This post comes from Jinnie Templin at Bright Settings.
Mardi Gras is coming up, and even if you’re not in New Orleans, you can still celebrate in style.
Purple and green and gold all over
The traditional color scheme of Mardi Gras is a combination of purple, green, and gold. According to Mardi Gras history, purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold represents power. Keep this in mind when you’re decorating. I’m personally a huge fan of Bright Settings’ Dazzle fabric in Plum Green. Add a gold runner or napkins and you’re ready to go. These color combinations are bold and fun—everything the Mardi Gras holiday stands for!
Let them eat cake
At Bright Settings, we might sell tablecloths, but we also spend a lot of time around the table. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last day before Lent officially begins. That means if you’re fasting for Lent, it’s your last chance to stock up on all those fatty, unhealthy foods until you raid someone’s Easter basket at the end of March.
My favorite Mardi Gras food is King Cake, which has a prize hidden in it (the person who finds it is the “king” for the day!) When I was in grade school, this usually meant that if you were the lucky kid to find a trinket in your piece of cake, you won something bigger, such as a nigh off from homework. Regardless, you really can’t go wrong with cake and trinkets, and if you’re celebrating with older kids (or adults who wish they were kids) or throwing a party, a King Cake is a great way to educate about the history of Mardi Gras, play a game and eat a tasty treat!
You can make a King Cake even more majestic by creating a beautiful dessert table to display it on. In my experience, a lot of people give up chocolate for lent. If you’re one of the brave souls embarking on that journey, you can get rid of any leftover Valentine’s Day candy by scattering it on your dessert table. Cake and chocolate? SIGN ME UP!
It’s all about the beads
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a huge week-long celebration with lots of parades. With the parades come audacious, elaborate costumes. Even if you’re not up for dressing up, you can still get into the Mardi Gras spirit with beads and masks. Around this time of year, colorful beads can be found at many stores and the simple ones are generally pretty inexpensive. You can also make masks such as a Beaded Mardi Gras Mask or a Neon Flame Mask to wear or use as decoration. Use beads and masks to decorate your table, then, tell your guests they’re welcome to wear them during the party. At the end of the party, offer to let them take home their makeshift costumes. Not only will your table look festive, but you won’t have to clean up or store any leftover décor! When the day is over and you’re not sure what to do with the beads, make a Dollar Chandelier. It’s a super thrifty way to add to your home decor.