Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hurricane Weather!

I know I promised the final installment of "What was I Thinking...the Blue Challenge", but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to set a table for one of my favorite holidays, Mardi Gras!

I may be a Midwestern girl...but quite honestly...I can make a pretty darn good bowl of gumbo.  So not surprisingly, I just love to throw a Mardi Gras bash...with all the trimmings...and lots of them!  But trust me...just keep piling it on for one fabulous and festive table.

A few years ago, I found this perfect gold, purple and green harlequin checked fabric and made a few simple tablecloths.  Let the layering begin.

I started with some bright gold placemats and then just used my plain white plates and soup bowls, dolled up with some shiny, feathery masks and a few gold doubloons.

Shhh...Just this once I used some purple and yellow paper napkins.   But I wrapped up my fun Aero flatware (Crate & Barrel) with a few strands of colorful Mardi Gras Beads.

No Mardi Gras party would be complete without a few great cocktails.  I'll be serving Hurricanes, just like in New Orleans.

These ceramic chili peppers normally hang alongside the kitchen sink, but today they are my centerpiece!  Why not??

I couldn't resist these Mardi Gras beads on steroids.  For this party, more is definitely more!

Just a few colorful votives make my table twinkle.  For the finishing touch on this festive table, I've used...

cute little Tabasco sauce bottles as placecards!  Excuse me...but I could really use on of those Hurricanes right about now.  Please check back next week for the Blue Challenge.  I promise, it will not dissappoint!


  1. Oh, so many beautiful colors in your table setting! And what a lovely place you have here! I have perused several of your posts and enjoyed each one.

    You mentioned in your comment that you have twins. Me too! And guess what... one is named JILL. :)

    So nice stopping by to visit with you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  2. I love love love your tablescape!! All the colors, the beads the adorable place card holders! Really really fun!! I love the mask on the white plates layered on the gold chargers! FAbulous!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Centerpiece Wednesday and sharing your ideas!!


  3. This is a great tablescape! I love it! Everything says fun! I just moved to Swansea, IL in January. So nice stopping by to visit you!
    Blessings My Friend,

  4. So fun! I too have a Mardi gras table this week.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Let the good times roll! Love all your details - great job!!!

  6. Terrific table-scape! Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!