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Holding a Mardi Gras party at your home is becoming more popular. If you want to hold your own, read this post to get some great ideas of what could work at your house.
Mardi Gras is popular and widely known as a New Orleans festival. In fact it was brought to the US from Europe by a French Canadian settlor, Jean Baptiste de Moyne Sieur de Bienville, and was first celebrated in Mobile in 1703. In 1710, a secret society called “Beouf Gras Society” held the first parade where they pushed the Bull’s Head down the street with a procession behind them. The bull was sympolic of the coming Lenten fast.
New Orleans wasn’t actually a settlement until 1718, and by 1730 Mardi Gras was celebrated openly, but not with the parades we know today. In 1740, Louisiana’s governor established elegant society balls, which modeled the balls of today. In 1781, the first Carnival was celebrated. By 1856, the first Krewe, the Mistick Krewe of Comus, was established and they developed parades with floats and masked balls. Krewe members are and always have been anonymous.
Since then the celebration has become more and more elaborate, with more amazing floats and parades. The krewes remain anonymous today and they fund the floats and all of the decorations, which is why Mardi Gras is called the Greatest Free Show on Earth.
If you won’t be going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, but still want to celebrate, you can make up your house in purple, green and gold decorations. Here are 15 Mardi Gras ideas to give your party the look and feel of New Orleans in the heart of Mardi Gras celebrations.
Invite your guests to your Mardi Gras theme decorated house. The garland over the door, along with the wreath on the door and the planters in front will be adored by your guests before they enter your home. When they walk through your door, they will already be in the Mardi Gras party mood.
Mardi Gras Tree
Many of us have heard of Christmas Trees, but just because Christmas is over, it doesn’t mean that you need to put the tree away. Take down the Christmas decorations, and decorate it with Mardi Gras decorations. Use brightly colored balls in teh gold, green and purple of the Mardi Gras theme. Use beads and garland to finish it. Make it look beautiful and celebratory. Be creative with your tree.
Mardi Gras is about more than decorations and costumes. It is also about the flavours of the food and drinks. One of those drinks that your guests will love to enjoy are the Jello Shots made in the Mardi Gras colors.
Mardi Gras Table Decorations
Table runners decorated in the Mardi Gras theme are perfect for your table. You can be creative here as well. Use colored balls, beads and fabric. Since the table is the center of every party, you want to make sure it is filled with Mardi Gras decorations, drinks and food.
King Cake Cheese Ball
The King Cake is a delicacy associated with Lenten feasts, especially Mardi Gras. King Cakes are served through Carnaval season which goes from Epiphany Eve (January 5th) to Shrove Tuesday (the day before the start of Lent). Sometimes there is a jelly bean or small figurine trinket hidden inside the cake, and the person that finds it gets some privelege or obligation – like bringing king cake to the next party. You can be creative by using traditional King Cake, or you can switch it up, like this example, where it is a King Cake cheese ball decorated in Mardi Gras colors.
Pineapple Black Bean Salsa
I love the salad because it has the colors of Mardi Gras, naturally without food coloring. At Mardi Gras you can fill the table with traditional Creole and southern dishes, or dishes that would fit in the color scheme or Mardi Gras, like the delicious Pineapple Black Bean Salsa below.
Cajun Meals for Mardi Gras
The south is known for Southern dishes like this Cajun Meal, and the Jambalaya. Filled with rice, sausage, peppers, and spices. It brings Louisiana tastes and flavours right to your own table. Make it as spicy as you want. If you add too much spice though, just warn your guests! Fat Tuesday is designed to be teh last day to eat rich, fatty foods before the fasting season of Lenten. So eat up and Enjoy!!
Mardi Gras Beads
Throws are what they call the beads and other trinkets that they throw from the floats. During the parade, the people on the floats are called to “Throw me something, Mister”. It isn’t always beads. They also throw “dinnerware” which are plastic cups, and trinkets like coins called doubloons, with a logo from the krewe that owns the float. The most popular are the beads. Mardi Gras has become more famous recently for women showing their breasts as a way to get the men to “throw” the beads to them. Mardi Gras is a family event that everyone can enjoy. Women aren’t flashing their breasts everywhere, usually only in the French Quarter at night after the parades. Even the kids enjoy getting the beads from the floats during the Mardi Gras Carnival parade.
Vintage Masquerade Mardi Gras Masks
The story behind the masks is that the krewes that design the parade floats and hold the balls are anonymous. Masquerade masks hide the identities of the party goers and let them show their creative side by decorating the masks. . If you are planning to have a Mardi Gras party, you need to buy these Masquerade masks from Amazon for all your guests to wear.
Some masks are more elaborate than others. These Venetian masks from Amazon are quite elegant, and along with the right costume will be hard not to notice.
Everyone has heard of Bourbon street, party central in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Have you seen pictures of people on the balconies along Bourbon Street, throwing beads the the crowds below them? The street signs add some decorations to your house party to make your guests feel like they are in the French Quarter.
This Fringe Curtain with the Mardi Gras masks are perfect to put in the door of some rooms that you want to separate during your party. It is colorful, flashy and beautiful. Its the perfect decoration for any Mardi Gras party you have planned.
We have alot of these ceiling decorations for birthday parties, Christmas, halloween, Easter and now Mardi Gras. You can hang them from your pot lights in the living room, or from your curtain rods in your kitchen. They bring a new, unique look to any room, because your guests may have to walk through the Swirls.
Make this the best Mardi Gras ever with your own Mardi Gras themed house party. The ideas above will brighten up your house, and get all of your guests in to the mood. Make your party unique, but at the same time make it true to the feel and atmosphere of the real Mardi Gras. Your friends and family will love it.