In 2014, Mardi Gras will fall on March 4th. This is later than usual which means the milder weather will bring even more revelers into the streets. While a Mardi Gras parade adds to the fun, anyone anywhere can throw the perfect Mardi Gras Party.
Just stick with tradition and the party will fall into place easily.
- The Color Theme – the official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold which represent justice, faith and power. Decorating with this color is simple. You can purchase plates, cups, napkins, balloons and streamers in these colors and decorate you space any way you like.
Wear Mardi Gras Costumes – there are a variety from which to choose such as:
- A Mardi Gras King or Queen costume
- A Mardi Gras Jester costume
- Masquade masks
Traditional Food of Mardi Gras – Look to New Orleans cuisine as your guide. A mix of Creole and French fare.
- Dirty Rice
- King Cake
- Pecan Pie
Here is a great recipe for Jumbalaya. Double or triple the ingredients to feed a crowd. It is super easy and very delicious! Then, serve Beignets and King cake for dessert.
The King Cake is of specific significance. This soft, sweet, bread-like cake is served at Mardi Parties. Somewhere hidden inside the cake is a little toy baby or other trinket. The one who finds it will be crowned the next Mardi Gras King or Queen and have the honor of hosting the next Mardi Gras celebration.
Mardi Gras Music – Play the sounds of New Orleans Jazz and big band.
- Harry Connick, Jr.
- Jelly Roll Morton
- Louis Armstrong
Trinkets, Mardi Gras Beads, Mardi Gras Masks and Accessories
The tradition of throwing and collecting beaded necklaces has been around for over 125 years.
When the party is over it’s time to sober up and celebrate Ash Wednesday. For the next 40 days you may fast or withhold from a vice but until that time it’s Carnavale for all!