Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Come on in.....

there's a party going on.

These pictures were taken before the guests arrived. Afterwards I was running around like a nut and didn't get anymore pictures. That's OK because the party animals need to remain anonymous to protect their reputations. Besides, we wouldn't want their kids to know that their parents actually know how to have fun!

Just to the right of the front door is the living room where we had a table set up with the Hurricane glasses and ice.


Next to that is the liquid Hurricane. It sneaks up on you. I found this drink dispenser on sale at Target after Christmas one year. Unfortunately, it looks better than it works. The liquid comes out at barely a dribble.


I found these cute and colorful Mardi Gras mask decorations at the local party store. We hung them in the doorways and over the table.


We lit the voodoo candle. Anyone who has visited the French Quarter knows about the voodoo shops tucked on the side streets.


We place two banquet tables in our family room so that everyone can eat together.


I have a great book on napkin folding and this is my favorite - the Fleur de Lis, which is tucked inside of the wine glass. I'll have to do a video to show you how.


Colorful flowers from the local grocery store. On the table I've scattered Mardi Gras coins. The Farmer also brought home some edible flowers. Since I wasn't serving a salad I simply spread them on the table also.

Small orchids floating in water.


My neighbor Jacki and I agreed that we'd both love to have a job creating tablescapes. I'd love nothing more than to set tables and decorate them especially if I could have an unlimited budget.


File Gumbo
Shrimp Stew
Baby Eggplant Pirogues
Cajun Pasta
Grilled Red, Yellow & Orange Peppers
Andouille Sausage Kebabs
Chicken Kebabs
Shrimp Kebabs
Remoulade Sauce

and of course, Pecan Bread Pudding with Cream Anglaise

Thanks for stopping by today!


chocolatechic said...

I am not creative like that.

Tablescapes baffle me to no end, but I love to cook.

I want to come to a party at your house.

Jill said...

Wow, now that's SOME party! Your decorations are fabulous - and I love your hurricane drink. Yummy...

Heidi said...

*drooling* I would LOVE To have you make me a meal...

Vee said...

Beautiful table you set, Suzanne! Why don't you and your friend go into business? Just make up a few business cards and you're good to go! You can use some of your photographs as a portfolio. Yup, I can see it!

Trish said... youo have an open invitation? Grin....wonderful table setting here...and you are should go into table landscaping!

Trish said... youo have an open invitation? Grin....wonderful table setting here...and you are should go into table landscaping!

PatQ said...

Everything looks beautiful and welcoming. And you're right about the kids not thinking we have fun. After my daughter turned 21 we took her to a bar and she said to us that she would show us how to act in a bar. Like she thought we never had been to one!

KellyL said...

FABulous! Absolutely fabulous! Loved your post and pics!!!

Anonymous said...

Lucky friends you have, I too like to set a very nice table, it makes the food taste so much better.
I am new here but love your blog.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Suzanne; OH I just love your table setting. I am just not that creative. You did an amazing job on every thing, and the menu sounds really yummy.... Glad every one had a fun time...


lifeinredshoes said...

Whoaeee! You really outdid yourself!
Thanks for the eye candy.

Dejoni said...

Could you share the File Gumbo recipe? I love Cajun food and am always ready to try new recipes.
The table looks fabulous!

Louise said...

Love. this. I'd rather make the food than decorate. But you did a fabulous job on all of it!