If ever there was a perfect excuse for a party, Mardi Gras is it! Vibrant New Orleans cuisine, spirited music and fun decorations in the bright colors of the celebration: regal purple, gold and emerald green. This year Mardi gras(Fat Tuesday) falls on March 4th. In the great city of New Orleans, the celebrating starts in earnest 2 weeks before Mardi Gras and culminates on Fat Tuesday. If you can’t head to New Orleans to take in the city-wide, 300 year old festivities, bring the party home!
For this post, I created a Mardi Gras table setting including an idea for a fun and festive invitation. Most of what I used for the decorations came from the Dollar Store, Michaels and Home Goods.
Because I wanted the traditionall decorations of Mardi Gras to shine on their own, and to keep the table from becoming too busy, I chose understated china and cream colored linens. For a fresh centerpiece I got 3 bunches of purple tulips and placed these in a sparkly purple pedestal vase for height. I used 3 mirrored 12″ x 12″ tiles from Home Depot as a runner. These added sparkle to the table and magnified the candlelight and beads.
In a world of instant communication, I still love sending paper invitations to set the mood for a special party. For the Mardi Gras Soirée, I printed the invitation on the computer, pasted it on a purple construction paper,
and added a gold fleur-de-lis wax seal. I rolled it up scroll-like and tied it in cascading metallic ribbons in our party colors. I placed this in a cellophane bag and fascened a gold-sequined mask to the front of the bag with more of the same ribbon. Festive! Imagine the excitement of finding one of these in your mailbox!
THE TABLE SETTING:
I had a lot of fun with this tablescape! I set the table with cream placemats, gold chargers, cream/green china and gold napkins tied with a purple satin ribbon. I placed sequined masks at each place setting, alternating gold ones with purple ones. The glassware was a combination of purple water goblets and clear wine glasses.
I draped Mardi Gras beads from the chandelier for a real wow factor beneath the spectacular bouquet of fresh tulips. I used gold fleur-de-lis bookends I already had( Barnes and Noble), on either side of the vase to bring in another element of the theme and more gold. I scattered tons of bead necklaces and coins all over the table and finished the table with many white votives and 2 larger gold votives for balance on either side of the tulips.
LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER!