DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Just so you know, I did receive product from Oriental Trading Company to facilitate this Mardi Gras home makeover, but I promise I’d be sharing our DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor as I do every year, regardless. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

From beads, to lights, to masks, to archways, and more, DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor is way more fun and affordable than you might think! [ad]

As soon as you walk in my front door at this time of year, you know that we’re approaching the Mardi Gras Celebration! Every nook and cranny is adorned in DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor so that our house dazzles in the traditional colors of purple, green, and gold. It’s a little gaudy, it might even be a bit over the top, but it sure is a whole lot of fun, and we love it! From masks, to beads, to archways, and more, if you’re looking to decorate your home to celebrate this year, it’s way more affordable than you might think!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited. Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, has a moveable date that occurs on any Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th. It’s always the day before Ash Wednesday, and falls precisely 46 days before Easter. For those of us who live in Galveston, it’s nothing short of a huge celebration that we look forward to each year!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Our latest decoration is nothing short of amazing. Pictures do not do it justice, but this 3D Bourbon Street Mardi Gras Archway that stands large and in charge in our living room over the TV is pretty freaking awesome and the perfect pièce de résistance (see how I went all French right there?) to everything else that’s going on in the house right now. This would be perfect if you’re hosting a Mardi Gras party this year because it would be great with a backdrop behind it for your guests to take fun photos in front of.

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

The decorations don’t have to be lavish, because honestly, Mardi Gras is all about the lights, the colors, the masks, and the beads; all of which are quite inexpensive and they’re the simplest way to set the mood for the occasion!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

These backdrops we have on a few walls throughout the house are always a huge hit! I have this one behind the couch that I work from and every video meeting feels like a party because this is what everyone sees behind me. Shouldn’t every meeting feel like a party? I think, yes!

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Our Mardi Gras DIY Dress Up Station is always a hit. This mantlepiece is fun because it’s simple to put together, it’s colorful, and if you’re having a party, your guests can just grab a mask and/or some beads and be dressed for the occasion.

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

Obviously, no self-respecting islander would let their Tiki Bar go unadorned for the celebration. Again, just some simple beads and masks turn this spot into a fun and festive place to gather.

DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor

It doesn’t matter where you live, it doesn’t matter if your area of the nation celebrates Mardi Gras or not. You really don’t want to miss the chance to celebrate this holiday because it’s just that fun! Make your own party, whether it just be a small gathering with your family or a big shindig with friends, it’s super easy and affordable to turn your home into a venue that just screams celebration!

If you’re still looking for DIY Mardi Gras Home Decor before Fat Tuesday rolls around, there’s still time. This year, Mardi Gras is running from 2/18 to 2/28/17. Celebrate, have fun, and enjoy the colors. If there aren’t any parades in your area, make your own! How do you Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras Galveston: Enjoy the Colors

This is going to be more of a photo bomb than anything else. The Mardi Gras Children’s Parade 2013 hosted by the Firefighters Local 571 was a blast of color, honor, and excitement. It was cut short, for us anyway, by the angry waves that brought in the colder temps, the winds, and the rain. But it was beautiful while it lasted.
Every good parade should open by honoring our soldiers. See that soldier all the way to the right of the photo? He doesn’t have his hat on. It blew off in a high gust of wind. Did he stop to retrieve it? Nope, a soldier in full dress never aborts his mission so he marched on, just as he should, without missing a beat. His brothers in arms behind him, in their every day camos retrieved it for him, ran up to him, and placed it on his head. I was impressed and moved all at the same time.
Those brothers in arms just so happened to be totting a tank. And you know, it’s not a parade without a tank on the Seawall. Every parade should have one of these.
And just behind the soldiers were the men and women of the Firefighters Local 571 that serve and protect our island. Bubby just loves the fire trucks and I think these guys deserve our respect too!
But then it just got silly and fun. The Elks represented with Elroy in tow.
I have no clue what this was for. I laughed so hard, I missed the sign. Hey, I remember those things!
And there was dancing in the streets. See the girl I focused on in the background? She was my favorite having so much fun. I wanted to be on her side of the Seawall for this part!
And while they danced, we did our own dancing in the streets.
But my favorite part of the parade was the Aztec tribe. So lively, so colorful, so beautiful!
Unfortunately, I think their dancing is what finally brought in the rain that we had all hoped to avoid so we could enjoy the entire parade. We didn’t see much past this point. I was more bummed than anyone else to be quite honest.
But I had witnessed the look on the face of my baby girl and was reminded of something very important. Mardi Gras literally means celebration. Life is a celebration. Enjoy every moment of it with the wide eyed wonderment of a child. It’s OK that it was cut short. It was a beautiful parade and I truly enjoyed the celebration with my family. Always remember to enjoy the celebration because you never know when it’s going to end. And never, ever forget to enjoy the beautiful colors in your life!