Hope that you all had a happy Easter Sunday! Wishing all of our favorite peeps much happiness today and every day!
We love everything about Mardi Gras and are so excited to share some fun ideas for Mardi Gras and Masquerade parties. This is a great theme that can be used throughout the year – not just on Fat Tuesday!
As you prepare, think bright, bold colors and rich textures! Mardi Gras colors are traditionally gold, deep purple and bright green. I add touches of hot pink and fuchsia too! I love to use velour or velvet fabric swatches, sequined table runners, feather boas and beads. Add some inexpensive masks, feathers and props and you have decadent and rock star cool party decor!
If you are unfamiliar with Creole or Cajun cuisine, the menu might seem intimidating but is actually very easy. Almost any grocery store will have the necessities! Zatarain’s makes boxed side dishes that you can whip up in 30 minutes or so. My fave is red beans & rice but they have jambalaya and gumbo mixes also. Add onions, peppers and andouille sausage and it makes a great meal. A seafood gumbo (stew) is another simple one pot option! If you want an authentic Southern vegetable dish, greens are easy to cook too. You can usually find bagged collards or turnips in the salad section. Pour the leaves into a big pot over about an inch of water, add some bacon or ham for seasoning and let them cook until soft. Click HERE for Paula Deen’s recipe. A purple and green leaf lettuce salad matches the color scheme too!
I prefer petite dessert selections like cupcakes, cookies and mini pecan pies to a traditional king cake. Cake by Heather is my go-to for baked goods but HERE is a great recipe for king cupcakes. Gold metallic cupcake liners, glittery disco dust and a gorgeous cake or cupcake stand and you have an oh so glam presentation!
Now for our favorite part – the wearables! Boas, beads, hats & headbands, sunglasses, masks and crowns all make wonderful take-home favors or photo booth props for your guests! Put out some festive options and let them get into the spirit! This is definitely a fabulous theme for photo ops and selfies!
Daiquiris and hurricanes are delicious Mardi Gras party drinks but wine and beer are fine too! Drape the serving area with more fabric, boas or feathers to pull the look together. Wrap beads around water bottles, sodas and other beverages and you’ve got a simple, inexpensive, fun and playful presentation!
Voila! You’ve got a spectacular soirée! Hope these fun little party tips, tricks and recipes are helpful to you this Fat Tuesday and beyond! Happy Mardi Gras y’all!