Mardi Gras Inspiration

Mardi Gras is not one of those occasions that everyone celebrates, but it holds certain appeal to me for a reason that I can’t explain.  I love the color, the excitement, the over-indulgence, and just the crazy celebration that goes along with it!  Each year around this fabulous carnival season, I plan our own evening of excess for the family.   When Fat Tuesday rolls around next week, all of us will sit down and feast in our own grand style!

I have put together an inspiration collage of some of the things that I have collected for our own party next week.
Wreath created by myself using sparkle glasses from Dollar Tree, ribbon & beads from Hobby Lobby; coins from Party City; boa & candleholders from Hobby Lobby; Mask from Dollar Tree; Bourbon Street photo by me.

Starting with a wreath on the front door and going to vibrant color in the dining room, I want a party that makes the kids feel happy.  The traditional purple, gold and green of Mardi Gras certainly give the burst of color I want.

Since my table is not set yet (there are plenty of meals between now and Tuesday), I thought that I would share a little inspiration that I have collected to get your own creative juices flowing.
First impressions set the mood for any party, whether it’s just the family or you have invited guests over.  Making an attractive entryway the most logical beginning.  I used a wreath, but don’t you just love this use of Christmas garland and lights with the Mardi Gras touches?

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Tables are always fun to set.  Flowers and candles are no longer the “go-to” centerpiece.  Using things from around the house or that go with your theme can really make a table memorable.  
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From masks and beads to Christmas ornaments that fit your color scheme, it all works together for the perfect table.  When Audley and I were able to visit New Orleans last summer, I collected a few souvenirs that I want to incorporate in my setting.  Make it fun.  After all, Mardi Gras is a Carnival!

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Color scheme also makes a table memorable.  While I prefer the traditional colors of Mardi Gras of purple, green and gold; black and gold make a lovely setting as well.  Of course any bright color combination goes well with this carnival season just as long as it has a great deal of sparkle and you “over-do” it just a bit!

The Garden Web

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 This inspiration board has a mixture of the traditional decor with the non-traditional.  Color and lay-out often says more than traditional elements of the holiday.

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And a final touch for any Mardi Gras table is the perfect dish that fits the theme.  It’s Mardi Gras; think seafood, creole or cajun flavor, rice …. throw on a little Jazz and let your imagination roll!

“Mardi Gras is a state of mind.” 
~ Ed Muniz


Tell me, do you celebrate Mardi Gras?
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4 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Inspiration

  1. One of my best vacations ever was to visit my cousin in New Orleans last spring. This post brought back so many happy memories. I love it.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving such a supportive comment.

  2. How fun!!!! Question for you. I notice you have the share button at the bottom of your posts. Mine is not showing up, even though I have it marked in my settings…any thoughts? I was thinking of posting my blog posts on my FB to generate more traffic.

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