Sunday, February 19, 2012

MARDI GRAS MADNESS

Mardi Gras is the time to celebrate! This year it is February 21, 2012, also known as Fat Tuesday, before Ash Wednesday.  We love the city of New Orleans and all the parades, foods and music! There are many different places which celebrate this occasion. Many consider this the last time to indulge before Lent.
A feast of rich foods and rich colors for you to taste, smell and see. The deep purple, grass green, and gilded gold are the familiar colors of this celebration. The jewelry thrown from a parade float or worn on a costume.
A crown worn to celebrate or as a religious remembrance! 
 The words of Mardi Gras expresses indugence!
Mardt means Tuesday.
 
 Gras is the fat in Fat Tuesday.
 Colorful jewelry and coins are thrown from floats during the parades and are symbols of the wealth and riches.
 Part of creating this tablescape was searching for the crowns and these have the bonus of a the french Fleur de Lis!
 The table linens began with the lavender place mats then the contrast of the grass green place plates.
 The surprise is the china produced by Inspire.
 Deep Purple background for the salad plate and the lush design of the exotic bird and floral is in contrast to the black and white. 
 The simple design of the flower is repeated on the bowl. The spicy gumbo speaks of the mix of cultures and served up with a golden soup spoon.
 The deep purple of the napkins and tablecloth pops the colors of the place setting. 
 Your feathered mask and colorful chain can be worn for the celebration.
 The gold beaded napkin ring echoes the beaded necklaces.
 The  gold tray centers the extravagance of this table of celebration.
 The fat of feasting will come from the sweets of the famous Cafe du Monde!
 The spirits of libation will be served in colors of Mardi Gras crystal.
 So play your horn, in that jazz and blues rhythm!
 And drink your Cafe au Lait in the special mug and ask for more powdered sugar on your beignets!

As they say, "Laisseez les bon temps rouler" or "Let the good times roll"!

36 comments:

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Great table. Love your crowns and the goblets.

Grammy Goodwill said...

You did such a good job with your table. I would love to have the Mardi Gras words. Hubby and I love New Orleans and have always wanted to go to Mardi Gras. We had our first taste of King Cake at Mardi Gras World in Jan. (Please turn off word verification on your comments. It makes it so hard to comment.

Snap said...

Fun Mardi Gras tablescape. beads, beads and more beads!!!! Happy Tea Day!

Johanna said...

Hello,
thats the perfect table for Mardi Gras. Love the green letters and the whole setting is really inspiring. I hope you had a great time at Mardi Gras.
Best greetings, Johanna

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

AMAZING table! I love the colors - long live Mardi Gras! Your comments at my blog are so nice, thank you for taking the time to do that. If I had some beads, I would throw them at this great post!

Beth said...

I love your tablescape. So colorful. Beautiful china too, and great props. I like the Valentine table in the previous post as well.
Hugs, Beth

kitty said...

Beautiful table...so colorful & fun!! Oh dear, I see word verification..it's so hard to read!! (Had to do it twice)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

A very colourful tea table for Mardi Gras! Thanks so much for sharing this with my tea party. Have a lovely week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Antiques And Teacups said...

Love the gorgeous purple! So pretty! Thanks for linking your Mardi Gras to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Karen said...

Love your Mardi Gras post! Would love to go to one of those parties someday. In deep South Texas we just don't hear much about it. Maybe next year I'll think about it in time to host a party!
Have a great week.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Yasmin Smith said...

Being a Louisiana "born and raised" gal, I think you did a great job on decorating a Mardi Gras tablescape!! You have some fun and some pretty china and accessories, which made for a
party-time" table!! And Mardi Gras
IS all about fun and paradea and parties!!
Thanks for the "eye-candy" today
and Happy Mardi Gras to you!!
P.S. I agree about the word verfication...I have a hard time on some of the blogs leaving a comment as the words are so diffucult to see and figure out!! I have actually just given up on some comments I'm trying to leave because I can't get the words right!! LOL
Yasmin (Francy)

Terri said...

What a fabulous party table! All that color and shine looks amazing. I have never been to Mardi Gras, some day I will see it!
Hugs,
Terri

kitty said...

Hi again, I wanted to tell you that I live in Texas, too!! I love blogging, too. It's a great way to visit new friends. I'll check & see if word verification in off. Someone had to tell me about it, too. I had no idea...I'm still learning, like you.

kitty said...

Word verification is off...horray!!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Pam, Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Your table is really festive for the Mardi Gras party. I think the china is very pretty against the mauve placemats. Cookies are good and bad aren't they? Have a great day. Blessings, Pamela

Zaa said...

Fabulous setting... I love the Mardi Gras theme..It's fill with such excitement... green, mauve, and purple are a favourite and you have displayed the true spirit of Joy with this post...Thank You for sharing...Hugs

Brenda said...

Your table is set so beautifully! Don't you just love all the colors of Mardi Gras? I dearly enjoyed my time in New Orleans and go back every now and then. I love the artists and the performers. Your table has set a very good mood to "Let the Good Times Roll!"
I did enjoy my visit.
Brenda

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh wow, what an amazing Mardi Gras tablescape! The colours are so rich and luscious - really is gorgeous!

Thank you so very much for flying on over to the nest for a visit, and your comments.........it is how I found YOU!

Micupoftea~ said...

SO colorful,Pam! Do you make the beignets from scratch? You did a fab job putting together a table with Mardi Gras colors. Have a great week, and happy Lent!

Robin said...

Thanks for the visit. You have some great Mardi Gras details in this tablescape. I've seen those purple plates at Marshall's and they are so pretty! I love purple and birds too!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Gorgeous tablescape! I just love the colors, the layering and the patterns. I love the Fleur de Lis symbol! My husband and I visited New Orleans a very long time ago. I am so glad they're recovering from that hurricane - thank you for sharing this lovely post with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Jacqueline said...

What a pretty take on the Mardi Gras theme. I love your crowns and your choice of plates is gorgeous. I think there is nothing prettier than this combination of purple green and gold!

Diane said...

Pam - love your table! I think we must shop at some of the same places. However, I have never seen those gorgeous placemats. I have lavender ones, but yours are exactly the right color for Mardi Gras. Totally jealous - lol!!

Aledia said...

I love love love your purple dishes!!

Have a wonderful day!

Aledia

Jo's This and That said...

Love your table! thanks for sharing Joann

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, how I love the bird plates!!!!!!!!! They are fantabulous 50 times over!!! Just the deep, rich color of the purple in them is great, but then you add the design and YOWZA!!!!!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So fun and festive. I need to find some crowns for next year. I love your tabletop celebration.

Tess said...

Great table...all of your dishes/decorations are just beautiful! Mardi Gras colors are great no matter what the season!

Entertaining Women said...

The Inspire china is so lovely. I hope that we get to see it frequently. You've done a wonderful job designing your tablescape. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

CAS said...

Your Mardi Gras table is great! Don't you just love the colors of MG? Thanks for visiting my blog & for your well wishes for our friend.
CAS

Grammy Goodwill said...
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Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Great table! Love the china!

Judy Bigg said...

Great table and love the dishes. I was going to follow you but do not see a place to do so. Thanks for your post and for stopping by my blog and leaving a message.

Rettabug said...

What a beautiful job you did, Pam! I completely missed out on doing anything for Mardi Gras this year. :(

Such gorgeous colors for this happy celebration! Well done!

fondly,
Rett

xinex said...

What a beautiful mardi gras table! I love your plates and I love the centerpiece with the crown...Christine

Kathleen said...

What a great table! I love that china, somdifferent!
Hope you will join my St.Pats Blog Crawlmon the 13 th.
Getnout your green!