Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and thereâ€™s no better excuse to throw a party!
Since the early 1700s when the French first settled in New Orleans, Mardi Gras has been celebrated on a grand scale with masquerades, parades, and other exciting carnival festivities. But even if you are not in New Orleans, you can throw your own Mardi Gras ball to take part in the celebration with family and friends!
If you want to throw a party in the true spirit of Mardi Gras, the first thing to keep in mind is that you can never have enough green, purple, and gold! The other Mardi Gras must-have is an abundance of colorful beads. And with a little creativity, you can use Mardi Gras beads to make all of your own party dĂ©cor.
In these three examples, Mardi Gras beads were used to make DIY party coasters, a Mardi Gras wreath, and a festive centerpiece. You can even hang green, purple, and gold beads from light fixtures such as sconces and chandeliers to set the scene for your Mardi Gras bash.
The decorating doesnâ€™t have to stop once the party starts. To keep your guests engaged, organize a Mardi Gras mask decorating contest. Purchase masks for your guests to decorate, and make sure you have plenty of craft supplies including feathers, glitter, ribbon, markers, and other decorating materials. Hereâ€™s a helpful printable template that we found for making your own Mardi Gras masks.
You canâ€™t have a Mardi Gras celebration without lots of delicious food. Create a menu of Creole and Cajun favorites like gumbo and jambalaya. When the recipe calls for sausage, consider using gourmet meats from Hickory Farms. Here are two recipes for Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and Jambalaya Supper Stuffing recipes that are sure to be a hit at a Mardi Gras party.
Donâ€™t forget to complete your menu with the most famous Mardi Gras tradition of all – the King Cake. Make sure to get your guests excited about this tradition! Whoever has the slice of cake with the baby is in charge of buying the next king cake and throwing the next Mardi Gras party!
Whatâ€™s your favorite part about Mardi Gras? Tell us in a comment below!