Five on Friday: Mardi Gras

It's already Friday again (yay!) and I'm linking up for Five on Friday with DarciAprilChristina and Natasha.

{One}  Mardi Gras

I live on the Gulf Coast and have family in New Orleans and was born there, so I always grew up around Mardi Gras.   I do realize that not everyone is as familiar with this holiday though.  We look forward to Mardi Gras every year and now that we live in Pensacola, we partake in a local parade here.  The parade is next Saturday and is always a fun all-day affair.  

Have you ever been in to a New Orleans Mardi Gras or had any desire to go see what it's all about??

 {Two} A Mardi Gras Dinner Party

My husbands birthday is this Wednesday and I'm planning to have a few couples over for dinner and have a fun "Mardi Gras" themed dinner party.  I found some really cute FREE printables below too.  

Free Mardi Gras printables via

{Three}  The Old Fashion Cocktail

Of course I need a signature cocktail too and the first drink that came to mind is the Old Fashion.  Although I haven't been able to enjoy bourbon since college, I know the rest of the crowd will love them!

1 sugar cube
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
3 ounces bourbon whiskey
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Place the sugar cube at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass.
Saturate the cube with bitters.
Add one orange slice.
Muddle these ingredients.
Fill the glass with ice cubes.
Add the bourbon.

I'll share pictures next week of the party!!!

{Four} On another note, Julia Ryan from Pawleys Island Posh ran a Polyvore contest a few weeks ago that I entered and I thought I would share my creation.  It is for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Serena and Lily and two winners are selected.  I have entered one before that Megan at Honey We're Home hosted too.   Her theme was "Sexy Glam."  You can see my board here.  I always have a lot of fun creating them and it would certainly be a bonus to win a S&L gift card.  

Updated Traditionalist: Bedroom Style

Barbara Cosgrove drum shade light / Indoor outdoor rug / Zebra rug / Serena Lily patterned bedding / Leopard home decor / Home decor / Fabric flower / Diptyque french home decor / Serena Lily white headboard / Blue accent chair / Storage furniture / Moroccan Pouf Gold / Serena & Lily Rip Matteson

{Five} Our hometown hosts a really fun event once a month called Gallery Night.  They shut down Palafox Street which is our main street in downtown Pensacola and all of the shops stay open late and everyone can walk the streets and browse the stores, bars, or restaurants down town.  The weather has warmed up for us this week and we hope to take a stroll out our backdoor and down Palafox tonight...


  1. HAHAH Girl I can't drink bourbon anymore either! Bah! I can't wait to see pics from the Mardi Gras dinner - what a cute idea!!!

  2. I've never been to Mardi Gras (would love to) but just had some authentic King Cake this week. It was soooo good! Definitely not good for you, but hey I had to try it at least once! The birthday party looks great - what a fun way to celebrate! Have a great weekend

  3. Great Mardi Gras party ideas. Never been, but it looks like a blast. Happy Friday. Found you through the link-up.

  4. Love your Polyvore board!!! I swear, I could spend hours clicking around....

    Happy Friday, pretty lady!!

  5. New follower from Pensacola! Love when I come across other bloggers who live in the area! We love gallery night too :)