.
Oh, gosh. Sorry. I'm off the topic. It's just that I think about meeting him every time January 6th rolls around.
On to the tablescape. . .

Photobucket I loved the story of The Three Wise Men as a child. More than half a century later, I still find it to be a great tale. All three kings came from different locations in the East. They followed a single bright star in the heaven that led them right to the Christ Child. And they did it riding camels!
How hard must that have been?!!!

Three crowns, representing the three kings,
hold white flowers and white tapers in the center of the table.


The chargers, plates and stemware are reminders of the gift of gold and the Star of Wonder. Photobucket

Just as the magi brought gifts for the Newborn King, so too are there gifts for the guests. One little present symbolizes the gift of frankincense. Frankincense is used as an ingredient in perfume. So for the lady, there is a perfume spray for her purse. PhotobucketPhotobucket

During the time of the Wise Men, myrrh was commonly used to create incense. It still is today.
For the gentleman, there is a small bundle of incense sticks.

Because I didn't want to leave those hard working camels out,
I used a camel colored throw for the tablecloth.Photobucket
Three Kings? Check.
Star of Bethlehem? Check.
Gold? Check.
Frankincense? Check.
Myrrh? Check.
Gifts for the Baby? Check.
Camels? Check
I think that just about covers everything.
I'm linking to

Between Naps of the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Gold Chargers: So old, I can't remember. (I'm referring to the chargers, not to myself!)
Dinner plates: Galaxy, Sakura, yard sale
Star dishes: Star Candy Dish, Studio Nova, 2 from yard sale, 2 from eBay
Stemware: Rambler Rose, Tiffin Glass Co. (product info. supplied by Terry at La Bella Vie), inherited
Sterling: Burgundy, Reed and Barton
Napkins: Williams-Somona
Salt and pepper shakers: Antique Bavaria, not familiar with the markings, inherited
Plastic centerpiece crowns: Grandchildren's dress-up trunk (Hey! When you've got 3 grandchildren,
Photobucketyou've got to have 3 crowns.)


  1. OA, what a terrific tribute to the Wiseman and a celebration of Epiphany! You are so inventive to think of using three crowns around the flowers, loved that idea! The gold star plates are perfect too. How thoughtful to give your guests gifts with meaning. I'm going back to look some more!


  2. What a perfect table to celebrate the Epiphany. Those star plates are marvelous! Thanks for visiting my blog. Please do make a Sherlock table at some point, I'd love to see what you come up with.

  3. Thank you for the inspiration. It happens I am having a dinner for our Bible Study group on Epiphany. I'll have to run to a store for the crowns but I do have gold chargers and some star shapes to work with. Your tablescapes are the BEST on the blogosphere.
    Emmy Bea

  4. What a beautiful interpenetration of the Epiphany you have set on your January table. Thanks so much for sharing, I love that you took your tablescape inspiration from the Epiphany.

  5. This is fabulous! I just LOVE the star plates! How thoughtful to give such perfect gifts too! I love your stemware too, so pretty! YOu asked about my top hat and the little ones. The top hat in the center I found at a gift shop near me. The little ones were from Cracker Barrel last year after Christmas. They are ornaments but I knew I wanted them for a table. THanks for stopping by. I will be your newest follower! XO, Pinky

  6. Wonderful in every way!


  7. OMgosh...love the table setting. I think I am going to be on the lookout for stars now... :)

  8. What a gorgeous table. Just lovely.

  9. What a beautiful table! Fit for a king, or three! Happy New Year!

  10. Denise , that looks beautiful! I love the star plates and all the gold. The centerpiece with the crowns, very creative.
    Gold star plates and gold band stems, just perfect!
    I put the Nativity away today...the holidays flew!

  11. That centerpiece....WOW!!! Really imaginative and pretty! The whole table is gorgeous. I wonder where Bathazar is today? He would be thrilled to know he lends you inspiration! :-) Happy New Year!

  12. This is an awesome post. I so appreciate your creativity and humor, too. My family never celebrated Epiphany, but, hey, I'll start if it's another chance for a party!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  13. Such a wonderful tablescape...I love the symbolism that you've utilized to create this lovely table...even for the camels. Thank you for sharing your charming design and for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

  14. Beautiful table...love the star plates, great yard sale find.
    Happy New Year, Denise.

  15. Beautiful, charming tablescape in honor of the three kings. Every detail is very clever. ~ Sarah


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