Victoria’s secret… for a great Mardi Gras party

Victoria & Me

Victoria & Christy (me)

Last weekend, my friend Victoria threw quite a Mardi Gras bash with her then-boyfriend/now-fiance, Steve -- "title change" the result of a lovely Valentine's Day marriage proposal yesterday.  "Party bling followed by an engagement ring" is how this last week will go down in history.  And that's a tough act to follow, people! :-)Victoria is a woman who has got it all together.  Or if she doesn't, you'd never know because she sure does seem to pull off parties with ease and finesse.  And I have the pictures to prove it. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I shared the idea of draping plastic tablecloths on your ceiling to add festive color to your room?  Here they are, Mardi Gras style, in green, purple, and gold.  One of the first things you saw as you came through the door, it certainly said, "Let's get this party started!" Mardi Gras Ceiling Tablecloth Decorations Victoria also created a fabulous "mask and bead" board to display Mardi Gras accessories for guests to wear upon arrival.  After draping fabric across an inexpensive paneling board bought at Home Depot (you can hot glue-gun or staple the material in the back), she then used double-sided tape and hooks to hold the masks and beads.  Functional (albeit temporary) art -- my favorite!Mardi Gras Mask and Bead Display Doors (2) I can see similar approaches for other celebrations, with different color schemes and party favors (e.g., New Year's party hats/horns, Santa hats/reindeer antlers, Hawaiian leis, Halloween masks). I could share many photos to make all of you "wish you were here," but I will limit it to just a few more so that you can get the flavor of this party and steal some ideas to replicate or alter when left to your own devices. Dessert AreaDifferent angle of table centerpiece     What did you do for Mardi Gras or Valentine's Day this year?  Party photos, crafts, or great recipes?  Victoria shared her secret(s).  Now you share yours!
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2 thoughts on “Victoria’s secret… for a great Mardi Gras party

  1. I had to share this! I made a King Cake (which was awesome) but the real score out of it was learning to make colored sugar. It’s very easy and so much cheaper than buying it at the store! Take a 1/2 cup of sugar and start with about 20 drops of food color. Use a fork to mix it up. If it needs deeper color then simply add more food color. After its mixed, spread it out on a plate to dry for about an hour. When it’s dry, use a fork or your fingers to break up any lumps. All done and ready to use! (Pretty, easy, and cheap!) Plus you get the added bonus of making custom or hard to find colors! Brilliant!

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