Tablescapes, Laissez le bon temps rouler!

Remember that centerpiece I had on the table in the foyer? Nothing stays the same around here too long…and I was dying to transform this into a table for an elegant evening for dining and Mardi Gras celebrating! If you missed it you can read some interesting facts about the Mardi Gras traditions by clicking here.


The first thing I did was to turn the placemats the other way and spread them out into four places.  I swapped out the fabric chairs for wooden ones. I have 4 of each and use them all in the dining room when needed or divide them between the two tables.  The black ones will go much better with this tablescape.


I added black chargers for drama, I love DRAMA!  My gold rimmed china {Casablanca by Christian Dior} perfect for this theme. You can see it used in one of my favorite tablescapes from last year, “Walk on the Wildside.”


I found some green napkins and some gold coasters…but alas, no napkin rings…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..


A quick trip to my jewelry box yielded a treasure trove of possibilities!


One place got a purple beaded cuff bracelet and several earrings,


Another got a green enamel cuff, a faux diamond bracelet, and a large dangle purple beaded earring


I still didn’t love the green napkins so I decided to tuck them under the dinner plate with just the point of the napkin sticking out with the jewelry styled “napkin ring” topping the setting like a crown.


I added some Mardi Gras wine glasses



the place settings came together.


I removed the large glass bottle/vase and up ended some mercury glass chalice style candle holders.


This is how they looked at Christmas, with fat candles in them. I have 3 different heights which makes for interesting arrangements.


I turned them over and used them as stands for my 3 glittered balls.  I saw these ball ornaments at Hobby Lobby {50% off} right before Christmas and knew I would love having them for Mardi Gras!


I draped the chalices with beads.


I surrounded them with some decorative green glass bottles and glass orbs and ornaments.


I surrounded the glittery orbs with green glass bottles topped with baubles


My jester was front and center of course!


this is going to be a fun evening!


What would you serve for dinner?  


Laissez le bon temps rouler!

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20 Responses to “Tablescapes, Laissez le bon temps rouler!”
  1. What a fun and festive table!! Love the jewelry inspired napkin rings!

  2. Way to turn a vignette, girl!!!!!!! That’s the sign of a true decorator who can so easily convert one thing into another! From foyer to dining room lickety split! You’ve really captured the decadence of Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras!!! I love the varied napkin rings and those FABULOUS plates!!!!!!!!

  3. Sarah says:

    What a festive, fun table. Love the idea of using the bracelets as napkin rings. I’ve seen that done with vintage silver and turquoise bracelets, always want to recreate it, but don’t have a collection of my own. But I do have plenty of other cuffs. Love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Love the Mardi Gras inspiration. We are busily celebrating Mardi Gras here in New Orleans. A wonderful time of year. Those Mardi Gras wine glasses are to die for!


    • Thanks Christi, the glasses are new to my glassware line this year and I haven’t even put them on my website yet. If you are interested in purchasing some just shoot me an email and I can answer any questions. Thanks for visiting and have fun during Mardi Gras!

  5. Audrey says:

    Loved your napkin rings! Very inspired.

  6. Lovely table! I love the wine glasses and how you used the orbs in the centerpiece! Blessings, Tammy

  7. I’m thinking of using my mother’s costume jewelry to make napkin rings. Just trying to find the right base to pin the brooches on — I was even thinking of using scrunchies, and I could make them myself in fun fabrics. Your post is inspirational and really plays out the Mardi Gras theme!

  8. lulu says:

    What I love most about your table is how you’ve used so many things in a creative way. Of course I’m a real bottle person so seeing the green ones on your table makes my heart sing. Good job!

    • Thanks so much, I love creating something from what I can find lying around. Those green bottles were originally bought for a shipwrecked tablescape I did years ago and i have used them at Christmas too. I really appreciate your understanding of creativity! Jenna

      Jenna Meon

  9. Mary says:

    Laissez le bon temps rouler indeed! Of course I love those fabulous plates and your genius in repurposing your jewelry for napkin rings!

  10. I have been working on my Mardi Gras table this week-end and I have been having problems with building the perfect centerpiece. Yours is fabulous! I need to get back to work – lol!!

    • Thanks Diane, Mardi Gras is such a fun holiday to decorate for! Good luck with your centerpiece, the crazier the better! I saw some cool Mardi Gras stuff at World Market the other day, in case you need some supplies. Thanks for visiting and commenting Jenna

      Jenna Meon

  11. Such a fun table Jenna, and the use of jewelry as napkin holders, so clever! My cousins are creole, so I suppose you cannot miss with gumbo, although my creole uncle loves to smoke chicken and use spicy Jamaican jerk seasonings more often, and it is delicious! Have a lovely weekend!

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