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!”
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!
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.
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!