Monday, February 16, 2015

FABBY: "Bon Mardi Gras 2015"

Hey there sweet friends!

    Here to celebrate and wish you a great 'Fat Tuesday'...errr...I mean, 'Bon Mardi Gras.'

I'm sure the fabulous Creole, French Quarters in Beautiful New Orleans is celebrating the spectacular "Carnivale of Mardi Gras!"


"One commonly accepted derivation of the word "carnival" (or carnivale) is the Latin "carne vale" or "farewell to meat."
Carnival was the final hurrah as winter headed towards spring, and the long Lenten season of fasting and abstinence. It was, perhaps, not only a last chance to indulge the passions of the flesh, but an opportunity to consume any meat which had been put up for winter that might not stay fresh enough for consumption until spring brought the end of Lent and Easter."
I'm quoting this from our good and missed friend Bill from blog Affordable-Accoutrements.
My tablescape to celebrate 'Carnivale' all over the world is here and I was inspired by purples and aquas, in the way of tablecloths, glasses and dishes.

My last hurrah day is today ,Fat Tuesday, which I will be indulging with coffee, wine and lots of cheeses. All these will come to an end for Lent.
...and without further ado, here is my 'Mardi-Gras' inspired setting.

                     Let the good times roll!
I started layering this table with a purple tablecloth I gathered in the center, held by a bracelet of mine,  for more effect...and a chiffon gold square cloth I have for setting a table and for layering on top of tablecloths for more drama and elegance.

The china I used in this Mardi Gras spread is my vintage aqua 'Limoges,' mother gifted me several years ago.

The four masks in each place set belonged to my DD's when they were kids.

Burnt orange chargers are used...and masks, of course!

Amber wine glasses with Polish purple water glasses

 This is my very first 'Mardi-Gras' attempt on a table setting.
When I first started blogging many of you used to do the most amazing tables for this occasion; specially our friend Bill, from 'Affordable Accoutrements,' who was a table scaper, extraordinaire. He hasn't posted in more than two years and he is very missed.

Bill was my inspiration for my blogging beginnings and for my 'first' Mardi-Gras scape.

So let the good times roll!  Happy Mardi Gras 2015

Of course, some face masks, like the feather one here.

I'm really loving the purple and amber glasses together...don't you?


By candle light only.
Amber and pearls napkin holder. A queen face mask.


I've never visited fabulous New Orleans on "MARDI-GRAS" and I would love to someday.
In the meantime, here is my tablescape in honor of this Carnival in the spectacular 'French Quarters!'

Let the good times roll!

You know I'm so happy and thankful when you leave me such sweet and kind comments, since you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties.

And big thanks to the kind and generous hostesses that feature me at their terrific parties.

Deborah    What We Accomplished Wednesday
Richela    Imparting Grace


I will be joining this week:

Inspire Me Tuesday
A Romantic Tea time
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesdays Cuppa Tea
A Return to Loveliness
Join Me for THE SCOOP     Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict
Suzy from Worthing Court
Ivonne from Stone Gable

Make it Pretty Monday
Tuesdays with a Twist
Wordless Wednesday
Oh my Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday
Vintage Inspiration Party at:
Becky at,
Betsy at,  My Salvaged Treasures
Angie at   Knick of Time
Marianne at    Song Bird

Wake up Wednesday    www,
Wow Us Wednesday
What We Accomplished Wednesday
The Homemaking Party.
What's it Wednesday
It's a Party
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday
Home and Garden Thursday
Share your Style Thursday Link up
The guest are:
Sherry at   no Minimalist Here
Lynn at   The Vintage Nest
Ron at   Uptown Acorn
Debra at    Common Ground
Kelly at    The Essence of Home
Amanda at   Dixie Delights
Barbara at   21 Rosemary Lane
Martina at Northern Nesting

Share Your Cup Thursday
Thursday Favorite Things
Create it Thursday
Creative Ways Link Party
Grace at Home
Tablescape Thursday





NanaDiana said...

OMGOODNESS, Fabby. That is actually FABBYulous! It is just FUN looking and so colorful. You have done the season proud. You have such a beautiful collection of things to draw from. It is just wonderful that you can put together such beautiful tablescapes. xo Diana

Denise said...

This is your first Mardi Gras tablescape???? You sure have the goods for it. I need to find some of this big, feather-y masks. Love them.

I've never seen anyone gather their round tablecloth in the center. That really catches the eye. I'll have to remember that one!

Let the good times roll!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

What a fun and colorful table, Fabby! Just great, as always! And how dear of you to remember our dear friend Bill, whom I also still miss. I emailed him several months ago to check in on him and he simply said he's fine, so I was at least glad to hear from him. I hope everyone is now well. Con carinos, ~Zuni

Bernideen said...

What lovely colors on your table. I always imagine you with a huge storage area for all your "props" and decorations for your wonderful tables that you decorate. They are truly a feast for the eyes!

Carrie said...

Hi Fabby! Love your mardi gras table! Those purple and amber glasses are great together. I really like the masks at each setting on those pretty aqua dishes. Just gorgeous!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Beautiful tablescape!!! What are you serving?
I love it all, especially the gathered tablecloth!!! Super idea Fabby!!! Hugs

Parsimonious Perfection said...

For your first Mardi Gras 'scape, it certainly is well appointed! Beautiful depression glass, the festive masks, fabulous, Fabby! You always do such a gorgeous job!

Susan said...

Wonderful, colorful, festive tableware, Fabby! Truly enjoyable to see. Susan

Ruth W said...

Gorgeous! Love the jewel colors...but I love the teaset best...but then, I'm the teacup lover! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Dee M said...

Your tablescape is gorgeous and so very festive, Fabby! I enjoyed reading about the background of Mardi Gras too. Thanks for sharing! :)

Rebecca said...

Though I'm no expert on entertaining, decorating or fine living, I truly believe you are at the top of the list when it comes to all three!

You have the "eye", the resources, and the talent - gift, really - to make any and ALL occasions FABulous!

Snap said...

Wow, Fabby! Let the good times roll!! Love your green, gold and purple table with the masks .. perfect and fun for Mardi Gras.

Rita C. said...

Fabby, this is so fabulous - the interpretive history, first of all. I immediately noticed the way you gathered that base cloth, and hoped you would explain - brilliant, with a bracelet! All the layers & details would never hint at the fact that you've not been to NO at Mardi Gras. You make it look as though you do this every year! Happy Fat Tuesday!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

You have set a fun table, Fabby. I don't know much about Mardi Gras only that it is a big celebration in New Orleans. I love your tea set on the buffet. Reminds me of springtime which I am longing for. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a lovely day.


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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE LOVE your Mardi Gras table Fabby!!

Cascia Talbert said...

I would love to go to New Orleans on Mardi Gras. Your table setting is beautiful. Have a great day!

Oh My Heartsie Girl w(Linky) said...

The magic of Mardi Gras, I love your feathered mask and the collection for your setting is wonderful!!!
Please join my for WW to share!!!
Karren Oh My Heartsie GIrl

Marigene said...

What a fun, festive table, Fabby!
Nice idea of gathering the tablecloth from the center and holding it with a bracelet!
Have a wonderful week.

Marigene said...

What a fun, festive table, Fabby!
Nice idea of gathering the tablecloth from the center and holding it with a bracelet!
Have a wonderful week.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love your festive Mardi Gras table!! So much fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Sorry it took so long to return your visit!!


Deborah Montgomery said...

How much fun! Love how colorful it is, and the trick of gathering the tablecloth at the center. Cute masks too! I had a paczki today, which is a custom around here for Fat Tuesday -- a Polish jelly filled donut, as the last hurrah before Lent.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Perfect Mardi-Gras table, Fabby. I love it. xo Laura

Margie said...

What a fun table! I also aspire to visit New Orleans one day.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Fabby,
No feasting on any fatty foods for Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras for both of us. We adhere very strict to our diets!
Love your table setting though and yes, the amber and purple glasses look perfect together!
Sending you hugs,

Jolene said...

You did an outstanding job Fabby! I love it.

Crystal Grandeur said...

Wow... So colourful. The table looks so pretty. . Lucky are the ones who dine on it. Love it. Enjoy the day. Love and hugs Sujatha:):)

Jen said...

When I saw the thumbnail in the link-up, I thought your table was a differently decorated king cake!

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is fabulous ;) But then again, it's fabulous all across the Gulf Coast ;)

The French Hutch said...

Wow Fabby, you nailed this Mardi Gras tablescape. The colors and carnival masks are all perfect for this celebration and sets an amazing table. I have to say I really love the china pattern too. I am always inspired with your tables.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Fabby: Only one would be able to set such a wonderful table for Mardi Gras. You are amazing. Love all the colors and the masks. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Martha

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Fabby, What a wonderful Mardi Gras table. So fun and festive! Thanks so much for linking to the Share The Style party.

Linda said...

I LOVE how you celebrate EVERY season of life!!! Well done!!!

Jann Olson said...

Oh Fabby, this is so festive and colorful. Perfect for Mardi Gras!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love this! I could use the same idea during San Antonio's Fiesta Week. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

Valerie Roberts said...

Beautiful! Love how you gathered the tablecloth! Love the plates and chargers. Valerie

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Amazing Fabby! I love the colors in this and how you designed it! The face masks are my favorite! The orange chargers make it all pop- love it!!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

This table is over-the-top fantastic! The very best Mardi Gras table that I have seen. Gathering the fabric and securing it with a bracelet is pure genius. Those masks are just perfect. Everything comes together so beautifully here. Great job!

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful table! Love all of the orange.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

Wonderful...perfect colors, the masks are great. Great representation of Mardi Gras!

Christina Paul said...

Oh this is so much fun! Mardi gras sort of slipped by us this year - but will make a note for next year- Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Keri Lou said...

Wow loving the colours and theme Fabby! I hope you and family are all well, such a treat for me to have a little time to myself to blog again - Keri x

Thaleia said...

Wow, very fancy table. I am sure your guests had a fabulous time. Thanks for linking up with OMHG. Hope to see you next week.

xinex said...

So festive and stunning, Fabby! I love how you did the tablecloth. Beautiful centerpiece and clowns.....Christine

Pondside said...

I can well imagine the fun that would be had around that table. For me, that's the thing - would I want to be there. A table can be beautiful, but not inviting - this one has it all. It says "laissez les bons temps rouler!"

Beth @ Conversations from my House said...

Living up to your name with this Fabulous Mardi Gras tea. I have been to New Orleans but never for this special event. Here in my part of the world the locals celebrate Fasnacht by making donuts. Donut Tuesday as some call it is a PA. Dutch tradition. I found this explanatioon on the Dig It website....
"The word for these Pennsylvania German donuts is Fashnacht, although it literally means “fast night" the day before you fast for Lent on Ash Wednesday. Faschnacht is spelled different ways because the language was not yet written. They are not round with a hole in the center. They are square, which represents the four gospels in the Bible, or triangular, which represents the Trinity." Probably more than you wanted to know.... LOL

Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Oh, Fabby! I'm always in awe of your gorgeous tables capes. I think you captured the colorful essence of Mardi Gras perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party. I hope you'll be back again this week!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Another Fabbylous (couldn't resist) tablescape! Love those purple glasses and those face masks are perfect. I can't believe they are in such good shape after your children played with them. Thanks for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!
Blessings, Deborah