Elegant Mardi Gras

Mardi Masks

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A Mardi Gras celebration does not have to be decked out in purples and greens. You can host an elegant affair using gold and black accents seen here. Use masks in the flowers to harken a venetian carnival feel and make everyone the king and the queen of the evening by using miniature unique crowns as place cards.

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Spaghetti Gras

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While there are many traditional New Orleans flavors to choose from, we are keeping with the Venetian theme and chose Venetian Spaghetti with Sardines for a traditional Northern Italian fare

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
One 4-ounce can olive-oil-packed
1 cup whole milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 pound spaghetti


Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook gently for 20 minutes until very soft and just beginning to turn golden.

In the meantime, drain, bone and finely chop the sardines. Bring a pot of salty water to boil.

When the onions are cooked, add the sardines and a splash of water to the onions and heat through. Add the milk and bring to a slight boil, then turn the heat to a simmer and cook until the sardines melt and the sauce thickens, 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and add to the sauce, reserving some pasta water in case it gets dry. Toss to coat, season with salt and lots of pepper, and serve.

Campari Mardi

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Campari Sanguinea is an Italian blood red drink that will brighten up your table.




1 ounce Campari

2 ounces pomegranate juice

2 ounces grapefruit juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)

Grapefruit twist


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add Campari, pomegranate juice, and grapefruit juice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with grapefruit twist.

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Branded Selfies

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Selfie Spott is a new text based branding image software. Event organizers can create their own overlay, akin to Snapchat. Unlike Snapchat however, the image doesn’t disappear and guests get a text photo with the branded image.

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