mardigras10Carnaval is mostly well-known in Brazil, but it’s origins come from Portugal. Carnaval Portugal is a week-long celebration, where large cities decorate the streets in streamers and bright colors, holding parades with festive music, endless indulgent food, and ornate costumes. One day I’d love to experience this over the top party down south, and oversees but until then I’ll celebrate by indulging in these cookies.

Maybe next year, I’ll have a small get together with friends and pull together a colorful tablescape like this one. Not joining in any revelries, grab your beads and transform them into this fashion forward necklace, or create some festive coasters. And although, purple, gold and green are the authentic colors of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnaval in Portugal is all about bold rich colors, and having a great indulgent time.

And if you’re still looking for plans in the New York City area, stop by Lafayette and you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a beautiful French quarter cafe. Each month they showcase a different region, and feature dinner and wine pairings on Monday and Tuesday nights. Then end your night celebrating Mardi Gras in true fashion at The Dutch in NYC.

mardigras11 Mardi Gras Bead necklaceMardi Gras Bead Coasters

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