Let the good times roll! Mardi Gras…one of my favorite times of the year! Many cities around the South now hold Mardi Gras celebrations.
One of the oldest, if not in fact the oldest, Mardi Gras celebrations is held in Mobile, Alabama. Each year, there is a debate as to which is the older celebration – New Orleans or Mobile. I am so not going there!!!
In 1702, the settlement that would later be known as Mobile was the capital of French Louisiana. The first celebration held there was in 1703 by French explorers. The first masked parading society, Cowbellian de Rakin Society, was formed in 1830 and has evolved into the Mardi Gras revelry we enjoy today.
In honor of Fat Tuesday, I’m sharing a Mardi Gras table setting from a couple of years ago. Traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple for Justice, gold for Power, and green for Faith.
Iridescent placemats and a runner, all made in traditional Mardi Gras colors, were layered over a gold damask tablecloth.
Gold chargers formed the base for each place setting. Forest green glass dinner plates were topped with white , trimmed with gold, salad plates. Depression glass sherbets were placed on each salad plate.
The gold flatware and napkin rings surrounding the purple organza napkins echo the gold glimmering from the chargers.
Green butter dishes were placed on white oval bread plates.
Gold baroque candleholders held purple tapers.
No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without beads! Here they are draped from a vintage carnival glass compote holding a Mardi Gras mask.
Each chair was treated to green tulle bows decorating the backs.
Thanks for sharing Mardi Gras with me! Hope to see you again soon.