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Decorate Your Home with a Mardi Gras Tree

Updated on March 11, 2011

Are you looking for a fun way to decorate your home for the Mardi Gras season? Whether you live in a location where Mardi Gras is celebrated with weeks of parades and masquerade balls leading up to the big event on Fat Tuesday or if you just want to bring a little something extra (lagniappe!) to your home, setting up a Mardi Gras tress is a great way to get in the spirit of the season.

Mardi Gras Tree Options

There are two ways to approach decorating your home with a Mardi Gras tree. You can utilize your artificial Christmas tree for the occasion or purchase an artificial tree specifically designed for use during the Mardi Gras season.

Repurpose Your Christmas Tree for Mardi Gras

You may want to repurpose your artificial Christmas trees for the Mardi Gras season by adorning it with purple, green and gold ornaments, ribbons, garland and green. This is a great way to make the most of a seasonal decorating item that you already have. You can use a traditional green artificial tree or one that that is white or silver as long as you decorate it with embellishments in the official purple, green and gold colors of Mardi Gras.

Obtain a Tree Made Just for Mardi Gras

Since Mardi Gras trees has become such a popular holiday decoration, you don’t actually have to re-use your Christmas tree. It’s not possible to purchase artificial trees designed specifically for the Mardi Gras season. Color is what separates these artificial decorative trees from the type that are used for Christmas.

Rather than being a single color like the artificial trees traditionally used for Christmas, Mardi Gras trees are tri-color. The branches themselves are a combination of purple, green and gold. They’re available in a variety of sizes, ranging from small tabletop trees to large trees that can fill a corner or empty wall in your living room or den.

Mardi Gras Ornaments

There are many different types of Mardi Gras ornaments. Party stores and department stores are likely to carry a variety of shapes and sizes of ornaments, including small masks, Mardi Gras float replicas, jester hats and much more.

If you have Christmas ornaments in appropriate colors, you can reuse them for Mardi Gras. Simple gold balls, for example, look lovely when paired with purple and green beads or garland.

You can purchase Mardi Gras garland for your tree or use strings of Mardi Gras beads that you’ve caught at parades during previous years or that have been purchased from novelty stores.

Enjoy Your Mardi Gras Tree!

When it comes to decorating a Mardi Gras tree, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Set up your tree early in the season and enjoy it through Fat Tuesday.

Since your home is already decorated, you may as well go ahead and invite your friends over to celebrate with a Mardi Gras party! Here are a few food ideas for a Mardi Gras party to help you get started.


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    JakeAL 5 years ago

    Perhaps it's because you're from LA... Mobile, AL where Mardi Gras began we tend to have a much more adorned and traditional approach to the holiday. A Mardi Gras tree has been in our home even before I was born (several decades.) I couldn't see a Mardi Gras without one. Even now living in Boston, I still put up one every season. It's more of a "trophy case" in where all your prized throws from the previous season are displayed and showcased. I love the tradition and is a strong point of pride in showing it off. And I'd definitely suggest to begin the tradition for anyone who has not done so in the past!

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    Becky 7 years ago from Oklahoma

    This is the first time I've heard of a Mardi Gras tree and I'm originally from Louisiana. I think it would be a fun idea and a good excuse to leave my Christmas tree up longer :). I could decorate it for Valentines, Easter, 4th of July and so on. I really like this idea and just might try it for a year, who knows, it may become a new family tradition :) Thanks for the great ideas. Awesome Hub.