Mardi Gras is being celebrated on Tuesday February 21 this year. It is also called Fat Tuesday and it always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It is celebrated city wide in New Orleans and on a smaller scale around the country.
Either you can fly down to New Orleans and celebrate there or you can host your own party or celebration at home. If you are planning on visiting the city then you will want to research some New Orleans hotels, find a parade schedule, and go have some fun.
Planning a party at home is also a fun idea. You may want to celebrate on the exact day or have the party on the weekend beforehand. Here are some of my best tips and ideas for hosting a Mardi Gras party.
I absolutely love the purple, green, and gold colors of Mardi Gras. It makes decorating a breeze. Get some Mardi Gras decorations such as these hanging swirls and a Mardi Gras decorating kit. Cover your tables with purple, green and gold tablecovers. Tape the swirls to the ceiling, hang up the banners and sign, and wrap the bunting around a table. Put some green, purple, and gold centerpieces on the table. Add some Mardi Gras beads as a finishing touch.
Costumes are a big part of a Mardi Gras celebration. From the people on the parade floats to the people wandering the streets, many people are in costume. Here are some Mardi Gras costume ideas for everyone. Every celebration needs a Mardi Gras King and Queen. Kids will have fun dressing up as jesters. A masquerade party can be a bunch of fun with everyone wearing a uniquely decorated mask.
The food for a Mardi Gras party is really important too. Every celebration needs a King Cake. This is a fun thing to make if you do not have a local bakery that makes them. I love this King Cake recipe from Emeril (what can get more New Orleans than that?). Don’t forget to bake a little plastic baby inside. Tradition says that whoever gets the baby in their slice of cake either has to host next year’s party or bring the King Cake.
Other traditional Mardi Gras foods are Jambalaya, red beans and rice, and fried chicken. There may even be some regional favorites in your area, so make sure to include those in your menu.
Whether you are traveling or staying home, your Mardi Gras celebration is sure to be fun. Have a great time planning your Mardi Gras trip or party.
Share some of your own Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday traditions in the comments below. I would love to know what kind of local traditions that you may have.