Tips for Planning and Hosting a Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras Party Music Tips
Music goes a long way to creating the right atmosphere at a party, no matter what kind of event. You can ramp things up with upbeat music or keep a mellow pace to your Mardi Gras party. Consider the following tips to help you select the right music for your Mardi Gras extravaganza.

Throwing a Mardi Gras party can be easier than you think!“As a New Yorker who has spent time in New Orleans and attended Mardi Gras, it’s very important to create the proper atmosphere for your Mardi Gras soiree,” says Don Miller of Harrison Leifer DiMarco Public Relations. “Authentic Cajun and New Orleans-style music helps set the tone while greeting your guests at the door with plenty of beads and, of course, a classic Hurricane!”

Create an authentic New Orleans atmosphere with jazz music. Selecting the right artists can do wonders for the mood and vibe of your Mardi Gras party.

“New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Jeremy Davenport will add a sexy touch of sophistication to your party,” says Thea Pagel of Thea Pagel Productions. “If you want to funk it up and keep the party shaking into the wee hours, download Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Music needs to fit with the mood. A great free option is playing live streaming Mardi Gras music. Create three sets: one for the arrival to get people in the mood, another when the energy is peaking, and then wind down music before the party ends.”

Other Mardi Gras Party Tips

–    Give all guests a few strands of beads when they arrive.
–    Consider creating a party game where guests have to try to get the most beads – not necessarily in the traditional sense of how you might expect to get beads.
–    Think about featuring a few different New Orleans style cocktails in addition to the Hurricanes.
–    Decide whether you would like to make your party an annual event or if you would like to encourage one of your guests to host the next year’s party. Let the fun live on!

About the Experts:
Thea Pagel is a New Orleans party planner and owner of Thea Pagel Productions. For more information, please see

Don Miller is VP of Public Relations at Harrison Leifer DiMarco Public Relations. He has attended Mardi Gras and spent time in New Orleans.

Holly Clegg is the Baton Rouge based cookbook author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series. For more information, please see The Healthy Cooking Blog and

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