Friday, February 28, 2014

Imitation Mardi Gras Mask Tablescape


Mardi Gras at Plum Creek
Feb 28, 2014

Did you ever have an idea for something stuck in your mind  (like forever)  and you just couldn't seem to bring it to fruition?  You really want to do it and yet can't seem to make it happen.  I really wanted to make a Mardi Gras table with some super-cool Mardi Gras mask plates that I saw on Susan's Between Naps on the Porch about a year ago.  I hunted them down on the internet and found out they were made by Muirfield,  the pattern name is Magnificence Celebrity.  I saw one single plate sold on the Goodwill auction site last year, a single plate sold on Ebay and a set of four plates on Ebay sold for an arm and a leg plus your firstborn child.  Needless to say I dropped out of the auction early on. The four Ebay plates sold for over two hundred dollars plus shipping.  So I had to improvise by making my own mask plates,  please meet my imitation Mardi Gras mask plates. 
Mardi Gras
The mask is cut from prism finished paper plates and placed under a desert plate that is lime green on the outside rim and clear glass in the middle.  The glass desert plates came from Marc's (my favorite close-out store) for fifty cents each. I cut some of the masks with their prism like feathers and some without.
Mardi Gras
It probably should be noted that the wine glasses are improvised too.  I stuck a sticky Fleur-de-lis onto plain black wine glasses that I bought at Goodwill for fifty cents each.  The feathered head-dresses on my imitation Mardi Gras mask plates were made from black feathers and metal Fleur-de-lis clips that I bought at Hobby Lobby at two dollars for eight clips.  I made my own royal purple napkins (and tablecloth) and the yellow feather embellishments to place into the wine glasses.  
Mardi Gras 2014 Plum Creek Place
 Mardi Gras 2014 Plum Creek Place
The centerpiece is a mask from Pat Catan's,  some lime green and purple Christmas berry stems from Marc's,  and orchids cut from my own plants.  The orchids had been in bloom for over three months and were rapidly fading so I trimmed what was left of the flowers to add to the vase holding the centerpiece.  The vase came from Goodwill for two dollars.
Mardi Gras 2014 Plum Creek Place
The peacock feathers are recovering from a near fatal incident that occurred the night after I took the photographs for my Paradise in Blues Tablescape post.  It seems one (or more) of my four cats has a  taste for peacock feathers.  After we went to bed on the night in question one of my sweet little cats proceeded to pluck every peacock flower in the centerpiece and from the napkin holders. I have my suspicions of who the perpetrator was.
Looks innocent doesn't he?  This is Cheetah.  He is one of several feral kittens that I captured and brought home to civilize several years ago.  Obviously you can take the cat out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the cat. I did manage to salvage several of the feathers,some had to be trimmed of their damaged areas.  But all in all they worked out fairly well.
I found several ceramic masks last week when I went shopping at Goodwill with my friends Gloria and Kathleen during our lunch break.
Mardi Gras 2014 Plum Creek Place
The purple votive lamps just happened to come in at Marc's this morning.  Some of the beads came from our visits to New Orleans over the years,  some were bought at Goodwill.  The mirrors on the table came from Marc's (I'm not to sure if I like them). The Fleur-de-lis candles are from Hobby Lobby (half price of course).
The dark purple chargers are a Goodwill find,  the gold chargers are from the HomeGoods Store, the light green salad plates are from Goodwill,  the purple diner plates are also from HomeGoods, and the flatware came from an Ebay auction.
Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place

My little friend in the white clown suit looks as if he is taking a bow,  perhaps for a job well done?
Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place

Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place

Mardi Gras 2014 at Plum Creek Place
Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place

Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place
Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place

Mardi Gras 2014 tablescape at Plum Creek Place
You may have noted that some of the pictures are taken with the Mardi Gras beads on the table and some were taken with the beads removed.  I liked the pictures without the beads. I will post a few more pictures of the table top tweaked later.
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Additional pictures with centerpiece removed and evening pictures.

Mardi Gras tablescape

Mardi Gras tablescape

Mardi Gras tablescape

Mardi Gras tablescape


Mardi Gras tablescape

Mardi Gras tablescape

Have a Wonderful week!  Thrift on ladies,  thrift on.

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22 comments:

  1. Oh my - you have far outdone even yourself - that is magnificent - and how clever of you to make your own plates and decorate the glasses - so much to look at - and marvel at - I'm going to re-read it for the fourth time now - love the colors.

    Oh - and my pink silverware came yesterday - now I should do some pretty tables.

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  2. I spent a lot of time here drooling at the mouth. Yes, I do like the mirrors. If Naps had a table in the past, it surely was not as perfect as this one. No Marc's around here, but we do have a Goodwill. I should start going there 2 times a week to someday be able to do tables like you.

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  3. I just had to tell you - your table is a heart stopper. Gorgeous! And clever. It is truly one of the best Mardi Gras tables that I have seen. (And Cheetah is one lucky guy to have you.....)

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  4. I normally don't care for Mardi Gras tables, but yours is absolutely beautiful! I'm so impressed with your hard work--it's a show stopper! I like the mirrors and the beads and all of it! Excellent job!!

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  5. You have gathered and found some wonderful Mardi Gras things Candy! Love the masks on the plates and the large ceramic mask! Love the fleur de lis stuck on the glasses and the feathers! Very fun and festive!
    Jenna

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  6. I am glad you never were able to buy the plates you were thinking of - because then you never would have created this fabulous table!!! I love what you did here! Your plates with the masks look great- and the sticky fluer de lis on the wine glasses are genius!! Great Table!

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  7. Don't they say that necessity is the mother of invention? While this may not have been a necessity, it sure got your imagination rolling with fabulous results.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

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  8. How can you say this is an imitation of Mardi Gras ?this table scape is magnificent! the blend of everything you put together is just gorgeous.So very creative Job well done.I love it.Susie

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  9. Love this table...so creative! Your plates with the masks are wonderful.

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  10. Wow.....just Wow! Love it. The mirror chargers, the colors and especially those purple tea light holders....stunning!

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  11. Hi Candy! I'm your newest follower. Love what you're doing, and look forward to more creativity from you.

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  12. What a festive, FUN Mardi Gras table. I adore the masks. Great job on this. The colors make the table swirl with life. Love it!

    xo

    Sheila

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  13. There's just something really special about outsmarting the people who make some things so freakin' expensive that they're out of reach for many of us. You did an EXCELLENT job on your plates! This is not only a way to stretch your Mardi Gras dollar, but it makes sense since you would most likely only use plates like these once a year. Kudos to you, girl!!!

    I can see how peacock feathers would capture the fancy of cats, especially if the slightest little breeze should ruffle them. You're lucky to have come out with ANY left!!! :-)

    You got some great thrift buys. LOVE those ceramic masks and all the clowns & jesters!!!!!! The purple lamps are beautiful, too. I used purple lamps on my table, too, and I love what they add to the overall look.

    Great job, Candy! Celebrate on!!!

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  14. Candy, there is so much effort evident here in this beautiful and dramatic tablescape! I love the purple and the masks and the fleur-de-lis touches; all spectacular! Cheetah is ADORABLE!! For all his feisty flair he is equally charming and debonair!! Thanks so much for sharing all the prettiness!

    Poppy

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  15. Candy, I just love your table! Once again, you did an amazing job! And the goblets were a great idea! (may have to borrow that idea in the future) You know how partial I am towards mirrors, (They always give that much needed 'sparkle') and I can't wait to see you use them with a centerpiece or as a runner.
    Someday, we'll have to go thrifting together. You could certainly teach me a thing or two.
    Happy Creating!
    Sam from www.creativelysams.com

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  16. Wow, this is an amazing table! Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm following you too!
    Karee

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  17. Breathtaking. I love your tablescape.

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  18. Oh there is nothing i don't love love love about this tablescape. The little plates over cut outs great idea. And it all lit up by candle lights love love. Thanks so much for linking up to Meet the Neighbors I'll be featuring you tomorrow.

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  19. Absolutely love it!! So bright and festive!!

    Thanks so much for your visit!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  20. Hi Candy,

    You did a great job creating the mask plates. I have a set of the Muirfield-mine are Muirfield Magnificence rather than Muirfield Celebrity-the only difference is the border. I was shocked to see that set go on EBay for $227 this year. I have never paid over $10/plate for them on EBay. They are made in Sri Lanka and are certainly not fine china by any means-in fact I first saw them at TJ Maxx for $3.99 each. You should consider making and selling some at those prices as yours look every bit as good!

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  21. Me and Anj were talking about this display and how great it is. Anyway, stopping in again to say I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog at http://www.housekaboodle.com/liebster-award-pay-it-forward/

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  22. I have never decorated for Mardi Gras, but you certainly make it look fun.

    I am in love with the plate on your header that has the shamrocks.

    My next table setting will be for Pi Day (3.14) on Friday. My mathematician son has requested strawberry pie and I am going to stencil some napkins with numbers.

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