Hosting A Masquerade Party for Mardi Gras
The holidays have become a past memory, the roses you received for Valentine’s Day are now wilted and must be thrown out and this month we are left without any paid holidays (unless you are one of the lucky ones who gets President Day off). So what do we have to look forward to now? We have Mardi Gras, the crazy celebration of colors, masks and beads. This is the perfect reason to gather up some friends, and create your own Bourbon Street.
The Mardi Gras that we all are familiar with takes place in New Orleans. This insane party extends from January 6th and goes through February 20th, also known as Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. All of Mardi Gras consists of masks, beads, bright colors, parades, Cajun and Creole food and of course drinking. Just because you can’t get to New Orleans this year doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate like you are there. Keep reading this article to find out some great party ideas, crafts, recipes and cocktails.
Let’s start with the invitations. You can’t have a party without sending out invites. Below are some links to some fun and easy craft projects I have found if you want to make homemade Mardi Gras invitations.
Now that the easy part is finished, you have a lot of planning ahead of you. Since the Mardi Gras party itself is known for colorful costumes and masks, I thought I would help you out and give you some links to making your own masks for this party. You can decide whether you want to make a bunch to hand out or if you want your guests to show up with their own masks. I personally think it would be more fun if you handed them out.
Feathered Masks - To disguise your bright eyes for Mardi Gras, let them take flight in a fantasy of feathers.
Purple Mask - A very feminine approach to a sassy Mardi Gras mask.
Bird Mask- Hide behind this beautiful white feathered bird mask.
Love Mask - Use the colors of love on your mask. The colors of pink and red will attract any man to your hidden face.
Mardi Gras Half Mask - This mask is a very pretty design and full of vibrant colors.
As for decorations, well you can’t have a party without decorations and you surely can’t have a Mardi Gras party without tons of decorations. You need to make your home as energetic and colorful as you can by using the traditional Mardi Gras colors such as gold, purple and green. These bold colors were chosen by the King of Carnival, Rex in 1872 and each stand for something different.
Purple – Justice
Green – Faith
Gold - Power
Use these colors and decorate with streamers, colorful beads, balloons, and confetti. This is a party in which you are allowed to go crazy with the decorating so feel free to be as tacky as you want.
Now that we have all this covered, it is time to think about what type of food you want to serve your guests. Since the theme is Mardi Gras and this takes place in a city that is known for its Creole and Cajun delicacies, I have found some recipes that are guaranteed to add some spice to your party.
Recipes For Jambalaya:
Recipes for Gumbo:
Other Cajun and Creole Recipes:
For every Mardi Gras party, there has to be a king cake. The maker of each King Cake always hides a token (tiny plastic one inch doll) inside the cake. When the cake is cut and shared, the finder of the hidden treasure is said to enjoy good luck for the coming year. Click here to find out ingredients and directions on how to make this fun cake.
The Perfect Mardi Gras Cocktail
2 oz. Dark Rum
2 oz. Light Rum
1 Tbs. Passion Fruit Syrup
2 oz. apricot nectar
2 oz. strawberry nectar
2 tsp. grenadine
2 tsp. Lime Juice
Shake well with ice and strain into a hurricane glass filled with ice.
Good luck with the party and just remember to have as much fun as you can with this. Take every opportunity you have to go crazy. Happy Mardi Gras!
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