We had a wonderful visit with our son and his wife this weekend. They love their new home, and Russell’s job is keeping him busy.
I know it’s not quite Mardi Gras time, but I’ve had this table in my head a while. Therefore, after taking down the Valentine table, I decided to go ahead and go with it (or should I say “roll” with it, as in Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler).
After purchasing the purple dishes a few months ago, Mardi Gras was, of course, the first tablescape theme to come to mind.
Then I found the placemats earlier this month, so my Mardi Gras table started taking shape in my head.
I turned once again to my Spode Thomas Kinkade plates. I never get tired of this gorgeous pattern, and the green and purple are perfect for Mardi Gras.
I decided to use the purple salad plate for the next layer. I know it looks almost black in the photo, but I assure you that the deep purple looks wonderful with the dinner plate and placemat backdrop.
Then I topped it with the Spode salad plate. I almost didn’t since the plate is almost the same size as the purple one. But when I stood back and looked, I decided that I like the way the edge of the purple plate just sort of framed the Spode plate.
I decided not to use the matching napkins for two reasons. First, I had just used them a couple of weeks ago. Second, I really wanted the deep purple ones to continue the Mardi Gras theme. The sparkly napkin ring seemed the best choice for this festive table.
I used the San Remo flatware because I like the black on this placemat.
Then I used my purple goblets-only 1 glass today. I think it is all I needed.
Now for the centerpiece. Isn’t this candle great? I got it on after-Christmas clearance at Wal Mart, and I knew the minute that I saw the purple candle with the gold stripes running through it that it would be on my Mardi Gras table this year.
To add a little more presence to the candle, I chose my Mardi Gras mask and some gold tinsel. But I still wanted something else. I had pulled out the green tinsel at the same time that I pulled out the gold, but didn’t want to mix the two.
I was able to find 3 more pillar candle in Mardi Gras colors. I stuck them in my clear candle holders and scattered the green tinsel around.
Then, because I wanted something on another corner of the table to balance it out, I chose 3 gold tapers placed in brass candlesticks of varying heights.
I was quite pleased with the final look. I like using the Mardi Gras colors and the sparkly tinsel. I may not leave this table up until Lent, but I will enjoy it for a while.
While I’m on the subject, one of my pet peeves is that Mardi Gras, like Christmas and Easter, is a Christian celebration that has vastly been corrupted by the secular world. Unlike Christmas and Easter, there are many Christians out there who have no idea that Mardi Gras is actually a Christian celebration leading up to Lent, a time of fasting and reflection on the last days of Christ which culminate in His glorious resurrection on Easter morning.
I could go on and on, but I won’t. As a matter of fact, I almost entitled this post “Mardi Gras Soapbox,” but decided not to go there.
Instead, I will close with the quiz that we used at our Mardi Gras pancake breakfast with our youth last year. I have also used variations of this same quiz with young adults. It is always fun to see how much we know (and don’t know!) about Mardi Gras each year. I’ve not decided yet if we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday or not this year. But if we do, it will be a celebration of what Christ did for us and not drunken revelry. Hope you all have a great Mardi Gras and an even greater Lenten season!
The Trivia Quiz: