Mardi Gras Table

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:

When does the season of Mardi Gras begin?
Epiphany, January 6
What are the colors of Mardi Gras and what does each represent?
Green:       faith
Gold:  power
Purple: justice
What is Ash Wednesday?
It is the beginning of the season of Lent.
Why is the day called Ash Wednesday?
During Ash Wednesday services, the minister will lightly rub the sign of the cross on a person’s forehead with ashes.
What are the ashes made from?
The burned palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration.
How long is the Lenten season?
It is 46 days long, the forty days of Lent plus the six Sundays.
When does Lent end?
The sparse and fasting time of Lent ends with feasts on Easter Sunday.
Why is Lent forty days long?
It symbolized the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness in prayer and fasting before beginning his ministry.
What is the English translation of the words Mardi Gras?
Fat Tuesday
What is another name for Fat Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday, the word shrove derived from the word confess. The Lenten season is meant to be a time when Christians confess sins and ask forgiveness.
When is Fat Tuesday?
It is always on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
For Christians, what should they do during the season of Lent?
Christians should spend extra time in prayer and fasting during Lent to remember the gift of Jesus Christ and his time in the wilderness. They often give up some sort of vice and/or take on something that they may not normally do.
What is the meaning of the word Lent?
Why are pancakes the traditional meal for Fat Tuesday?
In preparation for fasting and lean meals during the Lenten season, all of the fats in the home must be eaten. Pancakes use up the oils, fats, eggs, and dairy in the home and are therefore a good meal for Fat Tuesday.
In Brazil, Mardi Gras is called Carnival. What does the word Carnival mean?
Farewell to meat. Many Christians choose to abstain from eating meat on the Fridays of the Lenten season.
Why is the sweet roll eaten during Mardi Gras called the King’s Cake?
The time of gluttony and feasting preceding Lent begins on Epiphany, also called Three King’s Day. It is the day the Christians historically celebrate the gifts brought to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men.
Why is the King’s Cake round?
It symbolized the circular route taken by the three kings as they went in search of Jesus. They were trying to confuse Herod and foil his plot to kill the new baby.
Why is a token such as a baby, bean, or coin baked in the King’s Cake?
The baby symbolizes the Baby Jesus. The kings journeyed a great distance to worship him. Some say that the person who finds the baby, bean, or coin is the king or queen of Mardi Gras. Some say that finding the token is a sign of good luck throughout the year.
I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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22 Responses to Mardi Gras Table

  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Love the Mardi Gras table theme. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. Linda says:

    Such a pretty and colorful table Bev. I love the Margi Gras design and of course the colors. It’s fun to go shopping and fins things we can use later. An idea pops into our head about a particular tablescape or project.

  3. Sarah says:

    Lovely, Bev. Enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities.

  4. Fun table Bev! I love Mardi Gras and all the decorations! I really enjoyed the quiz, I never knew about pancakes being the tradition on Fat Tuesday~makes sense!

  5. Hi Bev–am visiting from Thursday’s Home and Garden 🙂 What a fun, fabulous table you’ve set. So glad to have met you–

  6. Fun and pretty table, I love those beautiful plates. Thanks for that great history on Mardi Gras, I did learn some things. Take care – Dawn @ We Call It
    History & Home link party – Tue-Fri, weekly

  7. Tricia says:

    Very festive table, Bev! I enjoyed reading how all the elements came together. We miss celebrating the whole Mardi Gras season now that we no longer live in south Louisiana!

  8. LaVoice says:

    You have a talent for making lovely table settings.

  9. Chandy says:

    Lovely plates indeed! And those pieces are just

  10. Zuni says:

    Great table, Bev! Thanks for commenting on my snowman table post! ~Zuni

  11. You had me at “purple dishes.” Swoon!

  12. Bev thanks for the info I may have to quiz some of my friends to see if they know what the true Mardi Gras celebration is all about. Your table inspires me to set a Mardi Gras table.

    Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity <;)

  13. Poppy says:

    Thanks for sharing the fun trivia quiz, I really enjoyed going through that:) You have created a beautiful tablescape and I love the Thomas Kincaid china pattern, looks so pretty with purple glasses and the lavender accents……..wonderful job! Love how you used the gorgeous masks as accents in your tablesetting. Happy Saturday! Hugs, Poppy

  14. Poppy says:

    Such a lovely tablescape for Mardis Gras! Your layers of plates, all with their complementing and contrasting features add so much interest to the setting. The Greek Orthodox traditions are quite similar to the ones you have in your quiz. In any case, it is a time of cleansing, rebirth and renewal.

    Thanks for sharing.


  15. Schotzy says:

    I love the table and those Kincaid dishes are exquisite… Id be trying to work them into every setting…. enjoy celebrating..every day is a gift!

  16. sujatha says:

    Thank you so much to stop by and wish me luck Bev.This is just a beginning.Love your table.very colorful indeed.Hope you are enjoying your holiday…Love sujatha

  17. The Mardi Gras table is so much fun and I love all the facts you shared! Thanks for linking to TTF!


  18. Kitty says:

    I love your Mardi Gras table, Bev. It looks festive, fun and colorful.

  19. I read your post and thought I left a comment. Sometimes, I read and have to stop without leaving a comment and then time gets away. I am so glad you found me and left a comment so I could reread and study your quiz. I also am glad to realize more about Mardi Gras and it’s Christian roots versus the secular traditions of Mardi Gras. You did a great job explaining it all. Thank you.

    Tablescaping is fun isn’t it? I enjoy the thought processes that go into creating a tablescape and what inspires it to begin and evolve. You did a great job with yours.

  20. this is a fun tablescape. Thank you for joining the fun and sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

  21. Wonderful table.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  22. Kathy says:

    Your Mardi Gras tablesetting looks wonderful! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

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