Let the good times roll!
Today marks the end of Carnival celebrations, which started on or after Epiphany or Twelfth Night(depending on your beliefs), and refers to the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and Easter is 46 days from now : )
For now, we celebrate with a menu worthy of Paula Deen and a table that my friend Amy might approve of.
Traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple (justice), gold (power) and green (faith) and I think we’ve got those bases covered!
We started with an old purple sari from our fabric collection. It was given to us in two pieces and while it could be stitched back together for its original purpose it is a pretty fabulous base to this table.
Gold sequins and embroidery make this pretty special, I think this was the end that draped over the shoulder. Now all we have to do is add MORE!
Simple gold chargers hold shamrock Fiesta and topped with morrocan-inspired purple filigree plates. Small purple turkish glasses with a gold filigree design top things off.
Purple and gold satin napkins that match the purple undercloth nestle in gold crown napkin rings.
To keep things simple we used the plum Fiesta go-along silverware and pulled out my green and gold wine and water glasses from Pottery Barn. Feels like a lifetime ago that I bought them but it was really only the 90’s : )
Amy is a Louisiana transplant and gave me “lessons” in how to set a Mardi Gras table. The only item I wasn’t able to include were the beads or “throws” since we live in California and the amount of Mardi Gras “stuff” available is significantly less than she may be used to. I couldn’t find ANY : ( I was able to bring in some peacock feathers which also brought in the cats.
We had to herd them outside otherwise no photos would ever have been taken…and no feathers would have survived. You’ll notice there are lots of feathers here so no cats : )
The only thing I’m NOT showing you is the hidden baby : ) There will be a King cake but instead of hiding the baby figurine in the cake its hidden on the table somewhere, that way I won’t be responsible for someone cracking a tooth or, more likely, ME cracking a tooth.
The menu for this feast will include Coconut Beer Shrimp with Sweet and Tangy sauce, Crab Gumbo and Crawfish Mashed Potatoes. I know my mom would love some Beignets but I think we just may have to try the Krispy Kreme bread pudding recipe of Paula Deen. Then we’ll all collapse in a food coma that will last most of the next 46 days : )
Thanks for all your help, Amy, I dedicate this to you!
Tomorrow – Black and red and butterflies
120 days to go!!