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Monday, March 7, 2011


My family celebrated Mardi Gras early with a Jambalaya dinner served buffet style this weekend.
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Even the crockpot got into the spirit of Mardi Gras.
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I couldn’t serve a King cake with one baby doll inside, because I would have ended up with some sad grandchildren when all of them didn’t find a baby in the cake.  So, I put a baby on top of each Mardi Gras cupcake.
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You are not going to believe this, and I can’t believe I’m tellin’ ya this.  That blingy fabric under the green dinner plates is a shirt that I wore to a Christmas party back in the 70’s!  I can’t believe I wore that, and I know you can’t believe I still have it!  (My grands often wear it when they play dress up.)
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You are not going to believe this next picture either, and I REALLY can’t believe I’m showing this on my blog.  I guess this proves I’ll do just about anything for my grands, and I’ll do just about anything for a blog laugh.  Somehow, I became my grandchildren’s craft project for the Mardi Gras dinner.
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I don’t think I’ll be linking this craft to any of the great craft parties around Blogville!
Edited to Add:  My friend, Lilac, wanted to join the fun at the wedding party at Décor to Adore, and since her wedding outfit did look more like Mardi Gras attire than wedding attire, (s-h-h-h-h-h, don’t tell Lilac I said that. I don’t want to hurt her feelings), I thought it would be okay to let her join this post full lngth
I let her wear my mother’s costume jewels.  nec brac pinShe said those clip-on earrings don’t hurt nearly as much when your earlobes are metal!
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And what could complete a wedding ensemble better than a rose in your hair (I think Lilac thought she looked like Kate) and a purse that says “Love”?  Unless….
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It’s poofy little things on your head, like my bridesmaids had to wear (keep in mind this WAS the 60’s, and there wasn’t much choice or variety in bridesmaids dresses) (I did NOT make my bridesmaids all wear the same hairstyle – I guess that was just THE style back then!), wdng party
Or maybe something around your neck that looks like it's choking you, or maybe just carry an Easter basket.  This was for my sister’s wedding (and her wedding was in the more “stylish” 70’s, but apparently, the empire style bridesmaids dresses were still “in”)! (Are you lovin’ my hippy-lookin’ hairdo?  With this hairdo, that choker should have been around my forehead!)
I am linking to Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch,  and Home Sweet Home on Friday at The Charm of Home, and the Wedding Wear party hosted by Décor to Adore.  Thanks to our hostesses.
My next post will be some of my favorite things with cloches plopped over them, so that I can participate in Marty’s Cloche Party (A Stroll Thru Life) on March 11th and host Favorite Things Saturday all at the same time.  Thank you for coming by.  I hope you’ll be back to link up for Favorite Things Saturday. laurie


Olive said...

Laurie, you have the Mardi Gra spirit going here. ♥O

Foley said...

Your decorations are fantastic! That glittery shirt must have been a eye stopper!!
You're a good sport to become the 'craft project'!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Lovely settings for the Mardi Gra. It is always fun to collect those beads. lol
Hope your doing well

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How fun and festive and your grands must think you're the most rockin' grandma ever! (I know I do!)

Lynn said...

Looks like you all had a great time Laurie! One day I hope to have Grands to decorate me too! Have fun:@)

Sarah said...

Laurie, I'm impressed that you host so many family dinners and decorate for them. You win the prize!
Fun photos! Love all the different fleur de lys. I like the idea of everyone finding a baby on top of their cake.
Happy Mardi Gras! ~ sarah

lvroftiques said...

Amazing Laurie! That umbrella is so cool! So what was the game? You are such a good sport! *winks* Vanna

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

What a fun table! I love it. I love how creative you are with your decorations!

Have a great day!

xinex said...

LOL! You are hilarious, Laurie! So cute that you will allow your grandkids to do anything to you. I thought it is so funny cause I would do the same thing. I just went to a Mardi gras party and parade last Saturday but your table looks better (shhh, don't tell my friend, lol). Rochelle came for a visit and despite her having surgery, we had a lot of fun...Christine

Kathleen said...

What gets into your house, stays in your house! :) Me too!
Looks like a great party, and you always go all out to make those memories for the gkids! Love you pink look!

middle child said...

What a place of beauty you create!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Laurie,
You are a hoot! And the funnest Grandma too!
I bet you looked super hot wearing that blingy shirt at the disco's in the 70's.!
Love all your Mardi Gras fun!
You always have the coolest stuff!

Jewel Sauls said...

Actually do believe both! What a fun time y'all must have had! I have a purple sequin and satin dress from the 80's I have used on my table and mantle for MG, glad I am not the only one who saves blingy clothes and uses them to decorate! Love all you fleur de lis - especially that umbrella!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Looks like a fun time with Grandma!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like you had a fun time. :D

Anonymous said...

I love your Mardi Gras table, Laurie. I especially love your grandchildren's craft project.;-)

Diann said...

Hi Laurie!
your table is absolutely lovely! What fun! Love all the beautiful fleur de lis accents! And you are stunning in your "post-it note" mask!

Decor To Adore said...

What a lovely vignette! I adore the masks.

Have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laurie...

Ohh Girlfriend, you look like you just had the best time ever with your grands! I just giggled...what Grandma's do for their grandbabies! Hehe! You just made my evening, sweet friend!

Well my dear, your Mardi Gras table was simply fabulous! Ooooh...I love all those beautiful feathery masks! I think they just made your entire table! Of course, I loved all the pretty fleur de lis as well! Laurie, I was wondering if your pretty glass plates...the ones with the white filigree pattern...are they depression glass? They really are lovely!!! Loved the pretty stems also! Mmmm...Jambalaya sounds sooo good! I haven't had that in years! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome Mardi Gras party with us...I bet ya'll had a blast!!!

Love ya,

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Laurie my friend you really out did yourself with this fun table..and I know what you mean about the grand babies..I can't believe at my age I'm giving piggy back rides to Landen ha ha!!
I loved seeing your wedding photos of you and the BOSS..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Decor To Adore said...

I personally think everyone looks rather grand so we will place you in the Pretty Princess category and in the hats off category! :)

Thank you so much for playing along.

laxsupermom said...

What a lovely table! And your bridesmaids dresses are really quite pretty! No horrors there. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Love, love everything.
Some day I should get to New Orleans, sounds and looks like a fantastic time for all.
Thanks for sharing.

Dreamgoddess said...

Laurie, I love your Mardi Gras table! The mask on the crockpot is too cute.

Unknown said...

Dear Laurie,
Love your Mardi Gras celebration. looks so festive. I bet your grands just have the best time when they are with you! I know we enjoy you too!
Love the wedding photo's. I know I would go back in time in a heart beat! But, I think I would take with me Kate's hats...
Have a good week!

ellen b said...

Laurie! You are such a fun grandmother. Your grandchildren are very blessed! I love your table and that wedding photo is so much like my sisters from 1969!

Marlis said...

Your masks are so great! I have got to find some of my own. Love the dressed up crockpot and the shirt - well it was really styling. Loved the photos too.

Sarah said...

Popped back over for the wedding photos. I think I may have that same bridesmaid dress! ;-) I know it was that color. Loving the photos! ~ sarah

Unknown said...

This is marvelous !
talking about you on my blog !

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Sure looks like a party I'd love to attend. Honey your table is just beautifully festive!!! Great job!

God bless ya and enjoy your day sweetie!!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your family is so lucky to have you. You throw the best parties!

Phyllis said...

You made me laugh several times.....loved your table and the decorated crockpot was FUN....glad it got to join in the festive occasion. Everything was so attractively arranged....and I KNOW that "Grands" had a fantastic time. You are a great grandmother!

Anonymous said...

Ah, Laurie, you are really into it, Mardi Gras and fun that is, this week, and I love the fact that you have anything from the 70' still around and make use of it. I am so not a keeper of things, something I sometimes regret. I'm babysitting tonight and all I have on me is spit up!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

OMG!What a gorgeous decor!!..Loved your blog..coming from The Charm of Home..

Would visit here in future for sure!


Marigene said...

Looks like a great party table...
Hopefully there is not a trace of the 60's or 70's in my house, although those years were the best of times! Enjoyed the wedding photos.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a fabulous blog...I've signed on to follow!!!

The Charm of Home said...

You have very nice Mardi Gras decor! Much better than what I had, but I gave it a try this year. Love your fashionable attire for the wedding! How formal and festive. Thanks for linking up!

Entertaining Women said...

Looks like a wonderful Mardi Gras celebration. I agree about lack of choice for bridesmaid's dresses in the 60's. I think that I wore that same dress at one point. Thank you for sharing your charming design and for the walk down memory lane. Cherry Kay

Entertaining Women said...

Looks like a wonderful Mardi Gras celebration. I agree about lack of choice for bridesmaid's dresses in the 60's. I think that I wore that same dress at one point. Thank you for sharing your charming design and for the walk down memory lane. Cherry Kay

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