Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Celebrate with Your Own Mardi Gras Party!

Mardi Gras is just three weeks away and if you are one who celebrates Mardi Gras now is the time to get planning for the big event.

While most people want to celebrate Mardi Gras on "Fat Tuesday," it poses a problem as many of us have to work on Wednesday. The solution is host your Mardi Gras event on Saturday, February the 9th, which is basically a week and half away.

We've got ideas to help you put together your Mardi Gras event.

1. First Determine Just How Mardi Gras will your party be?
Beads, Masks, Costumes? Do guests need to dress for the event or will you have all the accessories there? Will this be a dinner event or snacks and drinking?

2. Invite - Once you nail down your Mardi Gras party, spread the word via Facebook invites, evites, or emails should do the trick and ask for an rsvp so you can plan.

3. Mardi Gras Food 
Bring the taste of New Orleans to your party with Gumbo, a Crawfish Boil or Jambalaya, then balance with other party snacks. Drinks can include Hurricanes, specialty mixed drinks and beer.

4. Party Decorations
You can go all out with giant sized masks, scene setters and even make a decorative float but I find it easy to decorate with purple, green and gold balloon, streamers and beads. By grouping colorful balloon around you can brighten up corners and make your room seem more festive. We showcase a variety of Mardi Gras parties supplies on our page where you can find balloon, tableware, photo props and more.

5. Dress the Part 
As the Host or Hostess of a Mardi Gras party be sure to dress the part. Choose a festive Mardi Grass hat, vest, shoes or dress to welcome guests to your party, then have plenty of masks to provide intrigue. We have a variety of Mardi Gras masks and outfits and accessories for the occasion.

6. Beads, Beads, Beads
It's not a Mardi Gras party without beads, so pick up colorful Mardi Gras beads and either other them to guests when they come in, have guests do tasks to win them or plan for a bead toss at some point during the middle of your party. Beads come in all shapes and sizes, so we recommend getting a lot of basic beads but then be sure to have some unique beads that will act as conversation starters for your guests. Plus people always enjoy getting creative beads during the party and showing them off.

7. Mardi Gras Party Activities
There are to many Mardi Gras games but we have a few easy ideas. Do a Mardi Gras scavenger hurt and have guest search for beads, floats or various Mardi Gras items at your house or in the neighborhood (if you have placed them there. Set up a simple bead toss game that helps determine your mask or to win Mardi Gras accessories. We have various Mardi Gras trivia games on the site. Want something more to do host a murder mystery party at your party. Last idea if you have cardboard boxes and lots of decorations, streamers, paints, colorful paper and creative people consider a having teams create Mardi Gras floats, this would take a lot of prep time but you could group guests into teams and then after 30 - 45 minutes of building host your own your own Mardi Gras parade.

No matter whether your are hosting a small or large Mardi Gras party, these tips and ideas can help make your event special and your own. We wish you a safe and successful Mardi Gras!

Sarah - The Party Game Ideas Lady
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