February 23rd, 2009 |

Bring on Fat Tuesday!

mardi-gras-inspriration-boardThe name Mardi Gras is actually French for “Fat Tuesday.” Set 46 days before Easter, it’s like one last hurrah of merriment and excess just before the solemn season of Lent begins. In 2009, Mardi Gras day falls on February 24th.

In celebration of Mardi Gras, host a dinner party at home for your family or close friends…it’s a great excuse for festive decor, spicy cooking and a little touch of whimsy on a cold, winter day!

For your table décor, create a “carnival” look with stunning decorative touches—anchored on the tri-color palette of purple, green, and gold.  For a modern look, try adding in bright turquoise, orange and brown.  Use flowers, feathers, beads and masks as accents.

Spicy and tasty is what comes to mind when planning the menu for a Mardi Gras party.  Serve up a Spicy Seafood Gumbo – and cool it off with a special Mardi Gras Mojito.

Images: table setting (via weddingbeepro.com), beads, coins and masks (from orientaltrading.com), lime drink menu (via theknot.com), seafood gumbo (via williams-sonoma.com) and mojitos (via mardigrasday.com)

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