It's Carnival Season in New Orleans, one of my very favorite times of year! The city is so full of fun, festive energy, and even though we are a month away from Mardi Gras, the parties and balls are all in full swing!
My nieces and nephew are riding in their very first parade this year, and their Krewe is having its annual Mardi Gras ball this weekend. I never miss an opportunity to dress up in black tie! This year I was wondering how dressing for the ball would change being that I will be 19 weeks pregnant, but I was able to find a very Audrey-esque floor length black column gown that fits like a glove, and I feel fabulous in it! Lots of pictures to come next week after our upcoming fun-filled weekend in the city.
In the meantime I have been indulging in all sorts of King Cake related goodies (in moderation of course, ahem.) Last weekend Melanie and I visited Sucré for a delicious cup of coffee and their to die for macaroons. The rainbow of colors and flavors were all so tempting, but it was one flavor we were on a mission for. The weather was delightful and we were able to girl talk and enjoy our King Cake macaroons on the beautiful patio.
Melanie picked up one of their fabulous King Cakes for our visit with Jen and her sweet little baby girl Jane :) Isn't it beautiful?!
In other Mardi Gras-related goodness, I recently had Mardi Gras pancakes for breakfast at a local restaurant...
Tried out Blue Bell's Mardi Gras King Cake flavored ice cream....
(which for those who are taste test connoisseurs like me, this is one of the best I've tried! The king cake chunks taste like snicker doodles. Yum!)
I left up one of my Christmas trees again this year, and turned it into a Mardi Gras-themed tree. I think it came out super-cute and will be sure to take more photos soon of all our festive decorations. Matt has been begging me to start taking baby bump pictures, so on Saturday I left him snap a quick picture next to the tree. Here we are, 18 weeks and counting!
Happy Carnival Wishes to all!
(All images by me via iPhone)