During Carnival there are numerous reasons and opportunities to buy items with a Mardi Gras theme, whether you want serving pieces for your own parties, gifts for a host or hostess, presents for the king or queen of a krewe, or favors for a Mardi Gras ball. Here are our picks for mementos that maintain a royal decorum of taste and beauty that allows them to be displayed year-round.
Perfect for a member of any court is a small, simple oil-on-canvas painting of a crown, $38, from Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018).
For a favorite male in your life, pick up a pair of cut-out crown cufflinks by jewelry designer Mignon Faget that come in gold-plated sterling (shown here), $95; sterling silver, $85; or 14-karat gold, $550; from Mignon Faget Ltd. (3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 524-2973; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-2244; www.mignonfaget.com).
Toast the season with clear wine flutes with a sculpted silver fleur de lis emblem by Jon Marchaux, $20 a stem, from Little Miss Muffin Children & Home (766 Harrison Ave., 482-8200). Dress your table with pewter serving pieces that have column handles topped with crowns, $44 for fork and spoon set, both from Little Miss Muffin Children & Home (766 Harrison Ave., 482-8200).