Tips for Planning and Hosting a Mardi Gras Party

Throwing a Mardi Gras party can be easier than you think!For an unforgettable party idea, host a Mardi Gras party during Carnival season or any time of year. Your Mardi Gras party can be as tame or as wild as you like, but you should be sure to focus on your Mardi Gras party food and beverages, party favors and decorations, and of course, music. Consider these tips for hosting a Mardi Gras party to help you give your soiree the right atmosphere.

As you plan your Mardi Gras party, remember to make yourself a checklist of things to do as well as a grocery list of all the items you need to buy for your food and beverage offerings. Get a few CDs or create an iTunes playlist of your favorite Mardi Gras music and don’t forget to decorate your home for the occasion. For an even more memorable Mardi Gras party experience, encourage your guests to dress up in the Mardi Gras colors or ask everyone to wear a Mardi Gras mask to the party.

Consider these tips on hosting a Mardi Gras party from party planning experts and those who have attended Mardi Gras in person. You can always add your own special touches, too!

Mardi Gras Party Decorating Tips
Make sure you decorate for your Mardi Gras party.Setting the right atmosphere for your Mardi Gras party is vital to the way your guests feel when they walk through the door. Decorate your home with lots of gold, green, and purple to give the right feel to your Mardi Gras party. Be sure to get masks, beads, balloons, and feather boas to further decorate if the spirit moves you. Take some advice from the party pros or make up your own Mardi Gras party decorations however you see fit.

“Décor of traditional purple, green and gold should be abundant not only for the home (tablecloths, streamers, etc), but for the hosts and guests, too,” says Don Miller of Harrison Leifer DiMarco Public Relations. “Most party supply stores carry Mardi Gras supplies.”

Holly Clegg, Baton Rouge based cookbook author, suggests decorating your party tables with traditional Mardi Gras accessories like colorful beads and festive masks. You can strew them about the table for a casual yet classy look.

“Buy an assortment of green, purple, and gold paper napkins to enhance your theme and ensure easy clean up,” Clegg adds.

Mardi Gras Party Food Suggestions
Often the food at any party becomes a point of memory for years to come. If you plan your Mardi Gras party menu in advance, you can likely get all the supplies you need to create an authentic New Orleans style spread. Gather your favorite southern and Cajun recipes and let the fun begin!

Some top Mardi Gras party food ideas include:
–    Crab and corn soup
–    Jambalaya
–    Gumbo
–    Red Beans and Rice
–    Crawfish
–    Shrimp Po’boys
–    King Cake
–    Beignets

“Cuisine is vitally important, even for the non-experienced cook there are some good, quick dishes you can buy in the supermarket like jambalaya, red beans and rice, etc.,” Miller shares. “Andouille sausage is easy to find in most areas. Finally, an authentic King Cake can be ordered online and delivered in time for the celebration, and according to tradition, the person who finds the plastic baby in his or her piece of the King Cake gets to host next year’s party. First time revelers from my party last year are very enthused about hosting this year’s party and have been talking about it for months! Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

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