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.
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
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!!!