Mardi Gras is right around the corner and it is time to start planning for your party now. Most mark the end of Mardi Gras with Fat Tuesday which is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Lent is a quiet season of reflection and sacrifice for many. Many like to have one last blowout party before this. Host a Mardi Gras party with these ideas.
Purple, yellow, and green are generally considered the official Mardi Gras colors. These colors are very popular in New Orleans, the scene of one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations around. Other cities around the world typically host a Carnival celebration that is similar. Your invitations should include these colors as well as some matching confetti perhaps a string of Mardi Gras beads.
Speaking of Mardi Gras beads make sure you have plenty on hand so that all of your guests can put some on as they enter the party. These make a great party favor and will help everyone get into a festive mood. Masks, hats, and crowns can also be fun party items too. Crown a king and a queen to hold court over your Mardi Gras ball.
One must have for any Mardi Gras party is a King Cake. Many bakeries in New Orleans will ship one overnight, ensuring you will have a fresh and authentic pastry to serve to your guests. This colorful cake is often filled with hidden treasures, including a plastic baby. If a person finds the baby in their slice of cake then traditionally they need to provide the King Cake next year. Or you can try your hand at making your own. There are several great recipes at Food Network.
Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday take place on February 24th this year. Make sure you start your planning now in order to host a great party.