Haleigh Eustis

Intern, Digital Marketing

Happy Mardi Gras! This popular holiday is celebrated by many and is widely known for its extravagant and lively celebrations in New Orleans! This celebration is filled with food, parties, drinking and lively celebrations that take up the entire city. When one thinks of Mardi Gras, there are three colors that should come to mind: green, purple and gold (or yellow!) The colors were chosen by Rex, King of the Carnival and all represent different symbols. Purple stands for justice, while green stands for faith and gold stands for power. Though this celebration has little to do with flowers, that doesn’t mean we can’t add our own unique take on it! In this blog we’re going to make a DIY Mardi Gras bouquet that is sure to add a little color in your space!  

Mardi Gras has been celebrated since the 18th century and has never ceased to bring celebration and enchantment every year. That said, we’re going to make a bouquet that mimics the same excitement that comes with the holiday and celebrations! What you’ll need: 

  1. Medium height vase 
  2. Party beads (specifically in purple, green and gold shades)  
  3. Flowers 
  4. Purple flowers that I recommend: lilac, purple daisies, lavender or hyacinth! 
  5. Greenery of any kind but I have a strong preference for ivy, leather fern, silver dollar eucalyptus, baby blue and baby’s breath! (You can also use statice for some more purple flare.) 
  6. Though there are no natural gold flowers, there are yellow flowers! Here are some I recommend! Sunflowers, marigolds, tulips, chrysanthemum, goldenrod and the primrose! 
  7. (Optional) ribbon!  

Let’s begin: 

Step One: Start with your vase. You’re going to want to fill it with your Mardi Gras themed beads. There doesn’t have to be any order to this, do what you like!  

Step two: Once the vase is filled with beads start to create your bouquet! If you’re not confident in your bouquet making skills, we have a blog that will help you, click here! Don’t forget, because there’s no water in your vase, your flowers are more prone to die faster! If you want to prolong their life, nestle a small glass into your vase and place your bouquet in the cup with water. Then you work around your cup and use the beads to hide it! Make this bouquet as extravagant as you want! 

(Optional): You can always add feathers and Mardi Gras masks to the bouquet as well!  

Step Three: now that you have your finished bouquet, you can wrap a beautiful ribbon around the vase and voila! You’ve got a beautiful and easy to make Mardi Gras bouquet!

Buy all your floral needs at Price Chopper/Markert 32 Floral Department!