Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tablescape Thursday - Mardi Gras

It's time to set the table for this weeks fun! I know that some of our southern tables from the Gulf Coast are in full party mode for Mardi Gras. Well, even though Virginia isn't Mardi Gras country....why miss a good party? I've never been to the "Big Easy", so this is my modified version. I hope you'll visit Susan, our tablescape hostess at "Between Naps on the Porch" for tabletop fun from all over blogland.

Welcome to my Mardi Gras table.....Virginia style.

Come on and join the party....there's always room for you!

This truly is a Mardi Gras mask that was given to a friend of mine from work.....true friends lend you stuff off their walls for tablescaping! Thanks Lori!

My little "French Quarter" topper was from my mantle.

These aren't official Mardi Gras masks.....but I used them because I hate to have a "bare backside" to my centerpiece.....although from what I hear about Mardi Gras......Well, Never Mind!

Colorful beads and golden coins add to the party theme. I've used green, gold and purple which I believe are the traditional Mardi Gras colors....but I may be wrong about that, since I've never been.

My amethyst stems were my choice of glassware. I sort of like the view of the mask through a purple lens.

A few golden coins in my antique champagne glasses. I found those on the St. Patrick's isle of the craft store....the only thing I could find for my Mardi Gras table in this area -----maybe I would have had more luck at one of the party stores.....but no time in my schedule to go look.

Golden napkins tied up with our party colors and a peacock feather.

White dinner plates ....as an afterthought, I wish I had used my black and white checked salad plates on top.

I found these glass gold rimmed chargers on eBay several years ago....I've never seen them again. I've used these for many tablescapes.

Since I don't own any golden hued flatware.....I decided that my Treble Clef was the best for this party table.

An overview of my "not quite" Mardi Gras table.

Overview of the centerpiece feathers of fun!

Time to light the candles and say......well certainly not "goodnight".....but "Come on Baby let the good times roll!" Happy Mardi Gras!

See ya!


  1. This turned out beautifully! I love the centerpiece and aren't these colors just fun? The photo of the mask through the glass is really great. You did a beautiful job capturing the "party" feeling!

  2. It is awesome. I love the centerpiece too and those wicked looking flatware. You have such a wonderful eye for decoration. You are amazing!

  3. Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescape for Mardi Gras is Beautiful sweet lady.I love the colorful mask for your Centerpiece lets party !!!!

  4. Your table is very prety! I love the colorful masks and of course the FEATHERS! Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings My Friend,

  5. All I can say is WOW! You did a great job. Fun , festive beautiful!

  6. Love your centerpiece...very pretty!
    Entire table flares with a theme.

    Happy days ahead,

  7. Great Mardi Gras table, Martha...you really need to take a trip to The Big Easy...it is my favorite city in the country! Fabulous centerpiece!

  8. LOVE your centerpiece! Those chargers are FAB too! I just love the flatware, I so need this design!

  9. This is a fabulous Mardi Gras for someone who never visited the Big Easy.
    I love the centerpiece and the shot of the mask through the glass is fantastic.
    Love it all. Ginger

  10. Your table is so fun Martha! I love your masks and your chargers are awesome!

  11. FUN!!
    You almost don't even need food when you have a table setting as Happy as this one. Love the centerpiece and the funky silverware...I have lots of Mardi Gras things I decorate with, but I'm getting ready to take them all down now and put up my Easter things. We had our last local Mardi Gras parade last Saturday.

  12. Okay Martha, You've proven that Virginia knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras! Your table is so festive. Love the use of the peacock feathers in the napkins and in the centerpiece. (Glad you didn't leave the "backside naked", even though it probably is often done at Mardi Gras! You are so fun!) Those chargers are great. laurie

  13. Very festive Martha! Colorful and pretty, lovin' the peacock feathers-perfect:@)

  14. The mask as the centerpiece is over-the-top perfect. REally cool. You made a great buy on the gold rimmed glass chargers...they are a wonderful accent for this and so many tablescapes, I'm sure. Thank you for sharing your lovely design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

  15. You are so funny!!!! There's more than just bare backsides at Mardi Gras....but I won't get into that here! :-) You did a wonderful job! Your friend was really a trooper to lend you her mask. Those are treasured after the celebration! Gorgeous fleur de lis, too! The way that mask looks through the stemware is really artistic. You go, girl!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog this evening. We got a little carried away with the parties. I need a break! Take care, and have a restful week!

  16. I LOVE your centerpiece! So festive!
    Visiting from Tablescape Thursday!
    ~Rachel @ cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

  17. Martha this is gorgeous! Wonderful Mardi Gras table.

  18. I have never been to NO either, but I would love to come dine at your table. It is perfect! Love those chargers, so different!!
    Have a great weekend Martha!

  19. Ahhhhhiiiiiieeeee!!! I'm grabbin' me some beads and a big old crock full of jambalaya and I'll be right over!!!

    Girl what fun!!! That table is quite the celebration of beauty and creativity!

    Great job sweetie!

    God bless and have a fun day!

  20. Lovely table. Love that mask. I couldn't find any around here either.. so I glitter glued the cheapies I found at the dollar tree. love your dark green tablecloth! What a great backdrop.. Thanks for dropping, Loved your comments.

  21. Great table Martha, I love your colors they are perfect for Mardi Gras. I'll be in NOLA in a couple of weeks and I know there will still be beads hanging from the trolley wires. Fun table with beautiful masks.

  22. What a festive table.....just waiting for all the magic of the evening! Your crystal stems are just perfect adding some more of the puprle hues to your table! And I especially loved how you added the peacock feather in the napkin.....great touch! Thanks for your comments and I will be blogging soon about that centerpiece that is made of tiny vases glued together...it is really a great thing to have in your arsenal of "weapons" for a quick centerpiece!!

  23. Let's party. Your table is the perfect invitation. After looking at the Mardi Gras themes this week, I've got to get some fun stuff. All I have are the beads that came from a MG parade. I'm into your feathers.

  24. Thank you for dropping by. Love your comments. Great Mardi Gras table! Virginia style made me smile.

  25. What a fun table! I love all the colors in the masks. Are your white plates from World Market? I don't have plain white plates and I've seen something like that there. They are very pretty. I'm sure you get a lot of use out of them.

  26. Martha...

    This is a great table!!! Love the centerpiece and table settings. Your purple stemware is perfect!