Mardi Gras Madness


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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!

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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.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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,  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, 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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15 Responses to Mardi Gras Madness

  1. Michele says:

    Your “Fat Tuesday” table is gorgeous. You know after all the red and green of Christmas, followed by the white and silver of winter – your bright purple and green hues are welcome and festive and beautiful!

    I wish you a wonderful St. Valentine’s Day weekend, a delicious feast on Tuesday – and a Lent Season of prayer and faith and love.
    God bless you and yours.

  2. Zenda says:

    I love those Kincaid plates! (Glad you didn’t get rid of those!!) Your centerpiece is perfect for Mardi Gras, Gorgeous!

  3. Wow! I sure do love this tablescape. I enjoyed seeing it. Love those placemats. Love your idea of using the beads as napkin rings.Where did you get that beautiful purple and gold candle? I loving purple would love to find one like that. It’s funny but I bought most of the beads at the dollar store. Aren’t they great! But right after doing so a new Popeye’s Chicken opened up in my town and they were throwing out beads by the hundreds. They just kept landing on me and so I now have more than I know what to do with. Thanks, Valerie (

  4. What a lovely reminder of what Mardi Gras is for, and perfect that you chose to showcase “the painter of light,” known for Christan themes. Love those plates! Beautiful post.

  5. Jacqueline says:

    I did not know that about the fats and oils! Isn’t that amazing – you can learn something new all the time! I love the colors of Mardi Gras! Such beautiful jeweled purple and green and gold! Those plates are fabulous! You set a lovely festive table.

  6. I really should do a Mardi Gras table because I am in love with this color combination. Your table looks gorgeous.

  7. vickyhunt says:

    Your table is so festive. I need to look through my stuff and see if I can pull together a Mardi Gras table. I don’t think I can but I may check and see. I have been doing good with not drinking soda and plan to give it up totally for lent. Hope you have a blessed Wednesday. Hopefully business will pick up!

  8. I love Mardi Gras! You have set a great table for the festivities with your mask, beads and gold swirled purple candle! Love the Thomas Kincade Spode too~

  9. Denise C. says:

    You have a lovely table AND you’re a good teacher. Always like learning a little something new.
    I think your Thomas Kinkade Spode is perfect for a Mardi Gras table. The house on the closeup of the first china plate looks like it belongs in The Garden District in New Orleans.
    Thanks for sharing the idea of wrapping the candle with the beads. That’s such a great idea, and one that can be used on tables set for many different occasions.
    I, too, am hoping I will be able to maintain my Lenten resolutions.

  10. Linderhof says:

    A very pretty Mardi Gras table — I, too, shared my Mardi Gras table. I love how you pulled are the proper colors into your tables cape!

  11. I wasn’t able to do a Mardi Gras tablescape this year so I sure enjoyed seeing yours. I love that Thomas Kinkade pattern. I have one large platter in the pink and it always brings me joy.

    -Alma, The Tablescaper

  12. FABBY says:

    I just love the green and purple combo! Love the TK pattern and most everything he did. Love your centerpiece and that great runner. Happy Fat Tuesday.
    I visiting from TT at Susan’s.

  13. Great combination of colors! The centerpiece looks great- love the beads, candle and of course the mask!

  14. lulu says:

    I never think about doing a Mardi Gras table, so it’s great fun for me to see what all of you clever people do. Yours is quite festive.

  15. Janice says:

    I love love your china, the placemats are perfect. Your attention to detail is right-on with the glass charms. Great job! Would love to join you at the flee market. Have a great day.

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