Mardi Gras Tablescape

Mardi Gras Tablescape

Hey, remember that old Zatarain’s commercial where the lady shouts “Throw me some beads mister?” Well that was my soul inspiration for this Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras table. 

I have always wanted to create a fun Mardi Gras themed tablescape. This year Mardi Gras falls on February 12th, which is right smack in the middle of the week of Valentine’s. Needless to say, a few decisions had to be made; which lead me to deciding to create this fun carnival themed table, instead of the usual hearts and flowers.  Be sure not to confuse Carnival and Mardi Gras! Carnival refers to the period of fun and feasting that began on Jan. 6, known as The Feast of the Epiphany.  Mardi Gras actaully refers to “Fat Tuesday”, the final day of revelry before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

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Being a native Georgia girl, I grew up hearing all about Mardi Gras but it was never really celebrated this far north. My father was always a fan of the Big Easy. He loved the dixieland jazz music and the fantastic cajan food. My mother was a a fan of Justin Wilson, known for saying things like  “I Gua- Ron- Tee” and “How Y’all Are?” We must have watched him every weekend on PBS. This is where she learned to make several of his famous dishes which in turn appeased my father’s love of cajan food.   

Ok, quick history lesson on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It was originally established in 1718 by Bienville.  In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established many elegant society balls. These became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today.  The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24, 1857 by the Krewe of Comus. In 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the “Mardi Gras Act,” which made Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana and it still is to this day. I love the colors associated with Mardi Gras. I think the color combination of purple, gold and green have a very regal feel. The purple stands for justice; gold for power; and green for faith. I also love the ornate masks that are associated with the holiday. Did you know, that by law, parade float riders must always wear a mask on Fat Tuesday? Masking is also legal for everyone else on Fat Tuesday, and the more elaborate masks the better.

Hard to believe but these lovely masks were found at my local Dollar Tree. Honestly for the money, these  are some of the prettiest masks I have seen this season. I decided to dress up a few for the ladies, by adding some fun peacock feathers for a true Venetian feel. Also, I found that the color of the peacock feathers really complimented this table. $1 Craft Supplies at Dollar Tree! 

By fan folding these regal purple napkins, I created a peacock shaped napkin. The napkins are adorned with these unqiue, standing peacocks to finish off the look. I would also like to add that the peacocks,  hold a place card perfectly, if you are hosting a formal dinner party.  My advice would be to use the formal initials of your guest to add an additional touch of class.   

Mardi Gras Menu of Kings

Signature Cocktail: The King Cake Cocktail

Appetizer: Etouffe’ Stuffed Mushrooms

Cup of Soup:  Gumbo

Entree: Shrimp & Grits 

Dessert: King Cake & Beignets 

Be sure to check outlaw to make this amazing  King Cake Cocktails. They are so yummy and tasty.  Just like a sweet slice of King Cake with hints of almond and cinnamon. Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!

 

26 Comments

  1. Such a pretty table, I think I am going to tab over and look at all your tables, I have a feeling that I will not be disappointed. I am going to bookmark your website and preserve checking for new information.

  2. Thanks you for sharing this beautiful table you knocked it out of the park as always.

  3. I have to show my appreciation for your kind-heartedness and focus on the region. Mardi Gras is a huge money maker for this region and even though it has been a few years NOLA still feels the devastation from all the hurricanes. Thank you for promoting this holiday that that brings so much revenue to our area.

  4. Thank you for all of the efforts on this web page. You always have one of the prettiest table setting on the net. I follow several big designers and I you are amount them. I think it because you mix magazine quality with everyday living. Which is a great balance for the your followers. I know we have kids so those overdone, breakable table setting are just not practical for our life. You combine pretty and practical in everything you do.

  5. I’m usually to running a blog too so I actually recognize your amazing work on your content. The article has really peaks my interest, I think I may do a post on Mardi Gras next year. I’m going to bookmark your site and keep checking for brand new information.

  6. This is such a great table setting, love that your focused on Mardi Gras since you did Valentine’s Day last year. Thanks for keeping it fresh!

  7. I enjoy you posts because you are so creative. You always have a pretty table, or fun recipe for the next upcoming holiday. Please know you are doing such a great job with your blog, and continue to keep creating all that magic that you do.

  8. This website is amazing, I always find such inspiration and great design ideas. You have been added into my rss feed and I love seeing your posts pop up, it means I something good to read.

  9. What’s up girlfriend, I love this months tablescape! I just want to tell you before the season had passed!

  10. I just discovered your website on google and read a few of your posts. You have a beautiful site full of great inspiration. So I just added your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. In search of great designs, and I am really looking forward to future reading!

  11. I love this table is perfect for Fat Tuesdays and those masks!!!!!!!! So Shocked you found them at the dollar tree, that is just crazy, considering how beautiful they are. Thanks adding a little cajan to my feed and for making my day. Love that you quoted throw me some beads mister……LOL

  12. Oh I love this write up and that beautiful table. Thank you for keeping it classy I have seen some horrible Mardi Gras themed tables, and jackets dup with too many beads, hanging on everything. Ugh! You really represent the classy side of the carnival themed balls and parties.

  13. You did it again! Your real commitment to passing beautiful holiday tables and the solutions to entertaining, has really made others, much like me realize their dreams. Warm regards my friend.

  14. Spot on with this write-up, perfect for Mardi Gras. I am very impressed with the masks you found at the Dollar Store. Wow they are very pretty. I alway learn much more than I bargain for at your site, thanks for that info.

  15. I love that you chose to celebrate Mardi Gras as you tablescape this month, it stands out against all the Valentine’s Day posts. You positively put a brand new spin on the holiday. Great stuff, simply great!

  16. Yes! Finally someone writes about Mardi Gras, this is awesome.

  17. Ok can I come to this mardi gras party? It looks so elegant and beautiful, and the food sounds absolutely amazing too. I’d love to dress up and go to one like this.

  18. Oh how I love this! I love the colors associated with Mardi Gras too. I love your table scape, how well balanced you have everything and the pieces that you picked to create it!

  19. This is absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn’t mind having that color scheme all the time. I love the deep teals and purples with pops of gold.

  20. Love everything about this post – the payout and colors scream Mardi Gras. I’ve always been attracted to the gorgeous masks, too. What great idea to literally incorporate them, with the beautiful touch of purple candles <3

  21. everything looks so elegant yet vampy and a bit sexy! I love the dark muted tones and the fact that you paid attention to all the little details! Lovely!

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