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.
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I have always wanted to create a fun Mardi Gras themed tablescape. Being a native Georgia girl, I grew up hearing all about Mardi Gras, but it was never really celebrated this far north. It was very popular in southern states like Alabama, Mississippi and of course the king state of celebration we all know Louisiana. My father was always a fan of the Big Easy. He loved the dixieland jazz music and the fantastic cajun food, and had visited the area many times on business. Including the small town like Slidell, Louisiana which I always heard numerous stories about. My mother was 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 cajun food.
Be sure not to confuse Carnival and Mardi Gras! Carnival refers to the period of fun and feasting that begins some time in January known as The Feast of the Epiphany. Mardi Gras actually refers to “Fat Tuesday”, which is the final day of revelry before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. The dates of Mardi Gras are determined by Easter each year so there is not a set date, it can be as early as Valentine’s Day or as late as St. Patrick’s Day.Ok, so as a Georgia gal I looked up a quick history lesson on Mardi Gras, from history in New Orleans, as there are some variations from region to region. It was believed to be 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 based Mardi Gras balls of today. The first New Orleans Mardi Gras parade was held 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.
These are some of the prettiest venetian masks I have seen this season. I decided to dress up a few for the ladies, by adding some fun peacock feathers for a more authentic Venetian feel. Also, I found that the color of the peacock feathers really complimented this table as well.I decided to fan fold these regal purple napkins, which this created a peacock shaped napkin. The napkins are adorned with these unique, standing peacocks to finish off the look. I would also like to add that the peacocks, can also hold a place card perfectly, if you are hosting a more formal dinner party. My advice would be to use a monogram of your guest to add an additional touch of class.
Mardi Gras Feast of Kings
Signature Cocktail: The King Cake Cocktail (Recipe Link)
Appetizer: Etouffee’ Stuffed Mushrooms
Soup: Gumbo (recipe link)
Red Beans & Rice
Desserts: Traditional King Cake
Beignets & Cafe’ Du Monde Coffee
- Instant Pot 3 Qt. Mini ( can be doubled for a larger 6 Qt. Pot)
- 1 lb Andouille Sausage Sliced
- 1 lb Chicken Breast Chopped
- 1 lb Steamed Shrimp Peeled, devined, tails removed
- 1 Vidalia Onion diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper diced
- 1 cup Celery diced
- 14.5 oz Tomatoes w/ pepper & onions diced, drained
- 1/2 cup Corn
- 1 cup Okra Sliced
- 32 oz Chicken Stock
- 1 box Zatarain's Red Beans & Rice
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Old Bay for shrimp
- Start by sauteing what is known as "the cajun trinity" -chopped onions, bell peppers and celery in 2 tbsp of oil for 3 minutes.
- Add in chunks of chicken breast, and slices of andouille sausage and saute for an additional 5 minutes.
- Stir in corn and okra along with 2 tbsp of garlic for the final 2 minutes of your saute.
- Add in your rice with seasoning to your Instant Pot and gently stir.
- Top with drained tomatoes and chicken stock.
- Seal your Instant Pot Lid and Cook at High Pressure Manual for 15 minutes.
- While cooking clean and devine your steamed shrimp and coat with Old Bay Seasoning.
- Once your Instant Pot is finished cooking carefully release the steam with pressure release vent and add in the shrimp, stir and serve.
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!
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Wow that’s so perfect for Mardi Gras! Beautiful!
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!
Gorgeous layout. I love the gold silverware and peakcock feather details. So pretty.
This is beautiful! Love the masks and the colors are perfect! I love the peacock feathers!
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
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.
Very creative! You added such unique pieces and it turned out so beautiful. Love it!
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!
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.
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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!
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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.
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
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okay that tablescape is GORGEOUS! It’s decadent, tasteful and full of color. Exactly what I love! So perfect for mardi gras!
These are so beautiful! I love all the vibrant colours, they really remind me of spring!
Interesting read. These are lovely decorations and those cocktails look really yummy.
Very nice tablescape! I love the Mardi Gras theme and how you’ve tied in the colors in the desserts. I also like how the favors are fun props, too making this tablescape part of the party!
That table is absolutely stunning and so creative! These are such amazing ideas to create and have for your guests, and it really leaves them in awe!
the tablescape is beautiful, however the history is incorrect. Mardi Gras did not originate in New Orleans, but Mobile, Alabama.
Mardi Gras began as a French Catholic celebration to prepare for the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. It was first called Boeuf Gras (fatted ox) in 1703; the first masked ball was held the ensuing year; and the first known parade occurred in 1711.
Thanks for that information Vanessa I guess that just proves that not everything one researches on the internet is true, LOL and wikipedia is not always the best source I guess. I appreciate the updated information, I will make sure to update my post accordingly.
Gorgeous! I love these colors. It made me wish I celebrated Mardi Gras. I want a mask!
So rich and regal! This is an absolutely lovely tablescape!
I SOOO love how you decorated your table! nothing more festive than what you have there! So vibrant and grand!
Wow such a beautiful spread, I love all of the masks and decor! Hope you had a great one 🙂
I fall in love with your table settings more and more! This is perfect for the celebration