Southern Mardi Gras Memory

Submitted by Christi

Last year, we had a fabulous Mardi Gras party. That was back before I started participating in the wonderful Tablescape Thursday, hosted by the always gracious Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

with Between Naps on the Porch

with Between Naps on the Porch

I only posted one picture from the party last years, so today, I thought I would share some pics from the party with the fun tables that we created. You’ll kind of have to look around the people in the pics to see the tables, but they are decked out as well.

The main table was spread with a gold toned spread and the centerpiece is a glass hurricane that is filled with green and gold ornaments and then draped with Mardi Gras beads. As you can see, pretty much everything was draped with beads!

The main table

The main table

Please excuse the hand with the drink in the pic below 🙂 Just wanted to show you the purple, green and gold napkins. The traditional Mardi Gras colors. There is also a tray of glasses just waiting to be filled with a delicious drink.

More of the main table.

More of the main table.

Lots of great food on the table.

Good food and good fun.

Good food and good fun.

There was another table in another area with a punch bowl full of mint julep punch. YUMMY!

The Mint Julep Punch

The Mint Julep Punch

In the kitchen, we draped the kitchen bar with another gold cloth and created a little platform for the King Cake. You can see the pretty blue pitcher on the end is even draped with beads. Oh, and yes, that is a gaudy, lit up coconut tree in the background. There was another one on the front porch so everyone would know where the party was.

Kitchen Bar

Kitchen Bar

Serving the King Cake.

King Cake

King Cake

There was also another drink table set up on the kitchen island. Didn’t get a picture of that. On the stove we had a pot of gumbo and a pot of jambalaya.

There were beads for everyone!

Lots of beads.

Lots of beads.

Add some blues/jazz/zydeco music and some fun people and it made for a really good time for all.

Today’s Lagniappe:  Crawfish Pie
Yes, you have to have a little Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie and File Gumbo!

3/4 medium chopped bell pepper
1 large onion chopped
2 ribs celery chopped
3/4 cup butter
6 tbsp crawfish fat (optional)
1 1/2 pound crawfish tails
1/2 cup each minced parsley and green onions
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
cornstarch to thicken
Dough for double crust (pie crust)

In a medium saucepan, saute bell pepper, onion and celery in butter until tender; add crawfish fat and simmer 10 minutes. Add crawfish tails, green onions, parsley and seasonings. Thicken if necessary, with a little cornstarch; let it cook long enough to thicken gravy.

Place half of the pie crust dough in a nine-inch pie pan. Fill with cooled filling. Place top crust on pie, moisten edges and seal edges. Cut two or three one-inch-long slits in the top crust.
Individual tart/pies can be made and baked using muffins in pan with large cups. Bake 10 minutes at 450 degrees; lower oven to 375 degrees and cook for 35 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown.


15 Responses to “Southern Mardi Gras Memory”

  1. ellen b Says:

    Sure is festive…
    I’ve never been to a mardi gras party ….yet.

  2. black eyed susans kitchen Says:

    Very fun and festive! It looks like you had a very good time.

  3. Melody Says:

    Looks like everybody had fun! It really sounds like it was yummy!

  4. Diann @ The thrifty Groove Says:

    Looks like everyone had a blast!

  5. Kathryn@BonafideSouthern Says:

    What a fun party to celebrate Mardi Gras. Your King Cake looks great too! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  6. Christine Says:

    What a fun tablescape! Very festive. I am going to a mardi gras party on 2/6 and can’t wait….Christine

  7. Tammy518 Says:

    It looks like y’all had a great time!

  8. The Tablescaper Says:

    Looks like fun!

    – The Tablescaper

  9. Mimi Says:

    What a fun time everyone is having by the looks!

  10. Dining Delight Says:

    Looks like fun! Love the traditional Mardi Gras colours you used. Food looks yummy. The costumes are terrific too!


  11. PATTIE Says:

    LOVE a Mardi Gras party and this one looks like a blast! I am drooling over your punch bowl- it’s definitely going on my wish list.
    Thanks so much for visiting and your kind comment. It means a lot to Allie (and to me!)
    xoxo Pattie

  12. Julie K Says:

    Yum, love me some crawfish pie! Looks like fun!

  13. kayellen Says:

    oh my goodness how cute is this!!

    Happy Thursday Tablescape:)

    Kay Ellen

  14. Lia from Petite Little Bee Says:

    Hello: Love your celebration. Everything looks great and everyone is having so much fun. Thanks for sharing. Will be back soon. Cheers, Lia

  15. Deborah Neal Says:

    It makes me think I am back in New Orleans!!!! Can’t wait to see the King Cake. Will I get “baby Jesus?”

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