February 16, 2015

It's Mardi Gras in NOLA!*
And almost everywhere else, it's just Tuesday.

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I live where it's just Tuesday.

And most Tuesdays come with responsibilities.

Tuesday Responsibilities extend to every member of my family, except for my baby grandson (who, come to think of it, has to keep on his own schedule too).

Mardi Gras may be a state holiday in Louisiana, but there's simply no way to carve out time for the big bash at my house.

Still, once you've taken children to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, it's hard to let it go.

* Pancake Day
In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and Canada, the last day before the Lenten Season is known as "Pancake Day", as it is a common custom to eat pancakes on that day. Traditionally, eating pancakes helped to use up rich foods that were to be avoided for the next 40 days (fat, butter, sugar, and eggs).

PLUS ---------->
I need to
start using
all of these
souvenir beads!

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Early morning seems to be the only time I can gather my family together for a little celebration.
Welcome to our Mardi Gras breakfast.
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I never understood the reasoning back of putting something at a place setting that has no real purpose.
Consequently, I never do it.
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And here I am doing it!

I spotted the crowns (Plaster of Paris, I think.) at a yard sale and immediately thought of Mardi Gras. After purchasing all they had (3 pink ones and one black one), they got a coat of gold spray paint. I tried setting them among the beads and feathers, but they got lost.

Mardi Gras Napkin Tutorial:
Wrap beads loosely around an old dish towel and spot glue with a hot glue gun. Remove the do-dads from one of your fancier necklaces and glue to the wrapped beads. If necessary, spot glue in a few more places where the beads touch each other. Slip the bead ring off the dish towel and onto a napkin.
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I first used these place card holders at a Charles Dickens Christmas luncheon.
The name cards are meant to be placed above the horizontal wires, between the curlicues at the end.
One drop of hot glue transforms them into hanging NOLA street signs.

 photo c69e674b-966c-4248-9195-37fcd1c65f25.jpg The morning revelers were served King Cake Pancakes. I used a recipe found on Tablespoon.com, which is basically a Bisquick pancake with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Everyone found a small plastic baby in the middle of their stacks. Orange juice filled the wine glasses.

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The Kitchen Assembly Line

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A cardboard and PVC pipe lantern acts as the main centerpiece. Forgoing the commonly used Bourbon Street sign, I attached a St. Charles sign to the post.
(1) When we went to New Orleans we were looking for
The Family Celebration Side of Mardi Gras.
So, we naturally avoided Bourbon Street.
2) While there, we stayed with wonderful friends who live on St. Charles.

If you're skeptical about taking children to Mardi Gras, check out this article on the Mardi Gras New Orleans site.


Dinner plates: Tabletops Unlimited, Misto-Gold, Bed, Bath and Beyond
Green salad plates: Homer Laughlin Fiestaware, Shamrock, Amazon.com
Purple bread and butter plates: Homer Laughlin, Fiestaware, Plum, Amazon.com
Stemware: Rambler Rose, Tiffin Glass Co, inherited
Flatware: Hampton Forge, Kingsley Gold, Macy's
Crowns: Yard sale - Price tags on the bottom of all four indicate Hobby Lobby ($19.99 - yikes!)
Lamp Post Place Card Holders: local shop in Glendale, CA, but they can easily be found by doing an internet search
Green napkins: fabric from Jo-Ann's Fabrics
Purple placemats: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Beads, boas, coconuts, and coins: Mardi Gras, 2013

Lamp Post Centerpiece - Some Steps

 photo Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 6.40.10 PM.png A Google search (criteria: lamp post instructions scholastic) should produce the link shown at the left.
Click the link and you will be taken to a pdf file.

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I printed the pdf patterns at 75% and glued them to cardboard.
I only used cardboard shapes #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6.

Hot glue, black duct tape, and a 1-inch diameter piece of PVC pipe went together to create the lantern and pole.
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A 5-way fitting is used as the base. The entire lamp post is sprayed black.
The base will be weighted down with holiday beads when the lamp post is placed on the table.
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The panes of the lantern were made from a yellow pocket folder
purchased at Staples. It's attached with double sided tape.
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This post is partying with Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday, and Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. Yep, most Tuesdays are not Fat Tuesdays, lol! I live in a place where we have a four days vacation for Carnival. People here get together with family for hardy eating and fun! Tomorrow we will be going to my Sil's house for a BBQ; it should be great!
    Your table is gorgeous and I love the crowns in each place setting. The coloring is fabulous, I love it all!

    The lantern is amazing and thanks so much for sharing a tutorial. I will pin it too.
    Have a great week.

  2. I've never been to Madri Gras, OA ... but I sure feel like I've been there now! What fun @ your breakfast table! Love it! The crowns definitely 'crown' the whole place setting. & I love the place setting tags on the 'post.' The napkin rings are so cool ... thanks for the instructions. Oh boy, what a celebration! TFSharing, OA! ~~jeannespines

  3. Hi OA! What a fun Mardi Gras table and good for you, digging into that box of beads and creating something! Those "un-purposeful" crowns look wonderful at each place setting! Great tutorial on the lamp post too. I always wondered about the "family" part of the real Mardi Gras celebration and you've enlightened me. Here, we are having "Shrove Tuesday" with pancakes before Lent starts tomorrow - not near as much fun as "Fat Tuesday"! Good to see you blogging!


  4. Thank you so much to leave a beautiful comment for me . I don't know much about Mardi Gras celebration. Collected few information and managed to do a table on that for the first time. It was fun and i loved it. Your table looks great and hope you enjoyed the celebration. Love and hugs Sujatha:)

  5. The mask pin is magnet pin for the fridge doors:))))

    1. Oh! Great idea to use it in your tablescape.

  6. Looks like everyone enjoyed their Mardi Gras breakfast! King cake pancakes... now that's a twist on a King cake that I hadn't heard of! It's been many many years since I've been to Mardi Gras -- I'm originally from Baton Rouge and lived several years in New Orleans when I grew up and got on my own! Mardi Gras is definitely a good time! Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

  7. Oh my, what a delightful way to celebrate and start the day for Mardi Gras than with this fabulous table! The colors are perfect and I am swooning over the nap rings you made using the beads (I have so many beads too). I've never been to New Orleans for this fun but I really must some day. I love your table and photos of your adorable family.

  8. Wow what a beautiful decoration ! We also celebrate mardi gras in Belgium, but not at home it's more on the streets with carnival processions.

  9. wow - you certainly went all out. I'm sure the family enjoyed it all! {:-Deb

  10. Oh my. This table is adorable. Love all the touches you have done. The street lamp was such a great idea. Love the plate stack with those gold crown.

  11. What a wonderfully creative post and photos for Mardi Gras ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

    ps. My son went to Tulane ~ fond memories of New Orleans and Mardi Gras

  12. You created a gorgeous and very festive table setting. What a wonderful way to start the day!
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  13. Such a beautiful table and I am loving that you made your own lamp post! That is genius.

  14. Okay, this table is fabulous, but then when I read that you had made that lamp post I was completely blown away. Wow! Everything is just perfect here. The little name tag/lamp posts are great, too. Here in the St. Louis metro area, we have the second largest Mardi Gras party and parade, so it was not just Tuesday here. ;-)

  15. Love this. What a great way to celebrate.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  16. Well you sure made a fun fable from your box of goodies! That street lamp you made is awesome! I'm so impressed that you built it from scratch! I bet the kids love finding the little baby in their pancake stack! What a fun table!

  17. You did a fantastic job with all your Mardi Gras decorations. The lamp post was amazing. I'll have to remember next year to color my plain ole ordinary pancakes to perk ours up some!

  18. I like your Mardi Gras better than the actual one because your theme is phamily oriented and I like that! Crowns are awesome, we all need a crown! Great post and thanks for sharing. Enjoy the weekend and come visit soon.

  19. Oh my gosh you went all out! I don't think I could pull off that lantern but you did an excellent job. This is one lovely table, kudos to you!

  20. The lantern looks very interesting but I usually don't feel I have time for that sort of thing. Maybe I should make time.

    1. Actually, it only took a morning to put together and paint. I already had all the materials, including the PVC pipe and fitting. Gathering all the materials is half the battle.

      Make time for those things that interest you. If cardboard lanterns aren't your think, skip 'em.

  21. That lantern is so perfect, and I love your street signs too. What a fun idea to make the King pancakes with the baby in the middle, and how perfect are those place card holder/street sign lamps. Did you find the street signs on the internet? That stemware is gorgeous. Such a fun way to start the day.

  22. Looks like a fantastic celebration...Thanks for sharing all the great ideas for your party, looks so festive.. Have a happy weekend!


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