Mardi Gras is one of those holidays that comes unexpectedly, but it’s always a welcome surprise. After all, it’s hard not to love a day that’s entirely about celebrating — and indulging in some oh-so-delicious King Cake. This year, we encourage you to hop on the party trend (if you haven’t already) by bringing out the beads, booze, and Cajun cookin’. Below, we’ve listed 4 ways to make the most of your Fat Tuesday festivities so you can keep the good spirits going all season long. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
- Create a mask making station. Masks are synonymous with Mardi Gras, so there’s no better way to pay homage to the holiday than by encouraging others to make their own. Scoop up a few of these half-masks (Amazon $4.99) and invite your friends over for an evening of creativity and cocktails. Ahead of time, stock your table with sequins, feathers, beads, and boas for your friends to use. Then, have fun adorning your pieces will all sorts of lavish arrangements. Just be sure to go with quick-drying glue (Amazon $5.30) so you can take photos with your final creations before guests go home.
- Set up a Hurricane drink and garnish bar. Hurricanes are some of the most popular drinks in New Orleans, the hub of this holiday, so they are just the thing to serve for the occasion. To make, add 2 ounces of both light and dark rum to a cocktail shaker. Then, pour in 2 ounces of passion fruit juice or syrup followed by a squeeze of lemon and crushed ice. Next, shake vigorously and serve in a hurricane glass (Amazon $20.79). To make the libations more fun, set out a variety of pretty garnishes including cherries, oranges, skewers, and stir sticks. Then, let your visitors get creative with compiling their colorful concoctions.
- Let guests frost their own personal King Cakes. It wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras celebration without King Cake! To add it to your party, make it into a shareable dessert by serving it up cupcake style with the help of a few King Cake mixes (Amazon $15). Make the batter as directed, then prepare cupcake liners in a muffin pan. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the batter into the cups, and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. While they bake, prepare purple, green, and yellow frosting with food dye. Set out sprinkles and other decorative topping in similar hues. Once the baked goods are done cooling, get to work on the adorning. Don’t forget to encourage your friends to take home the extras to indulge in at home.
- Decorate your house in true Mardi Gras style. The quickest way to get in the holiday spirit is to outfit your home in accents authentic to the occasion. Mardi Gras is foremost known for its purple, green, and yellow palette, so tie this into your decor wherever possible. When it comes to decorating, be generous with fur, glitters, and feathers — the more over-the-top, the better! Last but not least, string beads (Amazon $5.55) around your space to take the spirit of the parading season to your living room.
After trying these 4 tips, we’re confident your Mardi Gras celebration will be as joyful and merry as the New Orleans festivities themselves.
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