Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mardi Gras Tablescape

When you think of Mardi Gras you think of carnival parades with colorful costumes, beaded necklaces and New Orleans and Mobile.  Many other U.S. cities have celebrations but being a southerner I think of the Gulf Coast celebrations.

  Outside the states, Mardi Gras or Carnival are held inVenice, Rio de Janeiro,  and Quebec to mention a few.
        This is the first tablescape I have done depicting a Mardi Gras theme.  The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are green, gold and purple. Green represents faith, gold represents power, and purple represents justice.

Green plates- Paula Deen
Gold chargers- Wal Mart
Flatware - Williams Sonoma
Glasses- Vintage from my MIL
Napkins- Early marriage
Masks, Hats, Beads- My neighbor. Thanks, Barbara!

It has been interesting to learn about the traditions and history concerning Mardi Gras. Mobile has the oldest Mardi Gras festival in the U.S. dating back to 1703, fifteen years before New Orleans was founded.

Vintage glasses from the seventies were my inspiration to create a Mardi Gras 

The glasses were hard to photograph because glass reflects and so do shiny objects.
 My neighbor is part of a supper club that hosts a Mardi Gras Ball that I have enjoyed attending. I had fun taking pictures of her festive colorful masks, hats and beads and creating a tablescape.
Mardi Gras will be March 4th this year. Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday" is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
The throwing of trinkets to the crowds was started in the early 1870s by the Twelfth Night Revelers.

Linking to: Seasonal Sundays, Mosaic Monday'sInspire Me Tuesday,  The ScoopWow Us Wednesday, Lets Dish, Open House Thursday's,  Tablescape Thursday, Feathered Nest Friday, and Be Inspired Friday.


  1. Beautiful the Mardi Gras theme, especially those glasses.

  2. Your glasses are fantastic Bonnie, love them! Looks like you're all set for a very festive meal-enjoy:@)

  3. I love love love this table! I never think of putting together a Mardi Gras table. I should look around through the year to see what I can find.Yours is amazing!

  4. Oh, my! Your table is just beautiful, Bonnie! You have everything even down to the glasses! Don't you love the brilliant colors of Mardi Gras! Here in Galveston, Mardi Gras is a pretty big deal. We went to the parade yesterday at noon. Some folks decorate their homes as much as folks do for Christmas! Love all of your beads, hats and crowns too. So festive! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

  5. How pretty! You have some lovely decorations for Mardi Gras. I particularly like those glasses.

  6. A beautiful theme for a tablescape. Love the Mardi Gras decorations. Looks like party time! Have a happy week!

  7. Very pretty!! In England we don't celebrate Mardi Gras, but we celebrate what is either called Shrove Tuesday or more commonly Pancake Day on the same day. We make what we call Pancakes, you would call them crepes in America probably, as they are different than American Pancakes, to use up the last of the good tings in the cupboards before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It is lots of fun! xx

  8. Your vintage glasses are AMAZING!
    Rainey @ The Project Table

  9. Oh what a gorgeous table! It brought back wonderful memories of the celebration in Germany which is called Fasching.

    Have a lovely week my friend.

  10. I love your festive table Bonnie! I knew there was a lot of celebrating in Mobile but I didn't realize it predated New Orleans. Your vintage glasses are wonderful and the perfect inspiration for a table!

  11. How festive! Beautiful photos!

  12. Such an amazing celebration! Love the glasses.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. Wonderful!! I wish I could see all that in person!

  14. The Mardi Gras decorations make your tablescape look so wonderfully festive, Bonnie! I ahve a dream of spending a Mardi Gras in new Orleans someday--the best food in the world is in NOLA :) Love your beautiful glasses --such a treasure!

  15. You have some great Mardi Gras stuff Bonnie!! I love those glasses, wow!

  16. Big love to your mother-in-law!!! Girl, those vintage glasses are the hot diggity bomb and beyond!!! Oh, my gosh! Those are more than perfect for this table!!! It's amazing what kinds of things people manufacture in this world. Who'd have thought someone would come up with those?!??!! They're pretty and they definitely shake it up for Mardi Gras!!!

    Your neighbor has some great stuff, too! Anyone who has an annual masquerade or Mardi Gras event or who belongs to a crewe is bound to have shelves or bins overflowing with cool stuff like this! The crowns with the fabric-covered center are really neat. I don't see a lot of those around.

    Like Donny & Marie's "Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock 'n Roll", I'm a Northerner by birth and locale but a Southerner at heart! This table rocks! If you decide to actually celebrate this year, this table will NOT go unnoticed with guests!!!

  17. Those vintage glasses are beautiful...fantastic table and buffet set for the perfect Mardi Gras Party!!!

  18. Bonnie,
    I love your glasses. I am such a sucker for any vintage glasses...and yours are perfect for this table..
    Love, Mona

  19. I am so amazed at all the Mardi Gras tables I've seen today and yours is no exception! Love those vintage glasses from the 70's!

  20. Fun, fun, fun! I'm so behind on tables so I'm really enjoying seeing all the creative efforts of you talented people. Mardi Gras is such a fun time to work around, and you've done it perfectly.

  21. Gah! That tablescape is amazing! I'm especially smitten with those glasses. Seriously. . .amazing!
    It was so great to meet you today! :)


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