Head to the local party supply store to pick up all your Mardi Gras party needs! Purple, green, and gold streamers, masks, and beads are a must! Instead of using traditional servingware, opt for paper plates and paper napkins, which are easy to clean up and won't break. Set up the food on a large table in the kitchen. Place the sandwich on a sandwich platter, like this rectangular one ($50), and the shrimp remoulade in a little silver bowl (this one ($7) is perfect). Use a pitcher to pour the soup into tall shot glasses — these tall skinny ones ($2.50) are ideal. Don't forget hurricane glasses for the cocktail! Click on the images above to shop the look.
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Cover the table with an orange cloth, brown placemats, and cream plates. Roll napkins, slide into leaf napkin rings, and place one on each plate. Serve the lasagna in a sage green baking dish. Selecting one versatile wine glass that can be used for the mimosa, wine, or water will save you time after the party. Instead of washing three glasses per guest, you'll only have to wash one!
A simple bouquet of red flowers mimics the pattern on the trays and completes the look.
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Place rounded old-fashioned glasses on a side table. Line white wine glasses on the other side of the cocktails. Serve the goat cheese appetizer in a glass hurricane and arrange an informal bouquet of just-picked wild flowers.
When the party is over, put a platter of petits fours near the door. Guests can grab one as they leave.
With a few simple touches, you can transform an ordinary backyard into a chic setting for the perfect rehearsal dinner.
Start by placing tiki torches along the entryway and edge of the yard. Hang round lanterns from large tree branches and line low bushes with small twinkling Christmas lights. Cover the table with a pretty printed cloth. Place outdoor glass ice buckets in various locations throughout the space (this will create a flow and promote mingling). Fill the buckets with ice, beer, and wine, and let guests help themselves to the beverages.
Create customized napkins that say the bride and groom's names, but leave the wedding date off, so the napkins can be used at the rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, and any future parties the couple may host. For a romantic, welcoming glow, light lots of votives. Save the stunning floral arrangements for the wedding; instead opt for a single vase filled with fragrant flowers.