Though I love donating my Mardi Gras beads to Arc of Greater New Orleans and Stephan Wanger‘s Guinness-record-breaking mural, my favorite use of parade throws is decorating my home for the season. Though the NFL tried to create a “clean zone” where they could tell us what to decorate our houses with, what signs we could carry and what clothes we could wear (!!!) , the ACLU has stepped in to protect our right to party our way (I, for one, will be wearing Saints gear every chance I get!). So, I’ve beaded my fence, wreathed my door and redecorated my Christmas tree as a Mardi Gras tree.
I like to make ornaments that commemorate the year I’ve had or the one ahead so this year I added a few Django Unchained accents to my collection. This year’s New Year’s baby has a red sash with a black chain on it and I couldn’t resist trying to recreate two of my extraordinary costumes and hairdos from my part as Leonardo DiCaprio’s sister, Lara Lee.