Fat Tuesday or as the French say "Mardi Gras" has been celebrated for over 400 years! If you’re like the majority of people who observe this holiday, then what it really means is, Party Time!
Being the kind and loving person that you are (get yourself a Starbucks, you deserve it!), hosting a party for your friends or young ones is obviously the right move. But with such a big heart comes great responsibility! Since you have a reputation to keep, you might want to check out these party ideas to keep your little shin-dig, What do kids say these days...“Poppin”?
Simple enough right? Find some blank masks, a couple of hot glue guns and get to work! Use the beads from Mardi gras necklaces and other cheap items to decorate your masks.
Jambalaya (a Louisiana staple) is easy to make and add your own spice to make the recipe your own. This one-pot dish is rice and meat and peppers with some creole seasoning.
Really, anytime you get the chance to cook meat on a stick, you should do it (or tofu for our vegan readers). This classic is loved by the masses. Grill up some crawfish too if you’re really trying to impress.
You can't have Mardi Gras without Jazz. New Orleans is famous around the world for not only food but its live jazz music as well. Find a jazz playlist on iTunes or Spotify to last several hours. Some jazz flute is always soothing.
Use whatever Mardi Gras themed items you can conjure up to make a decorative centerpiece. Sip some bourbon (if you’re of legal age that is) as your guests admire your display. All while devouring the shrimp skewers we mentioned in tip #3!
Go that extra mile and decorate the whole house! For a very reasonable price, you can buy whole sets of purple, green and gold Mardi gras decor. This makes decorating quick and easy. Your house will be looking like bourbon street in no time!
If you've made it this far in the blog, you should already know what colors to use. If not… Maybe you should let your friends host a party this year.
Pick out a designated area of your party and set up a photo booth. Using... you guessed it! purple, green and gold items. Hats, masks, and Mardi gras beads are a solid choice for props.
Getting hungry yet? I know I am... If you're hosting a kid-friendly Mardi gras party try putting a slight cajun style twist on mac-n-cheese. Who wouldn’t like it?
Another New Orleans tradition, the Kings Cake is one “tasty pastry” (bet you can’t say that 5 times fast). Baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside, the person who finds the baby must host the next party!
Last but definitely not least. Gather up your party crew and assemble your own parade around the neighborhood. Bring speakers and that playlist we talked about earlier. You’d be surprised how many people come out to watch.
With so many fun things to do and see at this festival, getting to New Orleans isn’t always an option. Turn your living room into the French quarter and your backyard into Bourbon street. Let this be a helpful guide to make your Mardi gras party a hit!