Thursday, February 16, 2017

#tbt {Mardi Gras Serveware}

It's Thursday, so it's time to look back at the beginnings of The Uptown Acorn. J & I love to entertain, and living just off of the historic Uptown parade route makes Mardi Gras entertaining even more fab with our collection of Mardi Gras serveware.

Every Mardi Gras season, I eagerly await using my vast collection of Mardi Gras-inspired ceramic platters, bowls, chip & dips, and plates. I have been collecting these unique pieces since the early 1990s. Most were purchased from two of my favorite Thibodaux shoppes, House of Fashion and Old Estate way back when.

There is no secret that I love Mardi Gras, so collecting Carnival-inspired serveware is a task I do not take lightly. I can never have just ONE (Right, J?).

Vast collection of Vicki Carroll ceramic serveware

     Many of my collection pieces are by ceramic artist, Vicki Carroll. Her studio consists of "a diverse and lively gathering of hand painted and decorative accessories that can enhance your own personal style".
     Here are pieces of my Mardi Gras serveware collection:

Large round platter

Large oval platter...perfect for king cakes

Chip & Dip

Square platter

Notice the chip=well used!

     Recently, I also discovered a few pieces by local ceramic artist Debbie Kraemer of dk clay which is located Uptown. Check back soon as I will devote a future blog to her original work. I find her work to be classic and so well made. Stay tuned!
     Here are a few pieces by DK that I have purchased recently:

     Living just a block off the famous Uptown parade route, I am so enthused to be able to use such spirited serveware. I have used my collection for many years from Atlanta to NOLA, and I hope to for many Mardi Gras seasons to come.

My Atlanta Mardi Gras

Custom Fleur de lis cookies...McIntyre's Bakery, Smyrna, GA

Roasted red pepper dip & veggies

Fiesta dip & pretzel sticks

King cake

Pepper jelly made by Honey

Crawfish popcorn bites by the Big Easy Grill, Atlanta

     And even better, these pieces are oven and dishwasher safe. Easy use, easy clean-up = Happy me!

My Atlanta tablescape

Happy Mardi Gras Serving, y'all!


  1. Good evening, Ron! Your Mardi Gras serveware and tablescapes are so fun, classy, and festive. Looking forward to seeing your future Mardi Gras posts! Cheers! xoxo

  2. Ron, your Mardi Gras ceramics are great fun! Of course you need these! Have a fun time!
    I enjoy seeing how you and J celebrate the season.

  3. I think you have entirely too much fun there in NOLA! You have a great collection of Mardi Gras dishes. Party on!

  4. You have the best collection of serving pieces. What a fun party you must throw! I love Mardi Gras and miss the fun and excitement of it.

  5. What a fun collection of Mardi Gras serving dishes! They even look good with food on can still see some of the design. Some dishes look better empty but that defeats the purpose of having special serving pieces.

  6. I am surprised to read they are oven and dishwasher safe...makes them all the more attractive to me. Those are all really great pieces in your collection and I like the last ones, too. They are more subtle but still say Mardi Gras. xo Diana


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