Mardi Gras Fun

Tuesday is Mardi Gras, and I want to show some ideas for making it fun.  So sit back and enjoy some festive tablescapes, quilting projects and good food. The photo below has to be one of my all time favorite tablescapes, with some of my collection of evening purses, coins spilling out with glittery necklaces, purple chargers and my Depression Glass Cameo Ballerina grill plates in green.  See the whole post at Mardi Gras Tablescape.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at

Mardi Gras food tends to be more Cajun than anything, but I cannot eat celery so it isn’t my favorite.  Still, a seafood meal would seem to fit the bill.  Serve some Fish Tacos, this post shows two ways to make them.  Shrimp tacos would be good too, and right on point for Mardi Gras.

Fish Tacos at

Or do my quick Weeknight Fish Dinner, with fresh spinach and fresh tomato it is a whole meal in one skillet, and cooks in under half an hour.


Make a quilted project in Mardi Gras colors with my Quick Squares Table Topper.

Violets Table Topper at From My Carolina Home

Anyone want a cookie?    See my Mardi Gras Cookie Party.

Mardi Gras Vanilla Sugar Cookies 5

In the mood for a bit more quilting?  Make my Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used small seed beads to suggest a bead necklace like the ones participants throw to the crowds during the parades on the top of the green, gold and purple block.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

See my more formal Mardi Gras Tablescape with a green tablecloth base topped with gold chargers.  I got those salad plates at the thrift store, used them for about 2 years, then donated them back.  I used some purple paper napkins found at the thrift store for placemats and gold tone flatware.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Try my Shrimp Flower Appetizer as a starter.  It is pretty in presentation, and is a yummy start to a holiday meal.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

Do you plan something fun for Mardi Gras?

19 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Fun

  1. I don’t celebrate Mardi Gras but all of this makes me wish I did! I have a St. Patricks’s Day quilt to finish and I think I will now back it in Mardi Gras colors for a two holiday quilt!

  2. Rita C.

    Mardi Gras has never really been a celebration for me or my family, but being surrounded by Southern blogging friends has sure heightened my interest! These are all great table and food ideas. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

  3. Beautiful table, Carole. We are doing a Mardi Gras birthday party for my mom on Tuesday as her actual birthday is Ash Wednesday this year. Your fish tacos look yummy.

  4. Sylvia Anderson

    Thanks for all the Mardi Gras inspired photos Carole. I was wondering if you’ve ever been there during Mardi Gras? I used to have relatives living there, many years ago, and never did get to visit them. It looks like such a fun place, but they’ve sure had their share of weather problems, along with a lot of poverty,

  5. Joan Sheppard

    I think I am renaming your post “I never thought of that!” I loved the tablescape and went back to see the other ones and wound up in Christmas and had to tear myself back to the present. The quilts are great – anything PURPLE (as I walked the dog today a jogger ran by and yelled Great Purple Coat!) but the icing on the cake(?) was the shrimp. So many ways to eat shrimp – this is now going to be my favorite.
    Thanks for all the time you put into this. We are all very grateful.

  6. I lived in the NOLA area for 5 years (many many moons ago), and I loved Mardis Gras season. Now I live in Santa Fe, so this year I ordered a King Cake from Randazzo’s in NOLA to share with my quilt guild. It was so much fun. I added beads, a few decorations, and plates & napkins in Mardis Gras colors. Many of the members had never heard of Mardis Gras, others had been to or lived in NOLA, and these made it such a fun surprise for everybody. Members shared their Mardis Gras stories, and the cake was devoured in no time. Your tablescapes look marvelous. Thanks for the Sugar Cookie recipe, as I will probably make those next year.

  7. farmquilter

    Mardi Gras isn’t something I have ever celebrated…maybe it is more of a Southern thing, because it is not something celebrated anywhere out west where I have lived. Have you ever gone to Mardi Gras in NO??

  8. Your setup and treats for Mardi Gras are so much fun!! My Mom’s birthday is on Mardi Gras this year, so we are celebrating out with all the fun beads and feather boas as favors and her birthday cake will be a King Cake! 🙂

  9. Rebecca Burch

    I love the table topper & the block unit would be fabulous in other projects as well! Thanks for sharing it!

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