Mardi Gras is an annual celebration with religious roots that is embraced in specific places throughout the world, such as Rio de Janeiro, where it is known as Carnival. In the United States, New Orleans is associated with the annual celebration that heralds the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting prior to Easter Sunday with Christian and pagan origins. Feature a Mardi Gras floral centerpiece to set the mood for a holiday-inspired dinner or to add a focal point to any table.
Let the Good Times Roll
No matter where you live, a Mardi Gras floral centerpiece will inspire revelry and fun at your next party or special event. Enhance a Mardi Gras theme by including a colorful assortment of beads, trinkets and New Orleans-inspired jazz posters nearby. Give your centerpiece focal-point status with a little extra planning to feature the carefree theme. When planning your floral centerpiece for a foyer or accent table with electrical access, opt to weave in a string of miniature gold lights to highlight the arrangement.
Colors of Mardi Gras
Purple, green and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras and they make a regal statement when combined to create your tabletop centerpiece. Opt to include metallic finishes that highlight the strength of the tri-color scheme. Use an oversized gold platter as a base for your arrangement. Highlight gold and purple mums in a tall, clear glass vase and include some lacy fern for green filler. Feature an assortment of colorful Mardi Gras doubloons and beads on the platter for an authentic touch to your arrangement.
As with any floral table arrangement, size is a consideration. If you are planning to host a sit-down meal, check for height and width restrictions that may affect conversations from across the table. Consider the width of your arrangement regarding place settings and serving pieces. Plan ahead by doing a mock table setting and take some measurements to ensure your arrangement is the correct proportion for your table. Avoid using spiky flowers, such as gladiolas, which can easily overwhelm a dining table setting. Instead, opt for compact, delicate flowers in the theme colors of Mardi Gras, such as carnations, and layer them with a variety of other flower sizes.
Mardi Gras Magic
Let the magic of Mardi Gras bring a sense of revelry to your dining room table with extra touches, such as feathers and masks. Consider adding sequins and glitter to a basic metal or plastic container by first coating it with a layer of spray adhesive. Wrap a row of purple, green and gold ribbons around the container and fill it with dyed daisies or pom-poms for a casual approach. Party-supply and craft stores offer a variety of holiday-specific decorations for floral centerpieces, such as Mardi Gras masks on floral picks. Distribute them proportionally throughout the floral arrangement for a festive touch.
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