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Feb 3, 201609:00 AM
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Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

Mardi Gras Manual

The elements of Carnival style in a handy pocket guide

Photo courtesy Dirty Coast

As one who loves to host friends and family for Carnival and beyond, I take note when a great gift idea pops onto my radar. Yesterday, at the bottom of the New Orleans Tidbits newsletter there was a postscript about the 2016 Mardi Gras Manual available at Dirty Coast. This handy, dandy, 32-page pocket manual has everything you need to know for Carnival.

From parade packing lists and costume tips to rundowns (including a summary, tips, what to bring and the best places to catch throws) of the top 10 best parades, the illustrated manual is jam packed with essential info. At $5 per book or 14 for a pack of three this is slated to become my go-to welcome gift for visitors.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, “Party Primer: Tips for hosts and guests for being prepped and peppy throughout Carnival season,” this is our third season. That being said, while I have some experience, I don’t claim to be an expert. The reason I say that is the book isn’t just for neophytes. It has several tips for those like me who’ve been in the trenches a few times and perhaps even for lifers. Who doesn’t like a great tip?

On that note, hat tip to New Orleans Tidbits. The Mardi Gras Manual and its subsequent editions might just become a local classic. At the very least, it might save you from forgetting to pack a flask for your favorite parade.

 

 

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Bon Vivant

Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

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Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 16 years, Melanie has covered lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, serving as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe. In her spare time, Melanie is an award-winning fine art photographer and has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography. She also has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans for its Excellence in Journalism Awards and is currently serving as a media member of the board of directors. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 16 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. Click here to like Spencer's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @MelanieSpencer. 

 

You can reach her at melanie@myneworleans.com.

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