Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is seen by many as a chance to have one last party before Lent begins. Even if you can’t make it to New Orleans to enjoy one of the parades, you can still have some fun this year by throwing a party of your own! Here are a couple of ideas to help you get set up:
1. Go Overboard With Your Decorating!
There’s no need to keep it simple or elegant, it’s Fat Tuesday! This is supposed to be your chance to indulge, so don’t be afraid to go over the top with decorations of purple, green and gold! We have a large selection of decorations and party supplies to choose from, including beads, tablecloths, party favors and more. Take a look at our selection and find what you need.
2. Have Masks Available For Everyone
With all of the decorating for the party, don’t forget this is also a chance for costumes! Many people wear masks for Mardi Gras. In fact, float riders in New Orleans are required by law to wear masks during the parade. Make sure everyone is dressed for the occasion by having them bring their own masks or have these colorful masquerade masks available at the door. Little details like this can help make sure your guests are entertained.
3. Have Mardi Gras Cocktails
While there isn’t a signature drink for Mardi Gras, you can always make a signature cocktail for your party. Something fruity and colorful is the way to go for Mardi Gras. Or if you’d like, you can make it easier and set out a punch bowl. Set out drink umbrellas, party straws and more to let people decorate their glasses.
4. Make a King Cake
A signature sweet for Mardi Gras is the king cake. While there are a number of different recipes for king cake available, most involve the use of cinnamon and Mardi Gras colored frosting and sprinkles. The most important part of the cake though is the king cake baby. Placed inside the cake, this plastic baby was originally meant to symbolize baby Jesus. Today, the baby can be used as a fun little game, as whoever finds it can be placed in charge of bringing next year’s king cake or throwing the whole party next year!