Quick and Easy Mardi Gras Celebration

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If you aren’t already aware, Mardi Gras is the annual celebration that takes place before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday each year. During the Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday and lasts for six weeks leading up to Easter, many members of the Christian faith give up certain foods or activities. Traditionally, people celebrate and enjoy their favorite fattening foods and drinks “one last time” on Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.”

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New Orleans is famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations and other cities across the globe hold similar events, such as Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. It’s also possible to throw your own Mardi Gras party with inexpensive items and things you already have at home. Let me show you my quick and easy Mardi Gras table setting!

Purple, green and gold are the traditional Mardi Gras colors. First I covered the table with a black and gold cloth. Then I set the table with green and purple plates and green glasses. You can even use paper plates and cups if you are in a pinch! I created this fun and easy napkin fold with napkin rings topped with Mardi Gras stickers. If you want to do something similar, try to use purple, green and gold cloth napkins.

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I was able to create an inexpensive but fun centerpiece using cheap plastic bead necklaces, leftover Halloween masks, computer printouts, and feathers purchased from Michaels. You can find similar items at just about any crafts store. I found a lot of free Mardi Gras printouts and clip art on the Internet, which is how I made the framed Mardi Gras sign in the centerpiece. I also made paper hats from construction paper and placed green candles on the table.

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Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your favorite foods with all of your guests, who will surely be impressed with your Mardi Gras decorations. Have fun!

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