I love New Orleans! The first glimpse I ever had of the Crescent City was in 1964. My father drove my mother and me through New Orleans on the way to visit my sister in Texas. Eight years later, my husband and I visited during a three week trip across the country to celebrate his graduation from college. Here is a photo I took of Jackson Square, during that stay.
Several visits later, I chose to celebrate a big birthday there. Here is a photo of Jackson Square from that 1999 trip.
When we arrived for the birthday visit, our hotel surprised me with a bottle of champagne waiting for me in my room, along with a gift my sister had ordered from the hotel. My husband treated me to a birthday lunch at Commander’s Palace and dinner at Begue’s Restaurant. A grand evening on Bourbon Street listening to jazz and blues was the highlight of that special day!
My one regret is that I have never made it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, so I am bringing Mardi Gras to me this year!
Did you know that the official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872 by King Rex?
Purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power.
If you would like to know more about the history of Mardi Gras, you can follow this link to read Arthur Hardy’s history (probably more than you ever wanted to know, but so interesting!) - http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/mardigrashistory/mghistory.html
For the tablescape, first I put down a “tablecloth”, which is actually a twin sized bed sheet that I purchased on sale at Walmart for $8.00 – it was in a set that, also, included the fitted sheet and pillow case. Quite a bargain and the perfect color of purple!
The ruffled gold napkins were bought at Florida Linens in Panama City Beach, FL. Oh, the beautiful placemats and napkins they have! You can order a few things online, but so many of the things have to be purchased in the store. Worth the trip!!
I bought the green flatware at World Market.
The gold and white plates are from Savinio Designs and were found at Tuesday Morning.
Pier I was the source of the purple balloon wine goblets.
The placemats and feather masks were ordered from the Mardi Gras Outlet online.
The purple centerpiece filled with Mardi Gras beads was, also, a Tuesday Morning find and the gold leaf glass plates beneath the vase were sale purchases at a Corelle outlet store. The purple votive was purchased at World Market.
The Fleur-de-lis napkin rings were, also, bought online at the Mardi Gras Outlet.
The Mardi Gras beads were collected over a number of years.
For those of you who observe Lent, now until Fat Tuesday will be your last few days to indulge. I hope you all enjoy your celebrations - I am still hoping to celebrate in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans. Maybe, next year??