When we moved to Baton Rouge in the early 1990s, we were astonished by the culture in south Louisiana. It was as if we'd moved to a different country, not just another southern state. One of the most surprising revelations was that Mardi Gras was a SEASON, not just one day. Starting right after Christmas (on Epiphany), there were parties and parades and king cakes. Lots of king cakes! The tradition in my department at LSU was that whoever found the baby in the king cake had to bring the next king cake -- the next day. So king cake was available almost every day, right up until the last work day before the long Mardi Gras break. (LSU had Monday through noon Ash Wednesday off. Miss that!)
After eight years there, we moved to Texas, and our area doesn't really celebrate Mardi Gras. But I have wanted to set a Mardi Gras table and finally did so this year. I was stymied in the past by a lack of purple in my tablescaping supplies, but a recent trip to Sur la Table in Austin remedied that. Just inside the front door, in a Final Clearance basket, was a set of purple napkins marked at 50% off the lowest marked price. I was able to shop the house for everything else.
Now, this table is quite tame by Mardi Gras standards. But by The Dull and the Dutiful standards, it is highly festive!
The centerpiece -- a hurricane filled with Mardi Gras beads in the traditional colors of green, gold, and purple, and some sparkly frou-frou garland. Note the fancier necklaces draped over the chair backs.
The purple napkins! I think the fringe complements the garland. The simple placesetting consists of a gold charger, white plate, and our silver flatware.
An across-the-table view of the necklace featuring crawfish.
I had purple candles on hand left over from the Advent wreath, so I jazzed them up with some Mardi Gras beads.
My vintage Anchor Hocking "Burple" glasses have proven to be wonderfully versatile and provided the perfect green.
This necklace features alligators, if you can't tell.
Another view of the table:
On the menu? Sensation salad, jambalaya, French bread, and king cake, of course! Y'all stop by and we'll laissez les bon temps rouler!
I'll be linking to Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen
and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch