Mardi Gras is one of the most universal holidays around the world. Traditions vary from country to country, but whether in New Orleans or Brazil, The Netherlands or Italy, the focus remains on the celebration of living. At the heart of it all lies the original French slogan: Laissez les bons temps rouler, or Let the good times roll!
When planning your Mardi Gras party this year, try giving a nod to the origin of the holiday with rustic, French accents. Serve an array of cheeses and breads with fresh figs or blackberries, adding hints of deep purple hues to your spread. For your plate settings, lace a succulent blossom with twine as a napkin holder for a delicate, fresh touch.
Cutting out the centers of artichokes and placing a solid white pillar candle in the middle creates a unique centerpiece, but still incorporates the classic Mardi Gras colors of green, purple, and gold. For a little bit of glam, sprinkle your drinks with edible gold flecks, and place a small, edible flower to float on top. Find your favorite recipe and serve a traditional King’s Cake as dessert.
Purple and gold rose leaf miniature lanterns will create a charming and delicate glow to the room. Small bundles of clipped peacock feathers add soft, glamorous accents to your décor, whether you go with the usual emerald or with the gorgeous cream of bleached peacock feathers.
Wooden masks, whether simple or ornate, can grace the walls or the room, or even be displayed as part of the table décor for a magical touch. As for your tablescape, use a tablecloth with a pattern of gold, purple or green to draw the eye, and among your centerpiece, candles, and plates, strew some delicate roped beads around the surface.
For your party invitations, a lacy, gold mask cut-out celebrates the tradition of the Mardi Gras mask and can be wrapped around a simple card or envelope. If you’re feeling fancy, add the top of a peacock feather to front.
Be sure to not let your guests go home empty handed! Small jars of infused sugar are adorable and simple to make. With twine, tie a sprig of French lavender, or dried lemon or lime slices to the outside with twine for your final touch of Mardi Gras hues.
Haley graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with degrees in English and Musical Theatre. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Chatham University.
Through various philanthropic events with her sorority, she gained experience in the areas of event planning and marketing, and plans to explore this interest further as assistant to Event Coordinator, Natasha Brody.
Her favorite aspect of the wedding planning process is seeing all of the personal details come together to create a unique event that truly expresses the personality of the couple, and ceremoniously celebrates the beginning of their life together with meaning and individuality. Favorite wedding themes and details include vintage style, romantic rustic elements, and seasonal touches.