Holidays, Carnival Season


The main focus for most of us in early January is putting away holiday decor,

healthy eating, and getting a fresh start for the new year

But in the South, January 6, or Twelfth Night, the Feast of the Ephiphany,

marks the beginning of Carnival season,

a time of masquerade balls, lavish parades, and general merriment

that culminates on Fat Tuesday (February 25 this year).




It’s time to start thinking about Mardi Gras!

Even if you don’t have any Mardi Gras celebrations near you,

you can bring Carnival to your home with colorful food and decor!


Mardi Gras mask tutorial here



Create a Mardi Gras bouquet with purple,

green and gold flowers and

add a Mardi Gras mask







Add an eggplant to a bowl of fresh citrus fruits for a fresh Mardi Gras centerpiece






Roasted Fennel and Red Cabbage Citrus Salad is Mardi Gras on your plate

Healthy, 5 minutes to prep, and the rainbow of colors will brighten your day




 New Orleans and South AL are famous for pralines,

and you can make a festive snack mix version

Add green and yellow M & Ms for color



Praline Party Mix



Muffaletta Pie makes a hearty main dish

Look for Mardi Gras colored chips at World Market to go with this giant sandwich






Or lighten things up and make colorful Antipasto Skewers





Make a savory version of traditional King Cake like this



Italian Sandwich Ring with Smokey Pimiento Cheese




Carnival and Mardi Gras are all about abundance and merriment

Fill a container with ornaments, masks, beads,

and anything purple, gold and green you can find







If your local stores don’t carry any Mardi Gras decorations,

shop on Amazon here





King Cake Crowns are mini Bundt cakes made with 3 colored batters

Crowned with icing and colored sprinkles







If you want to see other versions of King Cakes, click on the links below:


California Dreamin’ King Cake


Cinnamon Roll King Cake



Almond Danishes are drizzled with purple icing and green sprinkles with a baby on top



Crescent King Cake



You can pick up something festive in my Society 6 Shop

There are sales almost everyday!

Phone cases are 35% off today, Jan 8!



Pour the Wine Cutting Board       Pop the Champagne Coasters

Jester Coasters    Queen of Hearts travel mug  Jester phone case


Queen of Hearts pillow   Pop the Champagne serving tray

Jester pillow   Queen of Hearts carry all pouch


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story, You’re the Star

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck  Friday Features  Sweet Inspirations

Happiness is Homemade    Sunday’s Best Linkup

44 Responses to “Holidays, Carnival Season”
  1. Rita C. says:

    I honestly didn’t realize Carnival season started on 12th night until this year. So in a year like 2019 where Easter was quite late (Apr 21), that just meant a longer Carnival season. Lol, leave it to Southern tradition to extend the party. You’ve got some great ideas, Jenna.

  2. Nancy says:

    Oh Jenna you brought back some wonderful memories of our trip to NOLA last year during Carnival! We loved seeing the homes decorated! The vibrant purples and golds! The food is another big part! We loved it all!

    My friends grandson just went to a Ball… it was spectacular in the pictures I saw.

    Thank you for the great memories and how I can bring some of those memories right back here in AZ!

  3. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, I’ve hardly put Christmas away and Mardi Gras season is upon us. I love these celebrations, such fun. Your gorgeous flowers and food sure makes for happy times and celebrations at your home. We have fond memories of our younger years when we enjoyed going to the balls and parties. Thanks for all the good ideas to enjoy this season……..

    • Thanks Emily, I have a good friend that is very involved in Mardi Gras in Fairhope, she was even Queen of her Crewe one year, sounds like crazy fun! I am hoping to catch a parade when I’m at the beach in Feb

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you brought back lots of wonderful memories this morning. My husband used to travel to Louisiana quite often for business, and I would go with him. The stores were always packed with such beautiful Mardi Gras decorations. Porches and doors were always so pretty decorated for the season. Your praline snack mix sounds yummy! Happy Wednesday!!!

  5. Jenna, you do Mardi Gras so well. I must admit I do not have one Mardi Gras decoration, what is wrong with me?! I have always wanted to go to Mobile during the season. Maybe one day…

  6. I can’t even imagine thinking about Carnival so close to Christmas recovery. But so festive!

  7. Linda says:

    Something I did not know. I always thought Marci Gras was in March. You really pulled out all of the stops for this celebration. Loved the food ideas and the cute decor. So fun and colorful too. Thanks for the inspiration Jenna.

    • Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the end of Mardi Gras season is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday when lent begins, so it varies every year. I like it when it doesn’t fall too close to Valentine’s Day so they can both be celebrated properly! Thanks Linda!

  8. Cyndi Raines says:

    I didn’t know that it started so early. I don’t believe this is as popular up north as it is in the south. The masquerade balls sound like fun, makes me think of the beautiful masquerade scene in the movie the Count of Monte Cristo. Yesterday I completed the taking down of all the outside lighting and the wreaths. Whew, you all have energy to burn to start decorating and partying again, haha. Have fun!

    • It does take a lot of energy to take down and put away, I think that’s why I left so much up for the winter, too lazy! I haven’t gotten my Mardi Gras stuff out yet, going to wait until the end of January…we are partied out for a while 😂 Thanks Cyndi!

  9. Julie says:

    What a fun post highlighting Mardi Gras. So many nice recipes to make. Hope you have a nice week.

  10. Michelle says:

    I love all the colors! It’s so nice to see all the colors after all the Christmas decorations are put away. It makes winter seem a little less boring.

  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    Looks like fun! Love the glitz and colors! 🌈✨

  12. Lorraine says:

    I love Mardi Gras decorations! I bought a bunch of masks at the dollar store knowing they don’t last long there. I just couldn’t resist! Love those mini King Cake crowns!

  13. Mary says:

    Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Jenna! I can only imagine all the fun (and calories 😉 consumed with all the festivities of Carnival Season!

  14. Kym Thorpe says:

    Checking out some of those delicious looking recipes!

  15. Chloe Crabtree says:

    A holiday comes, and you see a reason to celebrate! I love that about you!! I spe3nt 3 years in New Orleans as a child and I do LOVE everything about N.O and Mardi Gras!! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

  16. How creative and festive! Love the color coordinated fresh flowers!

  17. Karen says:

    We are invited to a mardi gras party every year and asked to bring a dish. This year it is going to be that salad…it will go well with so much of the other food. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Pat says:

    Pinning all your recipes! I love New Orleans and recently came back from a visit there. King Cakes were already on some of the restaurant menus and I bought one to take home!

  19. ZooKeeper says:

    These are some fabulous projects and recipes! Thank you so much for sharing! Hubby is from Louisiana but we live in NW Arkansas so we can’t find a good King cake for anything! Hoping that recipe you linked to is amazing, we miss King cake!

  20. Miz Helen says:

    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,467 today! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and sure hope you come back again!
    Miz Helen

  21. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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