Everyone can do with a little cheering up during the final stretch of winter – that’s what makes Mardi Gras such a perfect occasion for a party. As the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras is celebrated as a final indulgence before Lent begins. If you can’t make it down to New Orleans to partake in its krewe parades and out-of-this-world festivities, you can always throw your own event.
As with any party, you’ll want to get your guests in the spirit from the moment they walk through the door. Decorate with the Mardi Gras colors—green, purple, and gold—using everything you can find. There’s no such thing as too many decorations! Just remember to include plenty of traditional beads and masquerade masks.
Once your guests are there, keep the Mardi Gras party going by playing traditional New Orleans jazz and zydeco. Encourage guests to dress up ahead of time and then have a costume contest. Be sure to set out plenty of Cajun food as well. Beans and rice, Creole crab cakes, or muffuletta sandwiches are all good choices. And no Mardi Gras party is complete without the traditional King’s Cake, a tasty pastry with a hidden surprise baked inside.
Keep the music loud, the drinks full, and the spirits high, and you can count on guests of all ages enjoying your Mardi Gras party this year.