Guest Picks: Mardi Gras Decor
— Valorie from The Visual Vamp
As you can see by my own house, I love these ginormous masks. They are sold in the supermarket here in New Orleans. They look really great at night with the giant light bulbs lighting them up. Get a few and put them on the outside of your house so your neighbors will wonder what is going on!
New Orleans girl Alexa Pulitzer designs the best stationary, including these King Gator note cards that you could use for your Mardi Gras party invitation.
Everyone screams, "throw me something, mister" at the parades, hoping someone on a float will throw you "the good beads," the ones with a medallion, like this gorgeous gold Fleur de Lis.
Tack this tacky skirting around your buffet table or bar. It will look just like a Mardi Gras float.
Shall we elevate things a bit? Henri Schindler is the foremost historian who writes beautiful books about Mardi Gras. This is a keeper for all year-round.
This is the easiest no-brainer decorating kit. It has everything you need to get your Mardi Gras party on.
This is the outdoor kit. I dare you to decorate the outside of your house for Mardi Gras. But if you can't, these decorations would look great indoors too.
These adorable handmade masks on a stand would be a wonderful table centerpiece.
These are fondly called the big balls beads. Once you wear them, no others will do. Impress your friends, and give these really big beads out at your Mardi Gras party.
Tell it like it is! This is a great sign for your Mardi Gras party, and it's nice enough to keep up all the time to keep those good times rolling.
LED lights in Mardi Gras colors — yay! I dare you to put them up on the outside of your house if you don't live in New Orleans. They'd be cute for behind closed doors too.
All of the fancy uptown houses in New Orleans have the ever-so-tasteful Mardi Gras bunting festooning the outside. It really is cute.
"My flag boy and your flag boy were sittin' by the fire. My flag boy told your flag boy, 'I'm gonna set your flag on fire.'"Iko Iko!You just have to have a Mardi Gras flag, and this one is the classic.
You must wear a mask on Mardi Gras. Get enough for all your guests in case they didn't get the 411 on 504.
Everybody loves a feather boa! Throw one on for instant Mardi Gras glam, and drape them around the house for party decor.
I love this feather wreath. It's actually quite tasteful and stylish.
This beaded Mardi Gras wreath is a work of art. I'd leave it on my door always.
Everyone can be royalty on Mardi Gras. These fabulous plastic party cups have a chic gold crown on them.