I started with the same place mats and napkins that I used last year. I added a Royal Doulton "Richelieu" white and gold plate and placed a purple Pyrex "Festiva" luncheon plate on top. Even though I had recently used my Reed and Barton "French Renaissance" sterling flatware in a Christmas post, I decided that I would use it, again. The "Richelieu" and the "French Renaissance" sounded perfect to use in a blog honoring Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
I had a terrible time deciding how to display the masks and choosing a centerpiece. Nothing look quite good enough. I finally decided how I would completely set the table and began taking the photographs. Wow, that is when the magic happened!!!
I opened one of my shutters and this is what I saw. Oh, the sunlight steaming into the room made the table look mysterious and so pretty. The Mardi Gras beads that I used as napkin rings (I thought the guests could just remove them from the napkins and wear them the rest of the meal!) and the gold organza napkins sparkled in the light.
The Fostoria "Andover " water goblets with the gold encrusted rims and the green balloon goblets (I do not know the maker), also, sparkled.
I decided to add some curly ribbon streamers to my chandelier. This was so easy! I already had shiny ribbon in all three Mardi Gras colors. I cut long pieces and curled them with scissors. Then, I hung them to the chandelier by wrapping the first and second "curl" of the ribbon around the arms of the chandelier. Simple, but it did add another festive touch.
All I need to do now is buy a King Cake and enjoy the meaning of "Fat" Tuesday - lol!!! Hope you have a fun celebration!
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