A Table for Fat Tuesday

It’s Mardi Gras today! The last day of the Carnival season. Of course, this year there hasn’t been much party time, so a festive table will help bring a bit of cheer this week. We are staying home more than ever now, so some color on a rainy day is nice. Gold, green and purple are Mardi Gras colors. I did my previous tables with gold chargers, so this year I pulled out the green ones to build around.

I folded the napkins in a fleur-de-lis fold, held with a green ring. They are really yellow, but the gold ones I have are too dark for a bright table. This one should be colorful and cheery for these winter days.

Green chargers are topped with my white stoneware dinner plates, yellow floral salad plates and my deep purple soup cups and saucers. They are good for dessert too.

Individual salt and pepper shakers and everyday flatware, along with crystal drink glasses complete the place settings.

The centerpiece starts with a square of purple blender fabric, as I’ve sold all my table toppers in purple and gold.

I got out the yellow ceramic basket and filled it with greenery, yellow and gold flowers, and some purple flowers. Metallic gold candles in clear crystal holders are placed on the sides.

I scattered purple, green and gold coins around the base, and draped metallic bead necklaces over the top of the arrangement, like they were tossed there from a parade.

I did the same on all sides of the basket.

And there it is, actually pretty simple and done is in a short time.

I set the table for four, as the table just looks nicer even though we will share it just with us two.

We thought about going to see some of the Mardi Gras decorated houses in Asheville, but the website is so poorly done that finding the addresses is difficult, and there is no map to printout. So, maybe a virtual tour is better. See some neat houses decorated for the season at the New Orleans Float Houses. Happy Mardi Gras! Time for a seafood meal, maybe shrimp tacos! Should we have Moon Pies too? What are you doing this week?

27 thoughts on “A Table for Fat Tuesday

  1. I love every thing about this table! The deep purple bowls and plates and the green chargers ground the color plan and contrast nicely with the other elements. And I LOVE the napkin fold! I’ll have to give it a try-I Iike special folds as a little surprise. I also like to use napkins under the center arrangement, when I don’t have a topper or runner. To my eye, it grounds the arrangement and leads your eye out to other elements on the table. Thanks for the link to the decorated houses for Mardi Gras. Have you ever been in New Orleans to celebrate?

  2. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    How fun is your table, Carole!! Love the fleur de lis napkin fold!! The purple bowls remind me of egg plants!! Love them! You may know that the oldest Mardi Gras celebration occurred a few hours south of me in Mobile, AL and they throw out moon pies in addition to beads! The tradition of throwing moon pies began in the 40s and 50s when it was decided to throw something softer than cracker jack boxes!! Here is an article about it. https://www.southernkitchen.com/articles/entertain/a-quick-history-of-mobiles-moon-pied-mardi-gras OK, now I wish I had a moon pie!!! The parades in Mobile actually started on January 29th and continue through today though it’s a lot different this year with the Covid restrictions. Happy Mardi Gras!!

  3. Rhonda

    Wow, what a festive and happy table. When you said seafood it reminded me of the shrimp in the freezer. Promised my husband shrimp fried rice recently. Seems like a fine time to make that!

  4. Julie

    Love that centerpiece! The solid fabric is perfect for all the Mardi Gras bling & the napkin fold is icing on the cake. One year my Nana made fastnacht kuechles. They were so delicious I ate too many & was up all night with a tummy ache. I still have an aversion to doughnuts.

  5. Mary Ed Williams

    Love this table setting! And of course I would recognize the cups that had the chocolate pudding in them!

  6. Your table is so festive and lovely. Always fun to see how you set your table; you are so creative with that! I sure hope you are not in the area where the terrible tornado hit; I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of lives and homes.

  7. I always love to see your beautiful tables! This has a spring like feel too with the pretty yellow napkins. My collection of “Mardi Gras beads” has been lost to the grand daughters’ when they come and play! Tempted to mix up a batch of hurricanes to drink! May pull out the container of frozen shrimp scampi I saved from our last “seafood night”. Hubby likes his crab cakes and I got a box from Phillips last shopping trip. He said they were quite good.

  8. Linda B

    Lovely tablescape! I am always amazing how many things you are able to do at once Carole! What are we doing? Digging out from snow storm and dealing with such low temps. But very very grateful we have power! So sorry for those who are struggling in the same weather without!

  9. I love the green chargers, they are so much fun! Mardi Gras is something we read about…seems very far away to all the Swedes and Norwegians up this way!😁 The seafood this time of year comes from Ice Fishing! It’s so much fun to read about the differences from one end of the country to the other!

  10. Joan Sheppard

    Love the Ruth Gator Ginsberg House! Too many houses to see in one sitting. Never been to New Orleans – sure has lots of color! But love all the colors on your table. Love to go shopping with you! Thanks, j

  11. Sue Hoover

    Very pretty table, Carole. I love Moon Pies, so sweet & yummy! Shrimp of any type sounds good. We celebrated with a Dutch Baby because Fat Tuesday also means Pancake Day.

  12. Margaret

    This week I’m working on a “second edition triangle quilt” after completing the middle of my first one which is awaiting its boarders.

  13. Jo Anne Seccurra

    Gorgeous table scape! The gold gives an awesome pop to the green and purple.

    I escaped for a few minutes with the yardi gras link! Loved the one with the jeopardy theme!

    Thanks again for sharing beauty and fun!

  14. Phyllis Smith

    Good morning Carole, Beautiful table setting. Love the open weave basket centerpiece with the beads and coins, I love purple myself and I have the same glass ware and wine glasses. Don’t use the wine glasses so much cause I don’t want to tip them over so I use the stubby whiskey sour glasses instead, at my age I tend to knock over things accidentally, better to be a little safe than have a mess To clean up_right ? Phyllis

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