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Friday, January 29, 2010

Mardi Gras Week: Decor, Part One

pggfleurdilisWell, the party is winding down here at Embellished Bayou, but it is just getting started down in New Orleans and all across the gulf coast! Thank you for joining me for Mardi Gras Week, it has been so much fun.  Be sure and check out the previous posts:

Mardi Gras History & Fun Facts

Mardi Gras Memories & Photos

Mardi Gras Crafts

Mardi Gras Wreaths

And today I’ll show you my Mardi Gras decor! 

I always have a little seasonal centerpiece on our island, and I had so much fun making a new one for Mardi Gras this year.  I used one of the gold sequined cone trees from Christmas and copied an idea I saw in a local store.  They had fun picks coming out of the top like a fireworks explosion. Here’s my version:



Go big or go home! Spread the glitter wealth:

IMG_3980I just cut the tip off the top of the tree and shoved the picks in.  I used one bunch of purple shiny disks.  I ended up taking the pick apart so I could use the individual strands:

IMG_3878IMG_3880  I also used this wired pick of purple, green and gold sequined disks.  I like it because I can bend it in to a curly-q shape:


Finally, I shoved in some foil sprays I found in my stash:


I love it! A Mardi Gras explosion!


The candlescape on the coffee table:


I just had to keep this candle embellishment I made for myself instead of putting it in my Etsy shop!

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And my Mardi Gras tree, topped with the leftover picks from the gold sequin cone tree:


I strung on some fancy beads like garland:

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Every Mardi Gras tree needs a sparkly gold fleur de lis:

IMG_3966   Another candlescape in the center of the dining room table:


You know my motto concerning decorating for Mardi Gras:  the more glitter, the better!


I even decorated the chandelier for the first time ever:  IMG_3973

All of these garlands and ornaments were after-Christmas clearance bargains. I decorated the purple balls myself with a paint pen and glitter.


The large wire fleur de lis was in the center of my Christmas garland and stays displayed in our entertainment center when it’s not holiday time.


Finally, one last centerpiece on the kitchen table.  I wrapped a feather mask around a glittered (gasp!) candle and surrounded it with doubloons on a fun Mardi Gras pewter tray my friend gave me.  The purple beaded charger came from Target after Christmas on clearance:

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This is just part one of Mardi Gras decor! I’ll share my mom’s decorations in another post later today.  Wouldn’t want anyone going into glitter-overload! So come back, you don’t want to miss it!


  1. Everything looks so fantastic! My favorite is your dining room table scape. I secretly like glitter, too :P

  2. It looks great! I love you were able to reuse some Christmas decorations.

  3. I've had so much fun following your site this week. I haven't decorated the house yet--and with 5 cats, I might not be able to again this year. They like to pull the beads and drag them down the hallway. They also like to play with all the glittery disks and picks that you used. And feathers??? Well, you can imagine what cats do with feathers! LOL But I am loving your decorations! Would love for you to come decorate for me for Mardi Gras!!!

  4. Oh man, I am so in love with that centerpiece, I'm considering Mardi Gras decorations here in Dallas, LOL. How awesome are you?!?! :)

  5. These ideas are gorgeous! Hope you don't mind if I share...I love, love, love all the glitter, feathers and sequins!


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