Monday, February 20, 2012

Mardi Gras Blog Hop !

Welcome to our Mardi Gras parade! I must warn you though, while you may enjoy jumping up to catch beads, doubloons, cups, stuffed animals--whatever! Please yell at the float riders "Throw me something, Mister!" Bring a large, sturdy plastic or cloth bag to hold all the treasure you'll be catching - if you try to put all of your beads around your neck, you'll have a hard time standing up straight! Be prepared: some people get so overcome with excitement they will occasionally jump in front of you to grab what a rider has thrown to you. Don't get into a tug-o-war....there are many more floats on the way! If you're from far away, some visitors hold up a sign saying where they are from. Local riders love to see people from far away have a good time and will throw to them to make sure they do!

The colors of Mardi Gras are: Purple which represents justice; Green which represents faith; and Gold which represents power. Mardi Gras is always held the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement ... and one big holiday in New Orleans! Everyone is wearing purple, green, and gold; and adorned with long beads caught from the beautiful floats. They sit on the ground throwing balls, playing music, having a picnic, and watching the crowds walk by between parades.

Instead of beads, coconuts (which apparently is the most prized throw from floats) and other baubles, we have a great sponsor:  

So, sit back with your beverage of choice, but keep in mind the police will be in full force watching for drunken lewdness as this is a family event! Feel free to watch in costume as this is a festive hop!! If you have arrived from Kari's blog on the parade route, then you are sitting at the best seat in the house! If you have just happened to be visiting me today, I would love for you to start at the beginning of our parade route at Lynne, your hostess, at along with our marvelous co-hostess, Kimberly, at

For my project, I created a digital recipe page. We all know that Mardi Gras festivities are one big CARAYYY-ZEEE party !!!! Now, it's no secret there there is a LOT of drinking going on during Mardi Gras! First off, I DO stress RESPONSIBLE drinking, so please, if you drink, please don't drink and drive, and please DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

Continuing on ... one drink that always comes to mind when thinking of Mardi Gras and New Orleans is the famous New Orleans Hurricane! The creation of the Hurricane drink is credited to a New Orleans tavern owner named Pat O'Brien. Oh, my ! Does this drink pack a punch! I remember having a few at a Mardi Gras block party in Honolulu several years back. It was dee-licious but also very potent! Let's just say, when the night was over, I ended up with a badly sprained ankle that took MONTHS to heal! *sad face* But, aside from the injury, I had a BLAST ! I would really love the opportunity to go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It's definitely a bucket list item for me. I couldn't do it this year, but next year, I hope to have a little Mardi Gras celebration at home complete with hurricanes -- the drink, that is! =)

Hope enjoyed my float in the parade. To continue on the parade route, Your next stop is Gill's blog. I would love for you to throw me some beads (comments) in tribute to Mardi Gras!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)


  1. Its on my bucket list also Dena -- I am loving your digital recipe page --- and it does sound yummy up to the fact that you got hurt!!!! Thanks sew much for participating in the hop and its always a pleasure hopping with you!!!!
    Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
    Her Craftiness

  2. oh so awesome!!! i would so love to go to new orleans for mari gras!

  3. what a fun idea to make a recipe card with different drinks...I might just start doing that...Hop'n Hugs KtsAngels

  4. YUM sounds goood... love your project.. it is sooo pretty..

  5. so so sos cute love all these colors



  6. Yummy - that sure must taste delish Dena!

  7. Your recipe card is very pretty. I love the mask and crown on it. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  8. Beautiful digi recipe layout!! I will definitely be saving it for future reference :-) Happy Fat Tuesday!!
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  9. I too hope to go to Mardi Gras one day...

    Nice layout, and so colorful.

    Have a scrappin' good day!

  10. Happy Mardi Gras,,,cute ideal,,,
    I love Mardi Gras,,I went 3 years in a row to new orleans,,didnt get to go this year!!!
    am already a follower!!

  11. Yum! I have been wanting to try one of those. Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to wait now until after Lent. TFS Jearise

  12. Your recipe page ia great I love the embelishments and that background paper is fabulous. The recipe looks awesome and I would try it except Rum makes me ill. ( I attribute that to my college days when rum and cokes flowed quite freely on the weekend party scene)
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  13. I am on my way! But warning I will have to spend the night! This 4ft 10 inch woman is not going anywhere after one of those! Very nice project!

  14. Yummy! Great recipe and great digi! Hurricanes are one of my favorites when I go to Bourbon Street (another NO favorite)! Good Luck on getting to come here for a Mardi Gras visit!
    Miranda :)

  15. ooooh nice LO and great lookin recipe!!!

  16. Dena what a fabby idea - a digital recipe i love it. Im going to have to try this out myself. Thanks for sharing and great to be in another hop with you. :-)

  17. What a great idea! I love the crown and mask accents!

  18. This is a great digital. The drink recipe sounds yummy and I love the colors and the mask. Nice being in the hop with you.

  19. I love your digital recipe! Great idea.
    its great being in the hop with you.
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com

  20. very colorful and very original. enjoyed it very much.