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Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Mardi Gras!

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? We do! My family is all from Mobile, AL, which is the original home of Mardi Gras (take that New Orleans). Our parades are not as famous, but they are just as fun. No, more fun!
My mom (Gigi) can't stand the thought of Indy missing out on the fun and shipped 2 huge boxes full of Mardi Gras stuff for us to have a party and our own parade. This really meant a lot of work for me (something I'm not into unless it involves paint and/or Swedish furniture). We had a party with our neighbors and Indy and his friends had a parade (mercifully short-it was cold out there) outside.

Here are a few of the decorations in my house, using some of the millions of beads, masks and doubloons Gigi sent. Of course my favorite thing were the moon pies, a traditional Mardi Gras throw. They are so bad for you, but so, so, so delicious. The fact that this moon pie has remained under glass for more than a week is no small miracle, let me tell you.

My entry table.

I made a king cake for the party. It is supposed to have a small plastic baby inside, but mom forgot to put one in our package. Depending on who you're talking to, the baby has different meanings. Whoever gets the slice with the baby in it a. has good luck all year b. has to throw the next Mardi Gras party or c. has to make the next king cake. Whatever, the cake was delicious. And pretty, don't you think?

Indy was the leader of the parade.

Here's the "crowd" catching beads and moon pies!

The kids all had a great time and after the parade we ate! There were cajun ribs, shrimp, saffron rice with crab, corn, potatoes, and all sorts of other stuff. For desert we had the king cake and a Coca Cola Cake. Yummy! It was loads of fun, especially for those who had never experienced Mardi Gras before. Indy and I are going downtown to experience Fasching, which is the German version of Mardi Gras. Hope you all have a lovley day! I should have photos of it tomorrow so check back!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a fun thing to do for everyone that hasn't experienced Mardi Gras. It just looks like you had a ton of fun. The food sounds so yummy, makes me hungry. I can't wait to see the pics tomorrow of the German version of Mardi Gras. I didn't know they had one. Great post. Hugs, Marty

Scribbler said...

I enjoy your blog! I love Mardi Gras and I miss it too, although I haven't been in a very long time.


Remodeling Guy said...

Looks like a cool Mardi Gras celebration! Happy Fat Tuesday!

Hey, did you passed 10,000! Congrats!

Tim @ Remodeling Guy

Erica said...

thanks for visiting my blog on the nesters link party, your mardi gras decorations look great

American Homemaker said...

I love your decorations :)

I love Moon Pies too and had no idea they had anything to do with mardi gras... LOL

Aleta said...

Actually, I think it originated in Europe. LMAO (coming from a New Orleanian, what did you expect)? Loved the pictures. And of course, from here, we celebrate!

Katie @ said...

That all looks SO fun. Sheesh, what the heck am I doing sorting papers in this silly German folders? I love your little party. I remember the moon pies from a visit to the south, but didn't know they were associated to this day. What a blast. I learned lots!

Anonymous said...

Your king cake is so pretty! What a fun parade, too!!

I get so excited when summer comes around because it means crawfish boil! (my husband's fam. is from Lousiana)

{darlene} said...

ok. so tell me more. what exactly is Kings Cake??

Love Fat Tuesday... it is impossible to give something up for Lent without it!!!

These Are The Days said...

That looks like fun. I've never known much about Mardi Gras, looks like I'll have to google it and educate myself. That Gigi is one big sweet heart. Glad you made it so fun for your little guy. :)

You're right, Diet Coke (or it's ingredients) is the devil! My mom has drank it for years and I've resisited the urge but I gots ta git my caffeine fix some how.

Melissa Miller said...

Love all your Mardi Gras decor'! It's very festive.

I'm from NW Florida right down the road from you in PC. I've been to Mobile many times.

Have a wonderful weekend.
~Melissa :)

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