With a little planning and a lot of creativity, hosting a Mardi Gras theme party can be just as fun as attending one. While traditionally held on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras festivities can be enjoyed year-round, infusing any occasion with a carnival-esque feel.
Here are a few tips to help with your Big Easy celebration:
Mardi Gras Party Invitations
Set the tone for the festivities by sending shimmering foil Mardi Gras party invitations in the traditional colors of Mardi Gras - purple, green, and gold. Send invitations in a tube mailer along with a strand of beads and a feathered party mask. Be sure to ask your guests to come in costume - the more outrageous, the better!
When it comes to Mardi Gras party supplies and decorations, over-the-top is where it's at! Drape tabletops with glistening purple, green, and gold coverings, and top with metallic balloon bouquets, Mardi Gras masks, beads, and noisemakers. Hang string lights from every available surface, and festoon the walls with streamers. Dangle beaded necklaces from doorways, cabinet handles, doorknobs, and lampshades. Keep a basket filled with beaded necklaces near the front door, and toss a strand to each guest as they arrive.
Naturally, a celebration that's known as Fat Tuesday must include party food - and lots of it! Fuel the fun with Mardi Gras party recipes for gumbo, crawfish (or shrimp) etouffee, jambalaya, and andouille sausages. To help your guests wash down the spicy cuisine, have plenty of Hurricanes, Mint Juleps, and Bloody Mary mixers on hand.
No Mardi Gras party would be complete without a King Cake. This traditional, oval-shaped sweet treat is decorated in purple, green, and gold, and baked with a King Baby inside. According to custom, whoever gets the piece of cake with the king baby agrees to host the following year's Mardi Gras bash.
Regardless of the occasion, hosting a Mardi Gras theme party is a creative way to bring a touch of Carnival to any event. Enjoy sharing your slice of Bourbon Street with your guests.