In America, New Orleans is the best place to be for celebrating Mardi Gras, which takes place each year in late February. Mardi Gras takes place the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Given how big and packed the Mardi Gras celebrations are down in New Orleans, one can still have a great time by throwing a lit Mardi Gras Party with his/her family and close friends.
Mardi Gras is the French Term for Fat Tuesday and is the last day that people (mostly those who are religious and actually participate) can consume rich and fatty foods before the ritual fasting. Those who participate in Lent cannot eat those rich and fatty foods again until Easter Sunday.
Now, with that being said, read below to find out what 7 Items/Things That You Will Need In Order To Throw The Most Epic Mardi Gras Party:
1. Party Decorations in the Traditional Mardi Gras Colors:
In terms of the decorations and food and drink stationery items for your Mardi Gras Party, make sure they are in the colors of gold, green, and purple. These three colors are traditional Mardi Gras colors and each has specific meanings: Gold for power; green for faith, and purple for justice.
The reason behind those three colors being seen as the Mardi Gras Colors stems from the reported rumors of the welcoming committee of Grand Duke Alexis handing out gold, green, and purple beads to the party-goers when The Grand Duke visited New Orleans in 1872. Those three colors were the same colors of Grand Duke Alexis’s home. Having your Mardi Gras party decorations in the colors of gold, green, and purple is a fantastic way to pay homage to the history of Fat Tuesday!
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2. Lots and Lots of Beaded Necklaces:
Another huge Fat Tuesday tradition to include in your Mardi Gras party is beaded necklaces! During the Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans, beaded necklaces are amongst several items passed out and/or thrown out from the floats to spectators lining the streets. Besides beaded necklaces, other items passed out and/or thrown include cups, doubloons, and other trinkets.
The beaded necklaces can be found in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. However, for your Mardi Gras party, it’s best to get the beaded necklaces in the three traditional Mardi Gras colors in order for your event to be epic and feel like Fat Tuesday!
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3. Make Sure There’s A King Cake!:
It isn’t Mardi Gras without a traditional King Cake! For those of you out there reading this article who have no idea of what a King Cake is, it’s a cake that is braided, baked, and covered in icing and the Mardi Gras Colors (green, purple, and gold). There’s a tiny plastic baby inside of the cake. The person who’s slice has the plastic baby inside of it will have good luck for the rest of the year.
The King Cake is a Mardi Gras classic and should definitely be included to have an epic Mardi Gras Party! Depending on the number of guests you plan on having over for your Mardi Gras Party, plan on ordering more than one King Cake.
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4. Serve New Orleans Cuisine For The Food:
If you don’t go to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras celebrations, another way to incorporate NOLA into your Mardi Gras Party is by serving popular dishes from the city for guests to eat.
Popular Food Items and specialties from New Orleans to include in your Mardi Gras Party menu include Jambalaya, BBQ Shrimp, Andouille, and Crawfish, to name a few. Meanwhile, banana’s foster and beignets are among the popular desserts from New Orleans to have. With all the delicious food and rich cuisine, your Mardi Gras Party will be a huge hit!
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5. Have Masks:
Get into the spirit for Mardi Gras by providing your guests with masks to wear during your bash! Fun Fact: At the parade in New Orleans, all of the float riders are required to wear masks by the law in order to keep up with the aspects of mystery and tradition of Mardi Gras!
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6. Create A Jazz Playlist:
The music genre of jazz originated in New Orleans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries according to National Park Service. Regardless of the type of party, one aspect that can either make or break your event is the music. Make sure that your Mardi Gras Party is complete with a jazz playlist that’ll bring the soul of the city of New Orleans to your epic bash!
Also, be sure to include songs that are both popular throwbacks and ones that are big today with party guests. Jazz songs to include in your Mardi Gras Party Playlist include “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, “At Last” by Etta James, “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, and “In a Sentimental Mood” by Duke Ellington, to name a few.
7. Set Up a Photo Booth:
Of all the things and ideas to consider from to have a killer Mardi Gras Party, one suggestion is to have a photo booth set up at your party! People will make several posts across all social media platforms of themselves having a blast at the event. One way to make your Instagram or Twitter account pop is by posting photos from a photo booth regardless of the type of occasion or event you are attending.
Whether it is an actual photo booth or just a certain space with a cool background on the side of the Mardi Gras Party’s venue, don’t forget to have some props available so you and your guests can take some great or silly photos! Depending on how many guests you have, you may want to consider having two areas for photo booths so the lines aren’t long. Photo Booths are a fantastic way to make some memories with your friends.
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From this list, which of these items will you plan on using for your Mardi Gras Party? Be sure to let us which items down below in the comments section!
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