A Mardi Gras Themed Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding themes are a trend for 2012 and a favorite is the mardi gras theme.  Think imaginative masks, brilliantly colored beads, the most festive xydeco music and of course, the food!

Anyone that has experienced a “true” Mardi Gras in the “Big Easy” knows that amidst all the parades, it’s the food that is the highlight of New Orleans.   So, below are a few favorite things to serve at a Mardi Gras themed rehearsal dinner.  Most are best suited for a cocktail style party with several “mini-bites” so guests can mix and mingle.

Each dish is from Southern Living Magazine and recipes can be found here @ http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/mardi-gras-00417000077186/.

For a little bit of Mardi Gras listening music, check out:  http://www.pandora.com/?_sl=1#!/stations/play/760816185340686998/.

And be sure to include a fun centerpiece such as this one from Southern Living to capture the spirit of Mardi Gras!   Lush with magnolia leaves and hydrangeas, the colors and symbols of Mardi Gras are layered throughout: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

Bacchus God of Wine adorned as Table Centerpiece


Creole Shrimp Deviled Eggs


Mini-Oyster Po-Boys



Mini-Crabcakes with Garlic Chive Sauce

Crawfish Dip


Chicken & Sausage Jambalya