Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mardi Gras…Laissez les bons temps rouler

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.

I’ll be joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday and Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.





Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lovely vignette! I adore the color.

Have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!

shannon i olson said...

love the party!! Up here in ND we don't do much big time Mardi Gras...but I have been in Mississippi and seen the parades etc... never been brave enough to go to New Orleans though.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love the Mardi Gras table! Great colors and looks fantstic!
Thanks for your visit!
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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This is my favorite Mardi Gras table so far-love it! Great colors and just a perfect setting-enjoy:@)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a wonderful Mardi Gras table! Love those place mats and that runner, and I especially like the green ties around the chairs. What a festive centerpiece! Beautiful and fun at the same time. Love it. laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Forgot to tell you that i can't believe you have all of those wonderful green domed butter dishes! They are so great! laurie

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Your Mardi Gras table is beautiful! I love the luxurious linens too. I also went with this theme this week, if you would like to take a look.

Best and God bless,


Diann said...

What a pretty Mardi Gras table! Everything looks wonderful. Love the little green butter dishes!

Marigene said...

Fabulous Mardi Gras table, DG! Love all the green glassware. Wherever did you find those cute little butter dishes?


Superb Mardi Gras Table! The colors are fantastic! I love all tha purple, I'm not good with such colour and yet you use it like a real pro!
Thank you so much for your so generous comments on my dishes...yeah, that was 3 years ago my hubby sold the ceramic factory and we stopped making them, I had about 14-15 patterns, they were like my babies! We sold them in Europe, USA, Latin Am., and locally too. God bless you and yours, as we're living such hard and dangeroes times.