Posted by: michellelowrey | June 4, 2009

Creating a Festive Table for a New Orleans Themed Dinner

“Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.”
– Geri Weitzman

In our group, we not only put a lot of time and energy into our menus, we also go to great lengths to create a festive and fun table setting for each event. It’s certainly true, you have to create, what you want to be a part of….

Creating the right mood sets the tone for an entire cooking club gathering, and lets each member know the fun that is in store for them. There is definitely an art to setting a beautiful table, and is something we all love to do for each of our gatherings. It conveys to each guest that you have made a special effort to create a special atmosphere, for a special occasion. The table setting does not need to be fancy or elaborate, either. A beautifully placed bowl of fruit or flowers is sometimes all you need.

This was such a fun night! I love New Orleans, and creating this table setting was easy. It required nothing more than a trip on-line to a party supply store in New Orleans called Toomey’s Mardi Gras.


This fun table setting was done in Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. The table cloth and plate chargers are gold, with purple and green feather masks adorning each place setting. Each setting has a party favor bag with gold coins, as well as treats from New Orleans: including Tabasco sauce and a homemade praline candy. The center of the table is adorned with beads, feathers and glitter, as well as a copy of each of the recipes for each guest to take home….

Decorated Chandelier

The overhead Chandelier is adorned with more beads, as well as a New Orleans street sign, a mardi gras umbrella, and a “comedy” and tragedy” cut-out.

IMG_1308Another view of the table..

Cooking Club Gang“Laissez Les Bons Temps” ….Let the Good Times Roll!

Kitchen Table Cooking Club members—- from left, Nicole Baker, Cindy LaCasse, Carolyn Soriano, Maria Everly, Dina Guillen, Lisa Frazetta, and former member Jessica Swartz


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