Mardi Gras Table Setting and Decorations

Welcome to the 236th Tablescape Thursday!

Recently, I received an email from Sandi and she shared some wonderful pictures of a Mardi Gras brunch she held a few weeks ago in her home.  Though Mardi Gras is behind us now, the pictures and her home were too wonderful to not share.

Regarding the brunch, Sandi said, “This was a “thank you” brunch for a lovely young lady named Allison who spent between 100 and 200 hours at the minimum helping her Mother and me with our 50th High School Reunion, which we chaired in Oct. 2012.   The brunch was at my house (for friends and classmates) and is located in the tiny town of Waverly Hall, Georgia”

Not only do we get to enjoy a fabulous table setting, we get some wonderful views of Sandi’s beautiful dining room.

Here’s a view from one side of the table with the lovely backdrop of the fireplace.  Can you imagine having a fireplace in your dining room?  Oh, I would so love that!  It reminds me of the dining room we saw recently in the historic home tour here: Tour Two Beautiful Historic Homes

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Here’s a view of the table from the other side.  Beautiful!  I didn’t ask Sandi but I guessing her home is an historic home based on the high ceilings, built-in shelves and the fireplace in the dining room.  Those are features you don’t often see in newer homes.  Update: Sandi’s home was built in 1833 and she’s been restoring it since 1991.  I think we need a home tour, too!

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There’s Sandi on the left, making a few adjustments to her beautiful table.  Ummm, do I see Mimosas?

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Love the centerpiece!  Doesn’t it look perfect for a fun Mardi Gras brunch!

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Sandi decorated around the base of the centerpiece with beads and feathery masks.  The vase belonged to her mother.

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The china Sandi used on her table was her Mother’s and the pattern is Bacchanal by Royal Worcester.  Love the pattern I see on the cups!

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Sandi inherited the pretty green stemware from her Great-Aunt Lynne.

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The sideboard was decorated for the occasion, as well.

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Sandi found the Kabuki dolls in Goodwill for only $7.96 each.

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How fun are they for a Mardi Gras feast!

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Sandi shared a list of all the places she collected the decorations she used for this event.  You’ll find the sources at the end of this post.  Sandi knows how to shop and found some amazing bargains!

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She found these wonderful feather masks in Hobby Lobby and Party City.

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I had to include this picture because it gives us another glimpse of Sandi’s gorgeous dining room.  I see the hint of a beautiful chandelier, too.

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Sandi thanks so much for sharing this wonderful Mardi Gras brunch tablescape.  I loved seeing it and your beautiful dining room!

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Recources for Sandi’s Table:

Gold beaded placemats-Michae’s and Target over the years
China was my mother’s and is Bacchanal by Royal Worcester
Green chargers/purple chargers- Michael’s this year
Purple stemware was my mother’s-pattern unknown
Green stemware inherited from my Great Aunt Lynne-pattern unknown
Brass water goblets-Rich’s years ago
Gold Bamboo flatwear Service Merchandise 30 years ago
Mirrored plateau inherited from my great aunt
Peacock feathers-gift from a friend
Vase holding feathers was my mother’s
Brass candlesticks collected over the years or inherited
Tall candles-GandGwebstore
Beads-Party City/Dollar Tree
Plain masks-Dollar Tree this year
Feather masks Party City/ Hobby Lobby
Feather mask on a stick-GandGwebstore
2 matching Kabuki dolls with feathers-Goodwill Gainesville, Ga. this year $7.96 each
2 Purple dolls GoodWill this year $1.96 and $2.96 minus 25% senior discount!!!
Purple Jester Doll- The Hideaway Waverly Hall, Ga.$5.00
Harlequin ornaments GoodWill $5.00 for the package this year
Purple table topper thrift store find in Marietta, Ga-99 cents
Gold table topper and napkins-made from a shower curtain found in a thrift store in Marietta, Ga.$3.49
White serving pieces trimmed in gold-found antiquing over the years
Blue eggs in gift boxes and on sideboard from a farmer friend
Chocolate covered pralines from The Bakery in Waverly Hall, Ga.
Peacock wreath surrounding glass basket Michael’s this year

Looking forward to all the tablescapes linked for this Tablescape Thursday!


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  1. Gorgeous dining room and fabulous Mardi Gras table! It looked like QUITE a wonderful celebration!

  2. Gosh, I would LOVE to have a fireplace in my dining room!!!! I have often tried to convince the little Mr. that it would be prudent to switch up our current dining room and living room spaces so we’d have a fireplace, but it’s a no-go every time. He just can’t get on board with it. πŸ™ Sandi’s dining room is HUGE, and there’s so much natural light!!!!!! Nice party! Have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

  3. Thank you for hosting, Susan….enjoy your vacation!

  4. What a lovely luncheon! Thanks for sharing Sandi!

  5. Hi Susan, Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful, classic, traditional dining room. I do love the cut out shelves and the window treatments, and the dark furniture and the rug….I do get a little tired of all the minimalist looks we see. This room is beautiful. The party looks wonderful too! Love those dolls. Linda

  6. Susan,
    Your friend, Sandi set a magnificent tablescape, dear friend!!!
    I adore the side bar set for after dinner coffee!!! Exquisite silver coffee server!
    Thank you for hosting Tablescape Thursday…now I’m off to vist all the Green Tablescapes this week!

    • Thank you Pat-the coffee server was bought for $25 years ago at a little auction house/antique store in Hogansville, Ga. The store is still there and has some really good bargains from time to time.

  7. Thank you for hosting! I’m so glad to be able to participate this week. Little Bit from

  8. I love her depression glass stemware – maybe because it is green, my new favorite color.
    Thanks for letting me join in the fun.

  9. You are a busy lady!!!!! Thank you for hosting. I’ll be back. Have to hurry off to an appointment.

  10. Sandi’s party looks like so much fun, and her home is beautiful. What a deal on those great dolls! Love the feather centerpiece. Thank you, Sandi and Susan, for sharing this beautiful party. laurie

  11. Both the dining room and Sandi’s table are gorgeous. Yes, the fireplace is awesome!…Christine

  12. An amazing table setting for Mardi Gras, with such fabulous decoration, awesome centerpiece and finally, gorgeous kabuki dolls!! Thank you for sharing this great post. Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday.

  13. Thanks for hosting, Susan.
    Filing this away for idea for next year.

  14. Absolutely gorgeous but I’m curious about the napkins. It looks like there are squares (presumably from the gold shower curtain) tucked inside the cream linen napkins – what do you do with the gold piece when you put the cream napkin on your lap?

  15. Sorry, that should say Pamela instead of Pamel!

  16. Wow, Susan- she really went all out to make her guests feel special. What a remarkable tablescape and party!
    I can’t believe all she incorporated into the design, it’s amazing.
    Thank you for hosting this weekly fun linky party.

  17. Thank you all for your gracious comments. To answer a few questions the house was built in 1833 and has 10 foot ceilings, heart of pine floors and 7 fireplaces. The rooms are all 20′ X 21′ and the hall is 12′ X 40′ so it is often used to set up additional tables etc.. I have been restoring it since 1991 and have loved every minute of it. As for the napkins we had a good laugh, Pamela-they were made from the shower curtain along with the table topper used under the tray with the coffee urn. They were too “floppy” to use on their own so I paired them with the ones with the “fleur de lis” corner to make them stand up. Everyone folded up the “recycled” ones and set them aside saying “These are too good to mess up!”. The ones I have to iron got used!! I thought it was great-shows you that repurposing can create some really amazing things. Thank you again for all the kind comments and questions.

    • Sandi, we need a home tour of your beautiful home! I’d love to see the other rooms. πŸ™‚

      • We’ll see what we can work out! I would love to have every one of you!! It may take me a while as I’ve always got a project going on around here it seems. I’m researching cameras that do well in low light and when I finally buy one I can send some pics of some of the projects going on-adding a shower upstairs, new rails and screen doors for the back porch, redecorating an upstairs bedroom and repainting the fountain in the back yard to get ready for some back porch sittin’, sweet tea drinkin’, fountain drippin’, book readin’ lazy afternoons before it gets too hot to enjoy being outside!!!

        • That’s what I meant, a picture tour. I promise we won’t all descend on your home at once. πŸ™‚ Would love to see the renovations you’re making and some of the other rooms. Your dining room is wonderful! I love your future plans for the back yard…sounds like my kind of summer!

  18. She did a fantastic job with all the great finds and collections!

    Thanks for hosting, Susan!


  19. Well, I would love to have you all descend at one time and I would love to meet each of you in person! I can’t think of anything more fun than getting together with a group of creative ladies!! But for now if you will be patient with me we can start with a picture tour. My computer guru/camera guru/blog guru friend is coming down from Atlanta next weekend for a visit. I’m sure she will be a big help getting me started even though I’m certainly not her best student-she is the best teacher!!!

  20. Linda Page says

    Well, Susan, I have been threatening….well, let’s say “hinting”, that I am going to move in with you and live in your lovely home…..BUT….after seeing this lovely dining room in the 1833 home, you may have some competition for my residency!!! I do hope you can talk Sandi Lee into letting you do a picture tour of her home. I loved all of the Mardi Gras decorations. I also have a Mardi Gras doll that was designed and hand painted for me by a coworker many years ago and it sits on my desk during Mardi Gras each year. Mardi Gras decorations are always such fun! Thanks for sharing with us again.

  21. That is a beautiful table! I am suddenly enamored of peacock feathers, especially.
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  22. What a fab Mardi Gras table, the peacock feathers in the centerpiece is really amazing. Love it. Thanks for sharing, hosting, inspiring I’m always happy to be able to join in. xo

  23. Ah, Mardi Gras, one of my favorite holidays – and what a beautiful home! I have a non-working fireplace in my historic home and love it. I have candles in it. Mardi Gras was so busy with parades and such here that we didn’t do an actual Mardi Gras meal – we did do an Epiphany Brunch however for the beginning of Mardi Gras. What fun!!!! Love this table.


    • Sandi Lee says

      My Mother’s pattern is Bacchanal (grapes) by Royal Worcester and mine is Lavinia by the same company, Mine has blackberries-both have gold edges and I like to mix the two. The purple stemware works well with both sets of china.

  24. Susan and Sandi, thanks for sharing this beautiful luncheon. I agree, we need a home tour! Every detail is so pretty. I especially like the beautiful china. Need to research that pattern. Thanks for hosting, Susan. ~ Sarah

  25. Susan, I am drooling over that gorgeous dining room. Oh, how I would love to have one that large. Sandi is an amazing shopper – nothing in that room looks like a bargain. Thank you for giving us a peek into that wonderful house – I agree that we need the full tour!!

  26. So cool!! I celebrated my 50th last year, too. Where DOES that time fly?!?!? franki

  27. What a beautiful and festive celebration….
    thanks for hosing this wonderful party..

  28. I grew up in a house (in France) that had a fireplace in every room, it was our source of heat! But I did a dining room filled with a warm glow of the fire. So romantic. Her table looked fabulous.. Thanks for hosting this delightful party.. Happy St. Pat’s and may all blessings come your way.. xo marlis

    • Marlis, I didn’t know you grew up in France! Yes, to us they are romantic but back in the day they were all about staying warm. I’m so glad we don’t have to use them for that now, well in most homes anyway.

  29. I can’t get past the gorgeous dining room furniture! What a lovely room! What a wonderful party. Nothing was left to chance. All the details are fantastic. Love everything!

  30. That was a lovely Mardi Gras brunch indeed, and the cups are lovely! xxx

  31. Morning Susan,
    wow, your friend did a spectacular job on her Mardi Gras table. Very festive, and her dining room is really lovely. Thank you and her for sharing it with us.
    As always thanks for hosting hon,
    blessings, Nellie

  32. That is a gorgeous dining room. Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend!

  33. Beautiful on ALL accounts! Thank you both for sharing this incredible space. -Brenda-

    P.S: Couldn’t help but notice the dining room table itself. Don’t think I have ever seen one like it. Am wondering if it was customized to accommodate her flatware? (The small section that appears to be equipped with a drawer.)

    • Sandi Lee says

      The table was custom made but not for me and it doesn’t have a drawer. This was my great aunt’s table she had made in South Carolina in the 50’s. When my grandmother saw it she had one made just like it-they were very competitive sisters! My brother has my grandmother’s table. The table is a banquet style with the middle being a drop leaf and the two ends are called demi-lunes (half moons). They are wonderful tables because they are so versatile. If you have a smaller home you can use the demi lunes against a wall in a foyer or another room and the drop leaf can be used with the leaves up or down depending on how much space one has.

      • Hi Sandi …. Thank you so much for replying and confirming my suspicion it may have been custom made. The design makes so much sense and I would absolutely love a table like this! -Brenda-

        • Sandi Lee says

          Hi Brenda,

          You are welcome. My table is designed to seat 12 but it’s more comfortable with fewer as one has more elbow room. The design is Sheraton and you can probably find examples on line. My great aunt and grandmother were still having furniture made in the 50’s as they grew up in the era where that was what had to be done-no furniture stores-things passed down, made by hand or made by a furniture craftsman. Hope this helps.

          • Hello again Sandy: I did do a quick web search and actually came across one table that very much resembled yours that was listed by Driscolls Antiques. They described it as having ‘two “D” ends that were joined with a gate leg centre table’. (No price listed for it.)

            Yours with the wonderful history it has is definitely a treasure and a keeper. Thank you for sharing its wonderful story as well. Sincerely -Brenda-

  34. Wow! I feel like I’ve stepped straight onto Bourbon Street during one of the infamous Mardi Gras parades. Such a fabulous and detailed display! I couldn’t believe the amount of items you included for such an affordable price! You certainly have the eye for creating a decadent ambiance. Be right back…I’m off to book a flight to New Orleans now πŸ˜‰

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