Did you celebrate Mardi Gras this year? I know almost nothing about Mardi Gras but per Wikipedia, Mardi Gras is the “Carnival Season: and it starts on or after Epiphany and ends the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is actual a French word meaning Fat Tuesday. Apparently, it’s called Fat Tuesday because on the last night before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season (which begins on Ash Wednesday) those celebrating the occasion eat lots of rich, fatty foods.
Wikipedia goes on to say that folks celebrate Mardi Gras by wearing masks and costumes, but it didn’t really say why. Ummm, guess it’s just another way of celebrating. Mardi Gras has always been a bit of a mystery to me, but it certainly seems to be a fun celebration with lost of colorful decorations. Do you celebrate Fat Tuesday? Have any fun Mardi Gras stories to share?
My friend, Bonnie and her hubby Leon, celebrated Mardi Gras with a dinner party with friends. Bonnie put together a beautiful tablescape for the occasion.
Isn’t this mask amazing? Bonnie and Leon found it on a previous trip to New Orleans. Love how Bonnie used pearls in her centerpiece as well as the usual Mardi Gras beads.
Bonnie had the perfect plates for this Mardi Gras dinner party. Purple dinner plates and purple stemware are fabulous colors for a Mardi Gras setting.
Notice how the rim of the Mardi Gras salad plates compliment the gold chargers. I love this combination of gold and purple…so fun!
A Mardi Gras tablescape is one place where you can go all out and let your hair down. It’s impossible to be too flamboyant or too festive!
Mardi Gras masks make wonderful napkin holders for this festive table setting.
Bonnie found these wonderful plates in Marshalls. Love them!
Did you celebrate Mardi Gras this year? Have you ever been to New Orleans for this celebration? Any funny Mardi Gras stories you can share?
Salad plates are from Marshall’s
Purple plates were a gift.
Chargers – Pier 1
Flatware – Ross
Glasses – Bought at the coast years ago
Little masks used for napkin rings – Pier 1 at Christmas