Why wait until Halloween or New Year’s Eve to throw your next big party? Mardi Gras is a world-wide celebration that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday. Take a cue from New Orleans, who has been celebrating this day since the 1700s, and throw a festive and traditional Mardi Gras party.
First you’ll want to set the mood. Decorate your party space as elaborately as possible with purple, green and gold streamers, feathers and balloons. Don’t forget the beads, a staple part of every Mardi Gras shindig.
Masquerade masks are also synonymous with Mardi Gras. Start the party off by having guests decorate their own party masks using paint, sequins, ribbons, and feathers. Play some traditional New Orleans jazz in the background – Dancing is encouraged!
You may have a guest who comes to your Mardi Gras party just for the food. Don’t be offended—at Mardi Gras (which translates to Fat Tuesday!) food is half of the celebration. Serve cajun favorites like beans and rice or finger-food sized po’boys. And don’t forget the King’s Cake! No Mardi Gras is complete without it, and your guests will love searching for the hidden trinket baked inside. Whoever finds it is promised good luck throughout the year, something everyone could use.