We had a Mardi Gras party on Saturday. It was a lot of fun. We had a houseful of about 15 adults and 5 kids - mostly our neighbors and some friends from church. James made red beans and rice and gumbo, and I made spinach dip, crawfish dip, & coleslaw. We got two king cakes from a local bakery, and they were pretty good. Not as good as Ambrosia's in Baton Rouge, but good. We hoped to have homemade pralines, but I tried 3 times and James tired twice. We have successfully made them several times in the past, but we couldn't make it happen Saturday. All I ended up with was a bunch of burnt sugar and hot pecans. James got a batch that tasted OK, but they we not the right color at all. Pralines are supposed to be a light brown color, but these we the color of dark chocolate. I was afraid to serve them, so I threw them out. We didn't take many pictures at the party. James was busy bartending most of the night, and I was trying to make the rounds and make sure I got the chance to speak with everyone. So, here are some pictures of our decorations.
Foyer again. This picture is out of focus, but you get the idea.