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Mardi Gras Magic

You don't have to be in New Orleans this year to add magic to a Mardi Gras celebration. It's easy to create a festive atmosphere at home, even at the last-minute. Mix traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, gold, and purple into your table setting, and you’re on your way to a special celebration of Fat Tuesday.

When I create a tablescape such as the one pictured, I begin by selecting a predominant color that sets the theme for the entire table. In this case, amethyst Waterford crystal champagne flutes and a matching crystal vase I recently received as a gift were my starting point because they’re a bold Mardi Gras color. On the other hand, inexpensive glassware in a similar shade would have worked just as well, or even clear glassware on a purple coaster or cocktail napkin.

Next, I searched my cupboards for accessories in other shades of purple – chargers, napkins, and candles. To expand the three-color theme, I chose gold-rimmed dinnerware, antique salad plates with an elaborate gold raised pattern, wine glasses trimmed in gold, and finished off the table decor with colorful masks and an abundance of green, gold, and purple beads. The overall effect is simple, but dramatic. Open your cupboards and see what kind of Mardi Gras magic you can create! Laissez les bons temp rouler!

-Christy