Lent is such a very special time of the year to me, and I try to take it seriously. Remembering the 40 days leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ is a part of my Christian heritage that I try to honor. Of course, I am only human and some years I am more successful than others in sticking to my Lenten disciplines!
Case in point: it suddenly struck me today that Mardi Gras is in a few days. Although the secular world has taken over many Mardi Gras celebrations, we will still remember what it is intended to be…a time to use up the fats and oils in the home in preparation for the fasting time of Lent. No Bacchanalia here…just a good fattening meal and discussing what our Lenten disciplines will be…I have not decided yet. I have given up something for the past few years, and I am thinking of taking on this year instead of giving up.
However, I do love the festive spirit and the colors of Mardi Gras, so that I was what I had in mind when I did my dining room table today. Some people might think that a Christmas green table runner and purple striped placemats would be a terrible combination. Of course, we Christians know that green (faith), purple (justice), and gold (power) are the colors of the Mardi Gras season that lasts from Epiphany to Fat Tuesday.
I love to use my Thomas Kinkade Spode china for Mardi Gras. It has lavender and green shades which are perfect for the season.
I would be willing to bet that most tablescapers love Dollar Tree! I got some great inexpensive Mardi Gras beads to add to my table décor. Don’t you love the masks on these beads? I tied them in a loose knot to use as my napkin rings.
I wanted them to stand out, so I used the gold and the green with the purple napkins. I love the way the colors pop!
I found my purple goblets, of course.
How do you like my wine charms? Santa put some Christmas wine glass charms in my stocking. Several of them are Mardi Gras colors, so they are perfect for this table!
I like the San Remo flatware with this table setting.
For the centerpiece, I pulled out my purple and gold pillar candle. I actually found this one at an after Christmas sale a couple of years ago and purchased it with Mardi Gras in mind. I wound some of the Dollar Tree beads (these are coins) around the base.
I used this mask to evoke the Mardi Gras feel as well. I scattered the rest of the Mardi Gras beads around the centerpiece.
I tried to make sure that the gold and purple beads ended up on top of the green runner. I wanted them to show up well, and I like the final look.
I had a few beads left over, so what to do with them? Maybe my guests would like a souvenir of the night! I tossed the leftover beads onto the center of the salad plates, and I was done.
My final look is simple, but still festive.
I was supposed to work at the flea market today, but it did not work out. Unfortunately, business was really slow yesterday, and there was just no need for me to come in today.
As much as I did enjoy being home today, running errands, catching up on chores, and doing a tablescape, I do hate to miss a day of work.
Oh well, it happens, and I am hoping that tomorrow will be busy. Until then, let the good times roll!
P.S. Click here if you are unfamiliar with Shrove Tuesday pancakes and the season of Lent.